The drive wasn't nearly as stressful as I thought it would be. I planned and fretted and fretted some more about the road trip. Fortunately, my friend Lindsay was road tripping with her three boys the week before we left and I asked her for some tips. You see, Lindsay has three boys - did I mention that? Anyway, she is one of those moms that I envy because she is super crafty and always seems so together when I feel like a frazzled mess! She suggested taking lots of snacks and movies to watch. My mom also convinced me to buy some inexpensive toys to give Ellie along the way. Great idea! I know some of you super moms may be questioning my use of bribery with a toddler but let me tell you, it worked! When Ellie started getting restless in her car seat or didn't want to get back in the car after a rest stop, we just pulled out a present :)
To keep expenses down, we also packed sandwiches, drinks and snacks. This also stressed me out a little because I'm still uncomfortable with Ellie eating junk food (did I win back any mommy points?!). Instead of packing a lot of junk, I brought string cheese in the cooler and made our own trail mix of unsweetened cereal, dried bananas, raisins, crackers and then threw in a SMALL quantity of mini marshmallows and teddy grahams. I put it all in a large ziploc bag and just scooped out a small bowl as needed. It was a hit with Ellie (except for the dried bananas!).
I'm so thankful that God gave us a safe trip and I hope to get back to writing more posts soon. Here are some pictures from the drive:
|Playing with one of her road trip presents|
|Riding in the car for 20 hours isn't that much fun - I asked her to smile for this one!|