Today was a great day. A great, crazy day. A great, crazy, sixteen hours in a car, show up to Starbucks in your PJ’s from the road type of day…
A great, crazy, sixteen hour in a car, show up in Starbucks in your PJ’s, I shouldn’t be blogging because I’m so out of it type of day.
Today really could have gone one of two ways. The way it went, or with two mommies checking into a nutty farm rather than the Marriott. Thank goodness, it wasn’t the latter. I can honestly say, this is one time when planning paid off. A road trip can be fun when flying down the freeway (going the speed limit of course, wink) but not necessarily fun when flying by the seat of your pants. Especially where children are concerned.
Two things that made it smooth sailing…
One planning high protein food. We packed pre made bagels and cream cheese, cut up fruit and yogurt for breakfast. These little plastic bowls were perfect!
Lunch: Ham and cheese sammies on whole wheat bread, baked chips and orange slices.
This gives a new and less creepy meaning to the word rest stop! For those who are concerned, primarily my facebook friends, no this is not at an actual rest stop!
The next little trick we had up our sleeve or more like tucked away in our travel binder was a good behavior incentive plan (from ManneroftheMonth.com’s March Issue)
At most of the stops we reviewed the behavior and gave stickers to those with great behavior. Along with a sticker came the chance to draw out of the bag o’ fun. Really a bag of little dollar store items that Elle and Maggie call treasures. Oh to see life like through “all things are treasures and magical” colored glasses. Do you remember those days? Sigh.
We also had bonus rounds, like if you fall asleep during quiet time you get a bonus trip to the grab bag. Guess what really works and what is very necessary when traveling sixteen hours in a car.
The goodie goodie grab bag and well rested children on a road trip! Win Win!