Well, Trevor and I made the trek back home to Hammond today and aside from a slow down in Mobile it was a smooth trip. We left Inverness around 7 am EST and got to Mama and Daddy's at 4 pm CST...I'll let you do the math. The GPS that Trevor received (read bought himself) for Father's Day came in really handy when the traffic got slow. I-10 was backed up as far as we could see, so Trevor had the GPS calculate a detour route and we skirted the traffic and rejoined the interstate 5 miles down the road. It was awesome!!
It was so good to see the kids again, and they were full of stories and energy. Nathan had gone to the park with Aunt Gail and met a little girl. She had fallen and Nathan went over to where she and her dad were standing and asked if she was alright. Her dad said she was, but that she was a little embarrassed. Nathan went on with his playing, but eventually went back to where she was and asked her name. Then he asked her, "How many years are you?" When she replied that she was 7, he smacked his hand to his forehead very dramatically and exclaimed, "I'm talking to a 7 year old girl and I'm only 6!" You can be sure that there will be drama if Nathan is around!
Gracie had drawn a picture of our family, rain, thunder and birds. She was very particular in describing each element of the artwork and it was funny trying to get her riled up by calling things by the wrong name. She had gotten Silly Putty stuck in her hair during our absence, and Aunt Gail had to use peanut butter to get it out. Needless to say, the offending putty was put directly in the trash.
We spent the remainder of our evening going out for dinner at Middendorf's in Manchac. They have the most wonderful, melt-in-your-mouth, thin-fried catfish and we try to get down there as often as we can when we go home. The kids always enjoy going down to the edge of the water along Lake Maurepas and making me nervous with how close they get. They have a pier now and I was almost apoplectic watching Nathan walk backwards and get so close to the edge!
Trevor and I are happy that the longest portion of our driving is over, and that we will only be on the road for 4 hours tomorrow. Here's to a good night's rest and an uneventful trip home.