And so on the evening of July 16th, we packed up the van and headed out for the 12+ hour drive to VIRGINIA!!! We left at about 9:30 p.m. CST on Thursday night and ended up arriving in Richmond just before noon on Friday. Paul drove most of the time, I finished the drive once we hit Virginia. The kids slept until about 5:30 a.m. which made things easier. But, those last few hours were tough since we stopped constantly for the kids. The driving all night thing was a good idea, in retrospect.
Once we arrived, Paul and I got some shut eye while Mom and Dave enjoyed having the grandkids ... Later, we hung out in the yard and enjoyed spending the afternoon together.
After a wonderful dinner (my mom is such a great cook!), Mom herded us outside for some s'more making! It was a lot of fun. Alex had a BLAST, even when he inadvertently put a still burning marshmallow right into his mouth. Yikes. He was fine but he scared us all half to death!
First thing on Saturday, we got ready and headed over to see Crystal and Lucas who were heading to the beach for the week. It figures that the one week I'm in town, she's out of town! But, we got to hang out a bit before she left which was heaven for me. I've missed getting a daily Crystal fix! She's one of my closest friends and I miss her so much! And, Lucas was born AFTER we moved to Missouri so this was the first time I'd met him in person! He is so sweet! And adorable as all get out. We enjoyed getting to know him a bit! Maybe next time we can plan better so we can spend some more time together! Either way, it was great to see them!