A Week in the Land of Crawfish and Family

I wanted to put together a little photo-journal of how we spent our last week. We took our first double-digits trip with Cole to Louisiana to visit Gilbert's family. Actually, with the exception of Italy, it was our first double-digits trip since we've been married. By double-digits I'm referring to 12 hours. We were nervous and had the idea of stopping to stay somewhere overnight if we needed to, but we made it the whole way without stopping for more than about 45 minutes. And that was only once!

We left at about noon, eastern time, on Tuesday and got there at a few minutes before midnight, central time. With the exception of Cole waking up an hour before arriving at our destination in tears, saying, "Mommy! Hold! Hold!" everything went extremely smoothly. Let me just show you what fun we had...

Happy as a clam in the car. This is almost six hours into the trip and we hadn't stopped one time. We hadn't even busted out the DVD player yet! Check out that "car-seat hair."

Gilbert's also happy as a clam, drumming on the steering wheel to the tune of a little Coldplay.

Wednesday night we had fried catfish, compliments of Gilbert's cousin Ronny, who is a great fish fryer. Cole loved it.

Cole "playing" Playstation with another of Gilbert's cousins, Ty.

Napping on the way to Gilbert's dad's parents (we stayed an hour and a half from there at his mom's parents) on the 4th. And yes, that's a cell phone on one ear and blankie on the other.

Having fun with the water hose.

Cooling off even more in the ice chest.

Getting ready for a boat ride on the lake with Daddy and Paw-paw


Waving to fellow boaters.

Four generations of Kerrigan men (plus Mike's mom)

Being spoiled with pure sugar lemonade straight from the can in honor of being in the presence of grandparents and great-grandparents

Ready to hit the road for more spoiling with grandparents. Cole went home with Gilbert's parents to south Alabama.

And I think they're having fun...

The only thing missing from the trip? Zio Randy.

And here's the greeting Gilbert and I got when we re-entered the Hoosier state:

Welcome home!


Valerie said...

Looks like a great trip! Great commentary!!
Gas prices really stink these days :o(

Zio said...

Thanks for the little shout out. I hate that I missed some good family time. I hope you guys had a good trip and a good 4th. Love you guys!

Deaton, party of 5 said...

Cole is just the cutest! You're such a great storyteller too--looks like you all had such a fun trip. I can't believe how content Cole is in the car--cell phone pic. is adorable!
BTW =), I was a spoiled "live at home during college" kid, but I did brave the WKU dorm's for one year with my best bud Summer. I enjoyed it but was ready to save some moola.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Kate! What a cutie he is. I love the ice chest picture! Love, Emily

Terri said...

Looks like you all had lots of fun! That Cole sure is a cutie, and growing up way too fast.

Holly said...

How sweet! I've always thought Cole looked like "mini-mama," but in these pictures, I see so much of Gilbert! What a gorgeous mix of both of you!

Deaton, party of 5 said...

I totally knew you were kidding =). When the dorm fire alarms went off in the middle of the night and we were forced outside in our PJ's, Summer and I drove home to sleep. We were spoiled =)!!!

Ashley Fowlkes said...

Sorry we missed you guys! I can't believe how big Cole looks. The picture of him in the cooler is my favorite. Just wondering if Johnny's Pizza was had by any red head in your family on this jaunt? Take care!

Carla said...

I am glad that you had a safe trip. I love the Ice chest picture. Cole is such a cutie!!