Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday Ten: Ski Trip Edition

1. I'm in that stage of packing where you make a giant mess before you do anything that's actually productive. As much as I love order and organization, I love this part of the packing process because it's organized chaos. I'm all about a good oxymoron.

2. This will be the boy's first plane ride. It has been incredible watching him process how he thinks it will all go down. He's got a pretty good grasp of it all for the knowledge he's working from. I still love those little kid processing skills so very much.

3. We have never flown with ski stuff. It's all so bulky. Here's hoping I can work my packing magic with a new challenge (and a lot fewer shoes).

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4. This is our first real vacation with Baby Gray, and I am really excited. He is old enough to enjoy, remember, and provide input. It's going to be fun. I'm glad the grandparents are going, too, so everyone can enjoy!

5. I have so much to do this week, it's all crammed in as tight as my calendar can handle. The break will be quite nice.

6. One thing I do to make our return easier when we are gone is make sure the house is in order when we leave. Then there's no catch-up going on when we get back; we do vacation laundry and call it good. I'm even having the house cleaner come while we're gone this time. Everything will be fresh (I wash our sheets and towels just prior to leaving as well so we come home to our own bed and shower with fresh linens). Any travel tricks you use to make re-entry easier?

7. The boy is most worried about making sure his Ninjago mini-figs make it in his suitcase. It's a good thing someone else oversees his packing, or he'd be awfully cold.

8. Expect Instagram and Facebook to be on overload while we're on our trip. So many firsts to document! Follow along or hide me--whichever floats your boat!

9. I got a couple of never-before-seen surprise items for the plane rides and car trips as we travel. This is always my secret weapon, as the novelty keeps the boy occupied for extra time. What do you do while your kids travel?

10. I love the way Baby Gray is counting down the days until we leave--it makes it so much more exciting now that he is excited, too! Angelfire, here we come!




 

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Friday, January 16, 2015

T-Ballin'

Yesterday, we signed Baby Gray up for t-ball. (Did you hear me? WE SIGNED BABY GRAY UP FOR T-BALL!) I cannot even begin to tell you folks how excited that makes me. I have--in all seriousness--looked forward to this day since we found out that our sweet baby would be a boy.

TBall Sign Up

Baseball was a huge part of our lives for quite some time, and I can't wait to have a little baseball going on in this house again! Not to mention the fact that we have a lefty--that gives us even more to look forward to! AND, we were originally told he wouldn't be old enough this year, so we got an extra surprise when we found out he could play beginning this season!

I am also looking forward to finding a way to create a balance as we progress so that we do not become baseball-heavy and have it take over our lives (I realize it sounds like I am getting ahead of myself, but if you don't plan, you run much more of a risk of failing.)

Do your kids play sports? How does your family manage that?

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Home, Home on the Hill

We are having a great time in the little house on the hill, living our little country life. Before we moved in, I was dreading it. Now that we're here, I'm almost (maybe, not quite) going to be sad to leave (pending the building of our home actually ever materializing). There are a few modern conveniences I am ready to have back, though.

Robin Williams

The things I miss the most:
+ closets. I prefer my clothes behind a door.
+ a dishwasher. Thank goodness we don't have any dishes right now because it would really be Bad News Bears around here.  
+ insulation. I prefer my central heat in the house.
+ a bathtub. Oh, how I miss a bathtub.
+ three-pronged plugs. We have a few, but not nearly enough.

In all honesty, I love this little house. I'm excited for our new adventure, too, but I'm not feeling cramped and trapped like I thought I would before we actually got here.



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