Do you remember trips to Grandma’s house as a kid? My grandma happened to live 8 hours away and even at age six I thought that riding in a car for that long was going to be the end of me. My kids have no idea what is coming. Well, they do know that we are going on our second ever family vacation but an eight hour trip…yeah, they are going to WISH that they were me back in the day! 🙂
Sam has a convention he will be attending for part of our time away and during that time I will be taking the kids to see the home that I grew up in (ah, the memories…) That also means that I will be driving five hours solo with all five kids (each way!)…I can’t wait to see how bathroom breaks go (is that even possible?!?)
I’ve been doing my best to pack. I made a list, checked it twice and started packing and collecting things a few days before our departure. Usually I procrastinate and pack hours before I leave for a trip. That just wasn’t an option when packing for seven people who with just our bodies alone almost fill up our mini-van completely.
I had to be strategic so everyone is getting the bare minimum and we will be doing laundry every few days.
Round trip we will be traveling 2,998 miles and 47 HOURS of drive time, all within a ten day time frame!
One might conclude that we are either CRAZY or REALLY motivated to see loved ones…definitely the latter.
You see, last year we went to Michigan for our first family vacation. I took activity books, markers, our laptop, (balancing between the drivers and passengers seat so that the kids could watch a movie) and random activities for the ride. The truth was that with so many kids in the back (and the fact that we don’t have one of those built-in upper dvd players) not everyone could see the movie without unsafely leaning out of their car seat. Not to mention that the activities lasted about ten minutes each and everyone was requesting the next thing to keep them entertained. Mommy gets car sick and turning around every few minutes was almost the death of me.
Here is my confession: I didn’t spend one minute on Pinterest looking for road trip ideas…you won’t find a single board on it. I decided that we were going to do this trip the old fashion way…you know the way that we grew up. Look at those beautiful trees kids…OH MY GOSH, there is a cow…do you see the COWS?!?
I also told one of my best friends my idea about the kids entertaining themselves and she thought
I was crazy took pity on me and mailed me her portable dvd player that has two screens so that hopefully each row of kids can watch the same movie! I may or may not have also bought ear plugs in the past week 😉
East Coast…here we come!