I promised a few more details about our trip. I'll try to keep it brief.
Going down to the kids' house, we drove 630 miles the first day, to Prosper, Texas, where we spent the night with Dan's sister, Marci. Our nephew, Caleb, was visiting there, as well. On day two we left Prosper and drove to Chris and Kelsey's house, in Spring - another 255 miles.
Our timing for this visit was probably not the best, since poor Kelsey, who was 13 weeks along in her pregnancy, has had morning sickness all day, every day, for quite awhile. She was a real trooper, though, and joined us in some meals out (even though food isn't on her list of favorite things these days), to church on Sunday, and to the dance recital. We were proud of how Chris steps up and does what he can to keep things running smoothly during these difficult days. We stayed at a hotel near their house so that they wouldn't have to give up their bedroom, and so that we could get out of their hair and give them some time to rest, as needed. It worked out well.
One of the things that delighted me was watching Sweetpea interact with her Grandpa. He was the undisputed "Numero Uno" on this visit. Her little face just lit up whenever he walked in the room; she had to hold his hand wherever we went; and Grandpa was the only one who could read the bedtime story. I joked about feeling a kinship with Avis (car rental). Remember their ad campaign years ago? "We're Number Two. We try harder!" But the truth is that I loved every moment of watching that Grandpa/Granddaughter bond growing stronger.
We brought a couple of little gifts in our suitcases, including a hop-ball, which turned out to be a hit.
On our return trip, we drove from Spring to Amarillo, where we spent the night - 580 miles; and then drove the final 289 miles, to Albuquerque, on Tuesday, for a whopping 1754 miles for the entire trip.