So, we made the five hour drive to Toronto this past weekend. I was scared to be in the car for that long with my boys, to be honest. That's why I like trips on planes that are less than four hours. Which is why we go to Florida often, and to Bahamas. Short and sweet.
Christos is actually a great traveller. He can entertain himself, and he is very well-behaved. I know he's ready for Greece next summer!
Dimitry, on the other hand - this darling child of mine does not like sitting in his car seat for more than 20 minutes, max. So it was more challenging keeping him happy.
What helped? A lot of snacks. And none of them good. Also? Lots of rest stops. Our first stop was about two minutes from our house.
"I need a snack!" Christos declared from the back seat.
"Okay, here is a granola bar."
"No! Stop at the gas station!"
And so it began. First stop. Less then two minutes into our trip. Christos stocks up on chips and chocolate. Already. At 10 a.m. Okay, then.
Of course, as you may know, when you have two children, whatever one child has, the other child has to have, too. No matter what. So, Dimitry was eating chips at 10 a.m. too.
Our drive was mostly uneventful, but of course included a lunch stop here:
And another two stops after that. On a five hour road trip. But, hey - if the kids are happy, that's all that matters, right?
Another necessity for long car trips is the DVD player. Next time, though - I'm brining one for each boy! There was some fighting over who got to hold the DVD player, and of course, big brother won.
That's okay, Dimitry took a nap. Thankfully!
And although we had enough toys and books to entertain an entire preschool class, Dimitry of course opted to play with my 400 dollars Chanel sunglasses.
Again - happy baby, happy mommy. (And what's the worst that can happen, really? He breaks them, and I need to buy a new pair? Win-win situation!)
It was so worth making this trip, though - to see my best friends again, with their beautiful children, and having our kids play together. It was awesome.
Also awesome? The shopping, of course. Hello, my most favourite store on earth!
I was and am a huge Pottery Barn fan. I love, love, love Pottery Barn. And then I discovered Pottery Barn Kids. And shortly thereafter, I had my first baby. Yes, it is expensive, but oh... so.... worth it!
The kids had a lot of fun in PBK. I bought the boys backpacks. Christos loves his.
And then we continued walking in Yorkville and my heart started beating really fast when I saw these. I must have these. I want. Oh, look how pretty they are! I'll take the black, please.
This trip wasn't all fun and games, though - we toured a factory. No, not the cheesecake kind, the donut kind! I don't often get to eat a fresh Krispy Kreme donut, but when I do - Oh. My. God. Greatest (artery clogging) taste ever! We went through a dozen in um... well, in no time at all, really. The boys loved watching the donuts being made.
Our drive back was okay - but we made even more stops. The best part for my boys was playing on this bulldozer for half an hour. They loved it!
After that, the only crazy thing that happened was when Christos decided his Oreo ice cream sandwich would look better smeared all over the inside of the car and himself.
We survived, though! And we'll happily do it again.