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Tuesday Travels: Surviving a Road Trip with a Two-Year-Old

Welcome to Tuesday Travels, a weekly series at Traveling with Baby.  This weekly series will also features ideas for local day trips and  travel tips for families with kids-in-tow.  You’ll also find related product reviews and giveaways.  I enjoy hearing about your traveling adventures, too.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family in New York AND Pennsylvania.  We spent over 8 hours on the road Tuesday evening and again on Sunday evening.

Traveling with a two-year-old for a long period of time definitely poses some challenges.  I kept him content with an endless supply of snacks: bananas, cheese, dried fruit, and Happy Baby organic puffs.  When I ran out of snacks, we pulled over for more substantial chow.

Between providing food and performing puppet shows over my shoulder with stuffed animals, I don’t know who was more worn out, me or my son.

Once we arrived, we had a blast hanging out with family.  Thanksgiving day was quite busy for Calvin and his cousins.  He and his cousin J looked for cool rocks and “acorn hats” in the yard.

We also went on a mini-hike to the top of the mountain in my parents’ backyard.  That’s Calvin’s uncle Greg on the left, cousin J, and his Daddy Steve on the right.

While on the mountain, Steve found walking sticks for the boys to use.  He showed them how to “draw” on the rocks with the ashy tips of sticks from a recent brush fire.

After the hike, the boys refueled with snacks, and then we built a cardboard “gingerbread house” with caulk, peanut butter, crackers, popcorn kernals, and pine nuts.  It wasn’t exactly multi-colored, but it was inexpensive, quick, and easy. I forgot to pack our leftover candy from Calvin’s birthday party that I’d planned to use precisely for this purpose.

Here’s the finished product. What do you think?

There was plenty of feasting on Thanksgiving and every other day, too.  Our daily routine didn’t stray much from eating, watching the boys play and kiss  baby cousin, followed by napping, more eating, and sleep.  Repeat.

It was the most amazing vacation ever!

Cousin J and Calvin kissing Baby A on her sweet baby cheeks

My folks did 99% of the cooking and preparation.  I helped by making a salad, and eating a fair share of pumpkin pie and cornbread dressing.

It was simply wonderful sharing my favorite holiday with family in my parents’ home.  The last time we celebrated Thanksgiving together as a family was two years ago…when Calvin was only one-month-old.

Happy holidays from my family to yours!

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