However, I learned a valuable lesson. If you're traveling with three littles (aged 3, 18 months, and 11 months), don't decide to head home at 5 pm. When no one has had dinner. Or an afternoon nap.
|All loaded up, 3 carseats packed in the backseat|
4:45 pm: We were loaded into the car, ready to hit the road for the 2 1/2 hour drive, where dinner awaits at the other end. Snacks in hand for tiding children over.
5:01 pm: Break out the snacks because each kid is already restless. Spend the next 30 minutes doling out snacks (most of which are now between the carseats, I'm sure).
6:10 pm: 18 month old and 11 month old begin to cry. 3 year old says she has to go potty. Decide to stop for dinner, but there aren't any exists for another 10 minutes. 3 year old insists she can't wait. 11 month old screaming at the top of his lungs during the whole time.
6:25 pm: Stop at Wendys. Comfort frazzled children. Take turns ordering food. The 3 year old who had to go potty so so so so so so bad is distracted playing and says she doesn't have to go right now (ha!).
|Antics at the table|
|Squishy had his first fast food|
7:45 pm: Leave Wendy's, after spending 15 minutes trying to rebuckle all 3 carseats in the back seat.
7:45-8:30 pm: Drive the remaining 45 minutes home, while the 11 month old screams the majority of way. My sweet friend Christina glanced at me, laughing, and over the ruckus we reflected on the differences between our present experience and our college road trips "back in the day."
8:30 pm: Finally home. The backseat is quiet.
|All tuckered out.|
Do you have any chaotic "road-trip with little kids" stories? You can probably tell I'm still a newbie at this...
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