A 4,200 mile Road Trip with 2 small kids- Part 1

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Yes, you read that correctly. And you probably had the same reaction that most others had: “Are you crazy?! Good luck with that!” And you couldn’t be more correct. It was both crazy, and we did need a lot of luck and planning to get us to our three major destinations.

Of our nearly 8 years that my husband and I have been together, we have made quite a few road trips. Mostly, to visit family in various states like GA and MI. So when we decided to make this trip, it was for the same reason.

Some of my friends have asked how we travel with such small children in such long distances, so I’d thought I’d share that here. This summer we traveled with our 4 year old and  21 month old active boys. Going to each new destination we wake up super early. On this first leg of the trip we left the house around 3:30 am. We leave this early because it tends to make at least one of the boys go back to sleep until the sun comes up, and they are much calmer before that first stop.

We kept the kids in their pjs, packed most of what we could the night before, and had a change of clothes in the car for our first rest stop/ breakfast. Gainesville, Ga isn’t bad; it’s about a 9 hour drive from Fort Myers, Fl. So we planned to arrive around 12:30.

We made sure to pack plenty of movies, snacks, and small toys to play with. We stopped around 8 am for breakfast, potty break, and to readjust. Once to Atlanta the oldest got a little motion sick, otherwise we would have made it there with only one stop. (Did I mention that having an extra change of clothes is super important?).

A few other things I feel like it’s important to ALWAYS have with us. A plastic cup, plastic bag (for garbage or motion sickness) and a ROLL of paper towels. I also might add carpet cleaner to this emergency kit. 🙂

We spent a lovely few days with family in Georgia. One of the highlights was playing in Boggs creek! The cousins completely loved being together, and it was so much fun to watch. We also stopped at Jaemor Farms and celebrated my nephew’s 7th birthday!

I’ll be sharing part 2 of our trip soon! Ask me any questions about how we road trip!




Katie and Rick say “I do” Amongst friends and family in Punta Gorda

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Last Saturday I witnessed the ceremony uniting Katie and Rick as husband and wife. As soon as I arrived I knew it was going to be a special wedding. Katie has a way of making everyone feel so welcomed! And Rick is just a great guy. Together, they are perfect. Wishing you all the happiness you can possibly handle!


Venue: Charlotte Harbor Event Center, Florist: Port Charlotte Florist, Hair: Bombshell Bettie’s Hair and Nails, Cakes: Lady Cakes (in Cape Coral) and Photography: Elsie J Photo www.elsiejphoto.com