Yes, I'm going to do it, give little highlights of our trip north, day by day. If you are falling asleep with boredom at the mere thought of this, then check back later in the week, when I will likely have moved on to something else.
Sunday was the LONG drive up to Wisconsin, which turned out not to be so bad after all. My dad took advantage of the drive to get in Harper's good graces, by sitting next to her in the back seat and reading just about every board book we brought with us. Harper was eating it up. She can be kind of shy around people she doesn't see often, especially if she senses they really want to play with/talk to her. So now we know the answer: sit next to her in the back seat during an eternal car ride, proving to be her only hope for any sort of entertainment. You'll have a friend for life.
My sister Shannon, who has not been the fortunate beneficiary of a long car ride with Harper, had a bit of a harder time. Shannon's enthusiasm for her goddaughter was often met with crossed arms and pouty lips. Shannon -- I promise Harper will get over this as she gets older!