We didn't fly out until later in the evening, so we had the whole day to work our way to the airport. I spent the morning packing and getting ready to go, then we had lunch at the house before heading out.
Our first stop was to get some salami cheese to take home and share :) and then it was on to Great Grandma and Great Grandpa's place. We visited a little, had a treat, then grabbed a picture together before getting back on the road.
Then it was back into the car to head toward the airport. I think I mentioned the DVD player in my mom and dad's new car - it certainly made this leg of the travel so easy.
I told the kids if they could be cool during a visit to IKEA, they would get treats from the LEGO and American Girl Doll stores at the Mall of America. I think they kind of enjoyed the IKEA visit though - not as much as me of course, but they did really well!
Since they did so well, our next stop was the Mall of America - Graham and I hit the LEGO store and got a great deal on a bunch of Mixels (really fun little kits that you can put together on their own or join up together - G's a little obsessed since getting a couple from Auntie Carrie and family). Nana had gone with Ellie to the American Girl Doll store to try and narrow down some choices, but it still took some time once I got over there. She ended up choosing some new glittery sneakers and colored hair extensions for her doll, which she recently named Grace. Here they are checking out their goods while waiting for dinner.
The mall was CRAZY busy, and it took longer than I thought to get out of there, so by the time we were done eating, it was past time to hustle over to the airport. We made it with no troubles though, and walked right onto the plane when we arrived at the gate.
We were a little delayed taking off, and shortly after we finally got going, Ellie nodded off for a tiny bit (really, just a tiny bit....my kids don't sleep much on planes)
Graham spent a good chunk of time on his new Mixels - can't believe he didn't lose any pieces!
They spent the rest of the time playing on their tablets or playing games/listening to music on the screens on the seats. They were pretty amazing and easy to fly with - I was really impressed (and so grateful!).
They were excited to see their dad at the airport, and he drove us back to Eugene. I got home around midnight and the kids went home with Wil to spend the rest of the weekend.
Many thanks to everyone that made this trip possible - The Denning family for taking such good care of Sammie, Jim for driving us to the airport and keeping an eye on the house, Chery for helping to make sure I could get in when we got home (long story!), Wil for the ride home (and putting out the yard bucket!), Joel and his family for spending so much time with us and helping make our camping trip so awesome, my mom and dad for letting us disrupt their lives and peace/quiet for almost two weeks, and everyone else who made time to connect with us and make it such a great visit - I always feel like we are treated so well.