All in all, it was a good day! Went to work, had lunch with my mom, went home. I'd spent the entire week getting ready for a vacation the family was taking, so all I had to do when I got home from work was empty the dishwasher, stash a couple of things in our already packed bags, and gather the children for small group.
I thought small group was going to be a normal life group, but we pulled up and I was pretty sure my sister's car was parked in front of the Raymond's house. Sure enough, when we walked in (15 minutes late due to a certain little girl's diaper situation) my parents, sister, and a family that isn't in our group but good friends of all of ours, plus all the normal group people were gathered. There was cake, presents, and a BBQ dinner set up. So fun! We visited, had cake, and I opened my presents.
After small group, I rounded the kids up, went home to give them quick baths, then Mom, Dad, and Ashley came over to pick us up. We were headed to the beach...at 10 pm. *sigh* What a way to end my birthday, right? We'd planned a family vacation to Gulf Shores and it's a 11 hour drive. The thought was if we drove through the night then the small children would sleep through most of it.
It worked. Half way.
Evan slept most of the way, but it was very fitful with bouts of crying every hour or so. Luke didn't really sleep at all. Dude just sat in the back and watched out the window. He really is a great traveler!
This put us in Alabama by about 9, but we couldn't check into the house until 3. Ashley had heard about a battle ship we could go and explore, so we jumped at the chance. We thought Luke would love the ship, but he was way more enthralled with the helicopters and airplanes they had parked around it.
Who let this hooligan drive the boat? And...where did she learn to pose like that?!
Gah. She's so pretty.