On Saturday, the Reeve-Manfredi clan hit the road, driving from LA to Tucson, AZ, where my mom, stepdad & sister have relocated this year. We three piled into the car at 7:30 a.m., and after getting an infusion of caffeine at Starbucks (thanks for the gift card, Dad!), we got on the road. Directions: get on the 10 East, and drive. If something gets in your way, turn.
8.5 hours later...
We rolled into Tucson (107 degrees!) that afternoon to see family, and we promptly hopped in the pool. Because that's how I roll (at least when it's 107 degrees). Vivian didn't hate the pool, but she wasn't sold on it, either. But look how cute that swimsuit is! I had to get her in it, while she still fits in it. Vivian got to spend quality time with the family over the weekend, with Aunt Jenny... and Grandma... And Great-Grandma... I haven't seen my grandma in years, so it was great to be able to introduce her to Vivian.
Rich & I also got our first night out, sans baby. We, along with Jenny, went out to karaoke while Grandma Susan & Grandpa Bob watched Vivian. It was hard being away from her, but we had a good time anyway. Rich and I sang the Johnny Cash/June Carter Cash duet, "Jackson," and the minute we got up from the table, Jenny was descended on by guys hitting on her. The girl's still got it!
The drive home on Monday wasn't quite as easy as the drive there. We left at 2:30 p.m. and got home at almost 2 a.m. Now, we stopped in Phoenix to see Rich's friend McClane, which was fun, sharing stories of parenthood (his wife just had twins, bringing their total number of kids to 4). And then we got stuck behind a bad accident on the freeway, which stopped us for an hour. And Vivian was not happy with the delay. Let's just say that baby was fussy. For hours. It was hard to keep her happy, having to be in the carseat for so long, when she really wanted to stretch and be held. But I think we'll be doing this trip fairly often, since the family is fairly convinced that they like Vivian and would like to see her regularly. So, viva el 10!