Our "cabin" - Logan's Ridge
(picture taken from http://www.vrbo.com/90613)
Our plan was to leave on Tuesday after Matt got off work and to *try* to make it the whole 6 hours in one go. Our back-up plan was to stop and stay with my dad Tuesday night (in Flowery Branch, about 1 1/2 hours from the cabin) and then make it the rest of the way up on Wednesday morning. Matt ended up getting off work at 11, so we really thought that we'd be able to make it in one stretch. The bad news: Lorelai only napped that morning for 20 minutes - from 9:00 to 9:20. Crazy! She's not a good car napper, so I was really nervous! We got the car packed and hit the road. After stopping in Adel for gas and to grab some lunch, we finally got on the interstate at about 12:20. Suprisingly, Lorelai did really well at first! I thought that she'd be major fussy because she hadn't slept much, but she played and talked to herself until about 2:00 and then she fell asleep for about 20 minutes. The bad thing about our new car seat is that her head kind of falls forward if she falls asleep because she's really not tilted back much. The only thing that I can think to do is just to let her get used to it because this is her forever car seat!
After about 3 hours of riding (almost to Atlanta) LL started to get fussy. I crawled in the back with her and turned on her DVD player to watch. I'm not a huge fan of her watching "TV", but in these kinds of situations, we do what we have to do to keep her occupied to to keep her from melting. About the time that we got about 5 miles north of where my sister works, she got on the interstate, too! Gino and Ben had been at the cabin since about 3, but Laura had to work, so she was getting there about the same time as us. She finally caught up to us right before we got to Helen and this was helpful because we didn't have to try to find the cabin by ourselves at night. We could just follow her. After Helen we had to go all the way up and down a mountain before we got to Hiawassee. Really, my only irrational fear is of heights, so this was CRAZY scary for me. Matt did really well, though, and drove slowly and handled all of my "just slow down!" from the backseat.
We're on vacation!
After we got her to sleep, Matt and I headed back upstairs to spend time with Laura and Gino. The cabin came stocked with board games, so we decided to play a few. Matt, Laura, and I played Operation and Scrabble while Gino took care of Ben. We had so much fun! Matt and I had started to feel a little under-the-weather Monday night before we left, so we decided not to stay up too late. We were exhausted from our trip and wanted to try and get some sleep. I think we headed down to bed around 9:30.
Wednesday morning we just took it easy. We played upstairs with the babies and took our time getting ready. Around 10:00 Matt and I decided to take Lorelai and make a run for groceries. There were some last minute things that we needed for Thanksgiving and just some stuff that we needed for eating other than the big meal. This is when we noticed that LL had a little bit of a runny nose and a little bit of a cough. Matt and I both had started feeling a little crummy on Monday, but we just chalked it up to sinus infections. We get them ALL the time around this time of year, and by Wednesday I had actually started feeling a good bit better.