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Tips for Enjoying Family Time & Road Trips with Kids

Hey Cuties,

Did you have a good Thanksgiving? Did you cook or host? I didn’t do either I decided to just be a guest; it’s the best position to be in unless you like to cook. Did you Black Friday shop or Small Biz Saturday? We did some shopping for the kids Friday evening. Nothing major, we never have any big ticket, must have items.

We drove across five states {MD, VA, NC, SC & GA} and it took us about 12 hours going and coming.  I had plans of getting all kinds of blog related things done while in the car. NOPE! I drove for about four hours then took a nap for a couple of hours and watched the fields we passed by. The signal in this small country town was hit or miss; as a result I was hardly on social media and it felt good. I need the time to take a bit of a break and recharge.

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Somewhere in South Carolina

The kids did a great job on the ride down. We left at 4 AM so it was still during their normal sleeping time.  Tip: Leaving during your child’s sleeping hours is a huge help. This will minimize the fighting, complaining and are we there yet questions.

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My kids and cousin Melody.

My kids aren’t around a lot of other kids outside of school and daycare. They are around babies even less but they totally love them. My son loves a baby and they seem to love them. We met cousin Melody for the first time, she is new to being one years old and loves all the excitement it brings. She is busy and busy and busy some more. My kids were in her face constantly and very protective at the same time. They also taught her how to sign Thank You.

tips for traveling with kids

Because Black Men

My son has always had an amazing group of men in his life. The two most important are pictured here with him. His Dad and his Granddad, I actually think I’m #3 in his life and I’m okay with that. He has been this way since he was a tiny little thing; the older he gets the more he needs them.

tips for traveling with kids

My Girl & I

My girl is only three but I swear she is like fifty-three doing on sixty-three. She reminds me so much of my grandmother. It’s almost like she has been here before; I needed to have a daughter. {I reserve the right to change my thoughts and opinions once my daughter becomes a teenager.}

tips for traveling with kids

Hanging with the young…

The weather was beautiful in Georgia, a far cry from the D.C. weather we’ve been having. We took full advantage and hung outside. That is until the random bugs ran me inside of course. This is some of the many little cousins and my daughter who was not feeling this. Tip: If the weather is beautiful make the kids enjoy some outside time. They went for a group walk, played soccer, tag, hula hoop and some other fun games. Tip: If your little one is shy allow them time to warm up to relatives. Don’t force them to hug people they aren’t comfortable with.

tips for traveling with kids

Happy Thanksgiving!

The real story is this fried turkey, this is what was left. The entire meal was ready but nobody wanted to eat until the fried turkey was ready. Then everyone stood in line to get some, again before they put anything else on their plates. hahahaha We had the usual mac & cheese, greens, yams, corn, green beans, another kind of beans, rice, ham, a regular turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. Tip: Eating is a marathon not a race, pace yourself.

fried turkey

The leftovers…

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Babe & I silly face & full guts

Because sometimes we are just as bad as the kids. Tip: Enjoy the freedom of having other family members around. The kids were so busy with their cousins they didn’t bother us much.

tips for traveling with kids

When you catch the baby smiling as she takes her own selfie.

How could you not laugh, she was cracking up. Tip: Try to capture some candid moments from the day.

tips for traveling with kids

Sonic Strawberry Sundae

One of the things I like about traveling south is Sonic & Zaxsby. When I’m on vacation I insist on having ice cream daily. Although we had lots of yummy home cooked food I still had to have my ice cream.

tips for traveling with kids

South of the Border was a big part of my childhood. My Aunt & Uncle were stationed in Fort Jackson so we frequently took this ride. We loved reading the fun signs counting down the distance to South of the Border. We would stop and play around in the shops, gas up and take pictures.

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Nori, Pedro & Nasir

So we did just that with the kids. It’s like a rite of passage you can’t just ride by and not stop. Tip: Make the stops fun and let the kids stretch and run around a little.

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Our party of 4 & Pedro

The ride was long but we had a great time. The kids kept busy with books, made up games, blocks and pillows and blankets. Tip: Let the kids pack their own entertainment.

5 Tips for Enjoying Family Time & Road Trips with Kids

How was your holiday weekend? What did you do? Chat with me in the comment section below or FB, IG or Twitter.

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  1. Allison Jones

    It looks like you guys had an amazing holiday weekend!!!!

    LiveLifeWell,
    Allison

  2. Jamila

    Glad you had a great Holiday, mine was pretty relaxing. We also had a fried turkey. It’s was so good.

  3. LaShawn

    You guys look like you had a great Thanksgiving! I agree on all of your tips, especially the one about hugging unknown relatives. GIRL. I think my insistence that Pookah not have to do it comes from my own scared childhood LOL. We had a great Thanksgiving with the Mouse! My son is already trying to plot for next year!

