Every time we are about to embark on a trip with our kids I have to get myself pumped up for it. I am my own personal coach telling myself things like "it won't be as bad as last time" or "Aly is a much better traveler now, I am sure she will fall asleep in her car seat when she gets tired" or, my favorite, "I know that Cat will just leave Aly alone if she starts to fall asleep." So was it better this trip than trips in the past? Well the weather was nicer than our last trip to California during Christmas, but the kids were awful. Aly whined almost the whole way, she refused to go to sleep in her carseat, and Cat poked and pinched her way into a new seat on the second half of our road trip tomorrow. We warned over and over again and yet that little 3 1/2 year old of ours could not keep her hands off of Aly, I know she is adorable but still give the child a break.
New plan for tomorrow on "Road Trip: Part Two", Cat goes in the back seat, Aly in the middle seat and me playing referee somewhere in between. I will be dishing the snacks, handing out the Groovy Girls (Cat and Aly both LOVE them) and reading the stories so that they are entertained all the way to Grandma and Granddad's house.
Anyone have any great ideas for traveling with two kids at this age 3 1/2 & 1 1/2? I think it is just going to suck for a while no matter what we do, but maybe there are some fabulous suggestions out there.
When we finally got to the hotel tonight, we got the kids in bed as quickly as possible, cracked open a beer and toasted to part one of our road trip. We managed to remain civil to each other, we got here without harming anyone, and now we can sleep.