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So… many… miles.  Not… enough… Starbucks.





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We’ve been stopping at grocery stores for meals (first Earth Fare, now Krogers – with a Starbucks inside!), and eating in the parking lot while I simultaneously feed Henry, who appears to be a dream baby that doesn’t mind car trips.  I am not a road trip person in the slightest, but this experience could definitely be worse.  Only three or four hours to go until we get to the Sunshine State.  Whew.


And now it’s time for another round of ‘I packed my grandmother’s suitcase…’ – my favorite car game!



  • Tami August 9, 2012, 4:43 pm

    i just drove 3000 miles with my father from New Hampshire to Banff Alberta Canada. 4 days, 14+ hour days….it was awesome and horrible all at the same time. I am glad H. is hanging in there for you guys

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 9, 2012, 4:51 pm

    is that picture on 26 in South Carolina?!?! I know that highway too well.

  • Michelle S August 9, 2012, 5:04 pm

    Now I’m curious. What is “I packed my grandmother’s suitcase”?

    • Alex @ Brain, Body, Because August 10, 2012, 8:22 am

      I *think* it’s like that game, where one person says, “I’m going camping and I’m bringing apples” (something that begins with “a”). The next person says, “I’m going camping and I’m bringing apples and bug spray” (repeat what the first person said and add something that begins with “b”).

  • Kendra @ My Full-Thyme Life August 9, 2012, 5:10 pm

    21 Questions is my fav car game. Never played “I packed my Grandma’s suitcase.” How does it go?

  • Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real August 9, 2012, 5:50 pm

    Ugh. I remember car trips + a nursing baby + diaper changes + lack of changing stations in any public restroom. This all added up to me wanting to pull my hair out! On more than one occasion, my husband and I argued about pulling the car over so I could nurse the baby. He hates to stop on road trips so he suggested that I just sit in the back seat, unbuckle the baby from the car seat and nurse, WHILE THE CAR WAS STILL MOVING!
    I told him to choose between stopping to nurse and potentially having an accident and hurting the baby.
    Then he wanted to know if I could just lean over the baby while he/she was still strapped in the car seat and nurse. Again, so he would not have to stop the car. I reminded him that although I AM SUPERMOM, I do not have bionic boobs that stretch across the car and into the baby’s mouth.
    I think it was around this time that we decided to stop taking road trips. Sleep deprivation in parents + nursing every two hours + road trips = road to divorce. Now we have two kids that are 3 and 6, we are happily married and we still take road trips every now and then.

    • Megan August 9, 2012, 6:09 pm

      Yep!! We dub our amazing/hellish trip to Italy in July “gypsy cursed road trip from hell.” We live in Germany and road tripped it all the way to Tuscany with our 3 month old. The highlight of the trip was when my poor husband put gasolio (unfortunately for us, diesel) in our gasoline tank and we were rescued by the polizia. Nursing at the side of the road, good times. When we finally arrived in Tuscany it felt like paradise. Amazing/horrible trip that we will laugh our tails off about in at least a decade from now. So glad your little guy is a good traveler.

    • Helen August 10, 2012, 4:53 am

      I know this trip must have been hellish, but the way you tell the story has made me laugh out loud!!!

      “I reminded him that although I AM SUPERMOM, I do not have bionic boobs that stretch across the car and into the baby’s mouth.”

      Brilliant! Men are so funny at times – need to get to a destination quickly vs common sense.

      • Julie August 10, 2012, 12:39 pm

        I LOL’d on that part, too! 😛

  • Megan August 9, 2012, 5:51 pm

    Did you get that dog bed at Costco? It looks like my dog’s bed!

    I am traveling today too, currently on an hour and a half layover at the Las Vegas airport. The lady next to me is sniffling. A lot. I better not catch what she’s got.

    • Elizabeth M. August 10, 2012, 12:19 pm

      I have the same one from Costco too!

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) August 9, 2012, 6:56 pm

    We have a 2 yr old that persistently vomits all the time in the car..and she, also, has terrible allergies (food and otherwise) and it just dawned on us today that maybe she has motion sickness…I sure do plan to be buying something to help her out soon! YUCK!

