To prepare for 21+ hours in the car, I bought everyone a new book or two. I got some Shrek Mad Libs and we did not even get to them. I also surprised them with two new movies. Movies are a total life saver in the car as are the DS's, iPad, and iPhones. How I traveled without all those luxuries is a mystery to me!! I also need to mention that Legos are a huge hit this summer in the car!
Off we go with bikes and all. Our second day was July 4th which is a horrible day to be stuck in the car. We missed all the fun celebrations of the day so I planned two things to make our day a little more festive. First, we all (except me who packed incorrectly) all dressed the part. Don't they all look very patriotic and cute!
The second thing I planned was ice cream for dinner. I had healthy snacks and lunch packed for us to have. Ice cream for dinner seemed like the best way to celebrate Independence Day and our drive. This was also something on our Summer Bucket list. The kids were super excited when we stopped at a Dairy Queen for dinner. They know we don't eat the food there....just the ice cream. We actually tried to find hometown kind of ice cream parlor, but we did not have any luck.