We're going on a trip! A trippy trippy trip! Ok, not a trippy trip, but a trip, none the less! What else do you call a 12-hour drive with 3 little ones and no dvd player in the car? It'll be a trip, that's for sure! I'd been afraid to say anything earlier, for fear I'd jinx it and we'd cancel because of some unforeseen event, but everything has been smooth leading up to today, so it's safe to say, we're going on a trip!
What? No dvd player in the car? Well, no. We have a 2001 Mazda MPV and this was before dvd players became standard for cars. Isn't that kind of sad?? That dvd players are standard for cars? What happened to all the games we played as kids going on long car trips with our families? Looking out the window and watching the scenery go by? Punch buggy? License plate bingo? C'mon!! Don't tell me that you pop that dvd in the car and everyone gets lost in their own little techno world? ipod players and cell phones and dvd movies?? Say it ain't so! Anyway, we don't have a dvd player and don't plan on getting one. The girls do great in the car, and they're pretty used to long drives since even going to the food store requires packing the diaperbag and bringing snacks and drinks. They amuse themselves by singing silly songs, poking each other, bringing a doll or 6 along, and reading the newspaper. Newspaper?? Well, sure! Look!
With 3 little ones, that 12-hour trip might become a 15-hour trip, so we are planning to leave when the girls go to bed. Only we will put them to bed in the car. We are heading to Florida (!) to see my Dad and his Wife, my Sister and her Hubby and kids! I haven't met my niece who is now 18 months and my nephew who will soon be 2 months. And they haven't met Youngest who is 22 months. It'll be a mini family reunion of sorts and we are all so excited! Plans have been made, routes have been mapped out, neighbors have been recruited to feed the cats, timers have been set for the lights, luggage is almost packed, the van is oiled and gassed... Let's go! We leave tonight and hope to get there by lunch time, Monday. By doing most of the driving while the girls are asleep, we hope to avoid most of the "Are we there yet?" and the "I gotta pee!" by the girls. See you next week, as I won't be posting while we are in Florida. I will be having too much fun catching up with everyone, taking pictures, and soaking up the warm sun. Have a great week!