Cody had work off for the week between Christmas and New Years, plus the entire next week, so we decided to take the girls and Axel and go to California to visit his family. All his siblings were at his parents for Christmas so he was excited to be with them and it was fun having all the cousins together.
I was worried about the drive out, but the girls really did amazingly, as did Axel, and we didn't have any problems. I was worried about all the potty breaks we'd have to take along the way, but we only had to stop by the side of the road twice to let someone (or more than one person) out. We stopped at a hotel both on the way there and back to break up the drive and it helped a lot. It really wasn't too bad when we'd leave after breakfast, drive about 3-4 hours, stop for lunch, drive another 4 or so hours, stop for dinner, and drive a couple more hours to the hotel.
I also decided to put up little paper clips for the girls for a behavior/reward system. They wanted to have their clips up, and if they were being mean or naughty they had them taken down. Any time we would stop for gas, or I just would pick a time, we would get out the "treasure box," which was a big pink basket full of dollar store treasures and candy. If they still had their clip up, they got to pick a toy and/or candy. We had to take down clips a grand total of 3 times (2 for Charlotte - 1 each way and 1 for Preslie on the way there) and whenever it was treasure box time they all had their clips up. They loved it! I think I'll be doing that for every trip we take in the car from now on!