I’ve just been on an epic journey. Over the span of 4 days, we drove from Edmonton, Alberta to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho and back again. Through flooded Calgary. We are talking 12+ hours in a car with a three year old and a one and a half year old.
Just to add spice to the epic journey, I FORGOT MY BAG OF TRICKS AT HOME! All of the planned surprises and activities sat lonely on the bench by the back door. So much for battling boredom and the fight with the car seat straps. Unfortunately, we were past the point of no return. I had to be grateful for the food I had remembered to pack. At least I had something to throw at them when the grumpiness became unbearable.
Our littles completely surprised us. They were absolute troopers and we arrived with a nearly in-tact marriage and happy but tired kids. They slept a total of an hour each the whole journey. Without toys. An empty juicebox, straw and creamers saved our bacon. The juicebox bought us a solid 42 minutes. Including the integrity testing of the packaging prior to explosion, the creamer gifted us a grand 68 minutes of peaceful bliss.
I did manage to remember to pack our GYRO BOWL. This was a gift from a friend when E was born. Truthfully, I thought it was a little gimmicky and haven’t used it a whole lot. It is not 100% effective and will spill with a ferocious shake and chuck. It did stop the majority of spills and the unpredictable 1.5 year old could independently eat in the car seat. I credit the gyro bowl for a significant decrease in the number of front passenger to backseat transfers. It’s a great tool for road trips or just on-the-go car snacking. Well worth the cost of the bowl in my opinion.
PS. The purpose of the trip was to cheer on my brother in his 2nd Ironman . It is an unimaginable physical and mental feat that few will ever achieve. Once again, I am impressed and inspired. I am glad to have witnessed such incredible strength and willpower.