Mom read quite a bit of Charlotte's Web to Tyler on the way, which he really enjoyed.
That morning, Tyler asked questions about getting married and the wedding. He was a little confused by it. In my explanation, I said that when two people love each other very much and want to live together forever, they get married. He thought it over and replied, "then I'm married to you, Mommy. I am marrying you because I love you and I want to live with you forever." I tried to explain some more, but then just let it go. Because it was so sweet, and really, he's 4. He'll understand soon. :)
Mom, Ian, Dad, Jubilee and ?
The cake. You can't see it well in my picture, but the cake topper is pine cones and 2 birds.
Afterwards, we hung out at the hotel with Dad's family. The next day, two of Dad's brothers (Nate and Ellis) and their families came over to Mom and Dad's for Saturday night. We stayed for lunch, then headed out for home on Saturday afternoon.
We stopped for the night in Des Moines. We were happy we decided to stop for the night because the roads had become icy. (And no small reason was that Wayne did all of the driving). Unfortunately, about 15 minutes before we got to the hotel, Tyler started sobbing, saying that his ear hurt. It was quite a night of trying to comfort him, soothe his pain (as he was generally irrational and inconsolable - that is saying something for a 4 year-old) with limited resources (hot towels on his ear and water - he refused medicine), and tried to get some sleep. He woke frequently but was easier to get back to sleep every time. Though we had a late start on Sunday, we still got in before 5 pm and had some time to get ourselves together for a week back into the routine. Strangely, though Tyler's still sick, his ear doesn't seem to be bothering him anymore. We're wondering whether it is/was swimmer's ear.
So, in just under 2 weeks, we've logged around 40 hours of drive time, gatherings with all 4 parents' families, 1 wedding, 4 different hotels, and 6 different beds.
Thanks for making it a great time of reconnecting and celebrating together!