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Portable or not?

Do you have a built in DVD player in your vehicle?  Maybe you are like me and are old school and do not have a built in DVD player in your van or SUV.  My parents recently got a newer van and the grandkids, especially my children, love to ride with Nana and Papa!  My kids think it is the coolest thing ever.  Such is the life being able to ride and watch a movie.  Nana and Papa sure like to spoil our kids and not just our kids, all of the grandchildren for that matter.

It has come in handy for my parents as they have taken some of the grandchildren on road trips.  At times, I have wished we were not so old school so that our kids would be entertained while we take road trips.  We have done some road trips recently.  Some were just day trips, looking at land to buy but nevertheless it would have been nice to have a portable DVD player or a built in one.  Our van is a 2009 Toyota Sienna and it is the CE model so it has no fancy upgrades.

At the same time our kids do pretty good while on the road.  They are all separated, two sit in the bucket seats and our oldest sits in the back by her lonesome on the bench.  There have been a few times that I wished we had some form of DVD player entertainment for them but for the most part I feel like they need a break from TV and movies as they get enough of that when we are at home.

Today, they have innotabs and iPads (and other technology), which we have both but we don’t have any movies downloaded on them.  We just have games on them and that keeps the older two kids entertained for a little while at least.  I have tried to keep my children away from devices because as I watch others and their children, I don’t want that for my kids.  No interaction just staring at their devices for hours.  Anyway, that is another post in and of itself.

Back to portable or not….which do you prefer and why?  I think it’s more convenient to have a built in DVD player that way all you have to remember to take with you is the DVDs.  It is also easier to operate because it is already set up for you and ready to go.  Portable DVD players can be nice because you can take it out of the vehicle and entertain elsewhere if needs be.  So I guess, there are pros and cons to both.

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Where can I buy a portable dvd player?

Do you have a favorite place to shop?  Do you usually do online research before hitting the stores to buy?  Do you just buy everything online? This blog was started because I recently lost my new 10″ Samsung portable dvd player while on a family trip visiting my relatives in Flower Mound, Texas. We thought it would be nice for our little children (cousins) to go to “Six Flags Over Texas” while visiting. To make the journey even more interesting, we decided to be chauffeured by a limo company to focus on each other, rather than the stop and go traffic we were warned about. Needless to say, you probably know by now where this story is going. Yes, that’s right, one of the children accidentally left the portable dvd player in the limousine once we arrived. I think we were all so excited to get out and explore the park that we forgot to look for any items left behind.

We called up the limo company about 13 hours later once we realized it was missing and they said they would look around and get back to us. At first they said they did not see it…apparently the color back blends in really well in the back of a stretch limo. Long story short I started searching online for another portable dvd player and a couple days later the limo company called back and said they found it! I was excited that they did, but I already was in the process of obtaining another one. I decided to let my brother in Flower Mound keep it and thought that as I was researching different portable dvd players, I would share some of my results with you all.

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