We have survived thus far despite driving over 1,600 miles with three restless boys. It helps that we left our house at like 10:30 at night, which meant for those first eight hours or so, there was peace and quiet in the car. I’ve only taken a few pictures so far– none of our first three stops, in Iowa and then in Nebraska. but as we came into Denver, I managed to snag this:
There’s not a lot to say else to say. It’s been a long drive but the boys have behaved well and we are happy to be here at our destination, in Colorado.
We will be going on a trip soon, halfway across the country (or a little more than). We will be driving a long way with three kids who aren’t accustomed to riding in the car for long distances.
There are strategies, the first of which is surprises. Not big ones, but my aunt helped us out by getting little treats– small toys and books– we can give each of the boys along the way. The boys do not know about them at the moment and they will remain hidden until it is time to present them to each boy.
We are bringing along lots of individually packaged snacks, which make for easy opening in the car. Picnic foods, specifically sandwich makings, will help us save a little on the eating out budget while we are on the road.
We have an end destination in mind for our first day, with some fun stops along the way. Our oldest was born in Iowa, where we lived until he was about 8 months old. So, of course he doesn’t remember the place at all. But he is very interested in the state where he was born. So we are driving through Iowa even though it’s not really on the way. I am also excited about this leg of the trip because we’ll get to eat dinner at one of my favorite restaurants in the whole world.
Then, we will break up the second day of traveling by visiting with good friends.
I am fairly confident that it will actually go smoothly. We are all looking at it as a big adventure.
Packing for travel with five people has been kind of daunting. Thankfully, we will have access to laundry facilities along the way, so we didn’t have to pack as many days’ worth of clothes as the number of days we will be gone. So, that helps. Each boy was allowed to pick out four toys or books to bring with us, though I have relaxed that somewhat since they picked out smaller things– they each have a backpack full of things to entertain themselves with, in addition to the surprises they do not know about yet.
This adventure is also exciting to me because it reminds me just a little bit of the days when Jared and I were dating. One of us traveled at least once a month for a year and a half, back and forth to visit each other, since it was a long distance relationship at the time. I’m so grateful we can travel together now.
I hope to blog the trip, so stay tuned.