By the time you read this we will probably be driving west for the annual family Thanksgiving get-together.
We are traveling with an almost-4-year-old who is so excited, he keeps demanding to leave for Nana's house RIGHT NOW, and a charmingly chubby 5-mo-old who is thiiiis close to outgrowing her infant seat, I swear. Her toes are starting to stick out over the end.
I have 5 paper lunchbags on the counter, 1-2-3-4-5 written on the front in black Sharpie. They're for Otto. I've been saving the odds and ends from party gift bags, school events, Halloween, etc., and now all those bits and pieces are divvied up into the bags. Each time we take a break, he'll get a new bag to open. I hope 5 bags are enough. If we have to stop more than 5 times we're turning around and coming home.
I have a small pile of toys for Annabel. 3 or 4 teething toys, her pink bunny blankie, the butterfly bracelet, etc. She's not a napper, she will probably HATE facing backward all day with no one to look at. But she is a good-natured baby and loves grabbing at things. So I will give her plenty of things to grab. If all else fails, I'll strap the DVD player to her headrest and turn on Baby Mozart.
I think the weather will be OK. It doesn't really matter, we're going anyway.
I think traffic around Chicago will be TERRIBLE as usual. Again, who cares? It's Chicago, that's just how it is.
I think the stretch between the Quad Cities and Iowa City will be full of people going 90, as usual. Those crazy Iowa drivers. Thankfully it's a short stretch.
At the end of the road will be our family, and that's always worth the trip.