T-minus 3 days until we leave for our week in Colorado. It’s about an 8 hour drive each way, and we will break it into two days on the way there. You know this isn’t our first rodeo, and I have packing down to a science. However, this is the first long trip with 5 kids. They all can touch in the van, and there is minimal space for much else. I’m trying to get ahead with my work so I can enjoy this trip, but it makes for a stressful week! Here’s a glimpse into what I’m handling — maybe (just maybe – wink wink) you can relate?
A Mother’s To Do List
Make a massive check list.
Continue to add to the check list, even after crossing items off.
Take the car in for a check-up (and have the fuse replaced so DVD players might actually work on this trip. FYI – plugging in 4 at a time will blow the fuse.)
Spend 2 days searching for the damn DVD players and cords to make them work (have to purchase new cords because the cords are MIA)
Reschedule all of the things that were supposed to take place during the vacation (speech therapies, cleaners, play dates, appointments).
Organize work and schedule out anything that needs completed.
Clean out car from the gold fish explosion last week, stickers, sand, dirt, shoes, clothes, toys, and everything else that you don’t want to know about beyond the first row.
Fill the car with gas – but the night before the trip, no earlier.
Confirm the house sitter.
Get food for the house sitter.
Get food and treats for the dog (and CBD oil/rescue remedy/anything that will help her not freak out while we are gone).
Create a list for the house sitter — including dog items, garden instructions, house plants, remote control issues – you know, all.the.things.
Call neighbors to inform them of our plans and have them check up on the garden and make sure teenage house sitter does not throw a massive party. (Only kidding, our sitter is AMAZING.)
Confirm all reservations to make sure nothing was overlooked for the trip.
Create a grocery list for road trip: snackage, lunches, food to keep in the hotel. Don’t forget to bring wine instead of paying $10 a glass while on vacation.
Run to Target for travel sizes items. (and 26 other items you didn’t intend to buy – new water bottles are always great.)
Have a house key made for the sitter.
Organize dog items (leash, poop bags, food, treats, etc)
Make packing list: include clothing, entertainment for the drive, plenty of changes of undies for the potty-learning toddler, a travel potty, favorite games/toys, DVDs, batteries for DVD players, iPads/chargers, rafts for the lake, an air pump to blow up said rafts, toiletries, hiking gear, toddler hiking backpack/carrier, ergo carrier, stroller, laptop to make sure work is up-to-date, camera, wine, and the kitchen sink.
Return library books (that are due back during the trip).
Portion snacks into ziplock bags for the car ride.
Clean out the refrigerator of anything that the house sitter won’t want.
Water house plants.
Empty all trash bins in the house – before the designated trash day so house sitter won’t have to.
Actually pack. But wait, not for yourself. You must first pack each of your five children – but into as small of bags as possible. Consider all activities and washing possibilities. (Oh, there are none? Ok, time to over-pack. yes, your spouse will then question your packing abilities, but at this point you can just pour a glass of wine and laugh.)
Continue to do the daily laundry, dishes, food prep, kitchen clean-up, bed making, house organizing, errands, kissing of boo-boos, nursing babies, actual work, and extra curricular activities.
The night before you leave, you may actually have time to pack for yourself. Pack way too much. There may be poop or puke on your clothing at some point, be prepared.
Listen to spouse complain about all the things he has to fit into the car.
Pour more wine because all he did was pack his own damn bag.
(Yes the damn picture is sideways! I’ll fix it in my free time this week.)