I already told you about our camping trip this summer with my family, but I haven't posted yet about our trip with Paul's family to Gettysburg.
Paul's cousin, Rachel and his Mema, flew in from San Francisco. We had not seen them in over a year. Neither of them had met Belle, except through Skype. It was high time! Mema really wanted to see Gettysburg and let's be honest....whatever Mema wants trumps anything else the rest of us wants :-) She has seniority and doesn't get the opportunity to head out to Gettysburg any ol' time.
Considering that the drive to Gettysburg from Grand Rapids was well over 10 hours, Belle did fabulous! Her Aunt Monique and Rachel totally kept her entertained in the car. A basket of new toys and a DVD player helped too! The only real drama was when we were almost there and Belle filled her diaper so terrible that everyone evacuated the van and every door was opened to air it out!
I wasn't able to really see much of Gettysburg. Belle wasn't on board with my idea of trying to push her to miss a nap, although she was very much into the hotel pool! I'm not really much of a history person, so I wasn't heartbroken over it. I was just happy to hang out with the fam and to let Paul see more of the battlefield.
The trip was a unique opportunity to have four generations together. I was so happy that Belle was able to meet Mema. We learned a lot about what it is like to travel with an 11 month old, but all in all I was happy with how Belle did in the car! Thus, it ended our summer travels :-)