Wednesday, July 16, 2008


I used to be able to just think about travel in very simplistic terms:
How long is it going to take?
How much gas money will I need?
How many meals/snacks will I be consuming?
Can I get a book on tape or some music to sing really loud to?

These were all very logical questions and easily answered--BEFORE kids.
Since I've now had two kids, things have changed. These are the questions I think about:
1. Can we time this trip mostly around Owen's nap time?
2. How many different movies will I need to pack, so that the kids will stay entertained for the required amount of time?
3. What snacks can I bring that will do the least amount of damage to the car?
4. How many days are we going to be at ________ before we leave? Because trying to convince Owen to get back in that car the second time may cause what people call a coniption.
5. How can I position the kids in the back seat to where Ryanna can care for most of Owen's needs, so I won't have to turn around and make myself sick?
AND, if I'm pregnant like I am now:
6. How many hours is this going to take? My bum starts to seriously ache from the added weight and shift of the baby.

We leave for Utah tomorrow and I'm starting to get nervous about the 14 hours or so it'll take to get up there. Can you tell?


Lacey said...

I'd be nervous too! Heck, I'm nervous about our 3 hour drive to Snowflake!!

Have fun in Utah and will see you when you get back!

Cuddlydoll said...

We just got back from Nauvoo and drove 16+ hours on Sunday (Oklahoma city to here). C was a champ! He was so good the whole way. I was so proud of him.

Good luck and have a great trip!


Melissa said...

I was surprised by how well our drives to Utah went. It's always a good idea to head to the dollar store and pick up a few surprises to pass out when things get crazy! Good luck!

Positively Creative! said...

Hey girl, I just found your blog through Sheri Kersey! You look soo good pregnant, I wish that were me, but so sadly NOT! Can you believe I still want one more? LOL! We miss your hubby not being our HTeacher. He probably is glad to get out of our crazy house!!
Have a great trip girl

Lara said...

Good luck! Road trips with kids can be exhausting!

And, don't forget that you can always stop by Cedar City if you feel the need. :)

Heather said...

Good luck Audrey!! I feel your pain, that is a long way with kids.

Jack and Annie said...

I am sure you will figure it all out! :) Have you ever thought of maybe letting Derek drive for trips that way you only have to worry about the kids. Instead of driving AND the kids. Just a thought.

Betsy said...

We hope you have a great trip. We wish we could be there with you.

Julie said...

14 hours??? When are they going to invent those transporter things that they have on Star Trek?

Bring movies for the kids to watch and make lots of stops to stretch your legs.

Have a safe trip!

wackywilsons said...

I totally relate!!! Made the TX to AZ trip way too many times alone with my kiddos in is a bit scary and you feel such a responsibility to care and help them...

I hope it goes well

Scott & Tami said...

At least you'll be there after traveling for one day....we have 2 full days to drive in 2 weeks....the good ol' yearly trip to ML. When do you guys go there? We go Fair week every should come then...just know we'll always be there then. Good luck on your is NEVER fun traveling prego!!!! You will be in my prayers!! Love you girl!!