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Back to back trips

Our kids, my husband and I just did back to back weekend trips with the kids.  We spent time at Gilbert and Teresa's cabin the first weekend (see last week's post) and this last weekend, we took the kids with us on a trip we did with about 20 beginner kayakers and instructors.  Paul, my husband, and I took turns teaching kayaking to the wonderful beginner folks.  Naomi and Ian took turns charming them, playing hide and seek and climbing in and out of boats (on dry land.)  We were camping as well, so the kids had a wonderful time.  There were lots of bugs around which provided plenty of entertainment.

So I "cheated" as much as I could with the packing.  I simply left the kids warm clothes in their bags since we hadn't used them the week before.  And after I did the laundry, some of it got folded right back into the bags.  By the end of the week, I had repacked bags with just the toiletries to put in.  It definitely helps to have a check list when you pack like this.  I haven't remade our lists since we moved (and everything is in different places now) so it did make it a little harder and I did forget to put in the swim wear that was drying from our swim on Thursday.  It didn't hamper the kids water time.  We have a wetsuit for Naomi anyway and Ian thought the river was too cold to play in for long, he would put his feet in, then lift one foot out of the water and hold it above the water, not wanting to put it back in.  It was quite comical since he obviously wanted to be in the water, but didn't like it once he got there.  I guess snow melt is cold for a reason!

For dinner on Saturday, we had spaghetti bolognaise.  I prepared all the vegetables on Friday before we left and took everything ready to assemble.  The mince was frozen when we left and just thawed by Saturday night after being in the cooler.  Sometimes I do extra for a meal during the week and freeze that to take and re-heat.  If you're away for a long weekend, I find you can usually freeze two days worth of dinners, but after that, I wouldn't like to trust how cold the cooler's been - especially in summer.  Do make sure that the meals are fully heated all the way through before serving.

The worst part about traveling is coming back to the housework that I usually catch up on during the weekends and having to squeeze it into my normally full week.  It really does take me a day or two to get all the camping equipment cleaned if necessary and put away again.  I love it if we arrive home early enough to do some of it on Sunday, but sometimes we don't and then it tends to linger a little longer, especially if I have clients to see early in the week.  There's the mountain of laundry to be done (actually I did a bunch yesterday and now I have the clean laundry to put away still - I don't know about you, but I find I'm much more likely to put laundry away if I only do a load rather than 5 in one day - sigh!) The cleaning will get done piecemeal during the week.  But, I know it's all worth it when Naomi asks me when we're going camping again next and gets ever so excited when I tell her it will be in another three weeks and she wants to go swimming again in the pool so she can get better and then go kayaking herself - but that's another story.

posted on: 5/1/2008 1:00:00 PM by Katherine Macey
category: Travel

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Traveling With Kids

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Katherine Macey, Ph.D., is a professional organizer who is passionate about helping people improve their lives and achieve their goals. She works mainly with academics in their offices and with residential clients in their home offices.

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