    On a sunnier note, I hope you have a great trip!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 9, 2012, 7:00 pm

    Never heard of that game! Think you’re going to have to explain it. 🙂

  • Coco August 9, 2012, 7:00 pm

    What is this Grandmother’s Suitcase game you speak of?

  • Lindsey August 9, 2012, 7:35 pm

    May I ask where in Fl you’re going to be?? I live in North Florida! Would be neat to bump into you! Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip! It’s pretty weather here! Just very hot and humid 😛

  • Kim August 9, 2012, 8:06 pm

    Ok I had to Google the suitcase game. :).

  • Army Amy* August 9, 2012, 8:10 pm

    My favorite car trip game is I Spy.*

  • Jessica @ New Girl, New City August 9, 2012, 8:16 pm

    I can’t imagine driving that far with a baby… things could be much, much worse!

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs August 9, 2012, 8:47 pm

    Ooh, those cupcakes look gooooood!
    Glad the trip went well!

  • JessicaE August 9, 2012, 8:47 pm

    That potato (?) salad looks AMAZING.

    Good luck the rest of the way.

  • Kathy August 9, 2012, 9:33 pm

    I used to play a game very similar to that, except we played “I’m going on a picnic, and I’m going to bring…” My favorite car game too! My boyfriend and i played it while driving to Mammoth Cave,KY a couple weeks ago. 🙂 Have fun!!!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 9, 2012, 9:43 pm

    Glad it’s going well so far! I have a 35 hour car ride coming up in the next few weeks. And since I’m going to be doing it myself, I’m definitely starting to figure out where I can save money, what meals I can pack, etc. The grocery store meals is a good idea…. 😉

  • Sophie@ Threetimesf August 10, 2012, 4:14 am

    I don’t envy your journey at all, but at least Henry is behaving! Have fun 🙂

  • Lindsay August 10, 2012, 7:54 am

    Where in Florida will you be? I live here in Orlando by UCF!! I’ve never played that car game before. 🙂

  • Kelly August 10, 2012, 8:40 am

    You are such a trooper! Goodness!

  • Carolina John August 10, 2012, 10:06 am

    Have a safe trip! Good luck, taking a newborn on a trip that long can turn really bad, really fast. I’ll have to tell you the story of Bigun’s first trip to Myrtle Beach sometime.

  • Lauri August 10, 2012, 10:26 am

    Hopefully he is sleeping a lot! Now is definetley a great age for travel b/c of all the sleeping 🙂 My son is actually a better road tripper these days than me, he’s just used to it!

  • Annette@FitnessPerks August 10, 2012, 10:32 am

    You’re probably there now!! WHEEEE!!! Yay for Henry being good in the car 🙂

  • Lisa August 10, 2012, 11:26 am

    Good idea on the grocery stores. So much better than fast food!

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See August 10, 2012, 12:10 pm

    I’m definitely not a road person either! Ick I get super motion sick. Those grocery store meals look awesome though 🙂

  • Sonia th mexigarian August 10, 2012, 12:24 pm

    On road trips I remember doing singalongs with my sisters. From Disney to We Sing Silly Songs and classic country and oldies. 🙂 then again I was a kid an not an infant. Dunno how my parents survived all the off cue vocals. Haha. You seem to be doing swell on your drive down! Glad everything is going well and you arrive safel a your destination.

    Oh, and we also play ABC in the road. Though it is a little hard for the driver to participate. 🙂

  • Lauren August 10, 2012, 12:52 pm

    Please post tips!
    My little dumpling is 10 weeks and my husband wants to take an 8 hour road trip and I’m dreading it.

  • Amber K August 10, 2012, 12:56 pm

    I am not a road trip person at all, I can’t stand the two hour drive to get to the beach. I always want a nap as soon as we get there, lol. I’m glad Henry is going with the flow – I wondered how he would handle it.

  • Mikella August 14, 2012, 6:10 pm

    This is random, but I find it odd that at your Earthfare it is called “Asian Sesame Kale”…at ours it is called “Emerald Sesame Kale”. Huh?

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