Well, we did it.
We officially live on the other side of the United States.
We WERE living on the East Coast and now we officially live on the West Coast of the United States.
It’s pretty weird.
And we totally drove here.
I somehow allowed my husband to talk me into a +3,000 mile journey…in our SUV, with two toddlers. Not only that, but I have a digestive disorder, made worse by stress. I will not bore (scar you for life) with the details, but let’s just say…you know, I just won’t say anything. I’ll leave it at that.
So how was the trip?
Honestly, it’s too soon to talk about. I’m probably suffering from some sort of post traumatic trip disorder. I don’t even really want to think about the minutia of the trip. But I’ll say: It was great visiting family along the way; the ever-changing scenery was nice, although a bit overwhelming; and my kids did really well actually.
So, I’ll tell you the things that got me through this trip and what I’ll be preparing for any future cross country trips…
Top Ten Things that made the trip bareable
Top Ten Things to take next time
(Totally kidding. But next time I WILL be starting my day with a huge mug of calming Chamomile tea)
2) Quiet Books
(We’re not into having the girls stare at gadgets and screens, so I think this would have been perfect)
3) Storytelling CDs
(Yet another low-tech-ish family activity)
I did pack this cd, but the kids weren’t really interested in Presidential intrigue.
4) Manga Series
I read them on my phone, but next time I think I’ll buy one of these, so I can read some great series. It was a great way to keep my mind off of my nervous stomach and the fact that out West, in the mountains, bathrooms can be few and far in between (did I mention I’m never doing this again?)
5) And my top tip for cross country travel……Take an RV
If you can afford it and are able to….really try and schedule your trip far in advance so you can secure an RV for your journey. I think that would have been ideal for us, but the timing just did not work out.