Our trip to Michigan part 1

In February I got to borrow my sister for 3 weeks. So happy. But this week it was time to return her. So here we are in Michigan. Monday we left MD to drive to Michigan. GPS says 11 hours and some minutes. First we dropped off books at the library, then deposited a check at the bank, and lastly returned a redbox movie. By the time that was all done it was 10 am. On the road. Anna sat in front with me and Leiland happily played in the back seat. He had a few snacks, cycled through a couple toys, and around 11:30 finally fell asleep for his nap. I was surprised how long he went. When he finally woke around 1 we stopped for pizza. Leilands favorite. He ate pretty well and then pooped. I was glad he did it at the restaurant and not In the car. He was pretty dirty so got a change of shirt and we kept on. Anna decided to sit in the back and help with him. I knew this would be the longest stretch of the drive. We drove, and drove. I listened to the hunger games audio book and was enjoying it, Anna listened to music, and Leiland was happy to play with some toys. As he got bored we moved on to him using the iPod. That lasted for a little while, then we moved to the iPod. Nothing was making him happy anymore. We stopped to fill up gas and wandered the gas station retreating to the car with each person having a sweet treat to top us off. Leiland enjoyed raisinets (holy cow what a mess), I had a caramelo, and Anna happy with sweetish fish. We drive on and Leiland continues with the whines, nothing holding him over for more that 5 minutes. At 4 hours from our destination I started calling for hotels. I can't listen to him scream that long. All the hotels either look like a dump or are over $100 for a night. So then I look up a McDonald's play place. Yes! Found one just 3 miles off the road, I'll take it. We get there and I order dinner while Anna and Leiland go off to play. Perfect. They come back a minute later and she tells me he won't do anything but watch. S we sit to eat and he isn't interested. No biggie. So I keep jumping up to go play with him. After a bit he breaks out of his "shy-stand back-watch everyone else-self" and begins playing. Anna takes him to the top slide, through the tubes, and we have a blast. The then figures out climbing the bottom tube and is able to reach the small slide. Rom then on it was nothing but climbing the tube and going down the pink slide. His own little circle or fun - on repeat. And I'm happy to see him getting energy out.

Soon I see him step back and realize he is pooping again. Again glad we aren't in the car. B now it's pouring outside and I have to get him diapers as well as a change of clothes. I figure he will sleep now so I dress him in clothes he can wear the next day. Go out, move the car closer, get what we need, and rush in. He gets a change and goes back to playing. Pretty happy. When we finally leave its pouring outside. We rush to the car; protecting baby and camera. My pants were soaked and I hate that. We get back on our way hoping to get there that night. The rain was so bad I seriously considered stopping for the night. Gave it a little longer and it finally cut back some. And the closer I got to Michigan it stopped completely. Thank you. I took time to call a friend and we talked for a good while and before you know it I was only 45 minutes out. So happy. About 10 minutes before we got there Leiland woke up a little freaked out. When we arrived at 12:30 the door wasn't unlocked and no one answered their phones. So we sat back in the car because it was mighty cold. We finally got ahold of Emma and she let us in. The dog went nuts and we just climbed on the couch for the night. Leiland wasn't interested in sleeping. First naming off things in the house. Dog. Anna. Light. Picture. They calling out shapes in the dark. Circle. Square. Cute but not helping auntie Laura and uncle Jim sleep any. Eventually he crashed and awake about 6 the next day.

The first day home we hung out at Laura's. she even took the day off. The boys got along mostly and miss Kayla was so fun. Laura and I took a quick trip to Carter's and then Leiland napped in James's room for a couple hours. We later went to dads because its where we're staying. He napped till 5:30 so he stayed up till 9:30. No biggie but he went to bed ok. Then today he was up at 5:30 and Whitney. However he did nap in a twin bed for 4 hours messing up our day plans.

***AS usual I start a post and never finish***


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