Here’s something on the list of Things You Don’t Want to Happen the Day Before You Leave for the Beach:
I was halfway to the grocery store with Mase and had to skip the store (that no shoes, no service rule still exists, right?) and walk home barefoot. I’m sure everyone thought I was a total granola girl.
So we’re flying south tomorrow for the week, and you could say I’m a little nervous about it. Not only am I terrified to fly with a toddler, but then I have to get through the whole week with a kid who doesn’t adjust to new environments well and is highly allergic to 10+ primary foods.
Pray for me.
Needless to say, pulling off an adventure like this requires a lot of careful planning. I spent a huge chunk of the weekend doing one of my least favorite activities on earth: PACKING. (Second only to the ultimate form of human torture: MOVING. Which, in a sick twist of irony, involves packing.)
I gathered up some new reading material for both M and I:
Enough food to get Mason through the first day:
I’m crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to find enough stuff at the grocery store in FL to get him through the rest of the week.
Emergency plane food for Mase:
I’m just hoping he’ll still eat these. He hasn’t had one in months!
And emergency plane food for mom:
I decided to take on the role of meal planner/chef for the week, so that my mom can relax (and because I’ll have to do it separately for Mase anyway). We’ll almost definitely eat out for at least a few meals, but that gets tricky with a kid with food allergies, so it won’t happen a lot. One of our requirements when we were scoping out places to stay was a room with a full kitchen, and we’ll be taking advantage of that.
To make things as easy as possible once we reach Florida, I wrote up a full meal plan and grocery list in advance, using as many basic foods and simple recipes as possible.
When I wasn’t buried in trip planning, packing, cleaning the house, or generally stressing out about going on vacation (huh? I know) over the weekend, I was hanging with this dude…
(He just discovered drain pipes and is a big, big fan.)
…eating Tai food…
…and trying out our new fire pit…
We had two of our BFFs, Joe and Kyla, over for a fire Friday night, and were later joined by a couple of our neighbors. Of course I forgot to take a picture—which might be a good thing, since our fire was kind of pitiful. Our one small bundle of wood disappeared way too fast and we ended up spending a good hour staring at orange ashes. Lesson learned: buy at least TWO bundles of wood for a decent fire.
On Saturday night, we wanted to rent a movie and I wanted to go for a run, so I decided to multitask.
Luckily, I’m not too ashamed to run home along a busy road clutching a movie in my hand, with a pocket bulging with Swedish fish. I was pretty sure I looked like a thief/drug dealer, but it worked. We saw Mud, which I highly recommend! It was about 1000 times better than the last movie we saw (The Place Beyond the Pines—ugh! so bad!—made me totally question my devotion to Ryan Gosling).
Anyway, our flight leaves tomorrow at 7 AM from Milwaukee, which is a 1.5 hour drive from here…meaning we’ll be hitting the road around 4 AM.
I think dramatically slashing your sleep is probably the best way to kick off a day of stressful air travel with a toddler, don’t you agree??
I have some crazy exciting guest posts going up throughout the week while I’m gone, so make sure to stop by and check them out! Hopefully, next time you hear from me, I’ll be armed with beach pics. (There may or may not be some previews on Instagram throughout the week if you follow me!)
If you’re still hankering for something to read while I’m gone (ha), here are few articles that are definitely worth a read. (Truth: I’ve been desperately needing to unload this list of links forEVER!)
—Are mega-distance events losing their impact? (Or: why marathons aren’t enough anymore)
—A letter to moms of one to two children (Anyone who, like me, is totally baffled by the fact that people are able to handle having multiple children should read this! So illuminating!)
Well, here we go! Wish us luck!!