We call it: ADVENTURE!
Hubby and I have always LOVED finding little or big adventures to go on together (I'll have to post some sometime :)). And we want to continue with fun adventures with our littles too!
Hubby has business trips every few months or so and the babies and I have been able to tag along with him, a few hours away to the beach or eight hours away to Charleston, South Carolina!
With a family beach trip with Hubby's family, a couple business trips, and hope to visit my Aunt, Dad (who is actually coming to visit next month), and family and let them see the babies and meet Littlest, we may have one long trip! My Aunt and fam mean so much to us. We usually save up and fly out a couple/few times a year. And one of those times is usually when the babies turn 3 months old. We keep debating flying versus driving with three littles... :)...
This is the potential plan... ;)
1. Vacay to Emerald Isle, NC - 5 1/2 hours - probably 1 week stay
2. Business trip to Charleston, SC - 5 hours - approx. 3 days
3. Business trip to Huntsville, AL - 8 hours - approx. 3 days
4. Visiting family in a suburb just outside of Phoenix, AZ - 24 hours - - 3 to 4 days drive & 1 to 1 /2 weeks stay
ahhhh! :) So we'd be going through Atlanta, Little Rock AR, Oklahoma City OK, the tip of Texas, Albu"coi"que and have talked with several Oklahoma friends so far about visiting :)
And here is the trip back home... - 33 hours ;) - 3 to 4 days drive
We figure we'll stop a couple times to visit friends on the way there and/or a couple on the way back. On the way back our route will be a little different and looks like we'll be going by Nashville TN. :)
Total trip = ~4 weeks
We drove the route back when I was 30 weeks pregnant (ETA: with Little and BabyBoy almost 2 yrs old :)) and we moved back to the east coast, and we zigzagged to visit friends along the way!
We have been talking about this for months and really want to make it work because family is so important to us and it would be an adventure. :)
I've told a couple friends how the babies, when they were younger, always slept pretty well on travel, but now that they've gotten a little older and more aware, I'm afraid they won't sleep as well and they'd be little maniacs when we visit friends along the way ;). (you know they are normally very sweet and well behaved overall :) and they do, do a good job :))
We'll still have to figure out accommodations, besides the business trips (paid for! :)), along the way, if anyone has suggestions of good towns or places to stay, eat, or things to do, when we stop, we would love it!