Emily didn't fair as well on the way home as she did on the way there. About 3.5 hours in she had a major meltdown that took quite a while to recover from. We wanted to stop, but there was no place to stop because we were in the middle of nowhere. She had a pretty good afternoon, but by the time evening rolled around, she began whining. I don't like whining! This persisted for about an hour and a half as she fought off sleep. She finally fell asleep and there was peace again.
Our trip went very well and I will hit some of the highlights in picture form so you can get the gist.
This is Emily on our journey to RI. See how content she was just looking at all the scenery go by at 65 mile per hour.
One of the first nights we were there we went to Dawn's sister's house. These are our nephews Peter and Aaron. The boys were happy to stand on their heads while I took the picture:) We had a delicious meal (Christine is a great cook) and a fun time with the kids.
On Friday night, we spent the night with friends and their families. Three couples, 7.95 kids! We only contribute one child to the chaos...Joel and Steph contribute FOUR! It was Steph's b-day, so party hats were proper attire for the event and the eighty balloons that Joel and I blew up were mostly to keep the kids occupied for hours on end.
This is Sam. He is the newest member of our clan being held by the proud father, Joel. I say the newest member, but for all I know Amy could have had her child by the time I post this. She is due at any time. Here's hoping for a boy... (they don't know what it is yet)
Just so you don't think that Emily was left out of the party fun, here is the proof that she was ready to party with the big kids!
In honor of our visit, Mike and Sarah put their Christmas tree up (OK really it was Sarah). We had a great time with them and it was fun to see how Bailey reacted to Emily. It was a long slow process, but they eventually became really good friends.
Emily got to meet her sister, Sammie. (Sammie is the dog!) Before coming to Kentucky, we gave Sammie to one of Dawn's friends. This was a very hard thing for Dawn to do, but seeing her is a joy now and not the heart wrenching event it used to be. The funny thing is that when we were getting Emily out of the car, she had a meltdown. It was as if she thought we were going to leave her there like we did to her sister. Needless to say, we didn't!
Thanksgiving was spent at my mom and dad's house. It had been five years since we celebrated this event with family. The food was SOOOO good! One of the things that I had been craving for a while is REAL Italian bread. I ate almost a whole loaf myself. Hard crust, soft inside and sweet to the taste...my mouth is watering right now thinking about it. Then after the bread, I got to have my mom's chicken soup, and lasagna! The one thing I miss most about RI (with the exception of family) is the food! There's nothing like mom's cooking.
This picture was taken because dad got real excited about this Barney book. He started to read it and was showing everyone the pretty soft doll that was attached. The funniest part was that the doll was actually a puppet and dad didn't realize it. Once he made this discovery, he enjoyed the book more than Emily. Good times!!!
The day after Thanksgiving was our Christmas. We had brunch with Dawn's sisters and families then dinner with my family. This picture was the keeper because it is the only one where Emily wasn't crying. It was funny to see everyone taking pictures of Emily and getting frustrated that she would close her eyes. She has a special ability to know when the picture is going to snap and POOF her eyes shut. (We didn't bring her special glasses)
Dad got Emily a new bib. I only inserted this picture to remind everyone who the best baseball team is, even though the score board doesn't always show it.
One of the things Emily discovered on her trip to RI is that you need to have a dog. Everywhere we went there was another dog to play with. OK the truth is that Emily really didn't care about the dogs, but Dawn and I are big dog fans! Half the pictures I took are of dogs. Here is a sampling of our time in RI...
This is Macy, Sammie's best friend in the whole world. Don't let the green eyes freak you out...it's a dog thing (as you'll see).
This is a rat...I mean a dog. You can tell the size by the hands that are holding it. It is a little dog with a love for biting. He's a puppy and getting used to his teeth. Lisa and Steve, don't leave your shoes on the floor, they'll be shredded in no time.
This is Dusty and he also is a small dog. I thought he was so cute though. Afraid of his own shadow, but cute. I loved the "one ear up, one ear down" look.