My packing plan soothes me

Before kids vacation meant catching up on my reading, laying still on the hot sand and dipping into the water when I wanted to cool down.  It was about going out for dinner and enjoying a few drinks.  It was about sitting by the fire pit talking about life.It was about rest and relaxation.  A time to unwind and take a break.Now vacation is... different.  It's action pack and full of movement. It's a little chaotic and hardly goes according to plan.Planning soothes me.  So when it comes to packing I have my plan down pat and will share it with you today.1. The Packing Excel SheetMake a column per child, yourself, your husband (but make him pack his own stuff you have enough to do), bathroom items, electronics, food, and the ever popular “misc”.  Print the list 2 days before the trip and post it on the fridge.2.  Kids get one backpack each.They can bring whatever they want as long as it fits the backpack.  While on vacation, every night the backpack has to be repacked.  Nothing is worse than stepping on toys while ON vacation.  I do that enough at home, thank you very much!3.  Leave a large empty bag by the door.When you are on the mad dash to get out the door you will think of a bunch of things that you MUST pack.  Use this miscellaneous bag to pack all last minute items.  When you are packing to head home, use this bag again in the same fashion.Hope these quick packing tips helps ease the stress of your next vacation! ...more

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Flying Towards my Dreams and Destiny

During our hospital tour, we passed the lab where we had some blood work done before starting IUI at the new clinic and a flood of memories came rushing in. This time last year, we had just returned from Mexico to the news that our second IVF had failed. In some ways it was harder than the first time IVF didn’t work because we had done all we could do the second time around....more

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