After having our second child, Addison, my mother asked me to accompany her on a road trip from Texas to Maryland in order to pick up one of my father’s horses. Since I was still on maternity leave from work, I decided this would be a great time to introduce Addison to her great-grandmother.
What does this mean? It means taking a 22.5 hour road trip (pulling a trailer) with a 2 year old and a 3 month old – every parent’s dream! How did we cope?
Well, the great thing was that Addison was still so young, she really didn’t need too much besides her Mortimer the Moose toy to pull and chew on and some music. Liam, on the other hand….it took a bit more for him to be entertained.
We brought a bit of everything – a real mixed-media adventure.
One activity that really captured Liam’s attention was the Elmo Loves ABCs app. It is educational as well as fun! It includes tracing letters, coloring, songs, Sesame Street videos and more. Here is one of his pictures – beautiful, right?
I have to say that mom and I listened to Grover sing a disco version of the ABCs so many times that we could have thrown the iPad out the window.
We brought several movies – Peter Pan, Finding Nemo, Frozen and the Avengers cartoons. Peter Pan was a favorite on this trip. He was trying to memorize, so we watched it over and over and over…
We didn’t oversaturate them with electronics. We sang the normal children’s songs, played I Spy out the window, and tried spotting different animals in the fields that we passed and he was quite content. I’ll be posting some activities to keep the little monsters busy during a long trip.
We also tried stopping more often where we could all get out and stretch our legs. We stopped at least twice at a Chick-fil-A because it had a nice playground where Liam was able to play with a few other kids while we ate. He also was getting some sticky fingers and wanted to walk out with the Eat Mor Chikin cow.
By the time we were driving back home to Texas, we were hitting some bad weather in Alabama. This always seems to happen to me when driving across country!! This weather app was crucial! At one point, there were so many tornado warnings around us, we were looking for the closest hotel we could find.
We ended up at a Hampton Inn watching the news. The weatherman told his viewers (us) to get our helmets and find a safe place to take cover! Helmets! Who knew we were supposed to have helmets when traveling across country.
We gathered the kids (still in their PJs) and our pillows and headed downstairs to hang with some of our closest friends (every other person staying there) in the hotel laundry room. Soon thereafter, we lost power. I had to ask some of our companions – when did “they” start teaching us about keeping tornado helmets? Well, I guess its a thing…
In the end, the horse made it back to Live Oak Creek Stables, we had an amazing visit with Nana and we only had a few melt downs – so I call this trip a success!