4 Kids, 6 Days, 2200 Miles

I recently wrote a post on my Tips for Road Trippin’ with a Toddler.  Well, this past week I had a chance to put them to the test again. We packed up the car and headed north. We left around lunch time and drove straight through the night and arrived at our friends’ home in Connecticut 23 hours later.

Number 1 and number 1a on my list of most important road trip items are DVDs for the kids to watch and snacks for everyone. We had plenty of both. My wife also boiled some eggs for us to take along. That is a long standing road trip tradition with her family growing up. Here I am enjoying one of these hard boiled eggs. 

We stopped for a late picnic lunch and enjoyed the breathtaking views of the cars driving past the I-95 rest area. We were about 4 hours into the trip and everyone was glad to get out and stretch our legs.


After we ate, we ran around and played a quick game of tag before getting back in the car. There was some heavy rain coming and we needed to get on down the road. Some four hours later we needed to stop for dinner, a vote was taken and a unanimous decision was made for Cracker Barrel.

Nightfall came and gave us a rather uneventful night except for a 3:30am gas station bathroom run outside of Washington D.C. I’m sure the gas station attendant questioned why we had 4 little kids up at 3:30am. Sunrise came somewhere around Philadelphia and we scooted through NYC and into Connecticut to our destination sometime around noon.

We had finally arrived. It was great to see our friends and catch up and let our kids play together. Then the best part was when the kids went to bed and all us adults could stay up late and party a little bit.

Or maybe we all just passed out early. It was definitely one or the other that happened.  The next morning though we went to a wonderful kids museum called Kidcity. Our kids absolutely loved it and could have spent the next two days there. Anyone within an hour of Middletown, CT should go check it out. Here are our guys posing outside the museum.

After that it was off to visit some other friends. Everyone was so hospitable to us and it was great to see some of our dear friends. On our last day there we spent the morning with yet another dear family and enjoyed some time at a lake and a splash park. Here is the crew eating lunch between the lake and the splash park.

It was a wonderful whirl-wind trip even if it did take us almost as long to get there and back as we spent there. The only bummer of the whole trip happened right before we were to leave to head back. Our youngest fell and hit his mouth and 2 of his teeth went completely through his bottom lip. We all felt so bad. Here is a picture of the poor guy the next day at a picnic stop on the way home. Of course, he wouldn’t properly pose to show me the underside of his lip.

Then of course we finished off with the long drive back home. We were able to make better time and shave an hour off the trip.

Overall it was a great time to see old friends and I was able to satiate my road trip itch for a while. I was also able to catch-up on a few podcasts from the Dad Bros whom I really enjoy.

Any of you have any road trips coming up? Where to?

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17 thoughts on “4 Kids, 6 Days, 2200 Miles”

  1. Wow, what a road trip! I enjoyed seeing the pics and that hard-boiled egg idea is genius for long trips since the protein in eggs keeps hunger at bay!
    And I could imagine a 3.30am bathroom break with 4 kids was head-turning! If you were near NYC, it’s too bad you didn’t stop in for a coffee! I’d have been happy to brew you both a cup! πŸ™‚
    Kudos to you for driving so far in such little time…It’s nice to spend time with friends, especially who live distances away.
    Oh and too bad about your little guy’s lip! Glad he was ok enough the next day to take the pic…
    Glad you had a nice road trip overall. I give you lots of credit for driving so far.
    Take care and enjoy the rest of the summer!

    1. I thought about you when driving through NYC and some of the great pics you take of the city. We were so short on time though and I just wanted to get away from all that traffic. Ha
      We enjoy road trips and our kids do well. When they’re older we’ll have to rent a motor home or something and travel out west πŸ™‚

      1. Oh thanks πŸ™‚ I’ve got to get back to taking more city pics! I can imagine there was lots of traffic in the area and you wanted to get to your destination!
        I admire your family’s love of road trips…as kids, the farthest we ever drove was Boston (from NY). Indeed, renting a motor home would be amazing!
        Have a happy Thursday!!!!

  2. Sounds like a great road trip other than the tooth thing. We just took ours on a four hour drive this past weekend and I thought was enough for us. You and your wife are troopers. #brilliantblogposts

  3. Oh man, sounds fun, and little exhausting! I love the boiled egg idea for road trips and will have to use it when we go on one. For now, I’m nervous about my daughter’s first flight experience the beginning of August. Have any tips for that? πŸ™‚

    1. First time in an airplane! Fun! πŸ™‚
      My advice is still snacks and entertainment (small books, phone/tablet, small toys etc) The other thing we would do with our little ones was during take-off and landings we would have them breastfeed (or drink a bottle) and the sucking action helps their ears maintain equilibrium as the cabin pressure tends to change during these times. I’m convinced some screaming babies on flights are due to their ears needing to “pop”

      I hope you guys have a fun trip!

  4. I love the boiled eggs idea. Not gonna have little ones, but going on a road trip and will definitely boil some eggs!

  5. Hey Mike,

    I’m so glad you were finally able to go on a road trip after getting the itch from my blog posts about my road trip. Sounds like a great time excluding the little ones lip injury of course! I hope he is almost healed.

    I must admit that I’m incredibly jealous that you were in New Jersey even if it was just driving through. I’m originally from the Toms River area in New Jersey and am dying to see me family! Oh and that you were in PA as I’ve been craving an authentic Philly Cheese Steak for years!

    Much love,
    Lysa xx

    1. Lysa,
      Yes ever since reading your adventures I’ve been itching for my own. Well, itch scratched πŸ™‚
      We did have a good time and saw a lot of dear friends. The little guy’s lip has just about healed completely.

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