I'll admit I was a little apprehensive about traveling with 3 kids in a car for over 24 hours. I mean would I be normal if I thought that sounded like a jolly good time?
I armed the kids with a bunch of fun things to do including an activity book for each kid with a full map of the United States. I'll be honest, it was a big hit with Ella and Jack, but I don't think Nicholas ever even looked at it.
We also passed the time doing Madlibs, which was probably more for me than them. I really loved these when I was a kid. The kids do like the funny stories though, and it IS educational because now Jack and Ella can tell you what a noun and adjective are.
I'm not going to lie, however, the biggest hit and lifesaver of the trip was the DVD player. We had 14 movies to watch and I think we watched almost all of them at some point throughout the trip. Even if the kids weren't actively watching, it was on.
I spent the majority of the time with my feet up playing on my phone. Yes it is possible to spend 13 plus hours on your phone. I played all my games, read blogs and did my Continuing Education for my pharmacist license. I had 30 credits to do by September and I had zero completed before this car ride. I now have 16 finished and I will finish the rest on the way home. Yay me!
George made fun of me for buying glow necklaces for the kids, but these were the highlight of the trip as the day started to wind down and everyone was getting a little more bored and sleepy. The provided about an hours worth of entertainment.
But it wasn't long until Ella and Jack finally called it quits and finally shut their eyes. We lost them to the sandman about an hour before our trip was over the first night.
After having left the house at 7 am we arrived at our hotel at almost 11 pm where we stopped off to sleep for the night.