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.
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.
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!