We have taken our sons relatively few places out-of-town in their three years of life. The reasons for this are primarily that I don't get much time off; my inlaws live locally, my mother is here for a few months each winter, and my father and stepmother have visited us more than vice versa historically, since they are retired and we both work full-time; and neither MM nor I would consider traveling to a vacation destination with two toddlers much of a vacation.
We spent this past weekend visiting my father for his birthday. He lives a 6-hour car trip from us, so we spent a total of 12 hours in the car in less than 48 hours. I had also traveled 3 1/2 hours away from home for business during the week, so I spent approx. 19 hours in the car over the past week.
MJ said "it's too far, Mom" about 10 times on the drive home yesterday. I agree, buddy. I could never be a long-haul trucker, that's for sure.
Yesterday's drive made MM actually bring up the possibility of flying to my father's in future. (My father's health will no longer permit him to readily travel to us, but prior to yesterday, MM had been firmly set in the belief that he did not want to fly with the boys until they were "at least 5.")
Glad to be home.