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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

You Think We Would Have Learned

Three weeks before Sophia was born in May, Brandon, Kathleen, and I took a road trip to Portland. He had the vacation time, and we reasoned that after Sophia was born we wouldn't want to go on a road trip for a long time. I suppose we were right if two months counts as a long time.

We leave on Saturday for Missouri, where Brandon's parents live. Our last road trip was a paltry 12 hours, completely do-able in one day. This time, we're looking at a 2-day 20-hour trip two-thirds of the way across the country. My parents (in North Carolina) actually live closer to Missouri than we do out in Utah. However, with the cost of plane tickets currently we can get Brandon out there by plane for what it costs to get all four of us there by car.

Last year, Kathleen wasn't quite a year when we made The Trek, and she behaved herself quite nicely, sleeping a lot, and staying quiet for most of the right. We have no such hopes this year, as Kathleen is much more vocal, and much more easily bored. What do you do with a 2-year old who doesn't care about movies? I have no desire to read Bill and Pete for 20 hours.

And now Sophia (who is currently screaming herself to sleep) gets to join the mix. Last year we swore that it was the last time we would drive from Utah to Missouri, but we're still here, and still driving. Maybe next year. In Jerusalem.

7 comments:

Laura said...

Oh man. Would you like me to 'borrow' some drugs from work?

(COMPLETELY KIDDING)

Just take lots of stops and it will be okay. :)

PaulaJean said...

Ask Aunt Michele about flying from Taiwan home with three kids. . . . And remember you DON'T want to get your names in the paper!!

Janyece said...

My advice what it's worth! (Speaking from loads of experience here.) Go to the dollar store and pack lots of little surprises for along the way. Glow sticks are great for night driving. Xander also likes to listen to children's tapes so if you have music she likes or kids' books on CD/tape, don't forget those! Good luck! It really will be fine. Xander and Ethan surprise me every time with how well they can be in weird circumstances. Plus Blessings don't hurt a bit either! They always get one from dad on long trips!

nbotts said...

nothing better than a boring broadway show for catching up on some blog stalking! congrats on the new wee one and have a nice drive.... ouch......

dixonfamily said...

Good luck guys! We hope the trip goes well with your two little girls! Have fun!

deb :>) said...

hope you have fun on you vacation! I would love to chat when you get back!

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