Travels with a 4-Year-Old

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I recently traveled to Iowa with my Great-Aunt and her granddaughter Ivy. Ivy would then be my second cousin (I think) and her dad, who is the same age as my husband is my first cousin once-removed. Here is a chart I am basing this on: click here.

What was one of the best parts of traveling on this trip was going with a Ivy was how different it was to travel with a little kid. She was such a trooper too, but I also have to laugh at how amusing it is to travel with children. If you want to learn more on our adventure, read about the great Omaha Zoo!

Here is my list of observations:

Travels with a 4-year old

  • They will stick their finger into something that hurts, and start screaming
    • This episode was brought to you by a soda cup lid
  • They will refuse to eat, drink, and/or pee
    • Forcing them to is sometimes ok, and sometimes a match of wills
  • They will say they don’t want an ice cream cone
    • Then you buy the ice cream cone for you; they want it and take it.
    • Then they eat about four bites and don’t want it anymore.
    • All while you have since ordered yourself a NEW ice cream cone.
  • They won’t sleep in the car without a fuss
  • They will ask 20 times if you are there yet
  • They will cry over having to put pajamas on
  • There will be misunderstandings over mumbles, whining, and stories.
    • Someone may cry over this.
    • Multiple people may cry over this
  • Tears will be shed over automatic dryers and toilets at restaurants and rest stops on the way.
  • Someone will lose a sock, or socks.
  • Shoes will be taken off and misplaced
  • Beloved stuff toys will be misplaced
  • There will be unbelievable joy
  • Followed by horrific meltdowns
  • They will fall over their toes at least half a dozen times
    • Half of these times, they will cry out of embarrassment and shock, not actual injury
  • They will get lost and turned around in a crowd
    • This will also lead to panic and meltdown
  • They will be wearing some of their food
  • They will play a game of keep away when needing to get dressed.
    • This will put everyone in hysterical laughter at how cute and funny it is
  • They will get dehydrated and hot and whiney from being outside
    • Make sure you force water down their throat
  • Trains are seen as absolutely amazing
    • Stick them on one to prevent meltdowns over tired feet
  • They will want a giant lollipop from the gift shop
      • They will get the giant lolli
      • They will never eat the giant lolli OR
      • They will eat some of it and you will find the rest stuck to the car in the worst possible way

     

    What are your favorite kid moments?

    HAPPY TRAVELS!

    Travelswith4yo

Adventure of the Week – Omaha Zoo

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On my recent adventure to the midwest I had a fun blend of road trip and train journey across 1000 miles, each way, of prairie…..and….prairie. Some may argue it’s plains, but either way you cut it, it ends up being a whole lot of grass, corn, straight rows, and small towns. Not to mention a few cow poop smelling sections near feed lots.

All I have to say is thank you engineers and scientists for cruise control and thank you oh wise zoologists of the last 100 years for placing a zoo in the middle of it.

Located in Omaha, Nebraska the Henry Doorly Zoo is by far one of the best zoos in the country, and absolutely one of the best in the world. Due to their investments, resources, creativity and dedication they have created a zoo that creates lasting memories for visitors that is unparalleled to other zoos.

For instance, I remember stopping at said zoo in about 2003 and being completely blown away at it, even if I was a snotty teen.

The zoo has changed little in the last 15 years, but it still remains an innovative and moving network of habitats that brings out the mystified kid in all of us.

My favorite, this journey happened to be the charming penguins who literally came up to the glass to nod heads with my fellow travelers, an 11 and 4 year old, who felt they both had nice chats with the friendly penguins.

Other highlights included the indoor rainforest with plenty of bats, otters, frogs, and pygmy hippos. The gorilla habitat offered plenty of entertainment with the massive creatures storming by visitors.  Finally, the cat house offered oohhhs and ahhhs at majestic clawed beasts lounging in the afternoon shade.

 

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