Todd and Meredith

Todd and Meredith
A blog about the love and joy that came to us through adoption!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

First birthday!

Our trip continued with our goal of being in Savannah, Georgia! We decided to take a route through Virginia and West Virginia to avoid some of the high traffic locations, no offenses DC. Wow am I glad we decided to do that! During the drive we got to enjoy the BEAUTIFUL Appalachian Mountains and I was just taken back by the pure beauty we got to drive through. It was fun because as the same time we were driving through the Appalachian Mountains, Todd and I were enjoying a book on CD, A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson. I would highly recommend finding some books on CD or on your Itunes to listen to on a long month road trip. Todd and I were able to laugh and enjoy the books together and it seemed to pass the time of long travel days better than the radio.

We arrived in Savannah, Georgia in time to celebrate little Miss Payton! She had her first birthday in Savannah, Georgia and loved opening the gifts. When we planned this trip we knew we were going to be traveling on her birthday but that we wanted to be somewhere special for her big day. We were fine not having a party because we had just had the adoption and baptism party. I asked if we could be in Savannah, knowing we wouldn't make it to Disney- just too far, because after college my friends and I went to Florida and on our way home we had broken down and an amazing couple had helped us out and given us a quick tour of Savannah. 
Savannah was all I remembered it to be, breathtaking moss on the trees, old city town with hip new things, I still love Savannah but the thing we were not counting on was the HEAT AND HUMIDITY! It was soooo hot and so humid that we didn't get out of the car/rv for much more than we needed because of fear of melting. The dogs hid in shade and didn't move and all around it was just way way too hot! But we had a fun birthday just the same!
Todd and I had blown up Disney Princess Balloons the night before and hung up a Happy Birthday sign that had Elmo, Big Bird and Cookie Monster on it so that when Payton woke up that is what she would see. Well Payton did not disappoint, she woke up and immediately was "Ohhh, what's that?" in her excited sweet voice. It was sooo fun!

We then had breakfast and opened gifts. She got gifts like a puzzle, a stack-able toy and books. She loved opening the gifts and of course saying, "Oh, what's that?" The phrase "What's that" was most likely used over a million times on the trip by Payton. She is totally into the learning what new things are by asking this question. We then went for a drive, yes in A/C, through Savannah and we talked about getting out. I was ready to tackle the heat and humidity but my family- not so much so we drove around and I enjoyed taking pictures and then mom was like "oh on house hunters, the tv show, this lady was buying a house on this island right outside Savannah and she just loved the island, we should go check it out." So we did! We headed out to Tybee Island and you want to know what, it was pretty but it didn't stand out as anything special and now we were hungry. We decided to enjoy Payton's birthday lunch at Uncle Bubba's. We didn't know anything about it (until mom and I were reading the People magazine later that week) and it looked nice and turns out it was very good. We had a nice lunch and enjoyed celebrating our daughter's first birthday! 
Overall Savannah was memorable again because it was Payton's birthday and we had a nice time but the heat and humid were terrible and we were happy to keep moving... next stop, Disney and Family!!!
 Happy Birthday Payton! Opening her gifts!
 Wanting to try out her new toy!
 She was as excited about the tissue paper at this point as anything else. 
 On our trip, we learned Payton loves straws so Meme and Poppy got her a cup in Hershey with a straw.
 Daddy and Payton looking at her new Mickey Mouse Clubhouse book!
 Downtown Savannah
 Going to Tybee Island
 Birthday Lunch
 We are so blessed to have Payton be our daughter and HAPPY to celebrate her!
 Birthday ice cream!
 Mickey Mouse clubhouse and Hot dog dance song were on this Iphone, she was hooked!
 Almost walking on her own! 
 We had a nice day as a family! 

 More of Savannah's Trees
A good end to a First Birthday! 

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