Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Car Trips

Not until we are lost do we begin to find ourselves.
- Henry David Thoreau

It's time to start planning our annual two-day adventure to Cincinnati.  The girls and I have been making this trip for a number of years, so we have learned a thing or two about long car rides. This year is especially important because we want to spend most of our time with my sister and kids. The car crash in December that almost took them away has been a reminder of how important family is.

Earbuds.  Next to safety supplies, these babies are #1 on my survival list.  While driving, I do not need to hear My Little Pony ten times.  I need to hear Oprah. 

Books.  The girls usually have a required reading book for school.  I always insist they also bring along another book that they actually enjoy.  The Red Pyramid is a great adventure book we have been reading for some time.  It takes the sting out of their school assignment.

Snacks.  On our drive to Florida last year, my oldest daughter passed out three times in the middle of a restaurant.  She was rushed to the hospital with empty eyes and blue lips.  I cannot explain the fear as I watched her being lifted into an ambulance.  She was later diagnosed with dehydration. Water and snacks have now become a crucial part of our travels, so this never happens again.

Games.  During our trips last year, Andrew started a game counting out-of-state license plates. This challenge has carried on throughout this year.  I think Sofia might be winning.  I found these fun scavenger hunt games online that will surely keep the girls occupied...for about an hour. 

Art Supplies.  Paper, pencils and crayons have been a constant staple whether traveling or just going to a local restaurant.  Anything that keeps them from asking, "Are we there yet?!" every five minutes is a winner.

Have a beautiful day -

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