Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Thoughts - Vacation Prep (7/17)

Remember when I said that Marc and I really really needed a vacation from the kids? Well, it's happening! Tomorrow after my Weight Watchers meeting, we'll be driving 7+ hours to my in-laws' house in Tyler, Texas; then on Sunday, we'll drive back to New Orleans sans kids! (We will meet them in Alexandria, Louisiana (halfway between Nola and Tyler), on Thursday to retrieve our children.) I AM SO EXCITED.

We thought it would be nice to stay in a hotel in the French Quarter on Sunday night; the nicer hotels are all way out of our price range, but one of Marc's connections (one of the perks of his job) was able to hook us up and get us not just one, but TWO nights in the Hotel Monteleone for free! It's a very upscale, very New Orleans hotel. There's a rooftop pool and I fully intend on spending most of Monday poolside in my brand new bikini, Bloody Mary in hand :D

I'm pretty nervous about the drive, actually; last year, the longest trip we made was 4 hours and it wasn't terrible. The year we moved to New Orleans, I made several trips back and forth between Birmingham and New Orleans alone with the kids; Karinne wasn't even 2 yet, and Ryan was 3-4 months old. Between all the nursing stops and what I like to call "sanity" stops, it took about 6-7 hours to make what's normally a 5-hour trip. Those trips were miserable, horrible experiences. There were times when all 3 of us in the car were definitely crying! Anyway, I just don't know how it's going to go with the kids now that they're a bit older. I know we'll probably stop at least every 2 hours so Karinne can go potty, and a longer stop for lunch and play. Ideally, the trip would take about 6.5 hours, but I'm fully expecting this trip to take at least 7-8 hours.

I went out and bought lots of different kinds of snacks; some healthy, some not-so-healthy, but none of them are things I keep in the house so hopefully the novelty factor will entertain them for a minute. I also bought various coloring books, and mini-Mr. Potato Head toys, and we'll take their crayons, paper, magnetic paper dolls, and other random toys with us. I'm also taking a couple of cookie sheets with us to use as lap desks, and magnetic clips (to hold paper) so they have a decent surface to color on. I also found a CD of "Toddler Favorites" for $5; now Marc and I won't have to sing "I'm a Little Teapot" 30 times in a row (hopefully). We don't own an iPad or portable DVD player or anything, so one of my coworkers let me borrow her DUAL SCREEN portable DVD player; we're not planning on using it the whole time, but will definitely show at least a movie or two!

I know we'll be fine, and the trip will just take as long as it takes. Hopefully the visit will go well and Marc's parents will be willing to do this again the future. I also hope that Ryan goes to sleep more easily for his grandparents than he does for us!

Wish us luck!

Have you ever taken a long road trip with your little ones? How do/did you keep them entertained? Should I just give them Benadryl and call it a day?


  1. Ooh wow Hotel Monteleone! I've never stayed there but been in it and it is GORGEOUS! Yay for y'all getting some time alone and to play tourist! That's awesome!

    My only suggestion is that maybe try to leave as early as possible to allow them to sleep. Now I know that may not be feasible with your meeting though. On long trips we would plan on getting up and leaving by say 3 am and that way if the kid sleeps til 8 or 9, you've got 5 hours behind you already. Any way you can go to your meeting today instead of tomorrow?

    1. I wish I could've gone to a meeting today, but it didn't work out. My meeting's at 8, so we'll still be getting on the road *somewhat* early, at least.

  2. Wow. how cool I hope you enjoy the time. It is always good to recharge you batteries once in awhile!

  3. How exciting!! Enjoy the silence! (Silence is what my brother says he has when his kids come visit me)

  4. Have fun!!!! Ah, to pee in peace...

  5. Christina, have a lovely vacation - the hotel looks lovely! It sounds like you are well prepared for the long trip. I'm sure it'll be easier since they are older now, and since you won't be alone driving with the kids. Hope you have a fun drive!

  6. Gotta love a great perk!!! Have a wonderful relaxing time with your hubby - sounds blissful :)

  7. My husband's company got us a good rate on a very fancy hotel in Charleston during our vacation. I have to say, I loved it...but the other guests were a little rude. I came to the conclusion that rich people don't smile. We'd try to make conversation and most of them were just kind of grouchy and uppity. You'd think with all that money they'd be happy...but maybe that's proof that money doesn't bring happiness!

  8. Is that the hotel with the carousel bar? Enjoy your little vacation!!


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