Less than 24 hours after a successful first birthday party, Jude loaded us all up into the van to take a looooong trip to meet his daddy's extended family for the first time. First we picked up Grandma Karen and Grandpa Phil in Chattanooga, then we drove and drove. And drove and drove and drove! 13 hours to be precise. And Jude didn't fuss once.
Well, o.k. He fussed once, about 40 miles from our destination of Ooostburg, WI. But I was ready to fuss after that long in the car, too! But really, mostly this is what we saw:
He had fun hanging out with Grandma at a rest stop. . .
We hung out at Lake Michigan (but not for too long because it was COLD!). . .
Jude hung out with Grandpa's brothers and their wives.
Uncle Wayne and Aunt Char:
Uncle Jim and Aunt Renee:
And once again, we had the cutest pumpkin in the patch!
We also traveled to Sun Prairie and Madison to visit with Grandma's brother and sister in law and their girls for a couple of days. It was the coldest then, even snowing for about an hour and a half. We didn't care for that cold too much. Then it was time to hit the road again to come home to our own beds, where Jude slept the whole night through - 12 hours. What else would you expect from such a busy boy?!