Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tour de Carolinas

Well, we're back from our Tour de Carolinas and while it may take us a full two weeks to recover/unpack/rest/get back on schedule, it was such a good trip seeing lots of family and friends!  So here is a pic overload to document our week, ending in a snapshot of our 5-month-old (!!) E!

Before we left for our trip, Bammy came into town to spend some QT with my littles, and also help us with the first leg of our trek!

On your mark, get set, go!

We headed to Columbia on Sunday and the kids were happy to have some alone time with their Digby!

Soon we were joined by ALL of the cousins on my side... 7 total... with #8 set to make his debut in August!

The oldest and youngest cousins <3

Pre-bedtime snuggles with my Addy-girl:

Feet... nom nom nom...


The two youngest cousins (Skylar is CRAWLING!):

It was such a treat to be able to hang out with 4 of my five sisters (we missed you Mariah!):

And my two kiddos were doing so well to kick off our week of traveling!

Before we knew it, it was time to load up the car and head to Winston-Salem/Kernersville, NC, to stay with my best friend Lindsey (aka Aunt Yinds):

Bathies with OG!


Good Lord I miss this girl.


We had an awesome girls' night in at Lindsey's house with some of my faves!

And then on Thursday we met lots of old friends for lunch:

And one of my old colleagues even had some Easter fun prepared for the kids!

We walked, shopped, ate a lot, drank even more, laughed, talked, stayed up way too late, and I cried when I drove away...

Then we were off on the last leg of our trip, where we would head to Grammy and PaPa's house and be reunited with T (who had been in Texas all week for work).  CUE THE CELEBRATION!  Acting like a single mama is no joke... acting like a single mama traveling solo with two kiddos is even more insane.  The kids had been great, but y'all, I was tired.

So anyway, we kicked off our time in Burlington, NC, with an Easter egg "hunt" at the city park.  You guys... they blew the horn and all the eggs were scooped up in about 15 seconds.  It was crazy.  Our girl, though, happened to scoop up quite a prize egg - it had a 2015 pass for the city park for an entire family!  Which meant we could ride ALL the rides as much as we wanted, for free.  So awesome!

But first, a picture with the Easter bunny.  Who she LOVED, after being terrified of the characters in Disney World.  Go figure.

Then it was time to ride the train, the merry-go-round, and the tractor ride!

We finished our Saturday by dyeing eggs, hunting eggs, eating some good ol' eastern NC barbecue  and soaking in time with Grammy and PaPa.

And then it was Easter morning!  Y'all, my heart was SO full being able to fill two Easter baskets this year.

New shades, thanks to the Easter bunny.

All dressed up in our Goat and Lulu, of course!

And while we were celebrating Jesus, this little butterball turned 5 months old!

It was a whirlwind week, but it was perfect.  Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who helped make our trip so special!

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