There’s nothing sweeter than the anticipation of an upcoming road trip! Your head is consumed with thoughts of what to pack, road trip games, what snacks will be best, perfecting your playlist for optimal memory making. Oh the memories that will be made from the impromptu stops a long the way. The funny stories you will be able to share of the less than stellar hotels you chose to crash in for the night. The stiff sheets are a small price to pay for the joy of seeing the sights of our beautiful land for the first time or maybe the 5th! Right?! Yes, of course….if you are a twenty something living your life with the freedoms us old fogies only dream of anymore! But what about if you’re traveling with kids or how ’bout six kids! Road trips take on a new meaning when you have precious cargo in tow! Long gone are the days of young! The sweet anticipation is still present and so are the thoughts that consume your head! The thoughts of what to pack will take on a new meaning of how am I going to pack everything and of course your playlist will still be important but the old songs will be replaced with songs such as Elmo’s potty song, the ABC’s and every hit title off of the Frozen soundtrack! Those impromptu stops will become well orchestrated potty breaks and you will give up nice meals in restaurants for sandwiches on the road just to save some cash so that your kids won’t have to sleep on “crunchy” sheets! Of course there’s always the thrill you get from booking a hotel room and having to lie about the number of children you will have with you (seriously, did you know that hotels won’t allow more than 3 kids to stay in the same room with you! They actually expect you to book a second room! Dang fire safety codes!!) If you’re anything like Snookums and myself you’ll just smuggle the other 3 in like a Columbian Drug Lord:) You start choosing your snacks by ratings of how messy they are and how much sugar they contain! You hand out perfectly measured amounts of liquid to drink, just enough to keep dehydration at bay but not enough to have to make an unplanned stop! Come on now, we gotta get where we’re goin’! Especially when you’re traveling cross country in a car with a bunch of screaming, whining, stinking kids!
Snookums and I try really hard to give our children the experiences in life that they deserve. Sure it’s hard to go on vacation with such a large family, heck it’s hard to go to the grocery store! People seem to think we’re nutty for going on adventures with our munchkins! We hear all the time comments like…”What if you lose one?” (trust me, whomever found our lost child would be finding us real quick!) or “How can you afford to take all those kids?” or “How are you going to handle six kids in an unfamiliar place?” On this particular comment I like to come back with “Well, I could leave a few here with you!” They get real quiet real quick and start fumbling over their words once that comes out of my mouth! hahaha! My personal favorite is “You must be really brave to go on vacation with all those kids!” I usually respond with my “crazy eyes” and say, very mysteriously “Am I?” 🙂 Sometimes I just want to scream “BIG FAMILIES WANT TO HAVE FUN TOO!”
Last summer, Snookums and I took our kids on an epic adventure half way across the U.S. to the one and only Myrtle Beach, SC. We made it a two week excursion! We decided that we would see the land on our way there and on our way back take a different route home and see some more! We planned for this trip for six months! The day before our departure we loaded down the family wagon! We had stuff packed inside, on top and on the back! Hey, guess what duct tape and trash bags work well when you are trying to protect stuff from rain! To say we looked like the Griswold’s would be an understatement we were the Griswold’s! *sidenote* if you don’t know who the Griswold’s are then please, please take a few hours, get on Netflix and watch National Lampoon’s Vacation. The next afternoon after lots of work and a quick last minute trip to Wal-Mart we were off on our adventure….well just as soon as we made an unscheduled stop at the local quick stop. Yes, Snookums surprised us all by pulling into the quick stop down the road from us…I just looked over at him and mouthed “really?” of course his response was “what :)*shoulder shrug* I’m thirsty!”…. Ok, now we are really off, yep headed out for the open road. Next stop nine hours away!……. Thirty minutes later….”Are we there yet?” and so it began!
In that six months worth of planning, I made each child a travel folder that contained fun activities for them to do, such as color pages, maps to follow, word puzzles and so on. I made sure that all the electronics were fully charged and we had plenty of charge cords. I bought new movies and plenty of “healthy” snacks. As you all know if you’ve ever traveled with children, they didn’t care about ANY of it! The only things that semi kept them occupied were the electronics and about thirty minutes of usage on those things and they were deader than a doornail. And of course it takes soooo long to recharge! We tried to occupy our time by going back a few decades…we played the car tag game, I spy, and sang 99 bottles of
beer root beer on the wall. Well, we tried to play those games anyway through the deafening screams of the babies that were strapped down (in their seats of course) like Dr. Hannibal Lector in Silence of the Lambs. But hey, it was fun! We were making memories to last a life time:)
We spent five glorious days traveling to Myrtle Beach and one and a half days of hell coming back! hahaha:) So much for seeing more land on the way home huh?! You all have to agree with me though, the trip there is always full of fun and excitement but when it’s time to come home your only thought is you wished you were the proud owner of the DeLorean from Back to the Future! All kidding aside, we did have an amazing vacation with memories that will stay with all of us forever. We will always remember that first summer at the beach:)
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