I.will.never.get.behind.again! NEVER! This post covers almost 6 months. I know I left out some things and I am sure as I realize what they are..I will come back and update this post. I hope to say more about the first few months in TX but I know the pictures tell the story! :) I also realize that the grammar, punctuation, etc in this post are not the best. Wyatt one day when you read this :/ Mama was just trying her hardest to get this in the blog so she didn't forget these special moments. I am having a hard time wrapping my head around that I am just now finishing this post on 5-24-12 ( you are 10 months and 3 days old) and daddy and I feel like you just arrived and we just left Oregon! Yes I backdated the publish date so it would flow!
So after the drive "home" (which was so much fun because I couldn't believe they were letting me take this little guy home) we arrived and my dad was a minute ahead of us. Daniel got the dogs outside and I walked up with Wyatt. We introduced the babies to our new baby with help of my parents. Our babies did great and were interested however, they were way more excited that we were home. I was happy to be able to love on them after spending four days away! Of course this goes without saying, but we watched them like hawks and still do.
We all started finishing the packing process as we were set to leave on Tuesday. Luckily we all got a much needed nap. The next day Daniel and I took the little guy to the doctor for what would be a first visit and my parents headed over to Oregon City for a day on the coast. We got a good feeding plan for the road and spent the day running last minute errands in town. The little guy even went to Target and Fred Meyer for the things we didn't know we needed until after he arrived. We clearly like to start the shopping experience early! Tuesday we got up let the neighbors meet the little guy, said our goodbyes, and then hit the road.
|Last picture in park|
7-27 (Wed) Salem OR - Idaho We didn't get as early of a start as we wanted but, we loaded up on local cherries, blackberries, and other local yums and hit the road. We were able to still stop and do a little sight seeing at Multonomia falls and got some great pictures. I am certain we were all very excited to be on our way to start the big trip! Here we go.... The drive most of the day was gorgeous as you drive right beside the Columbia river..amazing!
|Cabbage Hill Overlook in Oregon - This is a huge|
Drive Day 2 (Thurs) 7-28-11 ID, UT to WY - Snake River, Twin Falls, ID
We drove through ID, UT, and WY. Daniel and I made sure we stopped at Snake River where Evil Kanivle jumped the river. We were in the spot he jumped and got some great pictures. The river has made a gorge through the land kinda like the Rio Grande George we one visited north of Santa Fe. It was so hot that little guy didn't spend a lot of time sight seeing in this stop. We also saw few hang gliders take off down into the river. NEAT!
|1 week old|
We stopped for the night on the UT WY border.
Day 3 (Fri) 7-29-11 Drove in WY This day was pretty uneventful. We took in the sights on the drive, visited Little America, and walked around an old west town. We did have dinner and attend a street festival in Laramie WY. This is a town Daniel and my dad have always wanted to visit so they were like little kids. Its a western "feel" and had some old parts to visit. We had a great time relaxing for a few hours. It was Wyatt's actual first time in a real restaurant. That night we had a hard time finding an RV park and ended up staying at WalMart!
|Hershey the babysitter|
|We had to stop at Little America. My dad and his parents stopped here when he was a kiddo when they made a trip across the country to California.|
The next morning after Daniel bought another tire and put it on the cargo trailer after parking as were about to get on the road when my dad came inside and said that the tire on the Sequoia looked "bad." So Daniel decided to change it. After about 30 min of looking for the spare and trying to get the tire off, it was decided that it was torqued on. So the only option was for Daniel to take it somewhere. It took him awhile to find a place that would take it off. Everyone else waited at the truck stop having lunch (yes we only dine at the best truck stops with several restaurants in them) while he drove around and finally found some sweet man to help him. The guy was originally from AR, lived in Austin and was working in the area! Blessings to the man with a kind heart! We were able to finally get back on the road.
Day 5 7-31-11 (Sun) KS, OK, AR to Parents
After all the fun we had with the tires we decided to drive in the rest of the way on day5. We arrived at my parents house around 2 am! We all slept great!
