On the road again…

2 Aug

This weekend my hubby and I returned to our hometown with our little family.  This was the first time we had traveled out-of-town {by car, by plane, by anything} since our son was born {yes, he is 8 months old now}.  My husband and I could both describe ourselves as homebodies, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t love to travel or get out of the house…we’re just always happy to return home.  This “first” outing was loooooong overdue.

We consider traveling many places.  We really hate to turn down any invitation…weddings, graduations, funerals, family get-togethers…we feel compelled to attend them all.  The last few years have been difficult though…children entered the picture and changed our lives.

I have mentioned before that my little girl was a tough-one in her early months of life.  Her unpleasant car seat behavior has persisted for three years even though we have never even considered bending the rules of safety in the slightest way with her {we usually consider her to have a very fast learning-curve…not in this department}.  Our 45 minute trips just to the other side of town are filled with complaints about general car seat discomfort, toys that are dropped out-of-reach, sun being too bright, moon being too dark, demands for snacks/drinks, dissatisfaction with the movie playing in the car, and sometimes just plain crying.  Our son is actually a better traveler, probably since he can’t talk yet…but, even with a full belly and clean diaper, there have been many many times he has screamed continually from point A to point B.

I constantly inquire with other families that frequently travel with their kids… what is it that they do differently that makes their road trips manageable?  We have the in-car DVD player with kiddo movies playing, we have favorite snacks and drinks, we bring books and toys, we sing songs, we play games, and we expect and accept interruptions on the road for potty breaks.  What are we missing??  sometimes we question ourselves…are we doing too much?  Should the kids be expected {within reason} to behave without all of these parental props in place?

This weekend’s road trip was the exception to the rule.  Their was a lot of chatter in the backseat, but minimal complaints and exhausted kids even napped in the car {that is a rarity for us}!!  Maybe they were exhausted from a new slew of firsts…a post-bedtime wedding reception, meeting new family members, horseback riding, and a horrifying horny-toad encounter.

Have our expectations been too high?  Maybe we still dream of the days when it was just the two of us heading down the highway with our traditional traveling McDonald’s breakfast, a stack of fresh magazines, and a case of our favorite CDs to enjoy along the way {yes, I’m thinking way back…even before the days of satellite radio}.  Maybe it’s not that our kids don’t travel well, maybe it’s that we don’t travel well with our kids!


4 Responses to “On the road again…”

  1. Mandi August 4, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    I didn’t know you’re from Tucumcari. My dad’s family is from Mosquero and we used to go to Tucumcari for 4H rodeos all the time. And I commiserate with the grumpy little travelers… we have one too!

    • rn2mommy August 4, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

      And I thought you were a California-girl! Well, we may have crossed paths many times before then…I’m not a stranger to the Tucumcari rodeos 🙂

  2. Mandi August 10, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

    My hubby is the CA native. I lived there for 2 short years. Is your hubby from NM too? I thought you were from Oklahoma? It’s hard to keep it all straight anymore. LOL

    • rn2mommy August 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm #

      I have lived equal amounts of time in both NM and OK! Back and forth…but, when we met I had just moved from OK. Your memory serves you right! And yes, my husband is a “native” New Mexican 🙂

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