The topic this week is Road - something which I find timely since we just completed a road trip yesterday, driving to and from the Detroit area in a total of about 12 hours (including the time we spent there).
With 3 kids.
And a few words that come to mind when thinking about making a trip like this with my children are exhausting, stressful, and hopeful. Exhausting for us and them - it's amazing how much a few hours of riding in the car can take out of you. Stressful because we have to try to figure out enough ways to keep them occupied in the car or we'll end up hearing, "how many more minutes until we get there?" several dozen times. And hopeful that our drive will be safe and that everyone will arrive at our destination intact, if hungry, bored and with a whole lot of energy to expend.
Actually, things did go pretty well yesterday, notwithstanding the half hour we spent at a gas station when our van battery died before we left). The older girls amused themselves with their VideoNow Jr. players (and the 3 PVD disks that we have left, after losing a couple of them) for quite a while.
Becca (unfortunately) did not sleep - she is starting to get to the stage where falling asleep in the car (in the daylight anyway) just doesn't happen. But she did stay in a fairly good mood all day even without having had a nap.
We picked the girls up at my mom's (she was babysitting while we went to my dad's banquet) around 9:00 pm and headed straight on the road for home from there. Abby and Becca fell asleep not long after we got on the road, but it took Hannah a while longer.
Eventually she did succumb and all 3 girls snoozed most of the way home.
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