Almost one week ago we returned from what turned out to be quite an eventful 5 days in Alabama with my family. The reason we went was because my grandad passed away. He died in his sleep last Monday morning so we scrambled to buy tickets and ended up flying out on Thursday.
The service was Friday morning at 10:00am, and we only had one flight option… getting in at 8:30pm the night before to the Birmingham airport which is an hour away.
The flights there were quite challenging, with 2 lap children and a full airplane. The gentleman in our row had a child luckily so at least he understood. Avery nursed and slept most of the flight of course but Ella is at the wonderful age of wanting to run and get down and not able to understand any type of explanation as to why that can’t work. We did walk her down the aisles and the blessed SW flight attendant took her to the back for like a half hour and sat her in the jump seat with a snack. Thank you!
Anyways, here is a quick run down of our trip!
- Arrived at 8:30pm after a full day of air travel with 2 young kids and drove an hour to get home to a house full of the best family ever 😉
- Woke up first thing to get dressed for the funeral which was also an hour drive, got out the door late so they were holding up the start til we could arrive.
- Ella stuck her fingers too far in her mouth on the drive, lost her breakfast all over her outfit so… we spent 20 min on the side of the road cleaning up her and the carseat in 90 degree weather in funeral clothes!
- Arrived in time enough to catch some of the graveside service but I ended up missing it entirely to nurse Avery in the car.
- Avery hit her 6 week growth spurt while we were there and nursed constantly on days 3 and 4.
- On day 4 of our trip we drove to Selma to spend the morning with my grandparents on my dads side who were meeting Avery for the first time.
- That same night after we got home, we got a call from them that he had called 911 because Boppa (my grandma) was unresponsive. My parents threw clothes in a bag and ran out the door… she had slipped into a diabetic coma with blood sugar dangerously low. (She is ok though because my grandad had checked on her in time and she came back after paramedics treated her).
- After my parents drove off in a flurry, my sister was in the laundry room washing a load of towels from one of the other lake cabins and a bat, a real live BAT tumbled out of the bag and onto her foot. She screamed like I’ve never heard her scream!
And then…we traveled back and David’s parents flew in the next day!
So needless to say, our trip to Alabama was not boring in the least! Here are some pics we took…