This past week our family took a trip to North Carolina to visit Eric’s dad ( Grandpa and Nina). We had decided to drive with the girls. The trip was estimated to be 9.5 hours straight through. Totally doable, right?? As the trip was drawing near I started to fear our decision to drive. How would the girls do in the car for so.long? The longest they had ever done was 6 hrs to MO. Granted, we make the four hour trip to MI frequently, 9+ hours just seemed a bit much.
The evening before we were to leave, as I was getting all the crafty things together for the car, I had a moment of panic. Honey, maybe we should download a few movies to the ipad, just in case… Eric being the purest he is ( movies? We never had movies in the car!), decided we wait and see how it goes. If things were going south quickly we could always pull into a Starbucks and download then. I felt much better:) thanks Hun.
The morning came and we were packed and ready to go. The girls were ecstatic to go see grandpa and Nina, a day Liesel thought would never actually come. I had all the
ammunition toys, books,crafts+snacks loaded and perfectly placed to allow for easy access. We buckled in and we.were.off. 8:10am ( only about 30 minutes behind our scheduled departure).
The first leg ( getting to Cincy) was a breeze. The girls looked at book after book for the entire two hours. No stops required.
We made it to Kentucky before a stop was deemed necessary (3 hour stretch!!). In the 11 hours it took to reach Huntersville, NC ( our destination) we took 3 longer stops, and one last minute-I have to go potty even though we are 30 minutes away-stop. And the girls were like pros in the car! Zero melt downs, absolutely no whining, and only one 1.5 hr nap. Amazingly proud of them!
Here are a few activities that made the trip easy.
Baking Pan: this is an amazing toy. It allows Liesel to do a number of activities. Tape paper to it and its the perfect coloring base, bring different magnets/stickers and the girls can have fun sticking them all over, it also is the perfect bead holder for making bracelets and necklaces.
Doodle Pads: provided tons of entertainment for all of us! Both girls loved drawing on them and we especially loved Liesels silly faces! Her last picture Eric decided was the perfect depiction of how we were all feeling on the inside at the end of our trip;)
Books: one can never have too many books. In the weeks leading up to the trip I carefully took a few books here and there and secretly stashed them away so that they would be newer to the girls in the car. We also made a trip to the library a few days prior, picking out a few books that would be fun for the girls to look at. Our favorites were Richard Scarry, they have tons of pictures on every page and Liesel loves finding goldbug on every page. I think Where’s Waldo will soon be on our radar.
And of course our endless amount of snacks. No one ever said food coma was a bad thing on trips!
It also helped that once we were in Southern Kentucky through North Carolina the scenery was GORGEOUS!! Both girls loved looking the the mountains and all the animals along the way.
It was a fabulous trip in the car both ways! I now feel like we could drive anywhere. Look out Harris’ in Cali, we may be coming for you all next;)