By the time we got to the Petersiks house, I was tired. Really tired. The road trip was taking it’s toll. And spending five days on the road, exploring the countryside, sightseeing memorials, and countless hours in the car, combined with 600 hours of being excited about seeing my BFF was wearing me out. So it was nice to just hang. We did that a lot. Hanging.
I dressed Will that day. I am to blame Mr. future teenage Will. It was my fault. But in my defense I did masculinize that striped outfit up with monster boots. And you do look like the kid from Where The Wild Things Are. So that’s cool points, right?!
Perfectly named 🙂
And no, I did not purposefully dress to match my playground. Although that does sound like something I would do.
Sher showed me one of her never-ending projects. The girl never stops working. It’s ridiculous. She’s like the Energizer Bunny…but she has jet fuel instead of AA’s.
A little sychronized sippy cup lifting. What can I say? Match made in heaven.
The first time we cheered for Will & Clara to give kisses, Will puckered up…and Clara let him lay one on her. It was the first of many future kisses that she allowed to happen. Such a proper little lady.
Will loved Sherry – a lot. During the music class, between asking for crack and trying to escape, he also decided that Sherry is a better music-class partner than his own off-tune mother. It could have been because of the whole embarrassing striped onesie outfit. I guess we’ll never know.
Sweet Frog was awesome. It was so awesome that I had a dream about it. Of course, it was a weird naughty dream but it was a dream all the same…which means that it stayed on my mind 🙂
The next day we didn’t do much. We did go for a walk along a gorgeous little river.
While we were there, she earned the nickname “The Snatcher”. Whenever Will was playing with something – it didn’t matter what it was really – she would come running saying No No No! Thank you! and then before Will knew what hit him Clara was off with that toy leaving my little Tinkler wondering what happened. Dear Will, Welcome to the greatest skill of Womanry. Good luck. Guard your wallet. Love your mama.
I must admit, Clara had him figured out the moment we walked in the door. And he was so enamored with her that she could have taken his dearest precious paci and he would have just stared starry-eyed wondering how such a little thing could say so many words and knew so many songs. She was totally endearing to my little guy that even if he really wanted something, he didn’t cry when she snatched…instead he just stood and watched. And that was surprising because usually he hates sharing.
John was attempting to cook us dinner. Jer was watching tv. Apparently Sherry & I had more important things to do…like online search for white ceramic animals. or Pinteresting. See how I just made that a verb?
Clara’s book of choice. She probably could read it too. She’s kind of a genius. So smart.
Will somehow got both my phone and the Flip. Clara is managing the operation.
The next day Clara showed Will the joys of the driveway…Will’s the crazy one who decided that the neighbor’s yard was the best place to be so he braved the monkey grass.
Will decided on this day that he could initiate hugs and kisses. Clara, still maintaining her ladylike manners, allowed the little man to attack with affection but did not give him any sugar back.
And true to form, some snatching.
Sherry made her give it back. It’s funny when you have two toddlers and two mama’s trying to instill good habits in said toddlers. If Clara was snatching, I wanted Will to learn to share so I liked Clara keeping the toy. But Sherry was trying to teach Clara that you don’t snatch, so she would have Clara give it back. It’s a catch 22.
Jeremy had one request while we were there….Bottoms Up. It’s a pizza place that is hands down our favorite Richmond place to eat. The Bowers have dreams about this place. It’s good. The house dressing is amazing. And the pizza is to-die-for.
Laughing at Sherry. Look at that love in Johnny’s face. That’s for his girl. Isn’t it cute?
How I love thee…..let me count thy pepperoni’s!
After our stomach stuffing, we went on a walk.
The little ones LOVED the train.
And here’s the play by play on what happens when we tell the babies to kiss….
Will goes in…open mouth of course…Clara allows the initial stage to take place while steadying herself on the wall. Will has fully engaged her with his gaze assessing the target and keeping hold of the sweatered arm for assurance that yes-this-is-happening.
Clara turns the head while Will firmly plants one on her. Note Clara’s lips are firmly closed and she is looking in a different direction. Will has fully committed to the kiss. End of story.
And we all know what kissing leads to…
yup – a little bathtime action. I’m happy to report that unlike last time, there were no thrown objects to the head and no pooping 🙂
Okay – Sherry might kill me for this one but seriously, look at that face. It’s hilarious. I don’t even know what we were trying to go for. But seriously, the girl can contort her face into the funniest expressions.
Yup…this was the last day and we went outside to take the photos for the Pinterest Challenge announcement.
We also got our tradition done – the big group shot…aren’t those kiddos cute?!
Okay – and just because it’s fun…here’s the first group shot – the one from when we first met in person in 2009.
And then later in 2009 in Nashville (I was freshly pregnant here and Sher was about to be fertilized with Clara):
And in October 2010 – with the new babies in Richmond. This was the first time they met 🙂
And then earlier this year on Stone Mountain, check out how much they grew!
And then back to the beginning again. Fun memories.
So it was time to go…and OF COURSE, I told the babies to kiss again…kiss goodbye 🙁 And Clara leans in…well, John leans Clara in…
And Will puckers up and they both kinda close their eyes…
AND THEY KISSED! THEY REALLY LOVE EACH OTHER AND ARE GONNA GET MARRIED ONE DAY SHERRY! AND THEN OUR PLAN TO BE RELATED WILL BE A SUCCESS! I HAVEN’T USED THIS MANY CAPITAL LETTERS ON MY BLOG EVER!
As you can imagine, as soon as we said our teary goodbyes and gave many hugs and kisses and pulled out of the driveway, Will was out.
Since that day was our longest drive – almost 8 hours according to the GPS…we tried to work in stops. Including one that was at a gas station which had a giant field next to it. I thought it was perfect until Jeremy came marching out to me and said with big eyes “we need to go now”. After we pulled out, he told me that there were a few guys two cars down from us that were shouting and about to fight and Jer heard the words ‘gun’ and ‘knife’ and knew it was not exactly a toddler-friendly zone.
So instead we pulled behind this random church and played soccer with Will. I almost pulled a gun on Jer when he slide tackled me but that was the extent of our dangerous situations.
You know why I’m laughing.
The sun set right before we left Pottery Barn outlet (yup, we stopped and picked up a couple things)…and the rest of the drive was lovely.
All in all, there really is no place like home. And I am happy to announce that this time…upon entering our house…it didn’t smell bad. it didn’t smell like home. but it didn’t smell bad. So I feel like that’s a step in the right direction…in the path to it really being HOME to us.
And this entire trip taught me that I have sooo much. I have an amazing amazing man. and his amazing amazing baby boy. and a country that I am proud to be part of and get to change and get to enjoy. and I have the best kind of friends that a girl could ask for. oh my blessings are more than I deserve…but I am oh so thankful for them. And I am oh-so-thankful that these road-trip recaps are over 🙂
(for more photos of the last days of our vacation, here is the final slideshow!)