Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!
My little family hit the road to AZ Friday morning to spend Easter weekend with my family. It’s about a 4.5 to 5 hour drive for us and with 2 kiddos it can be a semi-long drive. We typically like to drive extremely early in the morning or through the night so the kids can sleep on the drive and we avoid most of the traffic but I wasn’t feeling to well Thursday night, so we left Friday morning. Most of you may not know this but I have severe travel anxiety, so trips can sometimes be more rough for me then the kids.
This last trip over the weekend went really well, so I though I would share some of my travel/packing tips with kids and for less anxiety in case you suffer from it too.
- Write lists and prepare ahead of time: I started writing lists for this trip 3-4 days before and each day I prepped something for the tripe. Whether it was a grocery run for snacks, cleaning the house, packing, etc. I didn’t wait until the day before to get it all done.
- Leave a clean home: We typically try and leave our house clean whenever going on a trip but with 2 kids it can be hard to have it completely spotless. Our house is currently on the market to be sold right now, so leaving it show worthy was a must. It actually helped relieve stress knowing we left a spotless home and I cant even explain how lovely it was walking into our home Sunday night and having it be spotless.
- Clean, Pack and Organize the Car for a stress free trip: This trip I had the car deep cleaned (not necessary for every trip but our truck was in need of it!) the day before our trip and it made it so much easier to pack and it was so much more cozy of a place on our drive. It really made traveling easier on me with it being cleaned and organized.
- Bring activities for the kids: For this trip I made sure to get the kids activities for the car. I packed coloring books, crayons and dry erase boards in each of the front seats back pockets for the kids and they also had a DS Gameboy to play. My daughter was supposed to charge and bring her iPad for movies but she forgot it. Totally leaving the up to me next time!
- Snacks: For this trip, I bought a hard basket for the kid’s back seat and filled it with some of their favorite snacks (you know… the ones with the least mess!). I laid a blanket down to catch any crumbs as a way to keep the truck clean. I tossed the blanket in the wash when we got home and the truck still looks deep cleaned. I also packed spill proof cups and filled them with apple juice and had bottle water for them. I packed snacks for the hubby and I as well.
- Anxiety Relief: I not only have travel anxiety but I also suffer from it pretty bad on regular basis. I avoid sharing this part of my life with as many people as possible because I feel judged like a crazy person but I thought some of these tips might helps others who suffer like I do. I might want to mention I like to take a holistic approach and avoid modern day medicine as much as possible. Not saying it’s a bad thing as I know it’s helpful in many cases but I personally prefer not to be on medicine with the many side effects it can cause if at all possible. Through research I found that vitamin B12 and Magnesium were very helpful with anxiety (Blood tests showed I was low in these). I started taking these on a daily basis and have seen much improvement alone from them. My grandfather, a Physicians Assistant, suggested I take GABA for my anxiety, which I have been taking almost daily now as well. I try and only take this a few hours before bed because it makes me slightly tired. I also met with a reflexologist who happened to be a holistic nutritionist as well, who suggested an adrenal support supplement to take daily and another product called anxiousless, for the more anxious moments I get. After taking these products on a consistent basis for the last month or so, I believe it significantly helped with my anxiety. I also have been meeting with a therapist for my anxiety for around 2 months now I believe, and through the self-talk and breathing exercises I have learned through my sessions, I was able to remain much more calm during our drive while implementing them. Not to mention lots of prayer! If you suffer from anxiety as well I would recommend getting your vitamin levels checked and talking with your doctor about supplementing if low on certain ones. I would also suggest meeting with a therapist and learning techniques like self-talk and breathing exercises that will help.
Those are the tips I have and hopefully they are helpful to some of you!
Now let’s get back to Easter weekend shall we…
Saturday night my kids got to dye Easter Eggs with their cousins and my Aunt and I hid them all around the house and outside after the went to bed. They woke up Sunday morning got to open Easter Baskets and then had an Easter egg hunt once all the cousins arrived that morning.
^^ My daughter Julianna’s Easter Basket ( She loves Shopkins, Frozen and girly things)
^^ My son Rayden’s Easter Basket ( He is currently obsessed with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Later that afternoon we attended church to celebrate the greatest gift of all, the resurrection of our savior, Jesus Christ.
^^ The best photo I could get of us on Easter Sunday lol
^^ This little guy went crazy the first hour of church and then crashed hard for the rest. My arm was dead by the end of church from holding him!
We got home from church around 4:30 and I had to start packing and loading the truck up to hit the road back home. The kids were so tired they slept most of the way home and we arrived back shortly after midnight. My kiddos were to excited to play with their cousins on Easter, so I could barely get good photos of them… I may have made them put their adorable Easter outfits back on once my daughter got home from school so I could take a few photos of them. I am sure glad I did because these photos are to precious! Seriously though how cute are they?? And those outfit… so cute! Oshkosh B’ Gosh sure knows kids style! We always buy clothing for our kids there – not only are they stylish but also super affordable, which is important, especially the way my kids go through clothes. Find a store near you!
Rayden’s Outfit: Button Down || Bow Tie || Shorts || Hat || Shoes