We finally made a trip to Door County to visit Dave and Carrie! It was Seth's first trip to their home. We couldn't have asked for a more fun weekend.
When it was just me and Jason making the trip to DC, it would take us just over 5 hours. With a 10-month old sitting in the back of the car, it took us over 6 hours to get to DC! Joyce came with us, so we had a fun road trip. We stopped two times - once for a quick rest stop and then a second stop that was longer to have lunch, feed and change Seth.
Seth is a trooper in the car! We gave Seth special toys that he's not used to playing with and then we took turns sitting in the back with him to play and talk. He had two decent naps.
We got to Dave and Carrie's home the same time Jason's Uncle Dennis and Aunt Marcia were dropping his Grandma Inge. Grandma Inge was also spending the weekend at their home. There was a full home with us, Grandma, and Dave and Carrie's "kids" - Gunnar, Allie, and Bucky. Jason's Grandma Inge asked, "What should Seth call me?" and I asked her what she wanted to be called. She thought for a second and said, "How about Oma?" So, Oma it is.:)
The dogs and Seth had a mutual love for each other, although I think the dogs thought Seth was a new toy every time he squealed or screamed. Seth would be standing with hands on the living room gate with the dogs lined up on the other side of the gate in the dining room. They hung on Seth's every movement. But, if any of the dogs got a little carried away with kissing Seth on the face, he just gave them the hand and pushed them away. He's a very assertive little boy.
Seth and I shared a room in the house, while Jason slept in the trailer in front of the house so his allergies wouldn't bother him. I love my husband, but boy - it was fun sleeping in their huge king size bed! Seth slept in his pack and play next to the bed. I was trying so hard not to make loud noise because Seth is such a light sleeper. He didn't wake up upset at all during both nights.
Saturday morning was really sweet. I cuddled with Seth in the big king-sized bed before he had breakfast. After Seth played with the dogs, he took a nap. In the afternoon, we took a gorgeous drive up to Sister Bay to stroll the annual Sister Bay Fall Festival. Carrie was working at the Door County Humane Society booth all day, so we made sure to visit her at the booth. Seth was entertained by Doorie, the Door County Humane Society's mascot. He just studied Doorie and tried to figure him out.
It was such a BEAUTIFUL fall day - in the mid 60's and sunny. It seemed like everyone and their uncle was at the festival. Seth got a kick out of watching people. He just squealed and laughed out loud. He really enjoyed himself. So much so that he took a nap on the way home.
After dinner and after Seth went to bed, the adults played a card game and then we all kind of konked out.
Sunday morning was leisurely and after Seth woke up from his nap and ate, we got back on the road. We even sat in a gas station someplace in Wisconsin and fed Seth his dinner. We were listening to the Vikings game on the radio. We'd say "Yayyyy, Vikings!" and wave Seth's left hand when they did something good. Seth caught on and before you know it, we'd say "Yayyy, Vikings!" and Seth would start waving his hand with a big smile on his face.
Seth became a Viking fan before he learned how to wave. Yep, it's true - I've been trying to teach him how to wave good-bye to me before leaving for work. But teach Seth how to cheer for the Vikings and he's got it down in no time! Maybe he's in denial when I leave for work. Yep, I'm sure that's what it is.
As we got closer to home, Seth was getting to his limits. He wanted to be out of the car seat! We couldn't agree more - the drive seemed longer on the way home.....or maybe it's because I didn't take a nap on the way home.:)
It was really fun to just spend the whole weekend with everyone.