We have resolved to be a road tripping family. My family took us road tripping to Oklahoma and back to California at least once a year. It’s a way to save money, sure but it is a great opportunity to make sweet memories. The last time we tripped it to Destin was in 2014; Maggie was 3, Adam was almost 2. We would set up a computer in the middle of us, facing backwards, the passenger using their free hand to hold it steady and we would let them watch Praise Baby and Veggie Tales… oh how times have changed.
This time, flying wasn’t even an option. Our kids have loved our new car and (praise) there’s a built in dvd player. On top of hours of time researching road trip hacks on Pinterest, I spent a lot of time reading reviews on Amazon. Some helpful things were using cookie sheets for lap boards, lots of tedious activities (i.e. putting together 50 “lego guys” for Adam), a collapsable wagon for the beach (my sis/bro-in-law had this), and having a second set of surprises for the trip home. I have more thoughts on things that made this trip rad, but I wanted to share a few images that I loved.
The number one best part of this trip was our kid’s sense of wonder. They were thrilled to stay in a hotel, “OH MOMMY LOOK AT THE BEDS!”… “DADDY CAN I PUSH THE BUTTON?!”… everything was so exciting for them and I loved getting to see it through their eyes. They loved the beach, and the wildlife and spending time with cousins.
The second best part was getting to go stop in Natchitoches, LA. It’s such a special city to our family for so many reasons, so we try to stop there every time we drive. It’s this quaint town that I dream of living in some day, but as soon as I get back home to Norman, I find the romance in it as well.
These images are all in film. I’ve learned that 1-2 snaps of the kids somewhere is more important than 80 digital ones that I have to cull. I love the mess of it all, and getting to relive our vacation all over again when I get the scan email. I also think we spend so much time getting our kids to smile at us when sometimes it’s a treasure to have photos of them when they’re sad, angry, excited, dancing… So here’s our beautiful mess, enjoy!