This past weekend hubs and I took the kiddos on a road trip to a wedding about 4 1/2 hours away. I have to admit I was dreading this long of a ride with a 5 year old and a 1 year old. I was tempted to go out and buy a portable DVD player for the kids and a set of earplugs for myself. However, I resisted temptation and we made it the old fashion way. They were actually very good. The 1 year old ( almost 2-year old) likes his freedom and really hates to be in the car seat! He slept very little but for the most part he kept the squeeling and screaming to a minimum. We made several stops along the way to eat and see the sights. We got a good look at the mighty Mississippi River in its flooded state. It was really neat to see. The pictures don't do it justice.
The wedding was in the back yard of the bride's parents home. It was fun because it was a pretty casual atmosphere which made it not so stressful with the kids. There were several children there and the hosts thought of everything. They had a kids table that was covered with paper so that the kids could draw. They had games and little party favors all over the table that the kids could take home with them. They had chicken tenders and a variety of junk food that the kids loved. They hired teenage girls to help keep an eye on them while the parents sat down and ate at beautifully decorated tables. It was an evening wedding and the lighting was beautiful. They had candles on all the tables and lanterns hanging from beautiful trees.
After the wedding we went back to our hotel and the kids swam in an indoor pool which was really the highlight of their trip. All in all, a good time was had by all.