nate and i are back in little rock THANK GOD. we were ready to get home. i don't believe we will be traveling again until september. i am ready for a break from planes, and trains, and automobiles. and packing. (chronic underpacker + child = many aw crap moments and runs to this store or that.)
our trip started - before we even pulled up to our destination - with getting PULLED OVER. like by the PO-leeeece. so that was exciting! St. Louis is infamous for it's sheer # of cops - each neighborhood has its own precinct and some areas/precincts are more famous than others for handing out the tickets. i was LESS THAN A MILE from the house when this particular officer pulled me over - for running a red light... which was clearly yellow. i was tempted to invite him to little rock to observe and report the running of the red lights there. it is BAD. let the record show that i am very anti-running-red-lights, so i am still not sure why he really did pull me over BUT whatever. he was very nice (we could have stopped for a drink!) and had just had his first baby (a boy named Gage) four weeks ago. we swapped some delivery stories (she had a c-section) and sleeping habits (he and his wife are both struggling with the sleep deprivation) and off nate and i went.... completing our 7 HOURS in the car together.
mid-trip, i lost my wallet on a jog. yea, it's gone. forever. i felt ridiculous. nothing says i'm-a-grown-up like losing your wallet while staying with your parents... who then proceed to make sure you have locked the door/have your cell phone/set the alarm like you haven't been doing these things on your own for the last couple of decades.
the trip wrapped with a wonderful 21st birthday party for my cousin max (complete with sno cone machine and money-blowing pit):
the trip home was LONG but the weather was clear and we made it safely, so i can't complain too much.