Three weeks from today, Roy, Sophie and I will be on the second leg of our drive from Lexington, KY to Newton, KS for the wedding of my best friend, Carolina Graber. I'm so excited I can hardly stand it! I lay in bed at night, wide awake, making lists in my head and enjoying the fluttering butterflies of anticipation.
We're renting a small cottage near campus for the week, and my parents will join us half way through. I'm so excited for this time with them. Sophie has grown and changed so much since they last saw her last April. This reunion is overdue.
I spent some time this morning looking for a parenting forum that would help me come up with activities to entertain this nearly 2 year old on this drive, but didn't find anything that grabbed me. So I ask you, my blogging community, for advice.
We're breaking this 12 hour drive in two, 6 hour jaunts, with a stop in St. Louis for the night - both coming and going. We're leaving Lexington at her naptime so hopefully she'll sleep for the first couple of hours. We'll stop often to let her get out and run. I will pack a cooler of food and drinks, bags of crayons, paper, music, and books. Oh, and Roy is downloading movies to his iPhone as a last resort. I bought a little pad Sophie can put on her lap so she can color and play on a solid surface. But I need more suggestions. How do you keep your kids entertained in the car for long trips?