I joked with my mom that I would need to get all of my packing done last week because I was sure my kids would come down with some horrible stomach bug this week and be at home with me while I needed to be packing. I was joking at the time, but sure enough, they were home with me all week with the exception of today. Thankfully no stomach bug though. Sam and Mary Ella both had a mild fever virus over the weekend and into Monday, so they stayed home Tuesday. Then Wednesday school was delayed because of weather so I just kept them home instead of getting out in the rain. It actually ended up being a fun week though; we had some beautiful weather Monday and Tuesday and were able to play outside a little bit despite having been sick; we had our fair share of indoor fun too, but I have to admit I was SO glad to get out of the house today.
Tea party with the gang... Mary Ella no doubt telling on someone. :)
Little sister borrowed big sister's sweater for an impromptu wagon ride, which she clearly hated.
Rock throwing and dump trucks in the back yard.
I love these cheesers.
(Mary Ella is photophobic so you will hardly ever see her eyeballs in natural light. Big, light-colored eyeballs = major sun sensitivity. Sunglasses here we come.)
Playing baby dolls with the baby doll.
Raise your hand if you love oatmeal pies!
Sam and Henry. Best buds.
The bubble machine. Instant laughs.
And I have to share the photos from the oatmeal cookie making session. Messy, but hilarious.
I may have let them try some of the batter.
I may have let them try a lot of the batter. And I may have prayed over the batter as they were licking it off their chubby little fingers. Flee, ye salmonella.
And I don't worry too much about the messes anymore thanks to my handy dandy vacuum.
Hot chicken noodle soup in the clubhouse.
More baby doll play.
And finally... we leave tomorrow! (Took this picture yesterday.)
I can't believe it.
I've been doing my best to pack during nap times and any other break, but it seems this little monkey is always up when the other two nap, making packing a bit of a challenge.
(See all the stuff on the floor around her? Yes, all of it was in the suitcase before she decided to "help.")
I finally confined her to a laundry basket with some toys, which worked for about 30 seconds.
Packing wisdom thus far? Wish I could offer some life changing advice. I will say this: the zip locks definitely help as far as space is concerned. We are trying to pack everything in 2 checked suitcases and one rolling carry-on. All the kids' stuff, including their clothes, shoes, toiletries, medicines, Dollar Store prizes, etc. is in one large suitcase. My stuff is in another large suitcase and Chad's stuff is crammed into a carry-on. :) Since it cost money to check bags, we thought it best to cram. And so we did. Hopefully our luggage makes it there ok. Otherwise my kids will be in their underwear all week. And I will be curled up in the fetal position mourning the loss of some appliquéd clothes. #truth
It's a little bit difficult to pack an entire week's worth of clothes at this time of year, because you pretty much have to plan for layering. Which means every outfit needs some sort of jacket or an option for shorts. Right now the weather forecast is 70's during the day and 50's at night. So I will be showing off my white legs in the very near future. Get ready.
Another tip - I'm SO glad I shipped the diapers, wipes and snacks. I really don't know how we would have packed all of that without checking another bag (and coming home with an empty bag; thus, a waste of moolah.) Next time I will probably go ahead and ship a few other things too, like medicines and all the 'extras' - Dollar Store items, travel toiletries, Mary Ella's princess attire, etc. Why not?
So all in all we will have 2 large suitcases that will be checked, 1 rolling carry-on, Chad and I will each have a backpack, and we are taking one single stroller on the plane. I have rented a City Mini double stroller from Kingdom Strollers in Orlando. I can give you a full review later, but basically this company delivers the stroller to your room and picks it up when you check out of your resort. I paid $69 to rent the stroller for the entire week, rather than paying around $30/day for a Disney stroller in the parks. Win.
Well, that's about it. The only other thing I wish I could pack would be this girl:
She's always wanted to meet Pluto. :)
Luckily we have an awesome dog/house sitter who will be here to keep her company.
Alright, I gotta run. Y'all have a great weekend and a great week next week.
I may or may not update tomorrow - depends on internet connections and travel! And I'll try my best to update during the week.
And in the words of Mickey Mouse...
"See ya real soon!"