Thursday, October 27, 2011

Roadtrip to Houston

For Labor Day weekend this year, we took a road trip to Houston for my Great Uncle (my Mom's uncle) Jim's retirement party. This was Averi's first road trip and also would be her first time getting to meet her uncle DJ (my favorite and only brother). We left on Friday when David got off work and carpooled with my parents to cut down on gas costs. We somehow managed to fit my Mom, Dad, David, Me and Averi (carseat and base included) in the trusty Toyota Camry. We also managed to fit all of our luggage plus Averi's bouncer, bumbo, boppy and playmat in the trunk of the car, thanks to my Dad and David's master packing skills. Moving on, Averi did wonderful on her first three hour car ride to Houston, I was so proud of her. We got to my Uncle Jim's (my Mom's brother) house, where we were staying at around 11pm. It was way past Ave's bedtime so we let DJ say Hi and then we fed her and put her to bed. The next day we actually got to visit and snap some pictures! 

Ave started her day just lounging with her Great Nana and her Grandpa on the couch. 

I decided to join her and see how her morning was going, by the looks of this picture, she was having a great time! (Don't mind my lack of makeup or nappy hair)

Sibling bonding time! (since we only get to see him once a year, ha!)

Averi winning over Uncle DJ. 

He even let her wear his hat, what a nice uncle!

Then it was game time, the Aggies were playing and Averi came prepared!

One Aggie graduate, and one lil future Aggie! 

The infamous "head sniff".

All the picture taking made for one sleepy little Aggie...

Later that afternoon, we all got ready and headed over to the other Uncle Jim's (both Uncle Jims live in Houston) for his "surprise" retirement party. We got to visit with out of town family and introduce Averi and Mason to those who hadn't met them yet.

Our little family at the party.

Me holding my nephew, and Averi's cousin, Mason, who was born exactly one week after her.

This was Averi and Great Uncle Jim talking to each other at the end of the party before we left, she absolutely LOVED him, as you can see from her big smile!

The next morning we went and had breakfast at Cracker Barrel, said our goodbyes and afterwards packed up to head back home. The ride back was a little more eventful due to all the detours we ended up having to take because of the Bastrop wildfires. Very scary, seeing and smelling the smoke so close made it very real and so sad. We made it home safely though, thank you God. And again, Averi was an angel on the long ride back. That about wraps up our Labor Day weekend, it was so much fun! I just love my family to pieces and wouldn't trade them for the world. 

Ave and I ended the weekend sitting out by the pool back in Austin, while Mom, Dad, and David worked on the yard for my birthday get together the next weekend (which also ended up being the PROPOSAL!)!! Stay tuned for that story!

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