Last Friday we hit the road on our second big vacation with the triplets. Like last year, our destination was North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This year, my parents, brother, and sister joined us for the trip. Gretchen and I are just not ready to take a trip of this magnitude with the triplets alone!
We broke the drive down into two days, with a stop in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which is about seven hours from home. Seven driving hours, which translates to around eleven hours when you factor in meal breaks and stops for diaper changes. The trips had plenty of toys and snacks and DVDs to keep them busy, so there wasn’t much fussing on the first day. We stopped at a McDonald’s PlayPlace for lunch, and we were at the hotel by dinner time, so we went to Wendy’s. After dinner we took the kids to the hotel pool and tried to tire them out a bit.
Sleeping in the same room as them was interesting. We had two tents (KJ and Juli) set up on one side of the room, and Elisha’s tent at the foot of our bed. For the first ten minutes KJ and Juli kept calling out “mama” and “dada” to see if we would respond. After a while we responded that we were sleeping and they should, too, or something to that effect. They responded by telling each other that we were sleeping, while Elisha was telling them they needed to be quiet because Elisha was sleeping. This probably lasted around 20 minutes, and then they drifted off to sleep, and so did we.