Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Road Trip!!

When I first had my babies, I told myself that I would not let having five babies stop me from doing what I want, no matter how challenging! So, when this fun festival in Stephen's hometown, Ocean Spring, MS that I have been wanting to go to arrived, I said, Let's Go!! Ocean Springs is about 6 hours away, so totally do-able. BUT I decided since we were already that far away from home and one of my favorite people in the world (Aunt Margie) lives 9 hours from Ocean Springs in Lake Lure, NC, why not just make a huge road trip out of it all. (Sometimes, my logic it a little skewed, but, so what!)

It was a trek and at times I didn't think that we would make it, but I am SO glad that we went!

So, Part One of our journey -- Ocean Springs.
Stephen and our babies and The Farleys (My sisters family) caravaned together. The ride down there was awesome. We stopped every two hours at big rest stops, so the kids could run around. We made it there in 8 hours -- no meltdowns. Ocean Springs is an ADORABLE little town and Papa Steve & Mama Jude live right in downtown. We would walk every morning to get coffee at a cute little coffee shop... on our way we would swing by the condo Amy and Damon rented to get them. In the afternoons, we would walk around the festival or or shop or play in the yard... The weather was gorgeous so we spent most of our time outside. We got to see a ton of Stephen's family that we hadn't seen in a while. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pics of this leg... I vow next year to be a better photographer. See pics on my sister Amy's blog -- http://damon-amy-aiden.blogspot.com/2009/11/road-trip.html

Family Pic on Ocean Spring Beach
Ivy, Mitchell, Briellen, Luke, Sidney



Part Two of our journey -- Luke Lure, NC
Lake Lure is a gorgeous little town right outside of Asheville, NC. Part of the movie Dirty Dancing was filmed there. We have been going there since we were little... We are very close to my Aunt Margie, so it was SO much fun to see her and have her get to see the babies at this age! Stephen had to fly home for work after MS, so Amy's husband was our "Dad for the week" I can't even begin to tell you how incredible he was... Packing/unpacking my car, loading/unloading stroller, chasing babies around rest stops, reading to them, feeding them! Thanks Uncle D! My mom, Nain, also flew in to MS to make the leg to North Carolina... All I have to say is God bless Grandmas!!

The first couple of days we were there it rained, rained, rained. Our saving grace was the HUGE covered front porch the house had where we were staying. Aunt Margie had several outings planned for us that got us out and about... We got to meet her church friends who have been praying for us... We got to meet her "Inn" friends. (They meet once a week at the Lake Lure Inn for cocktails.) So, yes, it was the babies first time in a bar! It always amazes me how sweet people are with the babies -- The Mayor of the town was there that night and when we went outside for a change of scenery, he followed Luke around a circular garden bed 1 Million times! Loved it. The last day we were there we got to venture out and explore...

And lastly, the ride home -- 19 hours -- 2 days -- ROUGH -- next time we fly!

View From Front Porch

Uncle Damon with Brie, Cousin Aiden, & Mitchell

Nain & Aunt Margie

Our Morning Walk
(You can't tell from this picture, but it was a
mountain and I almost died!)

Damon, Amy, Nain, Aunt Margie
Lunching in Chimney Rock

Babies
(In front of the river that holds happy childhood
memories for me!)

Elle & Amy

At the Inn
(Dang camera! Don't know why this is blurry, but
had to post!)

Flashback -- Aunt Margie with Babies 8 Months



8 comments:

  1. Holy cow..you are one brave woman!!
    Thats great hat you dont let being a mom to 5 stop you! You rock!!
    Love all the pics! Sounds like a wonderfdul trip (until I heard the 19 hr part! ha)

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  2. Woe, that stroller is a must! I'm totally impressed with your "go" spirit! I'm glad you went and didn't let having so many kids stop you. People let one kid stop them. We just have three, and I'm still impressed that we took a family vacation this summer to Glacier.....8 hours to our first night's stop and then 8 more to the park. But, I was happy to say we did it and created the memories, so no regrets!

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  3. 愛,拆開來是心和受兩個字。用心去接受對方的一切,用心去愛對方的所有。.........................

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  4. It was very interesting to see how you cope...I have had only one baby at a time and was over whelmed at times..
    Way to go thanks for sharing.
    Jackie Savi-Cannon

    http://www.rnrprogram.com

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  5. how can you take care of so many children?

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