June 14 10

I knew as soon as the words came out of my mouth  - three hours before the drive from Nashville back to Atlanta – that I was going to regret them. I knew.

Yes, we are finally at the point where we can travel with the kids.

The kids sure showed me what the phrase “famous last words” actually means. The kids were absolutely starving from the minute we got in the car, even though I had just stuffed them chock full of Mellow Mushroom and Ben and Jerry’s in downtown Franklin. No one could agree on a movie, so Emily whined through Where the Wild Things Are, Josh whined through Annie, and Isabella whined through Avatar: The Last Airbender. Isabella was sticky from the ice cream, so she went through an entire pack of wipes, but then whined that she was stickier than when she started. She dropped her water bottle. EIGHT times. We had to make an emergency poop stop. We had to make an emergency pee stop. Josh had to tell me about all of his ailments, and trust me, everything is falling apart on him – he has a blister, a splinter, a sunburn, a hangnail. Once Isabella stopped being sticky, she started being itchy, and her seatbelt was too tight, and her dress was too tight, and she dropped her ipod…

I should probably never road trip alone again. I have no idea how Ohmommy does it. Lucky for me, though, we have many road trips on the horizon. We are driving to Myrtle Beach in two weeks (oh, I know. You are playing the tiny violins, right?) (roughly 7 hours, there and back), then on to Milwaukee (13 hours), and then finally on to Toronto (10 hours).

HOLD ME.

And please send reinforcements.

And tips and tricks, s’il vous plaît.

The thing about these road trips is that they are a nightmare while we are happening, but then they are over. And while I’m exhausted from the three days of little-to-no sleep, and I’m nursing a full-back sunburn, and I’m desperately trying to figure out where and when Emily needs to be for Camp Rock and why on earth my laptop power cord only works when I’m holding it at a certain angle (and I’m having flashbacks to my parents old antenna tv), I have these pictures.

THESE PICTURES.

These memories.

They make it all worth it. Seeing them running through the sprinklers to cool off. Watching my brother throw my kids in the pool. Seeing my niece take the stage for the first time.

(You can see the entire set on flickr over here)

Worth it.

Please, someone, PLEASE remind me.

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  1. When I was a kid I remember stocking up on travel games and coloring books pre-road-trip, back in the days before movies in vehicles even existed. I know, right? THE HORROR.

    My favorite travel game? Travel Scrabble, of course! Well, that, and Guess Who.

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    Comment by Kerri Anne on June 14, 2010
  2. Buy them all headphones and have them watch movies on their iPods?

    Although, then you’d need to charge the iPods then.

    Slip them a little booze so they sleep the whole way?

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    Comment by Kristabella on June 14, 2010
  3. We find driving at night helps. The sleep the whole way.

    Although, I think I must have been scared from the last trip because we haven’t been on one in, um, 4 years! lol

    Good luck!
    (you could threaten to make them walk?)lol

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    Comment by Jen S on June 14, 2010
  4. That was supposed to say “they”. gah.

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    Comment by Jen S on June 14, 2010
  5. Oh yeah, I second the night driving.
    Also, my son gets really car sick, so we give him gravol. It knocks him right out any time of day (totally unintentional by the way, and not that I condone drugging kids).

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    Comment by Nenette on June 14, 2010
  6. My Childhood= 4 kids, 2 parents, one blue Oldsmobile and MANY roadtrips. Solution? Fear. We feared that my Dad would go a little crazeee if we were too nutty. lol. My Dad was a good actor! lol. Yeah, I agree.. slip them a stiff drink, or perhaps Gravol?? No? P.S. You are brave.. I don’t even like road trips with the husband…he whines too much. :D
    .-= suzanne´s last blog ..Story Boards =-.

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    Comment by suzanne on June 14, 2010
  7. I usually take a secret trip to the dollar store and stock up on “new toys”, which are revealed strategically throughout the trip.

    I also just plan on making many stops and then it doesn’t feel *too* stressful.

    Oh, and I pack a huge bag full of snacks. They can’t complain when their mouths are full. :)

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    Comment by Angella on June 14, 2010
  8. Having just gotten back from driving to Myrtle Beach (FOURTEEN HOURS) I will tell you that I have ONE tip: Drive through the night. We did that on the way down and it was long, but bearable b/c the boyz slept from 9pm-5am. Driving back north, however? We split it up and stopped in Baltimore. Which turned out to be essentially 2 FULL DAYS of driving home. IT.SUCKED.
    .-= Sarahviz´s last blog ..Six! =-.

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    Comment by Sarahviz on June 14, 2010
  9. No tip I’m afraid. But it sounds like Josh is channeling Shel Silverstein’ “Sick.” Oh hey! Do they read in the car? The big kids, anyway? Or get the Harry Potter audiobooks. They are really good. Wait. Those were tips.

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    Comment by Tamara on June 14, 2010
  10. man, i thought you were talking about me on a roadtrip.

    i’m worse than a five-year-old.

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    Comment by gorillabuns on June 15, 2010
  11. The likelihood of getting all three to agree on a common movie is somewhere between 1% and no fucking way, so I’d give up that idea.

    The iPod movie option would work; you could get a power inverter that would allow you to run them off AC power (or if your car has multiple lighter ports, get them all car chargers).

    Alternatively, portable DVD players may be an option.

    Of course, if you can find children’s gravol, that has a drowsiness factor.

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    Comment by SciFi Dad on June 15, 2010
  12. Duct tape and Prozac might be your best solution.

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    Comment by Avitable on June 15, 2010
  13. When my kids were 1 and 3 and we had to drive 8 hours to Grandma’s for Xmas, they both had colds. I gave them the usual children’s cold medicine through out the trip and my husband and I commented frequently on how nice and quiet they were being instead of sick and cranky. Yep, I had inadvertantly been giving them a double dose of the meds. I’m not saying; I’m just saying.

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    Comment by Denny144 on June 15, 2010
  14. Ear plugs? Duct tape?

    Don’t ask me. I have like 52 personal DVD players, every Apple product known to man and I just throw candy in the backseat.

    I have been known to wear ear plugs though.

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    Comment by Issa on June 16, 2010
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