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Road Trip Day One: Petersburg, VA

We just had our first road trip of the year! From Northern Virginia to Northeastern Alabama. I decided to switch things up and go down Interstate 95 through North Carolina instead of the regular Interstate 81. I haven't been to North Carolina in many years and wanted to see something else. I went traveled alone with four kids aged 10, 8, 5, and 1.

What we packed : I packed some fruit because I want the kids to get some nutrition outside of meat and potatoes. I packed some Clementines I bought cheap at H Mart in Centreville and some apples. I also had mini pita bread from Trader Joe's and a bag of individually wrapped chips from Frito Lay. We also had two crates of water bottles. I could have packed better but I usually don't for trips to my parents' house. 

Our first stop was in Petersburg, VA. We didn't see much because I was simply unprepared. We needed a bathroom break, Aron was feeling a little carsick, and Eli needed to nurse. There was a Subway that had avocado on its menu. It looked tempting but we decided to get a little snack. To keep us awake we got some spicey chips. My kids love spicey foods and got spicey Cheetos. I bought a bag of Ruffles Sweet and Smokin Barbecue Potato Chips. I think I should have got the Jalapeno Ranch. I don't like sweet potato chips. Those chips were more sweet than salty with a slight kick to it. They had 9g of fat but some vitamins like Vitamin C and Vitamin A. They also have MSG in it, chemical I am supposed to avoid because of my intersitial cystitis.


As I fed Eli I read to the kids about Petersburg from Victoria's Virginia history book. Before getting to Petersburg, Victoria had told us a lot about Richmond and its history after the Civil War. She didn't know anything about Petersburg so I read to the kids about its importance in the Civil War and why it was key to attacking Richmond. I was disappointed that the book didn't mention the crater! We didn't have time to see the battlefield. I didn't think the baby would cooperate anyways. So we drove on to North Carolina, a state my kids have never seen. (or at least remember seeing) Eli cried most of the time and we spent a lot of our time entertaining him.

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