The Journey to Cali

3.04.2013

Hi everyone! I know it's been pretty quiet around here! We made it California and have been slowly settling in. I have lots of things to share, along with plenty of pictures so hopefully I'll get all caught up this week. I'm backtracking a little bit and starting with our trip from Texas to California.

So, we left Texas bright and early last Monday morning. We had originally planning on driving our one car and taking turns driving. We were planning on eventually looking for an older car for Jesse to drive back and forth to work but we thought we'd just share in the meantime. But much to our excitement and surprise, my parents offered to give us my Mom's old car. It's a Toyota Camry with a 186,000 miles on it and it still runs like a champ. (Remember what I said about Toyotas!?!) Needless to say we were beyond thrilled and so thankful that we won't have to do any more car shopping.

Anyway, that left us with two cars to drive to California. Since it's only about 1000 miles, we both felt like we could make the drive separately. I drove the new car with Emerson in the back. We normally have her car seat rear facing and plan on keeping it that way until she is two, but for the trip we made decided it would be easier if she was facing forward. I needed to be able to see her and I knew that being able to watch movies would keep her happy for the long drive.

Throughout the first day we stopped three times. Once for lunch and twice for gas and to stretch our legs. Some of the scenery along the way was really pretty. I especially loved all of the rock formations. West Texas is as flat as can be so it's fun to see something different.
Emerson watched A LOT of tv during the trip. If we had been driving together I probably wouldn't have allowed her to watch so much, but since I was solo I needed to make sure she was content. So far I don't think she's permanently damaged... ;)

I was so happy to cross the Arizona state line, although I have to say that the sign was a bit disappointing! We decided that we were going to try to make it Tucson to spend the night so by this time I knew we were on the downhill slope.


Almost 600 miles later, we made it to Tucson. We are all SO happy to get out of the car. I think we were in bed by 7:30 that night. It was a LONG day.
The next morning we ate breakfast at the hotel before heading out. While we were in Texas, Mimi made E some pancakes and since that day she has been asking for pancakes non-stop. When I saw them on the hotel menu, I knew what I had to do. That sweet girl deserved pancakes after being such a sweetheart in the car for 9 hours the day before.


Knowing that we only had about 6 more hours of driving made it a little easier to get in the car the second time around. It went by pretty quickly and it was an easy drive, so I really can't complain.

I was so impressed with how well Emerson did for the whole trip. She is at that stage where she does not want to still for a second so I was a bit nervous about the drive. I mean she will not sit in the shopping cart or stroller for more than 15 minutes, so how in the world would she stay strapped in a car seat for a total of 15 hours?!? But I have to say that I really underestimated her and I was so proud of her! She couldn't have been better (and I feel like I should buy her some sort of present of something for taking it easy on Momma! ;) 

By the end of the second day, we all felt like this:

We were so happy to check into the hotel on base and relax for a little bit.


Later in the evening we took Emerson to the playground across from our hotel. That little girl was in heaven on the swings! 
And we were all thrilled to finally be in the place that would be our new home. It's been a long road getting here but we made it!!! Cheers to California!


Joeylee said...

So glad to hear that you made it safety to CA!! Sounds like Emerson did awesome on the drive

Brittney Galloway said...

Yay! That was a LONG first day, I really feel for you. I've never driven through west Texas but I hear it is a beast of a drive! Great job!

Lindsay Alexis said...

yay for making it to California :) So exciting!! you in pendleton or coronado or another one?

Allison Boutwell said...

I'm so glad that you had a great trip and that E made it easy on you. I hope you're settling into your new home and enjoying California so far.

April said...

Glad you had safe and content travels. :)

Stephanie said...

Glad you are finally in CA!! That is a long drive to make solo but it sounds like E was such a champ. Good luck with getting settled in!

Emily Powell said...

You're a brave one for making the long trip!

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Glad you made it! And isn't forward facing SO much easier on babies and their mommas?? We turned both our boys around at 1/20 lbs and I don't feel bad about it at all. I think it makes me a better driver because we can communicate.

Mateya said...

I'm so glad to hear the trip went so well! I hope you guys are settling ok!

Rachel and John said...

Glad you made it safe and sound!!

ajs {of MN} said...

YAH! so happy you made it safe and sound! E needs a present for SURE!

Lyndsey said...

Glad y'all made it, but I wish y'all could have stayed in TX longer! Yay for E being such a rockstar during the drive. Liam has watched a lot of tv lately too when I have my sick moments! It happens!

Kelli Kegley said...

I am so happy for y'all!!! I cannot wait to see all your pictures in California. I've never been and it is definitely in the top 10 places I want to visit!!

And GIRL. Connor watches movies the entire way when we go to Arkansas (6 1/2 hrs). He gets car sick looking at books and has just now started playing I spy, so I had no other option. And he has turned out ok ;)

Leah said...

YAY for making it safe to CA. Can't wait to hear about your new adventures there.

Megan said...

Glad the trip went smoothly! And so awesome about your newly acquired car! My dad has had camry's for as long as I can remember. They last FOREVER!

Natalie said...

I am so glad the trip went to so well and that E was such the trooper!

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