I've been so over-loaded, I never reported on our brief road-trip to CA for my niece's baptism on Saturday, January 7.
We knew we would be spending most of our time in the car, so we decided to rent a mini-van for the trip- excellent decision. Iris got the back bench to herself and slept most of the drive. We left Friday, about an hour after Iris got home from school and drove straight to the In-N-Out in St. George for dinner. (where we also stopped to buy a towel at BBandB since The Frog thought he should dump an entire water bottle on his own lap...) The kids slept until we got to Vegas and we all just crashed that night.
The next day, we dressed for the baptism, and got on the road towards LA. We pretty much drove straight until lunch-time, where we stopped at a Chick-Fil-A in Irvine, CA which was a total SCORE because they had a much needed kids play area! After thoroughly playing there, we headed over to the Orange County Great Park, where we were hoping to get to ride in this:
Funny, once we got to the baptism, not ONE picture was taken with the cousins. LAME. But the food and company were fantastic and it was fun to see the cousins, if only for a few hours. Then we headed back to Vegas to stay in our same hotel room from the night before- this time driving down the strip so Iris and the kids could see it in all it's night-time glory. (while I was praying for them not to notice the scandalous bilboards and advertisements...)