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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Our Vacation in the Car

Really, it feels like that's where we spent most of our time.

Started out with leaving around dinnertime on a Thursday and driving for about 5 hours and stopping for the night. Get up early Friday morning and drive 5.5 hours to see the in-laws in SC. Stayed there until early Sunday morning, when we drove another 5.5 hours to Disney World. Stayed there until early Thursday morning, when we drove 10 hours to NC to visit yet more in-laws. Stayed there until early Saturday morning(which happened to be my birthday), when we drove the 10 hours back home. Happy Birthday to me.

While you might look at that schedule and see lots of holes where we obviously were not going on a long drive, but doing things with family or enjoying Disney World(more on carting three boys 4 and under through that magical place later), it was still A LOT of driving.

Thank goodness that the day we left, we received 2 portable dvd players in the mail from Grandma. Those, coupled with lots of snacks, got us through. Not always happily, but through, anyway.

Hubby prefers to drive, since he drives much faster than I do, but the few times that I did take my turn at the wheel, Hubby would promptly fall into a coma and then we would encounter either a construction zone where we could only go about 25mph or an accident, where traffic would come to a standstill. The older boys would decide they wanted a new dvd, a snack, and a potty break, while the baby would throw his binky where I couldn't reach it and then loudly demand it back. All while Hubby remained in his coma, snoring loudly. There was the time when a storm hit and I couldn't even see past the front of the truck. All during my turn at the wheel.

We did have a great time on our trip, but the driving portion of it tends to overtake the good memories. But, I can't imagine if we had actually taken a plane to get there. With all of the stuff that is required for the boys and the two of us...car seats, pack and play, toys, diapers, clothes, food, etc....I can't imagine how we possibly would have been able to lug all of that into an airport and not have lost a child or two along the way. So, we'll stick with driving for a while.


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