1- LOVE ALL OF THE PACKING CUBE WISDOM. And the suitcase recs! I am sold on packing cubes but . . . can I get them in time? I am going to hit Target on the way home from work and at least see what they have.
I know we will be traveling consistently, so I feel ready to work on actually crafting some solid organizing and rituals and routines. The “bedtime cube” concept of putting everything needed for kid bedtime into one cube is also BRILLIANT.
2- SPEAKING OF TRAVEL . . . I am reflecting on our itinerary. This will be more of a sightseeing/experiencing trip than a relaxing trip. Honestly, I enjoy both. But I think the last time we’ve done this kind of a trip as a family was like . . . 2018 (OMG THEY WERE CUTE!).
Skiing is different, and beach trips are more for relaxing. Theme park trips are an entirely different animal (one that I . . . feel like I need a decent break from, personally).
But like sightseeing trips? This will be our first in quite some time. I really hope it:
a) goes relatively smoothly
b) feels relaxing overall
c) will provide lots of fun memories for everyone.
3- SPEAKING OF TRAVEL AGAIN: I successfully submitted the kids’ passports for renewal, since they are just expiring and we will need them by late July!
Needed: special completed 2-page form x 3, birth certs x 3, parent IDs, checks, old passports x 3, new passport photos, and both parents present. I asked the woman doing the processing how often people actually have what they need during these appointments to successfully apply and she said . . . 5%. I felt like I won a prize . . . though they did comment that one kid photo (taken as an official overpriced passport photo at the drugstore) was slightly blurry and ‘might get rejected’. Apparently you just send in a replacement if that is the case.
4- Every time I get a notification that I have a book ready to pick up from the library I marvel over this phenomenon. Here is my current holds list:
Spare by Prince Harry is below that but it got cut off 🙂
5- And on a low note, this is happening in my state. And right after the Nashville tragedy . . . which I keep thinking about. It honestly does truly make me want to move. And donate/do more with regards to this cause. A worthy Q2 goal.