Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Are we there yet????
Since we are going on vacation soon I thought I would take some time to tell everyone our vacation traditions...you knew I had them, right?
First of all, how many of us get tired of hearing our children ask every twenty minutes:
Are we there yet? (Does it LOOK like we are there?)
How much longer? (Remember how we said it was going to be a long drive? Have we been in the car for a LONG time yet?)
How long have we been driving? (What time was it when you asked the last time?)
What time will we be there? (Creative way of asking...HOW much longer?)
Oh, I could come up with a lot more, but you know what I mean. They come up with all kinds of ways of asking. And it drives a parent nuts, because you know there are ten more hours of being asked, every 15 minutes, how much farther do we have to be cooped up in this car.
So I try to make it more fun.
1. Everyone gets a dollar in dimes (or quarters, if you are older). Every time you want to know how much farther, or any derivative of such, it costs a dime. If you don't "spend" your money, you get to keep it. Only Kati spends her dimes to find out how far we still have to go.
2. To make it even easier to not ask every 15 minutes, we announce the time, the distance and how much farther we have to go, hourly. You would think they could wait, right?
3. I pack a bag of goodies. Candy, snacks, games, puzzle books, small toys. Every hour when we announce how much longer we have to drive, and where we currently are, I give something out of the bag to each child. They can trade them and share.
4. We play bingo. Usually at stake is candy. Ashlea made a travel bingo game where the cards are laminated, so you just mark them up and erase them later.
5. On long trips (REAL vacation and not just visiting family) everyone gets a set amount of money. Whenever we stop at the store they can buy whatever they want with their money. However, once it's gone, it's gone. You just don't get to eat that day. KIDDING. No, of course, we pay for meals. You just don't get to spend any more money.
a. Only one soda allowed per day...long car rides + soda = too many potty breaks.
b. Only one sweet per day...long car rides + sweets = wild, crazy, hyper kids.
6. I print off pages with all the states to play the license plate game, which is ongoing. We play slug bug, which is ongoing.
7. I print many, many fun pages of activities and games from Mini van mom.
8. We play the ABC game, sing songs, tell stories, have a spelling bee.
9. We read, a LOT.
I have to honestly say that it would be NICE to have a DVD player in the car. AND YET, every time we go somewhere I think of buying one and am always glad I don't. We really have fun on the way there. It's part of the memories.
I also print off some journaling pages so they can keep a trip journal.
What about you? How do you fill your time on long trips?
Posted by Michelle at 7:00 AM