I'm proud to say that we made it through our first holiday celebration away from home as a family of four! Last Sunday we drove an hour and a half to my mom's place to celebrate Easter with her, her boyfriend, and my sister's family. Our trunk may have looked like we were planning on being gone for a week or more, but all went smoothly. :)
Our family arrived early and spent some time visiting before dinner.
The Bean was very excited that the Easter Bunny had visited and brought him a basket filled with treats (and eggs, he's adamant that there are eggs in Easter baskets). He searched for eggs hidden in the living room, gobbled up chocolates, and played with little bunny toys that my mom had decorating the house.
My mom's house is not the most toddler-friendly, but he did a really good job of not touching things or being very gentle with them when it was just too tempting not to touch. Keeping The Bean away from all my mom's knickknacks has been a source of stress for us when we've been there before (basically one of us had to helicopter him to make sure that he wasn't smashing her breakables). Anyway, it seems like he can be trusted a little bit more now. So maybe visits over the next few months (until Sprout is mobile) will be a little easier.
We even got a family photo! (It may be the first decent one of all four of us together.)
Today we leave for our first trip south to go visit Jen's family. Wish us luck!