My child was good as gold through lunch, and then vacationitis hit. You know, that rotten hang over feeling you get before vacation is actually over. You want to crawl out of your skin, run around like a banshee, burst into tears, and detox after eating congealed cheese for days...Well, news flash, this hits toddlers after a mere 24 hours on a trip.
Luckily or unluckily depending on where you were sitting in the car, Jett slept to Grand Island (44 minute nap, but who is counting) where we met our wonderful friends and their three kiddos for a play date. I love Chris and Amy and their boys. A truly amazing family that I wish we saw more often. The kids played for nearly two hours, and Jett loved their child-sized trampoline and giant St. Barnard puppy. I thought for sure he would sleep until Seward, but no luck. He was however, "stuck!" and I had a chance to try out the car toys and apps everyone had sent me.
So here is the stuff that saved me. The stuff I love.
- My favorite app was "Bizzy Bear Builds a House," very sweet, interactive and narrated with a British accent. I'm not sure why that matters, but it was somewhat soothing. Coming in a close second was the Disney Junior app that lets you watch select shows like Doc McStuffins.
- Cow puppet. I asked my mom what she recommended I bring and this was her fabulous idea.
5. 27 Quart Storage Box. You will thank me later. Now I don't fancy myself organized, but when I put all the car toys and handy wipes in this nifty neat little container, and managed to keep the car somewhat together without my usual bundle of tote bags, I thought I had arrived.
*For those of you who are offended by congealed cheese and judging me, I don't blame you. For the record, Jett's mother also packed fresh cherries, (pits removed of course), homemade whole wheat and flax zucchini muffins, and veggie and fruit squeezy packs. Oh, and some gummy bears...