Wow! 42 hours is a LONG time in the car. A really, really long time. Thank you so much to those of you who were praying for us. We made it back with only one ticket, a car that smells like death, and more toys than our daughter will ever be able to play with :)
We learned at least four lessons along the way that I thought I'd share with you. Please share any lessons you've learned in the comment section -- I'm sure we will be making the trip again within the next year, so I'd love to avoid any mistakes that I can :)
1) Do not, under ANY circumstances, put your kid's sippy cup full of milk on the floor. Chances are, you will knock it over and the heat that blows directly on the floorboards will do things to the milk that you could never have imagined. Seriously....guard against this at all costs. It smells like a dead mouse and a fish lived, threw up, and then died in my car.
2) Invest in a portable DVD player for the car. My daughter is now going through Elmo Detox (or Elmo Rehab...I can't decide what to call it), but it was well worth not having her scream during the entire 42 hour trip.
3) Bring some sort of music-playing device if you EVER plan to drive through Texas, especially if you're going to be driving through from 2 to 4 a.m. Mariachi music might be your style, but when it's your only option, you really wish you would have thought to bring along your iPod.
4) Bring your license...and your proof of insurance. My husband left his wallet in his car back at our house, so he had to drive the whole way without his license. We got pulled over because our license plate lights were out. When he asked my husband for his license, he had to tell him he didn't have it. Then he asked for proof of insurance...I forgot that at home too. We now have a Thanksgiving ticket... at least he believed it was our car and we didn't end up in a lot of trouble :)
Hope you all had wonderful Thanksgivings and great Black Fridays! Hooray that Christmas season is finally here!
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