On the Go

I am a home body and would prefer to never leave my house (and maybe even never get dressed). I think I have a little anxiety because I get very anxious and unsettled before I go anywhere and at least once or twice (or 25 times) I think about canceling the trip and I have a pit in my stomach until I get on the road. But since I know I want us to be a family on the go- everything from a day trip to a museum or a month in a third world country- I decided I gotta figure out a way to push through the pain. This part of the blog is dedicated to travel ideas, solutions, and destinations for those on the go families.

Suitcase Surprise

My hubby left for a business trip last weekend and I decided to leave some surprises in his suitcase.…

0 Shares

Philmont Scout Camp

A lot of times my husband’s responsibilities at church feel like a burden. That negative feeling probably peaks at around 11:30 am on Sunday when I am wrestling four little kids by myself in Sacrament Meeting. Then we were invited to go to Philmont Scout Camp in Cimmaron, New Mexico:…

0 Shares

State of the Car

Getting home from a road trip can be rough. Besides unpacking, laundry, getting back on schedule, and going through stacks of mail, there is the state of the car. And our car is usually always a disaster zone after trips (despite the fact that we do a mini clean up at every gas stop.)…

0 Shares

DJ Got Us Singing Together

One of my favorite activities to do on road trips is to play DJ. Everyone requests their favorite songs and then I play them off the iPad which is piped through the car stereo system. No one is listening to their own iPod or their own music at this point. We have a shared family music experience. Sometimes we bust out microphones (like lip gloss or suckers or water bottles or pocket knives), but we always sing our guts out.…

0 Shares

Flying with Kids

Chad and I flew with the youngest two kids to L.A last weekend for a photoshoot. It was both Locke and Croft’s first flight and our first time flying with kids in a long while. We did a few things right and we learned a few things.…

0 Shares

Earn Movie Time

My self-titled “Education Nerd” friend, Lisa, commented on one of my travel posts and gave me this idea for road trips. She had her kids earn movies, treats, games, etc. by doing educational worksheets worth points. I gathered she has an elaborate folder/point/worksheet system where she allots different points for different things. I decided to try a modified, simpler version of this idea and tested it out on a shorter 4 hour trip.…

0 Shares

It’s the Journey, not the Destination

We have all heard, “It’s the journey, not the destination that counts” but how many of us actually believe it, especially when traveling? We get in the car and want to get where we are going in record time. Well, I decided to enjoy the journey on a recent trip with my kids.…

0 Shares

Kids’ Packing Checklist

Packing for trips stresses me out. Maybe it is because I always forget something or maybe it is a more symbolic stress of feeling limited. (Hmm…deep thoughts…) So you can imagine what packing for me plus 4 kids does to my anxiety level. I decided to take the stress and guess work out of packing forever plus transfer some of the responsibility to my children. I came up with a packing check list for kids:…

0 Shares

Disney Dollars

On our drive home from Disneyland, my husband asked me what my favorite part of the trip was. Upon reflection, I realized that one of my favorite parts was our money system that we used. We called it “Disney Dollars”.…

0 Shares

Paying for Peace

My kids have been fighting like cats and dogs for a while now and it drives me crazy. We were headed out on a 12 hour car ride and I wanted to deter the fighting. I went back into the archives of my childhood and pulled out an idea that my mom did with us on one of our trips- she paid for peace.…

0 Shares