Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Essentially Nonessential

I just completed a marathon session of packing for an upcoming Independence Day holiday. There's nothing like packing for holiday to point out to you your faults.

1. I'm NOT organized.
2. My house is a wreck.
3. I hoard. (Not like, call Oprah I live next to a hoarder, but like I like my stuff.)

So here's what I've concluded. There are a few essential non essentials that we'll be taking with us. I'm may regret these items, but then again....

The Potette
This is a collapsible, portable, potty chair with disposable liners that catch the... well, you get it. A must have for germ-a-phobe moms and kids who are in the midst of toilet training.

6 Leapster games
Even though my children tend to only play the Batman and the Star Wars games, I think I should take all of them -- including two new ones. Because, you just never know (please see afore mentioned note on hoarding).

Goldfish and Trail Mix
This is in the carry-on for the plane. The flight is quite short, surely my kids can go without carbs for a few hours. But, I'm packing it.

12 Golf Balls
First of all, let me just say that technically I'm not supposed to be golfing. Next let me just say that the last time I went golfing I didn't loose any balls and I actually found two. But oh I fear not having enough -- six for him, and six for me.

There you have it... the essential, non-essentials. Now for the non-negotiable essentials that take up a lot of room.

The Nebulizer
I was hoping that Cooper would be able to live without it for the week. He hasn't had a respiratory event in at least two months. But at our most recent appointment we (his specialist and me) decided that he wasn't ready. It's the right choice, but it's still a pain in the neck. (Wouldn't you know it the morning after his appointment, he started having trouble.)

Something like 28 pairs of underpants (which aren't really pairs, but you know what I mean)
I don't think I really need to explain this one. But let me just remind you that Cooper is a 4-year-old boy and Mason is new to underpants in general. Enough said.

Alllllllll right then. If you haven't caught on, we're going on vacation. I'll update the blog, but probably without pictures. I will post pictures on Facebook.


Claudia said...

Where are you headed? Hope someplace fun,and that you have a fun time (that is essential!)

BTW, the word verification thing says "mismi" (miss me?) How appropriate!

Kambei said...

I wish we owned 28 underpants. Then maybe I wouldn't have to do laundry every day, just every other.

olsonlc1 said...

Love that you are still optimistic to call traveling with kids a 'vacation' ...I'm old, jaded & have seen to much. At this house they are called 'trips'. Have a fantastic time!!! Hope to see you before September - this summer is taking off.

laurel said...

We went away too. I let the two older kids pack. Figured they are 13 and 16. The 13 did fine. The socks at all. And 2 shirts and 2 pants for 5 days. Hmmmm. Hop you have fun!!!