Little has two days of school left. Yes, days. Come the end of the week, three of us will be on summer break. (Big, I’m afraid, has two more weeks.) So we’ve been busy talking about summer and planning our fun around here.
Honestly, the only thing the kids want to do is go on road trips. Since our good friends moved a couple hours away, they’ve been counting down to summer so we can go visit them. The boys are also eager to hit the beach, visit my grandma, and see their San Diego family. (The fact that there’s a pool or ocean at each of these end points certainly doesn’t hurt.)
I actually don’t mind being in the driver’s seat, but I know it takes prep. There’s the packing, which I’ve got down to a science. The snacking. The tank filling. The entertainment.
I asked the kids what their favorite road trip snack is, and Little shouted, “Trail mix with candy!” Ever since Big checked out a cookbook at the school library, they’ve been anxious to make their own mix. Somehow I don’t recall M&Ms and gummy bears being mentioned as ideal ingredients, but that hasn’t stopped them from getting creative with their shopping list. I promised I’d take them to Safeway before our trips so they can do the shopping (yes, I do remember how that usually goes…) The very cool thing about shopping there is that my Rewards Points earn me a discount on gas at Chevron — perfect for road trip season. Last time I was at the pump I saved $.20 per gallon. (Just think of all the
candy healthy goodies we can get with that extra change!)
As for entertainment, we’re pretty good at the Alphabet Game — spotting letters on signs along the way. And of course the DVD player gets a bit of love. But music is the one thing we can all agree on. I always make a road trip mix CD with our favorite dance songs. (Whoever says you can’t move when you’re strapped in hasn’t hit the road with our family.) This summer’s CD is likely to include Hall of Fame (by The Script), Ho Hey (we love the Nashville soundtrack version), 22 (by Taylor Swift), some Radio Disney favorites, and, if Pink has any say, Party in the USA (by Miley Cyrus).
No doubt our adventures will be captured here along the way, so stay tuned. I didn’t say all this prep would make for smooth sailing. Just sailing.
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