We are headed to Alaska on Tuesday.
My cousin, Allison, is getting married on the Summer Solstice at a camp outside of Fairbanks and my whole family is headed to the wedding. Mom and Dad have been on their way for the past three weeks or so (you can keep up with them here) and we're flying out on Tuesday with Kristen and her family.
Toben is so darned excited and has been packing in his head for something like the past three weeks. Part of the reason he's so excited is that we're not staying at the camp with everyone else. He does not rough it--and the camp is rustic! Here's one of their "primitive" cabins:
We're staying here and sharing the house with Wade and Kristen and their kids. It's not "primitive"--given that there's lots of hot running water and internet and satellite television.
Pretty, huh?! I'm getting more excited as I think about running along that road in the mornings--maybe running away from a bear will help me pick up the pace some...
I haven't given packing much thought. Somehow packing for me plus two girls feels like something I just haven't wanted to think about much. Plus, I have to do laundry first. I can't pack unless ALL the clothes are clean and I have a comprehensive list to pack from!
But I have started gathering the important stuff--like stickers and books and paints and pencils.
When we went to Washington, D.C. two years ago, I took along blank books, stickers, glue, scissors, markers, and the girls and I made travel scrapbooks. They loved it! Each day we took our books with us wherever we went and took time to sit and copy our favorite paintings or cut up magazines and museum brochures. We wrote about our favorite part of each day and glued in lots of postcards, pictures, and anything else we thought was fun.
Here's a peek at those books. (I did all the journaling for the girls--writing down their words for them--since they were younger at the time and Emma, especially, couldn't do it herself. They did all their own pictures and cutting and gluing though.)
This was a great way for the girls (and me!) to record our trip and they still love looking at their books two years later.
So we're going to do the same thing again for this trip. We stocked up on fun stickers and stuff at Jo-Ann's the other day, and are off to Michael's later today for the blank books that we like best.
I'm also thinking about what other projects and such to pack--card games for certain, a knitting project or two for me, and maybe some more embroidery for the girls. I think I'll also pack some embroidery floss so they can work on friendship bracelets. And movies are a must too.
What are your must-haves for your kids for vacation? Other than clothes and sunscreen and other necessities... I'm sure I'm forgetting something!