It's amazing how much prep has to go into even a very short trip. I hate being away from home, but it helped that the kids were SO excited to get to spend a couple of days at Grandma's. Princess woke up and packed immediately (and for the first time did a great job and remembered nearly everything! So grown up!). Thomas saw that she had packed and got to work:
-6 pairs of underpants
-2 pairs of pajamas
-Richard Scarry book
Yup, all the essentials. This was all done by about 6:30am. My mom came to get them at 8:30 that night. There was much talk about Grandma's house all day. And Thomas didn't mind that I helped him add a few things to his suitcase. Like clothes.
Monkey needed a bag to pack in - since Thomas got the cool Thomas the Tank Engine suitcase (a hand-me-down from a neighbor years ago that the boys both love). I made a quick bag out of this fun IKEA fabric sent to me by Anna. Thanks so much, Anna! I used the hippo fabric for the strap.
Meanwhile, I packed my day stuff* in this cute tote from my SIL. I love her logo. I'd been trying to fit everything in my linen bag, but itwasn't working. So glad this tote arrived just in time, thanks, Eva! (and Eva - the ABC print matches the playroom perfectly - I can't wait to frame it!). It held essentials such as sunscreen (none of the kids brought any), sketchbook, camera, planner, various key-cards of whichever girls had no pockets (also their bracelets and chapsticks), lipgloss, excedrin, and water.
So happy with my new water bottle (not finding it online - it's Thermos brand and I got it at Target). I filled it up at about 6:15 with ice and water and at about 3:30 - after being outside most of the day - there was still ice inside! Awesome.
We walked quite a ways - back and forth across campus - so my new kicks may not have been the smartest choice in footwear - but definitely the cutest! Luckily I got out of the morning hike...
It was an exhausting but fun trip - I got to join the kids in a water-dodge ball game and on the dance floor (whee!) so that was fun. And today, after a decent night's sleep and some excedrin, I'm back and feeling nearly normal, thanks!
*And for the record, I fit everything else for the trip into one backpack. A couple of the girls brought giant suitcases that me and my backpack could've fit into. Silly girls.