We took a trip to see Chase for 4 days this past weekend. We had so much fun! We drove up on Thursday and it definitely wasn’t a fun drive. The sun was in J’s face for about an hour so at first I put my hand up to block it, but that got old pretty fast. I ended up stopping at Starbucks for a Pumpking Spice Latte to reward myself for surviving 45 minutes of screaming/fussing/complaining, and I draped a blanket over the front seats in an effort to block the light. It worked! And then 15 minutes later the sun started to set. Ah…at least we survived the trip.
J got to stay up way past his bedtime each night we were there. He had so much fun though and he was in such a great mood. We were having too much fun as a family to enforce bedtime. I think that is totally acceptable. On Friday we had lunch with my Aunt and Uncle and then later that evening my other Aunt dropped by to say hi. Chase and I decided to go out for Italian food as a treat for dinner. We planned on eating cheaply the rest of the weekend. Italian food is my favorite! J did great at the restaurant. I packed his bag with toys so while we were waiting on food or even during eating, we played with cars, straws, spoons, etc. That is how you survive eating out with a 20 month old!
On Saturday we went to a farm nearby that has all kinds of neat things for kids. J had a blast! There were hay bales to climb, a corn maze (9 acres!), pony rides, a petting zoo, wagons to ride in, hay rides, pumpkin patch, and corn boxes (think sandboxes with corn). J was hesitant about the hay bales. They were a little too unstable for him, but he had a little bit of fun with daddy’s help. The corn maze was just way too long for all of us. It was getting close to lunch time and we had only made it 1/4 of the way through so we turned around. It was a very long and in-depth maze!
J had the best time riding the ponies. They were hooked up to a round thing so even little kids could ride them as long as a parent was right there with them. J would just squeal and laugh. He didn’t want daddy to help him and didn’t like it when Chase would touch him to make sure he didn’t fall off. J had a good grip on the saddle and absolutely loved it! He ended up riding a pony twice just because we wanted to see him so ecstatic one last time before we left! J also loved the petting zoo. He loves cows and they had some calves you could pet. J loved that! Another thing J loved almost equally as much was the hay ride. He loves tractors! He smiled and squealed the whole ride! On the ride we got to stop and feed chickens and cows. J was fascinated with chickens running around and the cows coming right up to us.
We did let J in one of the corn boxes completely forgetting that one of his favorite foods is corn. He was probably thinking, “oh wow! Look at all this corn!” And as soon as he was in the box he popped one in his mouth! lol We got it out and took him out of the box. Hilarious! On our way out we got a little pumpkin for J. The morning was a blast!
Saturday evening my aunt put together a Super Hero night at Chick-Fil-A. We stopped by there and had our pictures taken with Captain America and Spiderman. J was just staring at the decorations and the superheros. He seemed to have a lot of fun!
On Sunday we had lunch after church with the family and just spent time together the rest of the day. We left to come back home on Monday. Unfortunately J woke up with a fever on Monday morning so he felt horrible all day. I know he was so glad to be back in his own bed. I was glad to be home too, and to get back into our routine.