Last Saturday my kids and I packed up and started a 3000 mile road trip, from California to Georgia.
It’s not an everyday occurrence that you drive through 8 states in 6 days, so I made sure to take lots of pictures along the way!
There’s also something about being in a confined space with two elementary aged kids that will stretch you in ways you didn’t think were possible. In some ways, this is good. In others, not so much.
This post covers the first half of our road trip, from California to Texas. I’ll share the second half next week (so be sure to come back!).
Before we jump into the pictures, allow me to share a few things that made this trip awesome…
And a few things that didn’t.
5 Things I’m Glad We Did
(1) Created a designated space for shoes.
Having a spot just for shoes means not digging through blankets and pillows and backpacks and bags trying to find a lost shoe. It means faster stops, a more comfortable ride (for the kids) and a less frustrated mom. Our spot is behind the backseat headrests.
(2) Packed a coffee thermos in the car.
I could stop for coffee mid-morning and it would still be hot in the afternoon. Awesomesauce.
(3) Packed a water bottle for each person and a gallon of water.
Instead of buying water every day, I bought a gallon of water on day 1 and have been refilling everyone’s individual canteen at the start of the day and at lunch.
(4) Packed a pillow AND a blanket for each kid.
Comfort is key and not arguing over pillows and blankets is bliss. Plus some mornings were REALLY cold!
(5) Bought audio books.
The local radio stations are great. The CD’s in the car are great. But by day 3, all of us were done with both. I used a credit from Audible (a division of Amazon) and bought the narrative version of the Chronicles of Narnia – all 7 books. Total.Game.Changer. Highly recommended if you’re making any road trips this holiday season!
5 Things I Wish I Had Done Differently
(1) Taken into account time zones.
The goal was to drive during daylight hours only. And then I lost an hour in Arizona. And again in Texas. This set off a chain of events, including not being off the road as planned.
(2) Planned for less driving per day.
The goal was only 8 hours, which in theory is fine. It meant 5 days of driving (with one off in the middle) and getting across the country in less than a week.
But that didn’t account for everyone-goes-potty-when-we-get-gas breaks, extra minutes of playing at the fast food playground, slow-moving mornings and wanting to swim at the hotel pool before bed. Note to self.
(3) Packed more comfy pants.
I packed 2 pairs of jeans and a pair of cargo pants. Oh how I wish I had packed a pair of yoga pants and flip flops!
(4) Started audio books sooner.
(5) Made my own coffee.
I don’t normally consider myself a coffee snob, but I assure you that not all hotels and gas stations have good coffee. Or decent coffee. Making my own at the hotel in the morning and filling up my coffee thermos before we left would have provided a bit more consistency – and enjoyable coffee – for each day.
Now… on to the pictures!
Day 1 – California to Arizona
Day 2 – Arizona to New Mexico
Day 3 – New Mexico to Texas
Those faces are how we feel when the answer to “Are we there yet?” is no. 😉
The Crumbs family began a new chapter in November 2015, and I’m sharing the story as it unfolds every Friday here on the blog.
Here are the rest of the posts in this chapter:
- A New Chapter in Crumbs
- The Art of Selling Everything You Own
- Viewing Your Life in Terms of Boxes
- How to Live Minimally for Two Weeks
- Cross Country Road Trip – Part One
- Cross Country Road Trip – Part Two
PS – Many of you knew we were making big decisions and you’ve emailed to express your thoughts and prayers – can I just say thank you?! I am seriously BLOWN AWAY by your outpouring of love and kindness. You have absolutely NO idea how much it means to us – thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! Despite not being able to reply to them all, I read every single one of them, cherish the kind words and encouragement you are sharing, and I am sincerely thankful for every single one of you!
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