    • MimiCuteLips

      We really did LaShawn, you know what I had to do it growing up and I hated it. That is why I don’t make my kids do it. My son can high give or dap but I don’t force him to hug either.

      I need to Thanksgiving with y’all. I saw the pictures and it looked amazing.

  4. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    We take lots of road trips and as long as I pack lots of snacks, my kids are happy campers. If not – forget about it 😉

  5. Jaime Nicole

    Wow it looks like a great family time! I agree with you – I love hitting Sonic up when we are south of home! We just got a Sonic (finally) in Buffalo, but the line in crazy time. Love your fried turkey – looks delicious.

  6. Angie

    Great tips! I loved road trips as a kid, still do! Your kids are super cute too.

  7. Valerie Robinson

    You are a brave soul! I was pulling my hair out after an 8-hr drive to Myrtle Beach with the kids LOL! Seems like you had everything under control and had a nice Thanksgiving. Love the pics and recap!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Valerie, this was a good trip. We’ve certainly had some that didn’t go as sweet. There is always yelling involved no matter what. lol

  8. Aisha Johnson Adams

    These are awesome tips. My son hates road trips, but as he gets older they are better for him. I can’t leave as early as I use too…lol.

  9. Julie

    It really looks like you all had such a great time together. There is nothing like getting to spend quality time with the family!

  10. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    It looks like you have a fun family trip. I love to road trip with the family. It’s such a great way to connect and bond.

  11. Jeanette

    You family is ADORABLE! You baby girl is just so cute! These are great tips. We always try to travel at night. It works SO much better with kids sleeping for sure!

  12. OurFamilyWorld

    You have a beautiful family! Good to know that you had a wonderful time traveling and being with family.

  13. Liz Mays

    This sounded like a lovely trip! I’m glad you guys had so such a nice time with your family. I think the tip about making each stop fun is something I should try to do more often.

  14. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    I haven’t thought about letting the kids pack their own entertainment but I will from now on. I usually grab a handful of things on my way out the door.

  15. LaVonndra Johnson

    It’s always great to take some time to decompress and escape social media. Looks like you have a wonderful holiday.

  16. Antoinette

    Looks like you all had a wonderful time. You even came to my neck of the woods, South Carolina. I love road trips with the kiddos.

  17. tiaras and tantrums

    oh you all had a long drive! My family is only 6 hours away and that is doable. 2 hours would be tough!

  18. lisa

    What a great road trip and holiday! Looks like everyone had a great time and a successful road trip!

  19. Nicole (Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge)

    I love a road trip, and it looks as though you guys had a blast.

  20. Melissa

    This is a great read for this time of year especially. Lots of people are traveling and this will definitely help out!

  21. Lynndee

    We did some shopping over the weekend and was glad that we were still able to avail Black Friday deals. 🙂 We love going on road trips and can’t wait for our next one.

  22. Bonnie @wemake7

    Looks like you all had such a great time. =) Thanks for the tip about letting kiddos choose their own activities while traveling.

  23. T. Espinoza

    I laughed way too hard at most of this, but your tips are definitely gonna be put to use on our next road trip. Thankssss!

  24. Ann Bacciaglia

    We used to play fun licence plate games when we had to drive for a while. Letting the kids pack their own entertainment is a fantastic idea.

  25. Britni

    Looks like you had a wonderful holiday! Traveling can be hard with kids but it sounds like you guys did great. I love going on road trips!

  26. Stacie

    Your family is so stinkin’ cute! You all look like you had a blast!

  27. Crystal Lopez

    Thank you for sharing survival advice. We always travel by car because my husband hates to fly. Traveling with a car full of kids can really be tough!

    • MimiCuteLips

      Crystal, with the cost of flights its usually more affordable to drive. I would spin $1,000 easy and that is just to get there. It gets pricey really quick.

  28. Tyra

    Great tips. I remember when we used to do road trips we used to leave super early, I guess so we didn’t bug our parents as much LOL

  29. Katarina

    Those are amazing tips, I love to travel with my family. But we did travel more together when I was a kid.

  30. Joanna

    Looks like a fun time. I love road trips, but I get restless after 8 hours. Lol I went to visit my sister and totally tuned out of blogging work. It bit me in the butt because I did a last minute post, but I enjoyed my weekend.

  31. Shanéy Maharaj

    We haven’t taken a road trip yet with our 2-month-old. I’m kinda scared especially since I have a toddler too who loves playing with her brothers cheeks.

    • MimiCuteLips

      Oh wow Shaney, my daughter was 2 months when we drove to Atlanta for the first time. Another 11 hour trip and I had to pump in the truck on the ride down.

  32. JanetGoingCrazy

    We took a road trip to Disney earlier this year and it was so much fun! We planned out stops along the way and had road games and I drove the whole way so Daddy could entertain our boy.

  33. Chubskulit Rose

    Look like a fun quality time with the whole family! You guys always looks so happy!

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