Sunday, July 05, 2009

Our Great American Adventure Part I

Yes, I did the unthinkable. I drove from northern Virginia to Boise Idaho (roughly 2500 miles) with a 5 year old, 3 year old, and 3 month old….by myself.  Here we are ready to leave...

So how did the trip go? It went exactly how I thought it would go…the first day went pretty smoothly. It was the first day so every one was excited for the big trip. The second day went fairly well too. The third day was the longest leg of the trip- from Des Moines Iowa to Cheyenne Wyoming. It was the day we wanted to turn around and go home. I knew it would happen. Treats, new movies, and even my best stories couldn’t keep them occupied. We were all bored and tired of being in the car. We were tired of EACH OTHER. The fourth day was from Cheyenne to Salt Lake City. The first hour from Cheyenne to Laramie was beautiful. We saw tons of antelope that day but the truck drivers were pretty aggressive. Once we arrived in SLC we drove around Temple Square and then to our hotel. We stayed two nights and met up with some friends. It was a really fun and much needed reunion. We also stopped for a couple of hours to see cousins in Farr West on our way to Idaho.

How did I do it? I planned in advance and packed very well. Drew took the day before my trip off and watched the kids while I got organized and packed. My friend Shellie made these cool organizer things so the kids had crayons, books, toys, etc. within reach. Each day Carter & Tay got to open wrapped gifts (thank you to all that contributed to my stash). The gifts included books, toys, treats, new movies, and coloring activities. When kids were fighting or crying or whining, I would throw things like gum or lollipops or licorice or junk snacks…er’ fruit snacks at them. We also stopped A LOT. Between my claustrophobic and newly potty-trained toddler and my nursed on demand 3 month old, many breaks were needed through the day. At rest stops we would pull out our activity bag that included a soccer ball, frisbees, and bubbles. We stayed at hotels with continental breakfasts and ate out of our cooler for lunch and snacks. We also stopped for happy meals a couple times for dinner.
Am I crazy? Well, if I wasn’t when I left, I am now! LOL! Taylor did cry for a good part of each day because of her car seat issues but other than that the trip really went well. And I really couldn’t have done it with out Carter. Carter was VERY helpful with Ashton and Tay. Had he been any younger I am not sure I could have done it because I really did rely on him, every day, all day.

So now that I am here, am I glad I did it? Absolutely! Am I ready to do it again? Nope!
Carter watching trains pass in Cheyenne Wyoming.

We made it....in one piece!

7 comments:

Melissa H said...

Congratulations! We had so much fun when you came to visit, thanks for the fun pictures and updates.

The Brownsteins said...

WOW!! You are awesome! I admire you and it makes my flight coming up at the end of the month with just Audrey and me seem like a breeze. I hope it is!

Erica said...

I have a newfound respect for you, Corinne!! My question is, how are you getting home??? Will Drew fly out?

kelly said...

You are seriously a pioneer. holy smokes. I click on over here from time to time, and its nice to see pics of your newest yittle (thats baby) he's a sweet one and you're lookin' good. nice to catch up on your happenings!!

Im still in awe over your trek. seriously. awe.

Jroo said...

Looks like everyone was glad to finally be out of that van -- even Ashton was smiling ... look at that!

Hannah said...

Oh wow Corinne, you are so brave! I am beyond impressed! I love the "Activity Bag" idea...I also love that you throw treats at them when they are whinny :). That's my style!

The Tufts said...

YOU deserve a prize! Seriously! Man alive, I feel like I just barely got my groove back, and my third is a year older than Ashton! How long are you in Idaho? I would love to see you if you have time--let me know!