We packed our bags Thursday night, loaded up the car Friday morning and left directly after work & school to hit the road! My little man is such a great traveler. I strapped him in, got him comfortable with blankie & puppy and set him up with his IPad.
The ride seemed longer this time around & I'm not sure why. It took us a bit over 2 hours and we were finally there! Nana & Poppa treated us out to dinner, which included cotton candy & ice cream... at 7:30pm... Needless to say, we returned home, Stryker whipped Nana in Wii and we stayed up til almost midnight! We finally made Stryker go to bed :)
Saturday morning my little guy woke up bright and early (of course!) and hung out with Nana while Mommy got to sleep in (until almost 10!!! Blessing!). We had a yummy breakfast cooked by them and got ourselves ready for the day. Since it was cold (FREEZING!) and rainy, we started off at the Aiken Railroad Depot. This was a fun little train museum with a diorama outlining the railroad system from Charleston to Hamburg. It was quite interesting and Stryker loved the trains.
After the trains, we stopped off at the Aiken County Museum. We learned all about the different towns within the county of Aiken. It's been a very long time since I've visited a museum and I really enjoyed it. Stryker got a little amiss after roaming through this place (it was QUITE large), but he hung tough and seemed to enjoy the attractions as well.
(This is a panoramic pic from my IPhone. It's taken in sections... Styrker must've been running in front of me during the picture taking! There are NOT three little Strykers!)
After the museum, we treated Nana & Poppa to their VERY FIRST Fro-Yo experience! Stryker was super excited to show them the different flavors and the oh so many toppings. The Aiken Fro-Yo is awesome! They have better toppings then what we have here in GC. Cookie Dough & Cheesecake bites were my favorite! No pictures of our Fro-Yo since we were all pretty hungry and this was 'lunch'. :)
We made a quick run to Target and headed back to the house to Skype Uncle Bubba & Daddy. Aunt Katie & Uncle Logan came for dinner. Nana made us hamburgers, hot dogs, chips & slaw and we stuffed ourselves. BUT, Stryker was down for some more Wii and the whole gang spent the night playing with him and chilling out. We even roasted S'mores in the fire place by the fire. After Katie & Logan left, it didn't take very long for our favorite little Bug to zonk out on us. And look! Even Max was thankful he FINALLY settled down :)
Today we got up early for a easy breakfast so we could go to church for the early service. After church, we returned back to the house and had a very relaxing morning. Soon it was time for lunch and we all agreed we should go to Outback. My favorite! And apparently Stryker's too :) Thanks to Nana & Poppa for treating us again! After lunch, it was time to hit the road back home. :( The weekend seemed to fly right by and leaving is always hard. BUT there's always next time! And hopefully next time will be in just over a month for the Aiken Spring Steeplechase! This will be our 4th year!
Last picture... besides the above picture, this is as close as Max will let Stryker get to him... Too funny!
Thanks Mommy & Mark for your hospitality and the fun times! We love y'all!