Friday, October 17, 2008

travel tomorrow

Daniel is sleeping. The little guy is so excited for our airplane ride tomorrow — it's hard to contain him as he tries to stuff his entire collection of board books into his backpack. He fell into his nap hard, though, spooned up against me after just two stories. I'd like to be napping, too. But there's too much to do.

Sorting through baby clothes, toddler clothes, my clothes, socks, shoes, diapers, underwear, jackets, rain gear, hats. Sippy cups. Bottles. Spoons. Bibs. Formula. Books. Toys. Prescriptions.

How many pairs of shoes does Daniel need? How many books will hold him over on the plane? How about markers and pencils? Is there room for them? How many snacks should we bring with us, versus buy at the airport?

Which backpack will carry my camera? Which one will hold the quart-size plastic bag of heparin vials I will have to show at security? Will I have to explain what they are? Will they need to x-ray my cane? Where do I pack the big can of formula — in a suitcase, with just enough in a backpack to get us through the first day?

I know it's going to be wonderful once we're there, once we've got the two carseats strapped into the minivan we're renting, once we drive out of the Seattle-Tacoma Airport to the Olympic Peninsula.

But right now, I feel overloaded with all the prep work. I think I'll go take a nap after all.

13 comments:

Roxy said...

Emilie - you maybe able to go through security at the Employee entrance it is next to United Airlines I think. Ask when you check in.

Have a wonderful trip!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Daniel isn't the only one who's excited!

- Susanne

darcie said...

DO NOT, I REPEAT - DO NOT buy snacks at the airport.
They are a RIP OFF ~ pricing at the airport is RIDONKULUS!! Have a safe trip - can't wait to hear all about it!

kristine said...

Man, I am exhausted after reading that!
I hope you guys have a wonderful time and enjoy yourselves sooo much!!!

Anonymous said...

Have a wonderful vacation! My husband and I were in the Seattle area in August and it is such a beautiful place. I hope you have a very relaxing trip.

:) Lynn in New Hampshire

Roxane B. Salonen said...

Emilie,
I'm so envious, happily so. We spent our first years of marriage out in that part of the country. Sniff in the smell of cedar trees for me. I miss that so much!
Once the stressful part of getting out the door and on the ground is over...enjoy...you deserve it.

Megan Thomas said...

I hope that you have a great trip and a smooth ride on the plane (someone once shared a tip of wrapping different items like gifts for a plane ride -- this will keep a young child excited and occupied throughout -- perhaps an idea for next time).

I'm wishing you splendid weather and at least a little drizzle, as the feel and scent of damp evergreens is the essence of the Northwest....

battynurse said...

I can't even begin to imagine how much packing is entailed for two little boys and the adults. I hope you have a great trip. Olympic peninsula is one of my favorite places and my best friend lives in Port Orchard. And yes Darcie is right about the cost of snacks at the airport. Only thing is that you can't take liquids so you may have to buy water or drinks.

Rebecca said...

Have fun! Can't wait to hear about it and to see pictures.

Madwoman of Preserve Path said...

Bon voyage! As someone who first brought her grandsons to Disney World when they were all of three months old, I can tell you this: Err on the side of earliness rather than lateness, and never rush. It'll feel much calmer then. And remember: Whatever you forget, you can buy in Seattle.

Ahuva Batya said...

I just don't know how you parents do it (travel with kids). I hope you have a wonderful trip and make lots of memories! I look forward to your always-beautiful pictures when you get back.

anti-supermom said...

Have a wonderful, safe and peaceful trip (even with kiddos).

WF Hockey said...

I was wondering the significance of the way you spell Lemmondrops, does it have anything to do with a small town in South Dakota?