Are We There Yet

For many, many, many years I worked on weekends and holidays. Now that our family’s schedule is more conventional, I’ve decided to take full advantage of every holiday and long weekend. This coming weekend our little family of four will be traveling to our Nation’s Capital to check out all of the sites and visit with cousins.

As I began to prepare for our trip I started asking myself if a quick four day trip is really worth all of the hassle.

My week began by doing every…single…piece…of…laundry in our house. I then explained to my little angels that we would be going away this weekend and that I would NOT be doing laundry again, so do not wear anything that they may want to take on this trip.

Of course, with children there are always accidents and spills so for a four day trip, I made them each select seven outfits (shorts, t-shirt, socks & underwear…which they will not use, but if they weren’t packed would need), two pairs of pajamas, pants, a long sleeve shirt and a sweatshirt (because Mother Nature is bipolar).
Speaking of Mother Nature, I thought it might be a good idea to check the weather (even though it is NEVER accurate). Thankfully, some sun is in the forecast. However, our sunblock supply is really low…and since my children have inherited their father’s ghostly complexion, I decided that I needed to stock up! (thank you, Amazon Prime). Then I saw that rain was also in the forecast (add rainboots, raincoats and umbrellas to the “to-pack” pile).

Ah, then there’s the whole preparing the vehicle. First, I have to say that I don’t know how in the hell people fly with kids without checking seventeen million bags! Last summer, my husband and I went to a wedding in Vermont, after dropping our kids (and ALL of their stuff) off at my Mother-in-law’s we literally had one bag left in our car. Kids = STUFF!

Anyhow, back to the car. Because we live in an age of technology, my first thought was the DVD player (yes, I know that we all survived MANY road trips without screens and our country is full of beautiful landscapes). Then, I remembered that our adaptor broke on our last trip (slight panic). So I sent my husband a message and told him, that if told me exactly what to order in the next twenty-one hours and seventeen seconds, that I could order it and it would arrive on time (thank you again, Amazon Prime).

I then packed several DVDs, audiobooks and activity books. I also decided that a road trip is the perfect time to finally take a plunge into the world of fidget spinners. Of course, my not so brilliant self suggested last night at dinner that I would buy them each a fidget spinner IF they worked together to clean up the playroom before we leave for vacation, so this plan for a blessed distraction may blow up in my face.
Food. I shouldn’t have to say anymore, but I will elaborate just in case you either don’t have children or your children are still quite small and innocent. Kids. Eat. A lot! Seriously, last night my almost four year old literally ate three-quarters of a chicken. That being said, I basically need to pack an entire grocery store of healthy snacks if I don’t want to hear “I’m hungry” every five minutes and be forced to stop at fast food restaurants and convenience stores.

Thankfully, I still have a day and a half to think (worry) about all of the other things we may need for our trip. And I’m certain that I will forget something (maybe I’ll be able to Amazon Prime it to our AirBnB).

Regardless, all of the prep has me asking one question…Are we there yet?!?

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