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Gabrielle's Travel

Two weeks ago Daddy was out supposed to be out of town for a week and a half.  I had promised Lacey that I would come and visit her and Patrick some time in February and it just so happened that Michael would be working in Shreveport during part of his trip.  Gabby and I packed up when I got of work on Thursday and bravely drove the 4 1/2 hours to Nanny's house with the help of a portable DVD player and my new navigation system.  Maybe you don't know this, but Gabby HATES the car. She despises the car so much that before the 20 minute drive to my parents house is done she is usually crying or pitching some sort of tantrum.  So, needless to say I was very nervous about the drive by myself.  Gabby was an angel on the entire trip. I left at night thinking that she would sleep during the drive, but not with the DVD player on. Instead I had to stop every 90 minutes or so to put on a new "show" for Gabby.  I would allow her to choose the movie and then pop it in.  She did surprisingly well the entire way there and back!  On the way back her tolerance of the car was quite as wonderful, but there were no tantrums and luckily Michael's work was completed early so he followed us and was able to help when we stopped.  I never thought I would be a mom who would allow her daughter to watch so much television, but it has made traveling (even short distances) tolerable and she really does learn a lot from the shows she watches.   I would have to say that the Portable DVD player that I was so against was a wonderful investment.  We made it safely the 4 1/2 hours to Nanny's house with my sanity still in tact! Thank you Michael for the navigator that you bought me for my birthday (he got an amazing deal on, if you've never heard of it you should check it out!)


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