This past week was Thanksgiving, and I have so much to be thankful for. As always I have my wonderful wife and other great family and friends. As an added bonus this year I get to be thankful for a happy and healthy little boy. These are just a few of the blessings in my I am fortunate enough to count.
But admittedly, this post is not about all the wonderful blessings I have, but about our first family road trip.
This was my first experience traveling with an infant for more than an hour. I had no idea what to expect. Usually driving with Boston calms him down and the motion puts him to sleep, but would he really sleep for four hours? Almost. Seriously, I didn’t think it would be this easy, and maybe in some “raising-your-children-properly-for-dummies” book it would have told me all the reasons to not travel that long without taking a rest for baby, but I was just glad to make from Orem to St George so easily and so quickly. I think any parent with kids will admit it’s nice to just get some place without all the potty breaks and such.
Once in St George he received so much love and attention from his great-grandma and other family it really was like a vacation. We had a non-traditional Thanksgiving: no turkeybowl, no movie marathons, and no messy kitchen – just lots of time with family and tasty food at a local diner. It was so nice to just relax.
The next day we were off to Las Vegas to meet with Martina’s mom. While I thought Boston had been smothered with love in St George, he was overwhelmed with affection. This was Martina’s mom first time meeting her first grandchild. It was a precious to see how much she loved this little baby and how happy he made her. Kids really are such a gift! The only downside to having both my mother (my parents joined us on our adventure) and my mother-in-law around was how unnecessary I became. Both grandmas wanted to hold Boston, take care of Boston, and check up on Boston. It was almost more stressful than not having them around! Nevertheless, walking around the strip was fun, and another first for Martina’s mom.
It was — as it almost always is — sad when our vacation came to an end, but all good things do. Overall it was a great Thanksgiving, a successful road trip, and a wonderful memory. Best of all, I’m getting my baby started early on adventuring!