Every year, like clockwork, we piled the whole family into our 9-seater VW van and made the trek to Utah.
We had learned that the 12-hour trip went faster and easier if we went at night so that the kids slept. I'm sure millions of parents have done this over the years.
Well the problem was, of course, my staying awake. We solved that by having a designated talker - Bekah - sit up front with me and keep me from dozing.
She was the perfect choice.