Well - we felt like the Clampetts this weekend.........minus Granny. We left on Thursday and headed to L.A. (no, not Beverly Hills..........but Lower Arkansas). Since my best friend Laurie is from a neighboring town as my in-laws - we decided it would be fun for us to just go down and all ride together. The 4 of us and our 3 babies.
Actually - Scott and Steve planned a trip down to work a little on the deer camp before hunting season and we just decided to tag along. We have a suburban .......surely we could all fit! ha!
It was fun getting us all in the car with all of our stuff. Laurie and I had to get in the back first and once we were back there - we couldn't move. But it really was a lot of fun and a lot easier than I thought it might be. The babies all slept most of the way there. Thank goodness - because we pulled into my in-laws driveway at 1:30 a.m. Harper and I went to bed at almost 3:30 a.m. and got up at 6:30 a.m. You can imagine how great I felt on Friday. ha!
On the way we stopped at an old hamburger place that I'm pretty hasn't changed the menu or the decor since 1968 but it was really good. The whole trip we ended up sitting segregated - guys at one table.................
We came home so Harper could nap. What is a good southern girl to do when it is nearly 100 degrees and you just can't get cool? Go naked of course! Oh she loved this!
Friday night, Laurie and her parents came and met us at the family deer camp and Scott's dad cooked steaks for us. They were so good. We also had homemade ice cream. Can't get much better than that.
Laurie and I and Harper and Sarah Kate - of course you could NEVER get a picture with all 4 of us looking at the camera. ha!
After dinner - they have this OLD merry go round outside and we decided to take it for a spin
On Saturday - Scott's mom had a little "sip and see" for some of her friends and family in town to come and meet Harper
Scott's Aunt Rebecca and Uncle Jerry came. This is his first cousin, Stephen, who is one year younger and grew up down the road from him. They are both only children and now they both have daughters.
Some of Scott's cousins came and these are all 2nd and 3rd cousins of Harper - Jake, Jamie, and Ashlyn
That night we had a Magnolia tradition - Chick-a-dilly fried chicken. Greasy and yummy!
Harper really enjoyed all the attention from her grandparents and we had a great time. What normally takes us about 6 hours took us ALMOST 9 hours today. ha! The babies did good but Harper had a meltdown the last hour or so. She was tired, hungry and needed a diaper change but we were getting so close to home - it was so hard to stop. So Laurie and I tried entertaining the girls by singing to them but I think Scott and Steve nearly had a nervous breakdown between the screaming, chattering and 50th rendition of "Oh Senor Don Gato was a cat". Welcome to our "new normal"!!!
I just want to end by wishing a VERY Happy 1st Father's Day to my baby daddy - Scott. Harper loves you SO much and I love you more each day watching you with her. You were my rock in those first few weeks and I'll never forget how sweetly and tenderly you spoke to her in her little NICU bed or how hard you cried those first few days. We can't wait to see you every day and my favorite thing in the world is how big she smiles when she sees you! You are a GREAT dad!
Happy Father's day also to two of the most wonderful men I know - my dad and Scott's dad. I'm thankful Harper has two grandfathers who are completely wrapped around her little finger. Scott and I will never have to buy her one toy because I'm pretty sure her granddad's will give her anything she wants........most importantly their love!
P.S. If you live in my area - and are interesting in helping March of Dimes - one of my friends is the chair person for the Signature Chef event in October to benefit MOD and they are having a committe recruitment meeting tomorrow night. If you are intersted - go here to get details. I know it would be an awesome opportunity to serve!