Thursday, May 13, 2010

BIG TRIP

So if you haven't heard yet, my dad is getting a hip replacement this weekend. Monday actually. Brian, Christopher and I are headed down Sunday to Kentucky. I'm guessing most of you know, but if you don't, my father and mother run Jack's Place Rescue on their farm. They have 60+ dogs, 5 horses, 5 cows, 20+ cats, and a donkey.



My mother is a very strong person - she can handle quite a lot. But she's going to need some help this time around. So Christopher and I plan on being on the farm helping out (as much as a two year old can) for six to eight weeks.



Plus, in mid-June, our good friends, Jimmy and Jamie, will be getting married in South Carolina. Instead of spending the money on plane tickets, we decided to have a nice long road trip. It's been forever since we've had a vacation (since before Christopher was born) and we're looking forward to it. We thought we'd make short four to six hour trips a day so Christopher doesn't get too crazy in the car.


We plan on stopping in Atlanta the first night to see GranBob and Uncle Philip. Then we're going to head to Pawley's Island, South Carolina for the wedding. I'm hoping to catch up with a few friends from college while we're there. (Florence is less than an hour from the Myrtle Beach area.) After spending a day at the beach we'll head over to western South Carolina to see my best - best - friend, Stephanie, who I haven't seen in at least seven years. We'll stay the night with her and hopefully see my old college roommate Christen, her husband Dave and their new baby Holden.


Then we're going to take a short trip to Tennessee staying near Knoxville. We're hoping to take in some of the sights and maybe catch a show in Pigeon Forge. After that, it's back to Kentucky for Christopher and I and back to St. Louis for Brian.


So you can say I've been going a little crazy around here getting ready for it all. If you know me at all, you know I'm an organizational freak. And I love lists. I started making the packing lists for our trip earlier this week. This page is just for Christopher:




What's that you said? Not that bad? Well here's his toy list:
I know! It seems like an awful lot. But we're going to be there for two months! We're basically moving. We've rented a second car to take everything. There's no way Brian's car will make the trip so we felt this was the easiest way - other than renting a UHaul.


I also went a little overboard and bought a few items that I thought would be useful on our two trips. The first item I deemed a necessity. Yes, you may think it's a little extravagant but it will probably be our saving grace.
We bought a portable DVD player.




It won't be so bad going to Kentucky. Christopher has made the trip before without a DVD player just fine. But I have a feeling that during those other 30+ hours on the road, to and from South Carolina, he's going to need a distraction. 


Next on the list was a portable bed. Christopher's in his big boy bed now and well... he doesn't really fit in his pack-and-play any more. Have you checked out the Watch Me Grow page lately? I've said it before and I'll say it again. The boy is big. So big in fact, that when I originally bought the PeaPod travel bed it turned out to be to small. The package said it goes up to age six. They lied. So I shipped it back and bought the largest size. It will probably last a year.


I also bought this item for good measure.




I figured we'll be eating out a lot on the road trip and it would be handy. Plus Brian and I are germaphobes. I can't stand the booster seats and high chairs restaurants offer. They're never wiped down (trust me, I worked several restaurants for over seven years) and so they get icky. I just got the shivers thinking about it. We've used the portable booster seat a few times now, and I consider it a worthy investment.
Along the same lines (germs and restaurants) I bought a couple packages of travel place mats.




These are great because Christopher can color while he's waiting for his food. And we all know that he picked up my artistic genes.


I also bought a few new toys for Christopher so he would have something to keep him occupied in the car if the DVD player isn't working. Other than the normal books, I got him a magnetic doodle pad. He was playing with Hunter's at a recent play date and loved it. I thought it would be a perfect way for him to draw in the car without making a mess. 


 


And the last fabulous purchase was for Crayola's Color Wonder Stow and Go kit. GaGa got him hooked on the project when she was up for his birthday. Again, it's a wonderful way for him to draw in the car (with markers) without marking the upholstery. If you haven't seen these yet, run, don't walk, to Toys R Us or Target and get some. 


 


So that's about it. I think we're prepared. At least I hope. If you know of any other "must-haves" while traveling with a toddler, I'm all ears.


Now the next step is to pack.
Yippee.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like such a fun trip! I love road trips. It is nice to not have to worry about catching a plane, etc. and just stopping wherever you feel like. I am envious that you are going to be near Knoxville! I went to the University of Tennessee and loved it there. I'd move back in a heartbeat! I'm going in June to see a friend and can't wait!

    Safe travels!

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