This weekend we went to North Carolina to see our dear friends and Harper's godparents, Matt and Kathryn. We had the best time visiting with them and their daughter, Avery. They recently moved back East so they're much closer for little weekend get-togethers.
Avery loving on Harper-this picture cracks all of us up. Look at both of their expressions!
Avery and Harper are definitely daddy's girls
We loaded up the car and headed down Friday night. Our 4 1/2 hour car ride took a little longer than expected, due to none other than the infamous I-95 stretch in Virginia. Yuck. That is seriously some of the worst traffic ever. Harper did so well in the car, though, and we were welcomed at 1:30 in the morning to a warm house and comfortable bed. I wish I had a picture of their charming house, but I don't. All I can say is that I absolutely love it. We spent Saturday morning letting the girls play (and play and play). While the girls napped, Kathryn and I went to a CUTE little interior design shop called Coastal Fog.
There's nothing like a Radio Flyer!
Later that day, we all took a tour around town and then stopped in at a children's art festival and walked around a little bit. After that, we headed home to get them ready for dinner, bed, and the babysitter! Whoo hoo! Parents' night out!
Getting ready to go out to dinner
We had a yummy dinner at Chefs 505 and had a nice surprise by the end of dinner; an awesome band was playing at the restaurant that night. So, we stuck around to hear Big Rick and the Bombers play some soul music. We had the best time dancing and laughing at ourselves.
Of course, there's no sleeping in with 2 toddlers, who had us up bright and early the next day. We ate some Bojangles for breakfast (the best and worst idea), and then some "lucky" Jersey Mike's subs for the UT game. I won't even discuss that game. All I'll say is, the lucky subs didn't work.
Even with a BIG UT loss, Harper had the best time! Thank you, Matt and Kathryn!
We headed home after the game and made it back safely. Harper travels well (sounds like I'm talking about dress clothes or something), and I'm thankful that we can take her on little trips like that. I will say that I'd like to turn her around in a new toddler car seat soon, but she's just at 20 lbs. and her car seat goes up to 30. Safety says keep her rear-facing until I no longer have to (at least one year and 20 lbs, and she actually has a 30 lb. infant seat), but her fussing around town says get her a front-facing seat to keep her happy. Any experience or ideas on this would be helpful.
house update: we didn't get the house that I posted about last week. I guess it wasn't meant to be. I'm a little bummed, but still very thankful for all that we have in our lives. We'll just keep looking.