And yet we're glad to be back home too. Going on trips really tugs at my patience. I try to imagine everything going smoothly and always being in an energetic, happy mood. But as the saying goes, "Wherever you go, there you are." Life and people don't change just because you go on a trip. There's a lot of planning, packing, organizing, and laundry beforehand. In the car there's a plethora of bags, sippy cups, spills, lots of turning around in the passenger seat on the thru-way to find the lost book/pacifier/blanket. My purse becomes a 50 lbs weight as it tries to hold every thing we might need when leaving the car or hotel room. There's the challenge of trying to keep our diets healthy. There's crankiness when sleep routines and naps are disrupted. There's a lot of driving, waiting, walking, and breathing - it takes a lot of energy to pull off that smile at all times.
Even though life while traveling isn't always ideal, there are ways to make it more relaxing. Here's how we did it - and naturally, because we're so amazing, you should follow our lead:
|Eating her pears one|
morning in the hotel bed.
2) We took bathroom or snack stops whenever we needed without looking at the clock or miles
3) We had ample snacks and juice on hand while driving
4) We used disposable diapers instead of cloth all weekend
5) We used a car DVD player
6) We set limits and said "no" to extra plans or ended the day when needed
7) We upgraded to a nicer hotel room the last night, just to treat ourselves (and hey, for $5 it was worth it!)
8) We made exceptions, like stopping for McDonalds on the way home
You might think some of them are unnecessary, but they made a huge difference in our attitudes. I'm not an advocate for plopping your kid down in front of the TV for hours or treating it like a babysitter. Let me tell you, though, when those Baby Einstein dvds are teaching your kid sign language, and encouraging them to tell you what they see ("dog! baby! duck! cup!"), I can make an exception. And in the middle of dead-stop traffic, they were a lifesaver! And boy was it hilarious watching Little Olive's face light up while she sat down in McDonald's with her "fresh fries"!
|Hooray for quality time|
I mean, what a story for the grandkids!
All in all, it was a fun weekend and I'm glad we went. Share your tips for making traveling easier with youngsters!