Part of the original post went something like this:
Man, I love visiting family. Having young kids makes hotels a headache, doesn't it? Being able to send the kids off with some cousins while I poop out on a couch is luxury indeed.Although minutes after I gave up on posting this, the DVD player stopped. The kids were sure nice about it. I think it might have stopped because I put in a Barney DVD. Again, don't judge. The normal laws of science, nature and kid shows are invalid when applied to the laws of the vacation.
Also on the luxury list are portable DVD players with dual screens, boy howdy. Ours quit right as we started our trip, but luckily for us all, I snagged the handiest man alive and he assessed the culprit was the adapter cord. After an intense surgery with dental tools and multiple fuses, it is now in fine working order. The kids were angels on the trip down without it, but I sure love Dora taking a turn parenting these cherubs.
Don't judge, I'm on vacation for another hour and a half.