...and by all my bags, I mean my kids have all their stuff packed. I mean ALL their stuff. And we're leaving in the minivan instead of a jet plane, which is good because even if we could afford the plane tickets, the luggage would cost us a small fortune to check.
In this post I asked for travel ideas, and got a few good ones. I made Tiffany's Homemade Granola Bars that she got from Annikke, and they are SO YUMMY! But I have a little secret for you: these things are really embellished rice krispy bars, POSING as granola bars to make them sound all healthy. The added oatmeal makes them really scrumptious!
I hope we end up taking some with us. The other suggestion I got from a few people was Adventures in Odyssey CDs, so I went and picked up a set. Can't wait to see how they go over!
The other day, Bethany was asking to mix together some popcorn, cheezits and goldfish crackers for a snack. Don't know where she got that idea, but then the lightbulb went on. So I let each person pick out four different ingredients, and then had a personal trail mix making party. I'm packing snack bags so when we go off on a day trip, each person can fill a snack bag from their trail mix and stick it in their fanny pack. That's what I'm envisioning anyway. I'll let you know how it goes. Pssst...shhh...I have a secret ingredient stashed away for all the WELL-BEHAVED travelers...
[Have you ever noticed how much clutter I have in the background of my pictures? And that's AFTER I crop out all that I can. Gotta keep it real here. You're welcome. Moving on...]
I told the kids this morning that I am offering a gigantic prize to anyone who chooses to do writer's workshop each day and write about our trip or some other prompts I'm bringing along. I figure we'll be in the car long enough that they might as well get their writing muscles back in shape for school. Keeping my fingers crossed on that one. How can it be that my favorite thing to teach was writing, and I have a kid whose least favorite subject is writing??? (But I'm not naming any names...)
So we've got our dry-erase maps to track our trip and the license plates we see, our supply packs, some brain teasers, and enough other miscellaneous stuff to make the van overflow.
I hope I can sleep tonight. "Oh Babe, I can't wait to go..."
Do you get as excited about vacations as I do? What's a favorite vacation that you remember, or one you are looking forward to?