With the holiday season in full swing and the New Year sneaking up on us, literally as we speak, I am sure many of you will be road tripping in the next few days! This year with the arrival of baby bird, we are staying home for the holidays, but when we do travel it tends to be by car. As a gal who comes from a long line of car travelers, I consider myself quite good at the activity, but everything can get a bit tricky when traveling with a 4 year old, even for the most seasoned of road trip gurus.
As I have mentioned a million times already, I am sincerely behind on everything these days, so when KIA asked me to write an article on road trips I jumped at the chance! You see in true procrastinating fashion I have been sitting on the details of a little adventure we took a couple of months ago, and this is the perfect excuse to rewind the clock a bit and share all the lovely deets with you guys!
The month before the bird was due to arrive, we took our last family vacation, our last hurrah so to speak, as a little group of 3. It was quick and spur of the moment, but incredibly memorable and such a fabulous little getaway.
Bring on the gushy mom junk and the one million pictures of our little vacay you say? No problem!
We were travling in fairly tight quarters since I needed to bring the stroller (for me more than for the boy) and the sun was in Blakey's eyes the ENTIRE time, but it was nothing a little silky blanket over the head couldn't solve. The iPad was our hero this trip since the boy is now old enough to work the contraption on his own, and we had it loaded with plenty of read along books and preschool games... and of course a few zombie games too (the boy is obsessed...I have no idea where he gets it from)! We arrived late afternoon and had time to have a late lunch and enjoy the view from our hotel room before the boy and I enjoyed an evening to ourselves with room service (love room service). You see the hubs had a business dinner that evening since we were here, after all, to tag along on a business trip, and tag along we sure did!
We hit the beach and for the very first time I got to watch while the hubs chased the boy all by himself! It's usually a joint effort, but I was busy... you know hanging with the bird and enjoying this rather large view of him as the baby bump!
There was sand, castles, and a celebratory dance to commemorate the multi-castle event!
There may or may not have been vast amounts of ice cream consumed.... I will never tell! But there were definitely gorgeous walks along the marina and a fabulous very lengthy dinner at the most amazing Persian Restaurant. I can still imagine the food even now, it was that good! Plus, there won't be another lengthy, multi course dinner for this little family for another couple of years if the kids are in tow! This was definitely special...
After sand, surf, and turf it was time to hit the road, but not before we hit up the local theme park! This trip we decided to make a half day of it, on the way home. That would let us drive home with a tired boy who might even consider sleeping since it would be relatively dark as we drove along!
There were dolphins, and whales, and face painting... oh my!
And then we drove home to this gorgeous sight - a tired superhero and a gorgeous sunset! I can tell you the trip would have been a lot more comfy in a bigger car like the gorgeous specimen below, but hey, close proximity makes us closer right? or at least makes us cranky... either way! A big thank you to KIA for sponsoring this post and giving me a chance to gush about my kids... #kiaholiday