When I make the trip by myself, I can make the drive in less than 9 hours. I make one pit stop to get gas, use the restroom, and grab a snack. My drives back home have always been about (safely) making the best time possible.
I have no idea how the drive will be with a toddler in tow, but I know it's going to be different. The drive will take longer. There will be more stops. Matthew will need diaper changes, drinks, snacks, and time to stretch his legs and burn off some energy. There are always such pretty and fun places that I blow past when driving home. I sometimes, think about stopping, relaxing, taking some pictures. Ultimately though, my desire to make good time wins, and I just keep driving.
I'm looking forward to having an excuse to enjoy the journey a little more.