4/1/09 - Updated to add: This post is part of Masked Mommy's Cupboard Pow Wow! Check out all the cupboard transformations by clicking on the Pow Wow button to the left.
I could start out by sharing how I had quite the day with some sick (and rather crabby) kiddos, but we'll avoid that subject and pretend it didn't happen...
The kids and I are heading out Tuesday morning to visit my sister and her family in Washington. It's about a 3 hour trip, and since my husband can't come with us due to work, I'm very thankful that my mom is joining us!
There were a few things I needed to tackle before heading out of town...
*LAUNDRY! 3 loads of it...
*Packing (2 suitcases - one for both the kids, and one for me!)
*Vacuuming /cleaning the rooms - I just feel like I have to leave the house clean for my hubby! So, he can relax and enjoy cleanliness for the next couple of days.
There were a couple of other tackles that I guess I didn't have to do, but one thing led to another...and that's how my personality works!!
I wanted to make a little travel activity bag for Mikayla to take on the 3-hour drive. I headed to the craft cupboard to gather some goodies and was mortified by the shape I found it in!! I decided that enough was enough and before I could create the activity bag, I made myself clean the top part of the craft cupboard in the play room...but I couldn't just clean the top part, I had to organize it inside as well (which wasn't that bad because I had already organized that thoroughly once before).
I have a habit of just putting things on top of the cupboard because we have a childproof lock on the outside and it's always such a pain to deal with when I want to put something away. Luckily, this cupboard is behind the door in the play room, so it's not something I see all the time (or that others see).
top of cupboard...what a mess!
Here's the activity bag that I created for Mikayla to take along on the drive.
Contents include: crayons, sunglasses, Super Silly Songs CD, paper, coloring book, stickers, My Little Ponies, dolls, and brushes, Dora lift-the-flap book, mini MagnaDoodle, Hermie DVDs (Max Lucado)
Onto the next tackle...
I also wanted to create a little snack box to take with us on the road, but just like the craft cupboard, I headed to the pantry and I was in shock! How does it get this bad so quickly?? I only had enough time to do a couple of shelves, but they were the ones we use the most. Which means more mess!
Contents include: Teddy Grahams, bottled waters, granola bars, Yogos, Nutrigrain bars, graham crackers, fruit snacks
Of course we probably won't eat all of this on the drive, but you can never be too prepared!! I'll probably throw in some fruit, carrots, string cheese, and other refrigerated snacks before we hit the road.
I really do have good "systems of organization" for these chaotic places, but sometimes I go through organizing rebellious phases! Can anyone else relate??
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