The kids love the chance to visit with their cousin, and we love the chance to hang out with my brother and his lovely wife.
I realized today that, because my brother has an extra booster seat for Tater to ride in, we don’t have to take ANY child-specific equipment on this trip.
For the first time in TEN years, we are going on a trip with no special eating utensils, seats, beds, restraining devices…nothing!
This, of course, makes me think back on the first trip we took with wee Sprout, when she was about 6 months old. I had packed all of the baby food, spoons, bowls, cups, bottles, bouncy seat, exersaucer, eating seat, pack-and-play, toys, etc. Mike loaded everything into the car and we went on our merry way to Connecticut.
We were just about to the end of the New Jersey Turnpike when I turned to Mike and asked, “Where did you put the bag with the clothes and diapers?”
To which he replied, “What bag?”
Turns out that, although the car was chock full of Sprout-care paraphernalia, we had forgotten to bring any clothes for her.
None. Not even a spare diaper.
Luckily we passed by the Palisades Park Mall, which had a brand-spanking new Target. At which we purchased diapers, wipes, clothes, socks, baby bath, etc. Thank goodness for Target, right?
So, as we prepare for our trip this year, I am thankful for our newfound level of travel simplicity.
However, lest you think we are actually traveling light, let me tell you what my children DO feel that they need to bring: iPods, DSs, several books each, stuffed animals, DVD Player, many movie options, snacks for the plane…
At least the carry it themselves now. And if anything important is forgotten, it’s on them.
I packed the clothes. As long as those get in the car, I am way ahead of where we started!
Kristen is a new contributor at Chester County Moms. She lives in Chester Springs with her husband, daughter, Sprout (10); son, Tater (7); and two dogs. Be sure to read more about Kristen’s exploits as she attempts to keep her kids busy and entertained at http://www.thefunmommies.com/.