Small town parade on the 4th of July. This image, intentionally taken at child eye level, contains what every summer parade featured: dignitaries in sweet cars. And salt water taffy. A lot of it.

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My trip to Colorado with Leta was fantastic. I’ve got another one coming up with both of the girls and while it will be vacation for them, I know that it won’t be for me. Just like every parent, vacation with young children is no vacation. Despite that, I’ll try to make it a trip full of memories, sun and hope. This will be the first 2+ hour car trip with just the girls and me. I’m starting to plan each 15 minute segment. Leta won’t be a problem. It’s Marlo. I’m not saying that Marlo will be a problem per se. She’s just a wildcard. Marlo hasn’t had the same car training that Leta had at three years old. However, Leta can keep her company. Right?

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Affirmation: It’s always going to feel weird.

  • PandoraHasABox

    There’s really no such thing as a “vacation” with small kids. BUT…even though you’re right to be worried about Marlo, I suspect she’ll do fine. When we did our six hour road trip this summer, we let the kids each pick out one small toy at Target and then pick out a snack. When we left, we put in an audio book (we chose “The Wind in the Willows”) and gave the kids their toys/snacks. We stopped every two hours or so. Both kids did *really* well. And where I was worried about my son (who is slightly older than Marlo chronologically but probably not in maturity), his older sister stepped up and helped him navigate unfamiliar territory.

    It’s gonna be AWESOME.

  • Annie Tunheim

    Audio books are key–speaking as someone with three young boys who has recently had two doses of three-week road trips camping around Australia. Audio books magically turn my tangled pack of rowdy, wrestling wolves into, well, humans. Ahhhhhhh. Get the Roald Dahl boxed set from Amazon–fantastic stories that you’ll enjoy as well.