All last week we were gone on a family vacation through both Dakotas (and a bit into Wyoming). It was a really great vacation. The kids traveled so well. Gone are the days of diapers, potty-training, frequent feedings of different foods than we eat ourselves, naps. They are able to entertain themselves in the car and be patient about long drives. They enjoy interesting scenery. Yes, there were times of "Keep your hands to yourselves," and "Please stop making that noise," and "Stop being so silly!" (Hey, I just quoted VeggieTales.)
We did kind of rush around from one location to another. But that kept it interesting, and we saw so much that way.
I'll be posting about our trip in the next several entries.
Oh, and I used TripAdvisor.com, which I learned about from More Things on a Stick, to book our hotels. It was great! I highly recommend it.