Yesterday, my bedroom looked like this. I was prepping for a trip to NY for my SIL’s bachelorette party and bridal shower. Packing for a family of 4 for 9 days is no joke. Seriously.
I finally got all my stuff in order and the car I thought was so massive, was quickly full. This pic is before we realized the hubs left his golf clubs at home and we turned back to get them.
Cooper gave us a false “I have to poop” alarm about 5 minutes down the road that we got to stop for. Then, about 2 hours into the drive, it was more than clear that Callan doesn’t like the car seat like his brother always did. After some back breaking twisting around to try to comfort him, I decided to go sit in the back. Yeah where there is no seat. We had the back row totally folded up with the massive amounts of crap. Someone begged and pleaded and turned down many a car because
she they just HAD to have captains chairs. I mean, how can anyone get in the back without second row captains chairs?!?
Callan finally fell asleep. As did Cooper and I. That was only after I thought I would throw up due to my crazy post kid car sickness exacerbated by loud shushing trying to get little dude to fall asleep. I was literally in a space big enough for the diaper bag, in a fetal position when I woke up numb. But, both the boys were asleep, so I knew it was my motherly duty to stay put, no matter the cost. Even if the hubs was had Jason Mraz and Rufus Wainwright on repeat.
Once the boys decided it was time to quit their ever so peaceful nap, we played the “everybody take turns picking a song” game. Mine were all country sap songs. Hubs were just the artist mentioned above with a splash of Jack Johnson. Cooper’s were Kid Rock’s It Feels Good To Be Me (where the only word he sings is damn) and The Joker. Both of which I heard no less than 27 times on the way here.
Thank God we made it, and in one piece.
The misery of a drive was worth it for the magic I felt when I put Callan down to sleep in the hubs childhood bedroom. I’m sure there will be visits to all his old schools, walks to the ice cream store about a block from his house and runs with the new jogger through his little village. These are memories that will never be forgotten. Even if I had to listen to the hubs crooning the Hallelujah chorus for an hour straight.
Adrienne Gomer says
Hahaha! Love this. And can totally relate to the motherly duty of not moving if the kids are asleep.
Hoping for our own Peanut says
So funny!! We are heading to Florida for 9 days in October. We are flying, so Ill have to keep the packing to a minimum to skip paying $300 in fees!
Gavin hates his carseat too. Unlike big bro. Were going to try him in our Britax roudabout this weekend in preparation for a 12 hour ride down to Atlanta in August. UGH!
Have a fantastic vacation!!
Lindsey @ Let the Light Shine says
Ha! I made a comment about laundry for our family of three yesterday when my girlfriend said, "I understand, you should see my piles for our family of EIGHT"! haha
So you recommended the full second seat? We are turning down vehicles left and right because they don't have captain's chairs.
Stories like this are precisely why we have yet to take a family road trip!
Have a fabulous time in NY 🙂
2 Frogs and a Princess says
Oh my, I hate road trips with kids. Good luck driving home and enjoy your time there!
Ahh…road trips. SO NOT looking forward to those on some of our other camping destinations. But I had to laugh thinking of you squished between that seat! Been there, done that, but not for near as long! You are a traveling rockstar mama 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend!
Oh my. I can't imagine. I don't think I'd make it. What a mom staying put in a teensy spot so your kids would stay asleep!
Heather @ Cookies For Breakfast says
Ahh this is hilarious. Well, for an outsider anyway – probably not too hilarious for you at the time 🙂
I made the drive out for our vacation today too – looked just like yours! I'm surprised my hubs didn't divorce me for the ridic overpacking. Explorer was packed to the roof with my stuff, and Ben's stuff. Two people's stuff filling an entire SUV… WTF?!
Last point – my best miserable-baby-car-tip… SNUGGLE PUPPY. Ben is kind of sick of it now, but for real, it could break him out of the highest peak meltdown within the first opening notes (did the same for my friend's son too) – I play it through my phone's bluetooth in the car – try it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUEMxwU7yy0
Kid Rock & The Joker.. my kind of tunes!
Been there, done that! It is a lot of work packing kids. I think I pack better for them than myself though.
Julie Rogers says
A little late—but just flew with our two little ones from Newark to Iowa. You are right, packing is no joke! Hope your trip was great:)