Mike and I drove down to DC once when Mazzy was about 9 months. That was a harrowing experience, where Mike’s only job was to drive the car while I played waitress, lady servant, one woman entertainer and pacifier retrieving acrobat for five straight hours. We didn’t drive anywhere farther than two hours for the next five years.
That record ended this past weekend, when Vaseline® sent us to Vermont for a ski trip to test out their Vaseline Intensive Care™ Advanced Repair lotion in the cold. We chose to go to Sugarbush, putting us a solid six hours in the car.
With both kids.
We decided to break up the trip by leaving late Thursday night, driving to Westchester and spending the night at Mike’s cousin’s house, shaving about an hour. I suspect Mike’s strategy was also to prevent me from running back in and out of the house ten times to get things we had forgotten, pushing our departure time even further back, as I have been known to do. That means, Friday morning, when I realized I had forgotten my contacts, there was nothing to do but SIGH LOUDLY and get in the car.
I packed a big bag of things to do, snacks to eat, diapers to change, Frozen dolls to play with and assorted sundries, including a bottle of Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair lotion (obviously).
Graphic of only 1/16 of the items I packed for the trip:
How do you busy yourself for six hours on a road trip to Vermont? Besides pray you’ll be visited by the napping gods who will make both your children pass out at the same time?
If you’re me, you record a play-by-play of the entire trip on your iPhone, times included, just so everyone can endure the same agony I did. Inbetween doling out snacks, of course.
Breakdown of a Five hour trip with two kids:
10am: We leave Westchester.
10:05: The first “are we there yet?” followed by “this is taking a long time”, from Mazzy, of course. Uh-oh, this is going to be a long trip.
10:10: Mazzy asks where we are going and even though I have told her 20 TIMES over the past two weeks, this time I have her undivided attention. I tell her about Vermont, how I used to ski there when I was little, how she is going to ski school, etc. etc. etc. She gets all excited and says, “When will we see Ella???” That’s Mazzy’s best friend. “Ummm…. sorry, honey. Ella is going to be in Utah when we are there in March. She will not be in Vermont.” “NO FAIR!” Yep, this is going to be a long trip.
10:12: First request for snacks. I list everything we have and get turned down on all counts. We have been in the car 12 minutes.
10:15: We stop at Starbucks to get coffee and bagels. While Mike runs in to get the coffee, the kids gets restless. I break out Mad Libs, way earlier than planned.
10:30: After 15 solid minutes of Mad Libs (seriously, bring this on your next car trip), Mike returns with the coffee.
10:32: We pull out of Starbucks. “Let’s do another Mad Libs!” “NOOOO!!!” Uh-oh. At least they seem happy with their bagels.
10:35: Mazzy says she wants to draw. I say (quietly so Harlow can’t hear) that we will let her draw on the iPad as soon as her sister falls asleep. We’ve actually never let the kids use smart devices in the car before (to ensure they took their naps) but think this trip warrants it.
10:45: Harlow falls asleep, we give Mazzy the iPad, and have “the talk”. You know, the one where you have to explain to your child that she won’t be able to watch YouTube because we are not connected to wireless.
11am: Mazzy says she feels nauseous and wants to get out of the car. OH GOD OH NO OH GOD OH NO. We take the iPad away.
11:15: Twenty “I need to get out of the car” screams later, we find a place to pullover which wakes up Harlow about an hour too soon. For the next 45 minutes, we all hang out in a gas station convenience store eating crackers until Mazzy feels okay.
12pm: We get back on the road and Mazzy promptly falls asleep. Harlow is wide awake and will remain wide awake for the remainder of the trip.
12:15: We give Harlow lunch, she stares out the window, listens to music, plays quietly with an Elsa doll, and we realize our two-year-old is way easier to travel with than our five-year-old.
1:15: I make the mistake of turning around to look at Harlow through the space between the back of my seat and the head rest. Harlow thinks this is hilarious and wants me to do it over and over again until I think I might throw up and throw my back out at the same time.
1:20: Mike says, “Gee… my hands are dry. You got any lotion I can use?” This will be his running joke for the rest of our trip. I hand him the Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair lotion and use some on myself as well. My skin is very sensitive to the cold and often gets itchy (which can aggravate my eczema), so I am happy for the reminder to keep moisturized during the drive.
1:31: Mazzy wakes up and is surprisingly, in a good mood. I break out the Mad Libbs again and one of the prompts is “an occupation”. “What’s an occupation, Mom?” “It’s a job.” “Okay, a blogger,” Mazzy says. I have never been so proud.
1:45: I say, “Look at all the snow! I think Elsa was here!” Mazzy groans and says, “Elsa isn’t real, Moooom.” Oh, right. I’m THAT parent.
1:48: Mike gets pulled over by the nicest cop on the planet for going 60 in a 50, who lets us off with a warning as long as Mike promises to spend the ticket money on me for Valentine’s Day. I suspect the adorable kids in the back seat have something to do with it as well. The cop tells us his wife is pregnant with their first child— a girl. While we wait for him to fill our paperwork back in his vehicle, we have a good discussion with the kids about why we have to follow the rules. Nothing like thinking your dad is going to be sent to jail to teach kids a lesson about authority.
2:15: Mazzy and Harlow go completely stir crazy. But they are laughing, not crying, so it’s okay. They make weird noises, they talk gibberish, they crack each other up. It’s loud and jarring and if they were anybody else’s kids, I would want them to SHUT UP IMMEDIATELY. But they are my kids and they are completely in tune with each other and it is A-DOR-ABLE. It also lasts a good 45 minutes.
3pm: The kids start asking for more snacks but we are minutes away and say we’ll be eating dinner soon. Mazzy and Harlow go silent as they stare out at the beautiful scenery, pointing out houses with especially long icicles hanging from the roof.
3:30: We arrive, ahead of schedule. The ride was actually not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. Now how will we brave below zero temperatures with snow higher than Harlow’s head?
I’ll be blogging about our ski trip all week, while protecting my family’s skin with Vaseline Intensive Care™ Advanced Repair lotion, which is specifically formulated to immediately hydrate and temporarily relieve symptoms of dry skin. Plus, it is clinically proven to heal very dry skin within five days, with a blend of humectants that pull moisture into the skin and micro-droplets of Vaseline Jelly to lock moisture in.
Unfortunately, I don’t think Vaseline prevents frostbite, so we’ll see how much we actually get outdoors.
I’m also giving away a $500 CVS gift card and a Vaseline prize pack. You can enter under each post about the trip (find the first post here) for additional entries.
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What is the longest road trip you’ve ever driven with your family?
I just entered to win a $500 CVS gift card from @mommyshorts and @vaselinebrand! #vaseline #staywarmmommyshorts
You can see the full rules here.
Winner will be announced Monday, February 23rd when I give a recap of my trip. That’s after we make the six hour road trip back home.
I hope it goes half as smoothly!
This post sponsored was sponsored by Vaseline, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.