Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Road trip!

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.

23 comments:

Lady Mama said...

Looks like you had a great trip! Nothing like meeting up with good friends. And snacks are definitely a must on these outings. And oh Pottery Barn Kids.. drool. And the bulldozer - my son would love that!

Jen said...

I need to know. Did you end up buying the Louboutin's?

Sounds like you guys had a lot of fun. I love Yorkville. I love shopping. Yorkville and shopping go hand in hand:)

Chandra said...

Love the shoes girl! Did you get them?

Kids and parents had a great time that's what matters NOT what the kids eat for goodness sake! A few chips and chocolate go very well together, mix that with McDonalds..that's a sure fire hit with my kids!

Wendy@RuensOnTheRun said...

Sounds like me...whatever the kids want to keep them happy (and quiet) while on the road.
Both my boys carry Pottery Barn backpacks to school - I love them - they always hold up so well too!

Nancy@ifevolutionworks.com said...

I love Toronto! The shopping, the dining! I haven't gotten up there in years.

Glad you survived the road trip. Hope the glasses survived too! (minus the drool)

Kell said...

ohhh loulou - dont you know that granola bars are not an acceptable roadtrip snack!!!?? cookies and chips and random junk food only available at gas stations ONLY! sheesh! hey, at least now you know for future reference :)

glad it went smoothly
xoxo

Christy said...

Sounds like a super fabulous trip to me! But wow you are nice to let him play with your $$$ sunglasses! Braver than I am, for sure! And I love pottery barn kids too -- that place is dangerous. McDonald's, too. hehe.

Chantal said...

I have always wanted to go shopping at Yorkville. I have yet to get there. Next time in Toronto I will have to make a special trip.

melissa said...

awesome! well, you already know how i adore toronto!
we're leaving to go to virginia tomorrow. and 11 hour car ride.
shoot me.
NOW!!

The wife of bold said...

ohh i can feel the memories of our recent road trip en famille coming back to haunt me - your a brave girl and i'm glad you all had such a lovely time, but we don't do road trips anymore well not untill another 5 years at least :)

Jenn@ The Crazies said...

Sounds like a great time and Lou, you are not alone... I hate traveling in the car w/ my kids too! One laptop and Jocelyn in the middle, Trev on the side and 2 sets of ear phone and a movie make the time go by as quick as possible... :)

Nap Warden said...

Yay...looks like a fun trip! My Little Man would have been all over the tractor:)

2 Little Irish Boys said...

Happy, Happy Times!!
I love that you can gobble down some Krispy Kremes--yum!!

Shannon @ AnchorMommy said...

How fun! Looks like you guys had a great time. I like to hear road trip success stories, since we're going to take a 10 hour trip (yikes!) next month. I guess we'll be making lots of stops too!

Ms. Porter said...

I think I'm the worst passenger in my car, I hate travelling in the car!

I have to confess that I am cured of the whole Krispy Kreme issue...went to a store when I was pregnant (and suffering from hyperemesis) and never ate another Krispy Kreme again.

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Busy time! Sounds eerily similiar to our trip last weekend in so many ways! Stopping 3 miles from home, mcdonald's, spilling in car, shopping.. we'd totally get along IRL!

Kelly said...

Love Pottery Barn and PBK! Looks like a fun road trip!

Elaine A. said...

This preggo would have LOVED to have been along on that road trip. YUM! ; )

Noah's Mommy said...

If you can say you'd happily do it again...then you are one brave mama....and just seeing those little hands with your chanels...made my palms a little sweaty...but glad it was a great trip!

Stacie's Madness said...

sounds like great fun!

Shana said...

Sounds like you had a really fun trip!!! You gotta do what you gotta do to keep them happy in the car! I understand that one all too well!

Rebecca said...

looks like so much fun - love the shoes!

Maria @BOREDmommy said...

Love Pottery Barn Kids too - its SO expensive, but I have bought many things in there as well. When I win the lottery, I've already informed the hubs that I want the entire house done by Pottery Barn - love their style. Glad you survived the trip.

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