Saturday, June 23, 2007

Sanity Solicitation




I am due to embark on a trip in a few days--just me and the kiddos in the new D.C. (that's what I affectionately call our "new" Dodge Caravan). Craig is totally tied-up here with his 3rd and final year of Residency starting up. We will be tackling a 10-plus-hour trek up to Provo for my sister's wedding and some fireworks on the fourth! Yes, exciting it will be....once we get there. So, come Wednesday early I will, with trepidation in my heart, load up three littles and all their many accessories.

Here is my solicitation:


1. Tricks for alert driving


2. Entertainment for a 4-year-old, 2-year-old, and an 8-month old (we don't have a DVD player).

Until take off I will be praying that Craig will somehow miraculously part the seas of the senior schedule and find a way to drive his little fam up for the festivities (and then stay for a drink or two). But, more than likely I will need all the sanity I can glean from your suggestions. Thank you in advance.




15 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Get some books on CD or tape from the library. They even keep my 2 year old entertained sometimes just the constant soothing voice or something. Then it doesn't have to be your constant soothing voice. We just got a Dr Suess collection that they like.
Those markers that only color on the special paper.
Things they don't usually get to play with like scotch tape and post it notes.
Pray they will sleep a lot.
Good Luck!

Jill said...

You are a brave soul. All I can think is to have lots of snacks in the car, music you like or perhaps earplugs, and some sort of sedative. Too bad you can't drive in the middle of the night while they're sleeping, but that would be frightening by yourself and worrisome if you fear falling asleep. Good luck!!!

nie nie said...

Hey we should caravan...we are headed up there too! We need the same advice!

Tasha said...

How long are you going to be in Utah? I get in on the morning of the 7th. Any chance you're staying for a bit?

Are you against begging, borrowing or stealing a DVD player? I would seriously consider it. We only use ours in the car for trips out of town so its a total novelty for Evie and keeps her happy. Maybe wrap up little trinkety toys and let S&L have a prize to open every hour? Mini etch-a-sketches or doodle-pros, those magnet book things, stickers, something that once they open them will keep them occupied for a bit, lots of snacks. Evie is finally old enough that she "gets" how to play eye-spy and loves it. Best of luck!

Amy said...

Hmmm...I don't love traveling alone (with kids). But your destination will make the trip worthwhile. Surrounded by family is always a good thing. We depend overly on our DVD player when we travel, but I'll think on other advice...

By the way, I still have an unsent package for you from our Favorite Things party. Your winnings are sitting in my pantry! I will make it to the post office some day!

Hannah said...

I am starting to read your blog more and more and loving your perspective. Had to comment on this one...

My mom would road trip from TX to UT with the four kids solo and now that I am a mom I can't believe it. Here are a couple links I've found helpful when we have driven with Mya:

http://travelwithkids.about.com/cs/carplanetips/a/amusekids.htm

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/134384/8_tips_to_help_you_stay_awake_while.html


I say frequent stops- potty breaks are a must anyway, esp if you employ snacks and drinks to keep them entertained. We try to leave as early as we can so she is fresh and excited in the beginning and then takes a nap during the last leg of the trip when she would otherwise be grumpy. Good luck!

Jason said...

I didn't know your blog address had changed. I thought that 3 kids were keeping too busy to post! I am so glad I got to catch up with your lives today!

Melissa

Kelly said...

I still have not been brave enough to take on the solo long drive with the kids! We rely way too much on the DVD player, but in pre-DVD days, Brynlee used to be entertained for hours with stickers. That only works if they can peel them off themselves, otherwise it's just frustrating and you can't drive and peel.

Music is always a good distraction, and exciting snacks, and a magna doodle are trip staples for us. Good luck!

Jeni said...

Two words: tranquilizer gun.

Jeni said...

Um, you can probably guess that the previous comment was NOT made by me...but, it does sound like a good idea.

Katy said...

I go to the dollar store (sans kids) and pick up a bunch of little toys, stickers, band-aids, candy, glow in the dark necklaces, etc, and individually wrap them up (label them so YOU know what they are). Pull them out every time the kids start to get restless and it will buy you more peaceful moments.

Jenny Dahl said...

lots of choices of things they don't normally get. Fruit snacks and cheetos hold my kids for a good amount of time. Though, cheetos might not be great in your NEW D.C.! You really might consider splurging for a DVD player in the name of Sanity. Good luck and enjoy your trip.

Jordan said...

Thank you thank you for your suggestions. I think a trip to the dollar store is on the docket as well as a scramble to find/borrow a portable DVD player. Wish me luck!

Nie Nie, when are you going?

Tasha, when will the stars align!? I leave early on the 7th to get home, I'm expecting a friend in town the next day.

nie nie said...

we are not leaving until friday morning. when are you leaving? wed?

rebecca said...

Jordan - best of luck with the journey. I second the pre-separated snackss, peelable stickers, dollar store trinkets, and if you can manage the mess, my kids do well with new play-doh. You may have to vacuum when you get there, but it keeps mine busy for quite a while!