I have very fond memories of road trips as a kid. We lived in Arizona and all of our extended family lived in Utah. We used to make the 12 hour drive several times a year. I remember packing up my bag that fit under my seat and loading up in the van. Without fail the long drive would end curled up sleeping without my shoes. My mom would gently shake me awake and say, “Wake up, we are at grandma’s.”
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Now we live in Arizona, and my kids grandparents all live in Utah. We make the same trip of my childhood several times a year. I sentimentally pack bags for my kids, full of surprises and treats, we wear our jammies and enjoy the time spent together sardined in the car for 14 hours. I always vowed I would not leave before sunrise like my dad, and yet we drag the kids out of bed before the crack of dawn to start our day.
My kids get to spend their days playing with grandmas and grandpas and rough housing with Aunts and uncles. I love that my kids are forming such fun relationships with our families, for me that is what summer is all about. Late nights up playing games and laughing. Roasting marshmallows and camping out in the backyard, visiting zoos and swimming. We play hard for a week or so and then we load the kids back up and dry them home.
These trips are long with toddlers and being the mom is whole different story. I still cherish the memories we make, but with a bit of stress on the side. One thing I am so grateful for is knowing my kids are safe and secure in their carseats. We have the Elite Air 3-in-1 and onBoard 35 Air+ infant carseats from Safety 1st. Both of them feature the Air Protect or Air Protect+ system which provides full body impact protection. Just knowing that they are protected gives me the peace of mind to really relieve some of my stress on these long road trips.
What kind of summer journey’s have you been on this year? Let us know and tag it #oursummerjourney!