Driving down 294 was a breeze, despite the construction, until we hit 80, and thus some insane Indiana-type construction delays. Instead of staying on the road for a bit like zen_raven and I did the last time we went down to Indiana, we veered off right at Halsted, found US 30, and took forever to get to I-65.
But, at least forever is shorter than an eternity, which is what it would have taken us to get through the construction traffic.
We get down to Hebron, find the new house -- their subdivision is marketed as the 'hidden secret of Hebron', and trust me, it really is -- and see the relatives. I adore Debbie and Chris, their house is wonderful, and they're a really happy couple. Lindsi was down for an early nap, but due to wake up any time, so we caught up with Debbie while Chris worked on the lawn outside.
Lindsi woke up almost on cue, right after Mom and I got something to drink and we got the tour of the house. She was awfully shy at first, until she saw the presents sitting on the table. She'd just turned two, and we couldn't make her birthday party, so this was a delayed birthday celebration.
The presents warmed her right up, and she actually opened the presents herself -- mostly, saying "Wow!" when she found the Barbie inside, and the clothes. Another "Wow!" came along with my mom's donation of several mini teddy bear beanie babies.
It's so amazing how much kids change in 6 months. When we saw her at Christmas, she had short brown hair, and was a crabby baby. Now, she has beautiful shoulder length strawberry blonde hair, and is a super show off -- she loves to be the center of attention and made sure we knew it. In a cute-two-year-old kind of way.
We stayed for a couple hours, and almost stayed for dinner, but I had forgotten I was going to call K and go out with her to grab dinner and see a movie -- a chick bonding sort of thing.
So we headed home, taking back routes given to us by Chris, which got us back much faster than we'd gotten there, even if there were unexpected detours. However, 3 hours in the car round trip did not make my back happy, and when I got home, I called K and bailed, asking for a raincheck.
One muscle relaxant later, and half of a cubs game, I dozed off on the couch. Now, this is something I never do: normally I need absolute quiet and darkness -- so much so, I use earplugs. I must have been exhausted, because I woke up, slightly disoriented, looked at the cubs game, and only then did I come to the realization I had fallen asleep -- the Cards scored a run that I didn't remember about.
Taking that as a hint, I went upstairs and slept. Sleep is so lovely sometimes.