Next we were off to Bastrop, TX, not too far from Austin. Russell's grandparents are divorced, but both still live in Bastrop. I think New Orleans to Bastrop may have been the longest leg... but at this point I can't really remember. All I know is she did good in the car again! Then we had the luxury of our first hotel experience with a baby thanks to Poppy! We walked in and saw 2 beds... what do you think our reaction was? Pure JOY! It's terrible, but we were thrilled not to have to sleep in the same bed. Russell actually exclaimed, "Omg look! 2 beds! We can put the pack & play in between the 2 beds so we can both get to her and we can sleep by ourselves!" Ha! You know you've been married a while when both of you rejoice at the idea of NOT sleeping together. Lol! Haven liked the Hampton Inn too... nice and cozy. :)
Russell's half-brother and his wife have a little boy named Nicholas and we got to be there for his 1st birthday party! It was actually our first time meeting our little nephew too! Living so far away, it's hard for either of us to make the trip, but his 1st birthday party was definitely the way to do it! It was an absolute blast! And really fun to see the 4 grandkids together. Here's some pics from the party!...
|I have been dying to put her in this dress, I just love it! And it fits now!|
|Russell's Nanny and Haven :)|
|Grayson and Nicholas with Poppy!|
|How cute is he?! Nicholas, I mean. No offense Poppy.|
|Love those eyes!|
|My sweet niece, Garner. Haven is just 6 months behind her!|
|Uncle Tim trying to keep up with her! She is gonna be walking before we know it!|
|It's sad, but this is the best pic Russell got of Papa with all 4 kids. It was crazy trying to situate a 3 year old, 1 year old, 8 month old, and 2 month old with an 80-something year old man. I think some others got a better pic tho so that's good!|
|Russell's Papa and the girls! Now that's better!|
|Our family of 3!|
|This will probably be my child in 6 months...can we say fear?!|
|One of the coolest gifts! He loved that thing! I mean, who wouldn't?!|
|Half-smile, half-fuss? I still like it :)|
Later that day, we just spent some time lounging around at the hotel. Grayson was being SO cute with Haven. I told Russell to get the camera and get some candids and that of course distracted Grayson but we still got a couple good ones. Anytime she makes a noise, he says "Oooo she's talkin' to ya! What's she sayin?" in his little cute 3 year old voice. I just love that boy. He is too much fun!
|He also likes to say, "Garner is little, but Haven is teeny-tiny!" complete with hand motions. :)|
|Ha! Grayson imitating a face Haven made. Too stinkin' cute!|
|And one more of my sweet girl :)|
When we told people about this trip, most of their responses translated into "you're crazy" in one way or another. We also got "well you can do that now since you just have 1" which is probably true... it would be way harder with multiple children. BUT, we had a GREAT time. It was so fun introducing her to so many wonderful family members while she's still so little. And with Russell working for the church, it is rare that he gets a weekend off so we figured we should make the most of it and do the whole week since youth group was still on hiatus. And I'm glad we did! Haven World Tour complete. However, she still has more people to meet, so there will be more trips, just not a huge tour around the country again any time soon. But gosh, I'm glad we did it.