Friday, May 7, 2010

Road Trip I: Memphis & The Zoo

Zach and I loaded up the car on Wednesday morning after a week of work and headed out on a road trip to Memphis and St. Louis. 1,430 mile, and about 24 hours of driving in 4 days and 3 nights. It was a quick trip, but I'm so glad that we went. I am thankful for my wonderful husband who did the majority of the driving to make the trip possible, and thankful for my sweet little bean who endured 4 days of an irregular schedule and several hours in a car seat.

Luckily Haley she did get a few chances to stretch her legs...

Look out drivers, Haley's behind the wheel.

Cute Spanish Shoes. Apparently American babies have chubby feet. But I love these shoes so now they're hanging in Haley's room as added decoration.

Kirstin love her Haley. I wish I had gotten a better shot of them together. It was great getting to finally visit her and I really appreciated the last minute place to stay for the night (our plans kept changing and we got to Memphis a night earlier than expected) I loved having a night of girl talk and hearing all of Kirsti's wonderful dreams for the future.

Haley loved sliding around on the hard wood floors.

The next day we drove about half a mile to meet Bethan and her boys at the zoo. Haley got to join her buddy Elijah in the double BOB.

They were pretty cute together with all of their sun protection on. I love Elijah's expression.

A lot of the animals were being quite dull, but the bears decided to give us a real show. These 2 were playing in the water just a pane of glass away.

big E enjoyed the show. (Haley just likes trying to stand up by the glass, and little E was fast asleep)

This guy was very statuesque. He knows how to make the most of a sunny spring day.

These two were battling over each others sippy cups. I think Haley may have won, I guess it's harder to get onto an 8 month old.

Haley didn't seem as interested in the animals as she was in the zoo's decorations

Here she is trying to be as tall as the giraffe's. And getting sleepy. Luckily E was also ready for a nap. (it's nice to have other friends with babies who understand the need to go home for nap time, and who understand the things parents do that may seem a bit unconventional to an outsider)

After naps Haley got to play in Elijah's swing. And little E joined the party. Haley liked checking out her new friend.

Eero was doing his best ape impression. (and let me tell you, the ape we saw was awesome, he was like a goofy old man)

Loving the swing!

I was excited that Whitney came to join us too. I ended up having a little college room mate reunion, because next we went to Emily's (hey, 3 out of 4 ain't bad, and I get to see the 4th in 3 weeks at her Wedding, so exciting)
I was wonderful staying at Bethan's house. She is an incredible hostess who fed us well and was incredibly generous and considerate. I hope I can learn to be a super mom like her. And I was so glad to finally get to meet her boys; I just adore them! Thanks B.

to be continued...

1 comment:

the Jernigans said...

Oh my goodness! I love this post! It's like a combined Bethan and Vanessa post! :) I got to see the Es and Haley! WHO ALL STEAL MY HEART! These pictures are fantastic! Elijah looks so cute with all his expressions! And Haley has such a personality! and baby E is getting so big! :) I love y'all's updates! :) Thank you Vanessa! And I'm glad y'all had a great time! I'm so glad we have husbands that are great daddies too! :)