Friday morning I leave for Alabama (with my parents), to pick up my two cousins, aged 9 and 2. This is stressful for a couple of different reasons, but my discomfort isn't really what I'm concerned about here.
The 9 y.o. (Tiffany), gets very, very squirmy when forced to sit in a car for longer than a half hour or so. The 2 y.o. (Dylan) is a sweetheart, but even he has his limits. The car ride from Alabama to home wouldn't be so bad, if home wasn't in central Iowa.
Since my parents and I are leaving here (Iowa) late Friday morning, we'll be down in Alabama sometime Saturday morning. Then, we're loading the kids into the car with some clothes and a few toys, then hitting the road and coming straight home. Since there are three of us, we're trading off the driving duties so not one of us is more exhausted than the others.
But it's the kids that I'm worried about.
For Tiffany, I bought a little handheld video game to keep her occupied in the car (Yahtzee, one of her favourite board games), and I'm bringing my Uno cards along as well as my laptop computer (with the power inverter for the A/C adapter). For Dylan, I bought a little fliptop dry-erase-esque child's drawing board, and a couple of big, chunky trucks (he absolutely *loves* "twucks") that he can grab with his chubby little hands.
If anyone has any ideas for things that we can do to make a thousand-mile butt-numbing journey any easier for a pair of kids, I'd really love to hear them. Frequent stops for things other than bathroom breaks, food, or refilling the gas tank are going to be out of the question, as we have to be back in Iowa by Sunday evening.
I'd really appreciate any advice for things to occupy little ones that won't drive the three adults in the car bonkers!