What I Did on My Spring Vacation

I know, entries have been sparse, lately. I was diligently reading for The Morning News Tournament of Books, which ended with a bang, not a whimper, today, and preparing for our first-ever long family car trip last week. Fifteen hours there, five day visit, and sixteen hours back in a four-door sedan with 2 parents and 2 boys, 4 and 6yo. It went surprisingly well.

These helped:

Age-appropriate books on CD; we listened to Nate the Great and Dr. Seuss
New activity books for the kids
Games, like Rubik’s Cube, Fifteen Puzzle, Rush Hour, and Amaze
Lap desks
2-screen DVD player (borrowed from friends) BUT wait as long as humanly possible to break this one out
Age appropriate DVDs
Healthy food: grapes, berries, cut-up apples, carrot sticks, sandwiches (PBJ and turkey/cheese), juice boxes, bagels with cream cheese and jam, pretzels, granola bars.
Print outs for things like spot the car maker and color the license-plate state.

As I said, it went well. But I’m glad to be home, where I don’t have to drive very much, very far.

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