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OK so now that I reminded you (because I’m cool like that) I will get to my post.
Tomorrow Paula and I (and our families) are loading up our cars and hitting the road for what will be a long drive and sadly a short weekend BUT we’ll get to spend it with our family so I will not complain. I am coming here to ask for some advice tho. You see (I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here yet…oops) last week my car was broken into and along with other things the wretched thief stole our DVD players! I haven’t gone and bought new ones yet (that’s not to say I won’t before we leave tomorrow but as of yet I haven’t done it) so I’m asking you – if you don’t have DVD players and you are traveling approximately 12 hours with 6 kids 10 and under how do you keep them entertained? (I say 6 because the oldest will be riding with his Aunt and typically if you give him a book he’s well entertained).
I remember back when there weren’t so many rules (I’m still not sure how today w/out having those rules any of us are here to tell these stories…) and when we’d take a long drive my Dad would throw a mattress in the back of the truck with a few sleeping bags and us kids would pile in and lay down and watch the stars and love being outside, I even remember times when we’d get home and us kids would all be asleep back there so Dad would just back the truck into the driveway and let us sleep. I remember waiting for that point along the drive when we’d finally be far enough away from the city and the lights that all the sudden 50 gazillion more stars would instantly appear and you could actually really start to see the constellations that the teachers told us about at school.
I know times have changed. I know the things we do now we really do because they are safer and the give us a better chance to survive if we happened to be in an accident but I also wish that at least once it would be OK to throw a mattress in the back of the car and drive across the state and just let the kids watch the stars until they fell asleep. Just once.
So! If you would be so kind and have the time (before 6pm MST tomorrow) to share a few ideas I for one would be very thankful – and if they’re good enough ideas I have no doubt my kids would be thankful too!
PS – just a little side note – Nate and I both get pretty carsick SO until it is really dark (and usually the kids are already asleep) me reading out loud to the kids isn’t really an option (although that is another favorite traveling memory of mine – does anyone else remember the *choose your own adventure* books? My Mom use to read while my Dad would drive and then us kids would have to vote on what choice we’d make. It was so fun (and even funnier when one of us would pick an option that would end the book after like 2 pages). I have actually had success finding some of those books while thrift shopping – I think they’ll make their way into the traveling pile before we go).