Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Travel Tools

A few months ago a friend and I took our kids to the Good Egg for lunch after their preschool class. As boys are, Kaiden and his friend were getting a bit anxious waiting for their food. Fussing in their chairs turned into hiding under the table, turning around and staring at the people in the booth behind us, jumping up and down on the benches, pulling the sugars and jellies out of their holders, and many other annoying mischief that two boys under the age of 4 can get into.

Almost ready to pack it up and haul our two crazies out of there, my friend reached into her bag and pulled out two of these:

Travel-sized Play-doh.

Instantly the boys settled down and started to play nicely and *gasp* quietly with their play-doh. I looked at her in pure amazement and vowed to nominate her for the "Mother of the Year" award as soon as I got home. Brilliant. Extremely brilliant.

Fast forward a couple months to yesterday when I was on the phone with her asking her if I could borrow a million DVD's to keep my kids busy on our plane flight. Cause I may or may not have mentioned that I am flying on Thursday on a FIVE HOUR plane ride with two kids ages 2 (and 3/4) and 13 months right at nap time. ALL. BY. MY. SELF. Stop me if you've heard that one before. Anywho, she ever-so-nicely reminded me of these gems and told me to head to Walmart pronto and pick up a few and throw them in my carry on for Kaiden to play with during the flight. Last night I went and bought a 10-pack. You know. Just in case.

So, I am armed with coloring books, a DVD player with a bajillion movies, a travel Etch-a-sketch, cars, cars and more cars, snacks and, of course, our play-doh. I am hoping (and praying) that helps our traveling to go somewhat smoothly. Although, at this point, I am afraid all I can do is expect the worst and hope for the best.

What am I forgetting? Are there any awesome moms out there with some kid-friendly travel ideas for me so that I show up to our destination with my sanity in tact?

Monday, July 5, 2010

Monday To-Do

Ugh. I have so much to do in order to go on our trip to PA on Thursday. The kiddos and I are flying to PA to stay with my parents for a month. And let's not even get started on the terror that lives inside of me while I anticipate a 5-hour flight in the afternoon conveniently situated right at nap time with two kids BY. MY. SELF. Yes. May God have mercy on me, please.

Anyways, my "to-do" list seems to be growing and growing and growing. And what I am I doing about it? Blogging. Procrastination has always been my strong suit. So here is a look at my ever growing list that I hope to accomplish in the next two to three days.

  • Work out
  • Take Paco for a walk
  • Find a friend with Toy Story DVD and borrow it (and any other movies that will keep us occupied for 5 hours)
  • Take Paco for a nail trim
  • Return library books
  • Wash
  • Pack
  • Change sheets on all beds
  • Clean baths
  • Charge DVD player
  • Change bank account info with Kaiden's preschool for fall
  • Mail Austin's birthday present (a month late! UGH)
  • Pay bills
  • Check-in baggage on US Airways
  • Return items to Walmart
  • Call Letti
  • Call Jeff
  • Mail Kaius' onsie
  • Return onsies for Maddey and get bigger size
  • Grocery shop so hubs has some food while we are gone
  • Go to the salon to buy hair products
  • Take Kaiden for a hair cut

So in between chasing my kids, breaking up fights, picking up their toys and making and cleaning up from breakfast/lunch/dinner I will be attempting to conquer my list. Good luck to me.