Friday morning, we packed up the car and headed to my parent's house, where we unpacked the car and repacked it in their car... thus started a road trip to southern Vermont with Dumpling and my parents.
We stopped in Burlington on the way, 2 hours into the 4 hours drive, and this time, Dumpling didn't spread noddles onto vertical surfaces the way she did last year when we made the same stop with my SIL, BIL and their kids. After lunch, we headed over to the Shelburne museum where a delighted Dumpling ran from building to building, sat in the schoolhouse, ran the electric train, took her first *bus* ride (actually, an old trolley) and rode a vintage horse carousel.
By the time we got back in the car for the last part of the drive, she was out like a light. Putting her to bed that night did prove tough, it's a big double bed and she's still sleeping in her crib (clinging to it actually), so my first night was hellish. But my parents were troopers the whole weekend, keeping her entertained, taking her numerous times to walk through the mountain village to see the big carved wooden bears.
The trip back today was longer somehow. We hadn't really planned our return route, but my dad had the brilliant idea of stopping at the Ben and Jerry's factory. She didn't really enjoy the tour and freaked out when the lights went out for the movie presentation, but the free tastings, the kid's playground and the baby cows, those were all winners.
I'm exhausted from the trip. It's very hard to have most of your meals in a restaurant with a toddler for 3 days. But I wanted Dumpling to have a nice 3 days with her Mamie and Papi, since they are leaving in the morning for 4 weeks in Vietnam.... that's right folks: no grand-parents babysitting for a month! wish me luck!
(I promise road trip pictures tomorrow)