In Which I Pack Everything Except The Sink…

Today is Calvin’s first day of class for this term.  It’s also the afternoon he has a dentist appointment scheduled.  And, it’s the day we leave for our short vacation.

We started the morning off together as a family listening to music, along with a “leisurely” breakfast of Maple Oatmeal and smoothies (until Gen started unpacking the suitcase!).  When it came time for Calvin to leave for class, Gen really wanted to go with him, or to have him stay home.  He had to pry her off of him (distracted by Legos), so that he could get out the door!  (That’s my Daddy’s girl!)
Gen is definitely excited to go “Bye-Bye!”  She has been alternating between running to the front door, yelling, “bye-bye” and clinging to me, whining for extra hugs and snuggles.  She certainly knows what it means when that big red suitcase comes out of storage!  I’ve been trying to give her “constructive” things to do, to help contain her excitement.
I got out her duffle bag, and told her that “This bag is to put your clothes in for going bye-bye.” Well, she got right to work!  My ‘traveling baby’ pulled open the drawers of her dresser, and started cramming clothes into her bag as fast as she could.  I had to stop her from packing everything she owned!  (I also had to stop her from packing Mommy’s pink high-heeled shoes.  I’m not sure they’ll be suitable for hiking.)  
While Gen pretended to cook at my feet (stirring her socks in a colander with measuring spoons), I mixed up a batch of Nourishing Traditions Muesli to take with us for breakfast tomorrow, Deviled Eggs, and loaves of bread.  Then I whipped up a quick lunch for Calvin’s half-hour lunch break and got the dishwasher running.  (And changed a few diapers in between.)  
I just got Gen in her crib with some books for her naptime, and put the bread (with ground flax seeds on top!) in the oven.  I read through today’s devotional, and now I need to go pack my things.  
Last night, I packed up the kitchen dry goods, and mixed up a batch of Whole Foods Chocolate Earth Balls (Yum!  One of our favorite snacks.)  I’m always paranoid that I’ll forget something.  Or that we will get there, and find out that “Dishes Provided” excludes ‘important’ things like a cheese grater.  I seem to pack many of the same things no matter where we are vacationing (hotel, campground, or cabin), “just in case!”  I am really trying to pack lightly this time, though.  (oh… time to go get the bread out of the oven!)
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