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Road Trip Mishaps

You may be shocked to think there were any mishaps at all.  Usually family time is perfection time and it all goes so swimmingly.  Especially if a water slide is involved.

But I made one major mistake on this road trip.

I forgot it was 2016.

I made books with activities  for each child.  I gave each child a dry erase marker with the eraser on the lid so they could do the games in the book over and over.  (I’d carefully put each page in a page protector in the same order for each book so I could call out which page I was doing and we could do it all together.)  (Insert a picture of anything unrealistic here.)

I got material so everyone could tie their own blanket as we drove and then cuddle with it.

I brought extra paper and markers in case they got bored.

Essentially I brought everything I wish I had had when I’d gone on road trips with my family.

I’d forgotten that 30+ years had passed.

And there are iPods.  And iPads.  And books on CD.  And portable DVD players.

So yesterday I finished tying two blankets and tied mine completely.  (I didn’t bring mine due to the smallness of our vehicle.)  There is one more yet to be tied.

I brought home brand new notepads and markers and I was the only one to mark all of the licenses we saw.

Mount Rushmore is a jackpot, by the way.  We saw 24 different states in the parking lot.

We saw all states except for Hawaii, West Virginia, and two other states.  We even saw Alaska.  But I think Kevin and I were the most excited about the game.

I could’ve saved a lot of time and effort if I’d just downloaded the license plate game.

Then we could’ve opened the apps together.

This is where the bison licked the car.

This is where the bison licked the car.

Time not wasted was picking out these babies

Time not wasted was picking out these babies

A Most Perfect Road Trip

I am planning our family vacation.  We are going on a very long road trip to South Dakota and Illinois and Missouri.  We are combining US history with LDS history with Jethro’s BBQ and every candy store on I-90.

While watching Making a Murderer, I’ve been googling “car trip activities.”

The internet is an amazing place.

I have:

Bingo; Road Sign Scavenger Hunt; Restaurant I Spy; state license plates; crossword puzzles; and a map.

I have treats and different snack ideas for different mile markers.  I’m going to have them color paper sacs to put their treats in.  I’m that crafty.  I bought paper sacs and I have markers and crayons.  I’m basically the female Van Gogh.

Or redheaded Martha Stewart.  Depending on what kind of treats I combine in a single plastic baggie, I may be the redheaded Rachel Ray. Or Julia Child. Or Marilyn Monroe.

I am a village.

We will be in this car at least 20 hours.

I’m hoping to win mother of the year from all of this.  At least until hour 4.

Maybe I’ll buy some jelly beans on sale and hide them in the car and make the kids find them.  Blind folded.

That should occupy them for 10 minutes.

I'm even going to rip this up and give each kid a couple of pages.  That's how creative I am.

I’m even going to rip this up and give each kid a couple of pages. That’s how creative I am.