So I am attempting something very brave. No, I am not giving up Gilmore Girls. I am taking off across country (well, just to Northern Utah, but it will feel like a lot longer), by myself with 3 little boys. The hubby, teenagers and Co-Ed will meet up with us in a couple of days. I wanted to take off earlier because it seems we are always rushing through Utah and don't have time to stop and smell the Taco Time. There are places to go and BYU mint brownies to eat and heck if I'm not going to do it.
I am not inexperienced in long road trips. We used to live back east and drove out west a couple of times with a mini-van full of kids. Those are trips that legends are made of. Like the time we discovered lice in my daughters hair as we were headed to a house full of family at Christmas time. And the time we actually drove straight through the night as the kids slept. I kept us all alive with an intravenous line of Dr. Pepper and 80's music on my Walkman (for you young bucks, that is what we listened to music on before i-anything was invented).
So a few hours in the car with my 3 sweet, quiet, loving little boys will be a walk in the amusement park. I have however armed myself with travel tactics just in case things get ugly. There is a fresh pile of DVDs from the video store. There are bags of crackers, fruit snacks, licorice, assorted Easter candy and sodas. And there is stuff for the kids too. My iPod is updated with tunes and audio books. Oh and of course each kid will get a couple of tablespoons of Benadryl before we go, just for good measure.
I am strangely looking forward to this little show of independence. Though I actually see rain in the forecast and maybe even some snow (Really Utah? Really? It was 80 degrees here today. Just sayin') I am going to go postal, so to speak, and not let rain nor sleet or snow keep me from my goal.
So I go into that good night and tightly packed SUV, armed with chocolate, caffeine and visions of the big mountains and even bigger hair that await me.
If this does not go well, I will be joining Susan Smith in prison because I will have driven my own kids into a lake. Wish them luck.
I'm sure it will be great! The kids will enjoy some mommy time and there's nothing wrong with a little close confines >;)>
Safe travels for you! You are braver than I could ever be . . . I can't wait to here about all of your adventures - HOPEFULLY I won't hear of them on the news! ; )
Hey - let me know if you want to meet up! I could possibly grab Lisa but knowing her she has her weekend chockers full - but we can try.
I don't want to freak you out, so I'm not going to tell you it's snowing right now.
Where are you staying?
Have a great trip with the kiddos. Utah is a beautiful state! Blessings on your travels and drink some caffeine for me :)
Oh walkmans. Those were the days.
Good luck on your trip. Lots of chocolate will be good therapy for loss of sanity...I'm just sayin'
Ahhhh, brings back fond, cough, memories. Is there an award for surviving family road trips with young children? If there's not, there should be.
If you survive, you can be the first recipient!
you are seriously such a great writer! road trips are awesome. the best part being the snacks you have to eat all day long because if you were just sitting around at home you'd have to eat all day too. right?
I'm sorry to say you're driving into hellish crap weather. And I'm just as angry as you will be when you arrive. But LET ME BE THE FIRST TO WELCOME YOU TO THIS BEAUTIFUL STATE!
Okay, I'm just going to say it then.
Just so you know, I find that chocolate and twizzlers really balance out your diet on long road trips.
Drive safely! Enjoy your journey. YOu can always take the benadryl yourself. Then you won't care as much if the kids are being ornery. :P
Arrived safely. Kids still alive. Ate my weight in cookies. Cold and snowing. Ahhhhhh.....
Yea! Lisa and I are going to the CBC together so we'll definitely have to meet up. We're going to the Friday night thing and then Saturday. Are you on Facebook? I never post my last name on my blogs and any city, state info. since I DO post pictures of my kids. I moderate my comments so if you send your FB info I'll request you as a friend.
Hope it's a fun safe trip! I only have two girls and I get a little panicky thinking about taking them to the zoo alone, and that's maybe 20 minutes away!
Good luck! I might be attempting a multi-day car trip with the kids and without the hubby this summer.
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