This Thanksgiving was Carter's very first road trip. It was great! He slept some on the way there, but also just spent a lot of time looking out the window and smiling and talking to us through his little mirror that reflects in the rearview mirror. On the way back home, exhausted from all the bluster of Thanksgiving, he slept the entire way. He really is such a good baby! The trip was definitely slower, since we needed to stop every three hours to feed him...and by the time he eats, burps like a raucous old man, and gets changed, an hour has gone by. On the way there, we needed to stop twice, stretching a six hour ride to an eight and a half hour journey. But it was a good eight and a half hour journey. 26 and 40 were so pretty, with leaves blowing down from their trees and mountains stretching across the horizon. Conversation was sweet, the road pretty, and the end of our journey met with sweet family.
As a side note, packing for an infant to go on a five day trip was crazy! I overpacked a little, not wanting to get there and wish I had something, but not too much. We used every bib and spit cloth I packed, had extra diapers and wipes, and just a few leftover outfits. Luckily, there were no major packing mishaps! Carter slept in his pack 'n' play...making me ever so grateful he is now in his own crib at night. Though he has been sleeping through the night at home, he woke to feed at least once a night and usually once early in the morning while we were in Tennessee. It was fine, but it's nice to sleep through the night again now that we are back home!
While we were in Nashville, we were treated to my sister-in-laws yummy cooking skills...including a huge spread of food for Thanksgiving Day.
Carter's many faces :)
Carter's first Thanksgiving...I am SO thankful for him!
Carter napping with Abuelo after stuffing their tummies!
We also got to visit the Opryland Hotel, renovated from recent flooding. It was beautiful...and CROWDED!
Beautiful, HUGE Christmas tree in the Opryland Hotel.
A little family picture at the hotel...that Carter wasn't quite tall enough to make!
We sadly forgot to take any family pictures, so our hosts remain unpictured :(...but we had so much fun while we were there. Greg and Morgan have a beautiful, comfy home that is just right for family gatherings. We felt so at home there....and loved visiting!
While we were there, we also got to visit my cousin, Allison, to watch the Alabama game. We visited her husband's family's home outside of Nashville. It was also a beautiful, hospitable place...which was good since the second half of the game was so disappointing.
Allison and Carter on Iron Bowl Day!
Now that we are back home, we are trying desperately to get ready for the 5K on Saturday! We didn't run at all last week because I forgot my running clothes :(, so I am hoping we can make up for it this week without overdoing it. I don't think I am going to quite be able to make my initial time goal, but I do think I will be able to run at a steady pace the whole race, which is really the most important thing. I am really excited about the run...and how much healthier Steven and I are getting while training for it! I'll let you know how it goes.
So...goodbye November! And welcome December! So excited about putting up the tree and Christmas decorations tonight! I love this season!
New pictures of Carter here!