We do a lot of traveling by plane and car to visit family and different places. Recently, my husband and I went on a road trip with our 4 year old and almost 2 year old. Although we got back a couple of days ago, we are still recovering from being
trapped in a car together for hours.
These are just some of the fun times that added to our experience.
- ARE WE THERE YET?? Now we all know this question is inevitable. If there was a family feud category for most question asked on a trip with kids, this would be the winner. However, asking it before you leave the driveway is completely unacceptable. One day, my husband will learn and stop asking.
- The GPS is awesome. I don’t even know how my parents did these kind of trips back in the day. We would spend 3 days in the car to get to our grandparents with my parents laps full of maps as they figured out the best ways to go. This modern device allowed us to know exactly what time we would arrive, how to get out of traffic, and most importantly the fastest way to my favorite iced coffee at a popular gas station.
- The jealousy moments. Speaking of road trips way back when, I didn’t have the ipad or fancy DVD player to keep me entertained. My 4 year old has both. I could hear Star Wars music coming out of his head phones while I was driving. Watching the movie would have been much more fun than my husband complaining about my driving for the hundredth time.
- To keep the kids happy, we tossed them snacks throughout the drive. Anything and everything from cheese sticks to goldfish and raisins. They drank their milk and water while we sipped on our coffee. Now it smells like death in my car and I can’t locate what exactly is causing the smell.
- Do you have to potty? (One of us to the 4 year old on continuous repeat.) No. No, he does not have to potty. At least not until we have passed the rest stop and zoomed by a sign that says next one in 30 miles.
- Shout out to the old ladies who when they saw me rocking out in my parked car, knocked on my window and offered me religion pamphlets. I practically rolled the window up on her finger when she tried to point out the video links for my kids. Our family must look more crazier than even I realized. I also now know not to talk to old ladies who approach my car. Kind of felt like Snow White getting the apple there.
- It was a bonus when both kids managed to nap for a bit in the car minus the snoring bit but they don’t get that from me. Wink, wink.
- The times I realized I have become my mother when pointing out the pretty trees, trucks, horses, buildings and anything else that could hold the kids interest for longer than 5 seconds. (Mom, consider this an apology for almost anything I did or said on road trips!)
- Hubby and I should have had it written into our vows on who gets control over the radio during any road trips. (Hint…it’s me EVEN if I play Adele songs on repeat.)
- The relief on our faces when we have finally arrived. Family bonding at it’s finest!
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