OK - our busy weekend actually started when we decided to ride the church van on the way there (who can forget Bullet's "issue" 2 years ago?) That decision was made late Wednesday night. Mindful, I work on Thursday. So, we had to pack on Wed night after church. Yuck. With packing finished, I brought the kids to Mom and Dads the next morning (to stay there while I worked), so that we could spend the night there that night (we had to be at the church bldg at 6:45am Friday morning). We got up at 6am, Dad and Scott watched the ISS and the docked Space Shuttle go over the horizon (really) and afterwards we rushed to the bldg.
The trip was fine. The kids did great going up there. We got to our room, I showered, and then we took off to find something to eat. After Kate managed to get pizza sauce all over her clothes, we went back to our room to get a nap. We saw some puppet performances that afternoon - but didn't go to the awards that night - we were just too tired!
Kate had her own bed, we brought the pack-n-play for Brooks, and we had our bed. I don't think we got 3 good hours of sleep that night. Brooks talks (babbles, rather) in his sleep, and Kate just plain wouldn't quit talking.
So, exhausted, we got up at 6:30 am Sat morning (5:30 AL time.... 4:30 AL time 2 weeks ago) and I took Kate to see some of the girls speeches. Caroline L. did such a great job - she ended up winning her division. Then we met up with Scott, had an early lunch, and I headed to the "University room" to watch Lucy B and Trace C while their siblings competed. Brooks and Scott headed to the room to get some sleep. We met back at our hotel room later on, in time for Brooks to wake up and Kate to sleep while Scott judged Bible Bowl. Later on we met with Angie and Allen and got some supper before the awards.
The awards night is so fun. It is really loud and you can really show your church spirit. The Youth group kids did such a great job. Unfortunately, though, we missed most of it because OUR kids had had it. So had I, frankly. So we went to bed early, I took a Dramamine, and slept very nicely!
Sun AM we got up at 6:00 AM (5 AM AL time) and got the room packed up before church, which started at 8 AM. I thought that the kids might like a doughnut before, but they both refused (after I had gotten in line, bought them, and got downstairs to get them to eat them. Oh well) Scott barely made it in time to take communion. But, he did. Then we waited on the bus (it came at 9:45) and we were home by 12:15. What a weekend.
Convention was great but exhausting! I do think it will be easier when our kids are older. I am glad we went, and we will continue to go... Enjoy the pics to come.