Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Before I left someone asked me if I was either suicidal or just crazy for driving alone to Florida with the V-boys. Neither. Rather why break a 6 year record for Florida summer roadtrips to see Bill's family?
I will admit that hauling a sleeping 6 week old Ben was easier than a 6 year old in the throws of massive meltdown in the middle of traffic. Like all trips not everything went as planned, but for the most part it was a good trip. In fact I would chalk it up to one of our best.
Our trip by the numbers:
Number of miles mommy driven- Just over 1,400
Average number of hours in car on travel days- 11
Hours in car before the DVD player broke- 2
Days on the road-9
Hours spent front-seat disciplining including the phrase: "Stop licking your brother"- 3
Sand removed from car- 3 1/3 cups
Packed car ratio: 10% necessities to 90% toys
Bottle of sunscreen used- almost 2
Number of sunburned Vinson folk- None!
Legos fallen into the abyss between seats- at least a full set
1st Trips to a water park- 1 (Ben who fearlessly road everything in his height range)
Conversations about Dinosaurs vs Superheroes- Most of the drive through Atlanta
Books read by Heather- 3, make that almost 4 including the 30 hour 11-22-63
Naps in pool by Heather- 1, naps in general 3
Days with unwashed hair- 3
Meltdowns- 2 major by Ben, 1 by mom, daily by a toddler Ian
Super cool beach cartwheel and handstand contest- (Ben vs Mom)- 1
Father's Day cookout family count- 13 Evans/Vinsons
Child-free afternoons- 2
lbs of boiled shrimp eaten seaside- 1 1/2
Days gloriously unplugged- 9
Florida 2012 Road Trip Mantra- Not for the weak and most definitely survival of the fittest Vinson. At times an ultimate test of patience, but worth every single minute for this piece of awesome.
Posted by heather v at 11:16 PM