Ok, how did we do this without DVD players?
1. DVD player for the kids, especially if they can't read in the car due to age or car sickness.
2. Themed music. If I know where I'm going and what I'll be traveling through, I burn CDs that match.
3. Crossword puzzles, logic puzzles, all those time-wasters. I will now admit that I have done them while driving through southern Oklahoma.
4. Car games. The girls love car games. Find the red truck. Find the letter T. All those sorts of things. But they never eat as much time as I want them to.
6. Handwork quilt stuff.
7. "Arguing" with Mike, either about schools or raising kids or politics. That makes the time slip by.
8. Thinking about the Bohr Model of the Atom (story below)
9. Sing as many stanzas of "Wheels on the Bus" as you can create (we can be very creative)
10. Be in charge of the camera ("Did you get that? Oooh, get that.")
Bohr Model of the Atom:
It's warm outside. They're in the van together, traveling down to his parents' house. He's driving; she's looking out the window. Suddenly, she laughs, to herself, really, not even realizing she's audible.
"What is it?" he asks her.
"Oh, I was just thinking about the Bohr Model of the Atom."
He nods, she smiles at him, knowing he probably understands. And they drive on into the evening.