This weekend, Huff the Hubs, Huff the Babe, and I took our first road trip as a family of three to Memphis to knock off one more thing on my 30 By 30 List: See Graceland.
We’ve never really traveled with HtB before. I mean, We’ve gone down to see HtH’s grandpa down near the Oklahoma border, but we also had the in-laws there to help. We considered leaving HtB with MeeMaw and Papa, but after realizing that we would probably get halfway there and miss her so much that we’d inevitably turn around, we decided to bring the little Griffyndor with us.
We did not know what we were in for.
On the way to Memphis (a 6 1/2 hour drive by Google Map standards), we decided to stop at a park to eat a picnic lunch. This way, HtB could play and stretch her tiny legs. It actually went really well!
She played, giggled, and ate well. When she started to get fussy, we started Frozen on the travel DVD player my sister let us borrow (which seriously helped cut down on meltdowns–for HtB and Mommy!) or one of us would hop to the backseat and read a book with her. We got to Memphis two hours sooner than I thought we would and were pretty exhausted…well, me and Huff the Hubs were. Huff the Babe was not. She wanted to walk everywhere, touch everything, and inspect everything. At one point I thought: Why did we bring her?!
Immediately following that thought entering into my mind, she toddled over to me and hugged my legs so tight. That’s when I thought: Oh yeah! THAT’S why we brought her!
We had dinner at a Memphis staple, Rendezvous:
It was DELICIOUS! And Huff the Babe totally charmed everyone with her dancing. The next day, we went to Graceland. I was just a tad excited:
The tour was pretty good! Since we knew we probably wouldn’t come back, we decided to do the VIP tour (i.e., entry to all of the exhibits).
After we got our tickets, we were given an iPad and headphones to help us on our tour–complete with tour guide John Stamos:
The tour was a little frustrating at first because we had to juggle our iPads, headphones, backpack, baby, and stroller. Huff the Hubs could sense my frustration and ran point with Huff the Babe so I could look at everything (thanks, Honey!).
The tour wasn’t too “kid-friendly” (i.e., I’m sure many kids would be bored) but there were plenty of shiny things for HtB to look at:
And horses (or as she called them, “doggies”) to wave “hi” to:
The tour of the house (which lasted about 2 hours) had no bathrooms, which meant no changing tables. So…we had to improvise:
We had a fun time, but it might have been better to bring a set of grandparents so Huff the Hubs and I could’ve gone alone. But, Huff the Babe charmed many of the Elvis fans and in the process, I think, became a fan of the King as well! I mean, look at how enthused she looks:
Even though there were parts of the trip that were a little exhausting and frustrating, we still had a REALLY good time. And I think Huff the Hubs said it best on our last night in Memphis when he said: “You know, if we wouldn’t have brought her [Hermione], we would have such different memories. I don’t think they’d be as fun.”