Have you ever been on vacation with kids??
Was it relaxing and stress free???
Hahaha, nope. But we take trips anyway. So we packed our car up and took 2 kids and one 6 month old on what should have been a 9hr trip to… dun dun dun… Florida!
No, we didn’t go to Disney or take the kids (me) to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios. We went to the panhandle and visited my brother who is stationed there with the Air Force.
We have been planning the trip for a couple of months and I was super excited to go see my brother but preparing for a trip with pets, kids and a husband is a lot of work.
I had to get someone who would come over and clean out my rats cage and the cat litter boxes; introducing the best of friend you could have, Jude! She so graciously agreed to clean the 2 nastiest things in my house while we were gone and that was a huge weight off my shoulders. The rest was cleaning, packing and preparing 5 people for a really long trip in a vehicle that could defintely be bigger(Honda Accord).
Luckily both kids used their birthday money to get a tablet this year AND Netflix, YouTube and MoviesAnywhere let you download movies/videos/episodes to watch offline…. THANK YOU!!!! I don’t know how my parents put up with us back in the day (other than placing the fear of God in us). We went through several days before and made sure that they had their movies and videos downloaded.
When packing we had to make sure to condense the clothes into 2 suitcases because even though the Accord has a pretty big trunk, fitting everything was going to be a tight squeeze. Years of uprooting my life as a military brat payed off!! Got it all in, with barely any room to spare.
With the plan in the place and the coffee pot set to start at 4:30am my husband and I finally went to be around 10; ready to rush out the door the next day by 5am (in reality 5:30 because we have kids).
The first alarm went off at 4 in the morning and I was not ready to adult, lol. I used to have to get up at 2:30 in the morning for work and my only thought when I heard that alarm was HOW???? I immediately fell back asleep and then my backup alarm went off at 4:15…. I had forgotten about the trip in my exhaustion, but that was why there was a backup.
But with the second alarm I was up and ready to go! I started my rounding up of the humans in the house; the baby was awake a lot that night/morning so he was not happy that I was waking him up.
We were in the car all ready to go by 5:15am!! I was super proud and as we were pulling out of the neighborhood my brilliant husband says to me, “Did you remember your camera?” NOPE… So back we went because I don’t want to go anywhere without that right now. But still 5:25 on the road, I was pretty content with myself!
Thus begins the road trip…