We are back from an early second trip of the year to visit family and friends in SoCal. Excitement, new experiences, and I am happy to report that that there were no incidents of either car sickness or constipation. Progress!
Early on a Friday morning, we hopped in our van and made our way to I-5, which became our friend for the next 5 or so hours. The kids and I were able to enjoy a late-afternoon nap that ended with the start of the Grapevine. Could that connecting segment be any rougher? It’s almost like a speed bump and comes right before the CHP station, which is probably a good thing.
This was quite a different trip for me. We’ve been doing this ~1,000-mi R/T thang for over 7 years now, but this was the first time I hadn’t had to pack an extra bag of white noise machine, diapers, and small children toys. The portable CD player, for the first time, went completely unused. This was liberating for me. Less to fret over packing and tracking the entire way. What entertained the kids? Books, a pad of paper & crayons, and for James, a Magnadoodle:
If his smile looks different, it’s because he lost his second tooth on the trip. The first one disappeared at school before we left. My buddy is growing up!
I loved how well the Magnadoodle worked. It focused James when he was at loose ends. It had no batteries or cords. He could use it anywhere and it occupied him for hours, allowing him to indulge in his latest obsession, Writing His Letters and Spelling His Own Name. Take that, Bembridge Scholars!
The trip was to visit family, help a family member move, and meet up with friends at Disneyland. We sure got our money’s worth out of this trip, and it will take several posts to cover it all.
Safe to say that on the trip back up, we’d had our fill of fun, and were happy to enjoy the ride home as we unwound from vacation overdrive and rested up for more school.