So, after weeks of debating what we should do, we ended up just splitting up. Which actually worked out well because Jon ended up not getting very much time off and was only able to be in California for about 36 hours all together - a trip that would have just been tough on the boys (though we MISSED everyone - especially Jon - very much!!) and it gave him lots of visiting time that is just hard to have when you are also trying to work around kids and their naps and bedtimes and needs and energy levels. ;)
The boys and I left Thursday afternoon and flew to Dallas with my parents and sister, where we stayed the night with my aunt and uncle, Julie and Clay who live in Wylie. Nathan was in heaven. HEAVEN. They have a big, grassy property with dogs and chickens and a pond and tons of "awesome toys" (i.e. army guys and G.I. Joe and knights in shining armor) and Nathan was just pretty much ready to move in. Especially after Uncle Clay (who morphed into "Grandpa Clay" by the end of the week) took him out every day to get the eggs from the chickens. Which was just incredibly amazing, apparently. ;)
Here's how one child reacted to a good bowl:
And here's how the other one did:
Me and my littlest. :) I hauled him through the short and steep tunnels and he just laughed the entire time. It was so cute. So we had to do it several more times.
We got back super late to the hotel and the boys were asleep in record time. ;) They were worn out!! The next morning, we had a brunch at my Aunt Jill's house and we all hung out there before heading back to Dallas.