We’re leaving for Disney this week, and it’s the boys’ first trip. I am AMPED, you guys. Like, it’s a little sad how excited I am. Trevor and I went to Disney on our honeymoon six years ago, and it was by far, the most fun vacation I’ve ever been on. Of course, seeing that it was our honeymoon, we stayed at a Deluxe resort (Wilderness Lodge) got the nicest dining plan, etc. It will be much different this time around, but we are just as excited.
The one part I am not looking forward to?
The seven hour drive there.
My youngest, that shall remain nameless, ::cough:: Brody ::cough::, despises the car and has since the day he was born. He is better now on short trips (less than an hour), but long trips, please. We can’t handle the screaming. So. much. screaming.
I’ve been thinking up ways to make this drive less like a hellacious nightmare and more of a pleasant jaunt, so I decided to make bribery bags. Of course, I am not calling them that, they’re “Busy Bags.” I mean, let’s be PC (even though we all know what’s up).
I went to the Target dollar section and bought up all kinds of little cheap toys and games and made each boy four goodie bags (they’re identical… because I don’t have time for sibling rivalry whilst in the car for a million years). I may have spent $30 total on everything? I also included some little fruit snacks and Dum Dums in some of the bags. I numbered each bag to let me know which ones are the same (there two 1s, two 2s, two 3s, two 4s) without having to dig through them. This is the kind of thing each bag has in it:
A light-up, spinning toy, silly putty, fruit snacks
Stickers, glittery water stick (it is NOT a purple magic wand… at least that’s what I tell my husband), sticky octopus, lollipop
More stickers, water game, fruit snacks
Squishy light up toy, matchbox car, lollipop
I also took everything out of the packing because I don’t want to hear “open this, open this, open this, OPEN THISSSSS!!!!” 45 times in a row, which Brody does for everything. My plan is to give them out when the kids start to get restless and bored. Obciously, these are nothing crazy involved or complicated because I have a life outside of creating busy bags for my children, but just something simple and fun to keep them interested. They’re too young (or in Knox’s case, doesn’t have the attention span with his Autism) to play road games, so here’s hoping this keeps them entertained.
We also put in our car DVD player this morning, so we can watch Disney movies all the way down. We only use this for trips, so it will be something new and exciting for them to be able to watch TV in the car.
I also took their little toy basket I keep between their carseats and replaced all the toys and books with different ones so there would be something new in there, as well.
I am, of course, armed with snacks. Boxes of pop-tarts, cookies, candy, juice and more. I figure I have done just about everything to keep us sane on this trip, the rest is up to the kids!
If it was up to me, we would have left at 3 a.m. and let them sleep the whole way. Sadly, Trevor is working the day before, so we can’t leave until he gets home at 7:30, a.k.a. wide awake time for these hyperactive monkey children. The good news is that in case we’re in meltdown mode, my brother lives in Jacksonville, so we can always make a pit stop for them to get out, run around and play with Jake the dog at Uncle Austin’s house. We would love to drive straight, just stopping for a few potty breaks and lunch, so we get there faster, but we’ll play it by ear. I’d rather it take longer and have the kids be happy the whole time!
Do you have any car trip secrets to share with your dear, sweet, desperate blog friend?? Because, seriously, do it.