Since I knew we were going to be in the car for twelve hours split up over two days, I figured I should probably make the journey fun for the kids, too. So we spent a couple of weeks prior to the trip buying things here and there "just for the trip to the beach". We bought special movies including Dora Party Pack, Blues Clues, Bob the Builder, Kung Fu Panda, Finding Nemo, and Cars (well, I found Cars...I had bought if for my nephews to watch at our house a while back). We made our first few hours of the trip with just ring pops and the Cars movie. They are fairly used to riding in the car for up to three hours when we go visit DeDe and Mike.
Then they took short naps. I could sleep an entire 12 hour trip in a car...somehow my kids can only sleep for about 30 minutes in a car. I blame their father. (c;
I call these three pictures "the progression of Reid's nap". He starts out with a lap FULL of stuff including his paci, a pillow, "Puppy", and a blanket.
Then just a paci and a blanket.
And then when he gets good and asleep, he removes the paci...but still hangs on to it.
Then everybody wakes up in a good mood...
and hungry! So it is snack time. We made a special Wal-Mart trip just to pick out fun snacks "just for our trip to the beach". We got pringles, air heads (which Lilly calls Bumpy (?)), pringle sticks, ring pops, granola bars, gummy bears, peanut butter/chocolate bugles, frosted animal crackers, and some fruit punch.
I am a true believer (especially after this trip) that fun snacks really do make a road trip for little ones!
Lilly's favorites were the pringle sticks and the "bumpy".
Reid liked the chocolate/peanut butter bugles and the frosted animal crackers.
Matt and I LOVED these! So good!! Who would've thought???
We also brought our learning toys...the v-tech lap top,
the alphabet turtle, and we also brought our barnyard toy (the one where you pull the handle and it spends and says the name and sound of whatever animal it lands on).
We played car games like peek-a-boo, grabbing feet, and Matt and I played our usual ABC game--because road trips get long for grown-ups too.
We made a trip to Barnes and Noble before we left and found these rolling lap desks. They were a BIG hit. Kept the kids entertained for a good period of time!
I love hearing this sweet voice say, "I wanna co-yer."
And this sweet face saying, "Cheeeese!"
Plus--these were on clearance so double score. (:
We brought books...specifically lift-the-flap books and books that have buttons to push that either talk or sing songs. I get car sick reading so I didn't want to be reading any books.
Reid picked this book out at Barnes and Noble and carried it with him the entire 30 minutes we were in the store. He about had a melt-down when we had to take it away to pay for it.