Single Mom Adventure: Car Ride Up North!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Recently, I tracked 7.5 hours to the great white north with my two kiddos in tow. We packed up some necessities and stuffed our belongings into my sensible sedan and headed for a weekend of fun on the lake with some of my closest friends from college and their families.

It was a magical weekend and guess what - my kids (and myself!) survived our solo drive there!! I was pretty worried because the girls are 3 and would be stuck in the car for over 7 hours and are notorious for demanding snacks, toys, and anything and everything under the moon while I'm trying to safely get us to our destination. Luckily, I preplanned and had a movie and their headphones all ready to go for the first leg of our trip from Chicago into the Wisconsin Dells. It was a 3.5 hour drive and when we arrived we did a pit stop for food and walking around a Deer Park where we were able to feed docile Bambi's right from our hands! It was a great activity that allowed us to stretch our legs, have a chill activity and then hop back into the car where the girls promptly passed out for the beginning of our longest 4.5 hour trek into Minnesota.

Feeding a sweet deer.

Hello, dude! This goat was hangry!
The last hour or so of the drive was a bit brutal. The girls were over the car, I was over the car, we hit some traffic, etc. But once we arrived and they were able to meet new people, play with friends and get relaxed it was much much better!

We spent the weekend enjoying the company of my best friends, swimming in the lake, boating and even just relaxing and watching Moana 875 times with the other kids. It was so great to have the fresh air, the relaxation and seeing my little girls meet some of my favorite people in the planet. They slept well, ate well, got along with others - it was truly amazing!

This cabin, though! :)

Ready to swim!
Our ride back we had some help with my friend and her gf riding back to Chicago with us. It was nice to have some company and someone to help wrangle the twins and their needs in the car ride so I could focus on getting us back home safely! 

Can't wait for our next adventure! 

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