Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Roadtrip: Thanksgiving Weekend

Like the rest of America this past weekend, Katherine and Caroline hit the road for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Their destination: Los Angeles with Mommy and Daddy to visit David's family.

The trip was approximately 700 miles roundtrip, all in the family car. By far, this was the longest roadtrip for the girls thus far.

A view of the equipment used to cloth, feed, and comfort 14 week-old twins:

A photo of the equipment packed for the roadtrip to Los Angeles. Lewis and Clark packed less gear for their cross-continent expedition!
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Some creative packing by Daddy, and everything was in the car early Thursday (Nov. 24) morning, and the family was off.

Nov. 24, 2005 (Thursday) - Thanksgiving Day

Many friends have told us that babies actually travel well before six months of age, and they were right!

The girls for the most part fell asleep throughout the six hour car ride to Los Angeles.

We only needed to stop once to change and feed the girls.

Caroline got a little fussy towards the end of the trip, but overall both girls slept almost the entire time.

Thanksgiving was at Grandma and Grandpa's house.

The girls were not so into the food, but enjoyed being fussed over by their older cousin, Lauren:

Katherine on Thanksgiving with Cousin Lauren
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Nov. 25, 2005 (Friday) - Christmas Shopping

The girls were awakened early Friday morning for that time-honored tradition: The day-after-Thanksgiving shopping rush!

It was hard to tell who was more excited about waking up early -- Mommy or the girls.

David took this photo of Terri and the girls outside Target (and "yes" that is fog, not L.A. smog!):

First Shopping Trip with Mommy
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Friday was also David's birthday, so the family celebrated with some pumpkin and apple pie!

The Lim Family celebrate Daddy's birthday
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Nov. 26, 2005 (Saturday) - Date Night!

The girl's got a chance to meet their cousin Ryan for the first time (David's sister's youngest son):

The girls meet cousin Ryan -- seven weeks their senior
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But the big news for Saturday was that Terri and David left the girls with Grandma and Grandpa for the afternoon and went on their first date since the girls were born!

For three hours in the afternoon, Terri and David walked the mall without a stroller, a diaper bag, or ANYTHING. They also caught a movie, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire". David was so excited, he spent $10 on popcorn and soda, and didn't even complain about the price!

For any first time parents reading this -- if a well-meaning family member offers to give you some "down time" -- TAKE IT!

Nov. 27, 2005 (Sunday) - Red Egg & Ginger Party

Katherine and Caroline had their "official" Red Egg & Ginger Party.

Some of you will recall that on their one-month birthday, we had a small Red Egg and Ginger Celebration for the girls at our house (see "Red Egg & Ginger Party", September 4, 2005).

This was the real party -- over 150 family and friends gathered at a Chinese restaurant to eat and celebrate Katherine and Caroline.
The girls slept through most of the party, but everyone had a nice time.

Katherine & Caroline's Red Egg & Ginger Party
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Katherine & Caroline's with Proud Grandparents & Friends
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Katherine & Caroline's with David & Terri's Friends
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Gifts for Katherine & Caroline
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Nov. 27, 2005 (Monday) - Heading Home

On Monday, we headed home. The girls, again, slept through most of the trip, with only a bit of crying in the home stretch.

Here's Caroline, looking forward to heading home:

Caroline in Los Angeles
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Amy said...

Yay for you and Terri getting time to yourselves! I, luckily, have a mom/dad and two sisters within a 5 mile radius who let us have a date night every Tuesday night. The first time we went out without them, I had little anxiety attacks all night--it got better with time!

Amy said...

Oooh! And all those presents--like a whole new baby shower! But how'd you get them all home?

David Lim said...

We couldn't fit the gifts in our car. So my sister-in-law carted some up in their car, and my parents will bring up the rest when they visit for Christmas.

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

It looks to me like you packed pretty light on the way out - and it looks like a good thing with all the stuff you had to take home!