This one time, in July, we road tripped to South Carolina. With a toddler.
We left Santee, SC and drove to Irmo, SC next to visit with our friends, the Barbones. Andy is one of Daddy Bug’s good friends from high school, Jenny is his sweet wife, and they have two sons, Aaron and Gabe. We did two overnights with them and had a blast. Bug loved hanging out with big boys!
The first day we just hung out and enjoyed each other’s company. The last time we saw each other was 3 summers ago in Charleston, right before we found out Bug existed! We were so impressed with Aaron and Gabe’s manners and thought they were just so interesting. (Older children, what a thought! I can’t wait to see Bug at their ages.) Bug started acting like an older child and did so many “boy” things around the Barbone boys. 🙂
The boys had fun that night with music.
Aaron played his violin for us!
The second day, Bug’s poor traveling sleeping habits caught up with us.
But we recovered and went to their local zoo/aquarium. Yes, both in the same place!!!
We cooled down in the aquarium before heading out. Bug was tiiiiired and needed a nap big time. I had to feed him his lunch in the car on the way home to keep him awake!
I’m the person taking pictures with the annoying yellow light:
That night we watched the Olympic Opening Ceremonies (“cute or creepy?”) after Bug went to sleep. I unfortunately fell asleep during the Parade of Nations, which is my favorite part. I love seeing people from all those countries that I’ve never heard of, or at have forgotten about during the last 4 years.
The next day we went swimming in the neighborhood pool.
We said good bye to the Barbones and left after Bug had lunch. He took a good nap in the car and only woke up because we stopped for lunch at McDonald’s drive through. He LOVED my vanilla milkshake, hehe!
Later on we made a stop at a middle school off of 95 so Bug could have a movement break and played on the swings at their park. We decided to try to drive the whole way back to PA in one day (and were successful! wow!). We made one last stop at an Applebees in VA where Bug had his first successful meal off the children’s menu!
We got home sometime after 11pm that night with only one spot of traffic near Baltimore, the only traffic of the whole trip! We were so blessed to have this time together. I was impressed with how well Bug behaved and am so glad we decided to do this this summer. Thank you to all our friends and family who made this experience so fun!