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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Road Trip 2010.

So this little family of ours will be embarking on our first ever cross country road trip this summer.

We may be a little bit crazy, but I am super excited!

We've driven up north and as far as Chicago with the kids but never this far.

We're going to Virginia Beach, Virginia!

Our plan is to drive from Minnesota to South Bend, Indiana.

South Bend, Indiana to Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Hershey, Pennsylvania to Washington DC.

And after a couple days in DC, Virginia Beach.

We have some tentative plans to see Chocolate World in Hershey and are planning on hitting up a few of the Smithsonians at our nation's capitol but besides that on the trip out east we don't have any plans.

We want to stay in hotels that have indoor pools and free breakfast along the way, but other than that we have no criteria.

We're staying with family in Virginia and are planning on spending some time relaxing at the ocean and visiting Busch Gardens and possibly even the Virginia Aquarium.

{My aunt is also planning a big 'ol barbeque so we can meet some of her friends, co-workers, neighbors and blog readers.}

We're going to be gone for at least two weeks. All six of us!

And it's going to be fun. It is...

What advice do you have for us as we embark the longest road trip of our lives? Are you a road trip extraordinare who knows all the best things to keep kids content on the road?

Or do you have any advice about where to stay or what to do along the way? What should we skip and what should we not miss?

Please share!


Blogger Heather said...

This might work best for your "bigs"... my parents gave each of us $20 in ones and every time we fought with each other, they took a dollar away. We were on our best behavior ever that road trip!

May 5, 2010 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Maybe a friend has portable DVD players you can borrow (if you dont have them already). Have a scavenger hunt ready for things you might see along the way... worded list for BIGS... picture list for H.

May 5, 2010 at 7:22 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

Bring lots of snacks! :)

May 5, 2010 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger amanda said...

oh how i love me some road trips!!

a) mine is only two - but snacks plus dvd's seem to work out perfectly. not to mention pit stops and leg stretching which usually equal more snacks!

b) you will love hershey - chocolate world totally free, never did the amusement park, but love the tiny little zoo. so fun perfect little day stop

c) dc will also be great - totally kid friendly.

d) just have fun and go with the flow - vacations never go as planned :) but sometimes the bumps lead to even more fun!

May 5, 2010 at 10:19 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Hershey is so much fun!!! You drive down the streets and close to the plant you can actually smell chocolate!!! When my family and I drove out east 3 years ago, we went to the football hall of fame in Canton, OH. Might be something H would like.

May 6, 2010 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

How fun! Unfortunately I don't know much about the area, but I do remember enjoying the Smithsonians when I was in D.C. - at least 14 years ago now, but at that time they did have C3PO and R2D2 from Star Wars at one of the Smithsonians so I'm sure the kids would love that!

May 6, 2010 at 8:52 AM  
Blogger LutherLiz said...

A few things come to mind:

1. There is construction between Tomah (i think) and Wisconsin Dells in WI so give yourself extra time through that stretch. Also around Chicago unless you can plan to do it at 9pm or between 1-3pm.

2. Bring lots of snacks and think of lots of games to play that involve looking out the window (bingo, license plate games, alphabet game, etc)

3. We got quarters for every hour we didn't fight and that was our spending money on the trip. It might be worth thinking of some incentive thing. (We'd lose the .25 if we fought but not the whole "bank"). Inflation may have changed that but it is something to consider.

4. Something "new" (toy, dvd, coloring book, etc) to break out in emergencies

May 6, 2010 at 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A request: Pray for Us! From "J" AKA dad.

May 6, 2010 at 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Trip sounds like fun. Do not forget to all sing together, nothing like fun family music, that everyone will enjoy. I will pray for not sweat the small stuff. save your energy for all the fun. remember to stop and smell the flower along the way. Holiday Inn , Best westerns, Comfort Inn Suites. They are pretty nice hotels. Love To All Janet

May 6, 2010 at 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

earplugs for you and J ;)


May 6, 2010 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger charish said...

We bring road trip bing with us when we travel. Be prepared for things to change. And prepare the kids that things could change. Mom and dad would drive at night with us. SO we would sleep. Have a fun and safe trip

May 7, 2010 at 6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will be praying that you have a fun fill safe trip out here, I'm so excited that you all coming.
We use to sing songs on our road trips and look for all the state license plates.

I Love You All
Auntie Laurie

May 7, 2010 at 10:41 AM  
Anonymous Jes said...

You all will have a wonderful time!!
My advice will probably help the bigs the most, but maybe H too:
let each kid have a camera (even a cheap disposable one) or time on a digital camera so they can record their own versions and memories of the trip! Also, maybe encourage the bigs to journal what they are seeing and thinking. I still have journals and photos from trips I took with my parent's as a kid. It kept me occupied in the car!

May 7, 2010 at 11:40 PM  
OpenID fritzfacts said...

When my Dad took three of the grandkids with him to South Dakota last year he gave them each a disposable camera to take whatever pictures they wanted, they were HILARIOUS.

We have done a couple longer road trips and have found that DVD's only last so long before someone freaks in the car. About two months before a trip we start buying small things: books, toys, travel games and such and when someone reaches their breaking point give them something new to do. It always breaks the slowness of a long drive, and can be fun too.

Car BINGO is always fun...I still play. lol

May 13, 2010 at 1:49 PM  

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