Monday, August 16, 2010

Driving with children

Jay and I love to take road trips.  We enjoy listening to music and also just having silly conversations.  One of my favorite things we do on road trips is when all the kids are asleep we'll pick a year of our lives and tell one memory we have from that year.

Having kids has definitely put a damper on road trips.  For some weird reason they don't enjoy sitting locked down in a car seat for hours on end.  Our current protester of long car rides would be Charlotte.  She absolutely dislikes all car rides that don't end within 30 minutes, which incidentally is just the amount of time it takes to get to my sister's house. 

On Friday we left our house around nap time, Jay and I strategically leave at nap time so all the kids will fall asleep while we are on the road for an hour or two.  Charlotte has this uncanny ability to not fall asleep at that time but she then falls asleep right before we stop for gas.  This last Friday was no exception.  I am sure she screamed for half the ride till I turned around and entertained her for another 30 minutes, which at that point I was totally sick from the twisty road and had to turn around and look straight ahead.  The road to McCall follows a river and is absolutely beautiful but also has the potential to make you car sick.  At that point I turned on a lullaby CD, which is not something I normally do and within three songs she finally fell asleep. 

Yeah, that's a picture of happiness right there.  Actually I thought it would be fun to show her this photo when she gets bigger, heck maybe I'll sneak it into her wedding video when she's all grown up!


Urban Parks said...

Yes, she does look just a little unhappy. I didn't take many of those photos of you all. Maybe Mom wouldn't let me, or more likely since I had to pay for film and processing it seemed like a waste of good money. Still, these are wonderful times aren't they.

Lonita said...

Oh, I totally understand your pain (especially after spending 11 or 12hours in the car with Joshua last week). He tends to start hurling stuff or dropping it (forcing me to basically do gymnastics to retrieve it from the front seat). Though we had to laugh when he managed to fling both of his pacifiers into the front-seat cupholder.

Donna said...

I remember those days! They get better. Nintendo DS is the best invention ever! We had a few that didn't like long car rides either. But dragging them along allows them to get used to them so their great travelers when their a little older.

denverallens said...

Look, she's got a super cute quilt, how can she be crying!

Midwestern Gone Idahoan said...

Yes, traveling with kids is VERY different!! And no two trips are the same!!