Total side note on travel - We knew my parents were doing us a huge favor by helping us drive from Oregon however, they were even more of a help that we ever thought. We knew we would need the help and possibly experience "complications" as we always do during our travels but I really am not sure it would have even as gone as smoothly if they weren't with us. They were able to keep both of us calm..ok well as calm as we could be when things went wrong. It also taught Daniel and I that our normal is not normal to most people. In my personal perspective they are not used to traveling full time so for them this was a huge deal. It is huge to us as well however; we often forget traveling is not a way of life so the constant pressing, moving, packing, unpacking, jumping over boxes, stepping over dogs, and moving furniture to sleep on the road can be overwhelming. So we thank them from the bottom of our hearts with the patience they had with us and we hope we had the same with them. Daniel and I also easily forget that we are 99.999% of the time on our own and we heavily rely on each other or just do it ourselves when handing problems and packing up...we had to realize that they had no idea what to do, how to do it, or what was next to come. I hope that on the trip they were able to see some pretty country and travel through areas they had not been to before. I also hope they had a great time and made memories. I know the story of Wyatt traveling from OR to AR at just a few days old will be told over and over and we are glad you were both a huge part of it! Thank you guys for all of your help!
Daniel and I stayed the night and then headed onto to Pine Bluff. I have to be honest when I say the pickins were slim on the parks. We only had one option and. it. was. out. of. control! We were not thrilled but didn't have a choice. When we arrived the owner started to panic saying that our 5th wheel was large and he wasn't sure he had a spot big enough. Luckily he found one and I would not have wanted to be any deeper into his property than we were. He actually put us right across the street from his "house" and that gave me a sense of comfort. It was very hot when we arrived and the electricity didn't work very well. I am not going to lie..the first few days were very frustrating and I spent a lof of time out of the 5th wheel with a newborn trying to stay cool. We finally came with a solution (call us electricians as well) and were able to get our portable air conditioner powered up. We kept ourselves busy so we didn't have to stay around White Hall on the weekend. We made several trips to see my parents, were able to visit with the Yount's, and even a trip to NWA;
Our amazing friends, Andrea, Kerryanne, as well as my mama hosted a fantastic traveling shower for us. We decided due to being in Oregon we wanted to wait to have showers until after Wyatt's arrival. I know this probably decreased the opportunity for people to come as we had them right before football season after everyone was back in school, but it is what worked for us. We felt very blessed by our friends though several people were not able to attend due to last minute issues. We completely understood and still had a great time. Our friends put in so much work on an amazing fun couples shower. The theme was traveling and well fitting! We enjoyed seeing our friends so much! Wyatt is certainly dressed to impressed in all his cute things! It had been along time since we had been around our friends so we loved catching up and learning a lot from pro parents! Thank you guys for hosting and to everyone who was able to make it.
Daniel's mom came to visit us for 2 weeks and to meet Wyatt. We picked her up from the airport and were able to take her to a few sights in Little Rock before heading back to the Hall. We weren't very exciting during this visit. Whitehall is not very impressive or have much for the sightseer. We did make a trip to visit the Yount's and another to my parents house. I am glad we were able to make it up everyone as we quickly learned we were having our last week in White Hall and the frantic search for another location began. We got extremely lucky and Daniel's company had an opening in Hot Springs. I was thrilled as we had been talking about going over for the day to visit. Mary, Wyatt and I made a trip over to Hot Springs to pick out a park. I am glad we did because I was also able to show her the bath house district and a few other areas of the town.
We were pretty busy after our trip to Austin. My cousin Jordan got married, we went to Garvin Gardens with Kerryanne and Aaron, and went to an amazing Hot balloon festival, played many times in the lake, made a trip to Dallas meet R and R visit Mom, and discovered Hot Springs.
|Hot Springs Hot Balloon Festival|
|Jacob's game in Maumell - they played Hot Springs|
|Time to move...|
|My mom spent so much time making this Lifesaver outfit perfect! She could not have done a better job or made anything more perfect! Donna put the words on it and I LOVE IT! Thank you both for your hard work. I know it was a lot!|
|Texas Bass Classic|
|First Plan Trip to AR|
|Jill's Surprise 30th!|
|First Time in Santa's Lap|
|Christmas Celebrate in Austin with cousins|
|A favorite Christmas toy from Nannie and Papa|
|New Years! Mission Impossible and dinner - N and P kept Wyatt|
|My first Christmas PJ's|
|Rice Cereal for the first time- just after the Christmas holidays|
So as you can see the first 6 months of his life have been pretty busy. Wyatt is rolling over, babbling, and eating rice cereal! He will be driving before we know it! :) Daniel and I can't believe how much we already love this little guy and can't wait to see what the future holds!