I mentioned last week that Will and Hallie kick butt at road-tripping. They've never lived closer than a seven-hour drive from any of their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, so to them, a ride in the car isn't even worth mentioning if won't last for at least two Disney movies, one Glee CD sing-a-long, three books, 30 minutes of coloring, one nap, one meal, and four snacks. When I've explained our tried-and-true combination of car activities, games, entertainment, etc. that keep the four of us from killing each other, my friends - their voices dripping with skepticism and their eyes dangerously close to rolling back into their heads - usually reply, "in theory your plan sounds like it would/could/should work, but does it? Does it really work?"
Yes, it does.
I'm not saying our kids don't occasionally spill their juice boxes, fight with each other, or melt-down from exhaustion and/or over-stimulation. (I'm also not saying that Tom and I don't occasionally spill, fight, or melt-down.) But overall, the four of us really have a great time, and to prove it to you, here's a play-by-play of our first two days of driving from College Station, TX to Oklahoma City, OK and then from Oklahoma City, OK to Lincoln, NE.
|I like to start every road trip off with a new mix CD - we spent the first 75 minutes of our journey jamming to Maroon 5, Gym Class Heroes, Phillip Phillips, Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, Marc Cohn, Counting Crows, and Fun.|
|Only Will and I stayed awake until the end of the game.|
|When snack time rolls around, the kids always eat a healthy snack first.|
|And then if they're still hungry they can pick a treat. Interestingly both Will and Hallie only ate about an eighth of their Texas-shaped lollipops.|
|Well, not all of us exercised. One of us refused to participate because "jumpking jacks are too hard".|