Tuesday, March 3, 2009

If you don't prepare for it, it will come...

Well, we had a fantastic time up on the mountain last weekend. On Saturday all three of us floated around the awesome indoor river pictured above...about, oh, a hundred or so times. Aurelia even went down a little waterslide 3 times! She wasn't too sure how she felt about it, but she's a brave little one. And a toddler who plays hard all day is a toddler who sleeps hard all night. Which was a good thing, since we had to share a room and she normally doesn't like to sleep if there's another person in the room. (Yes, weird, I know.)

Normally I pack with the "must be prepared!" mindset. The unfortunate side effect is that we have to haul around a ton of stuff on trips, the vast majority of which doesn't get used. So I've been experimenting with a minimalist approach. For two nights, one pair of pajamas and one blankie should be sufficient. And why would I need to take more than one pair of jeans for myself? Haha. It turns out I was tempting Murphy beyond his limits. 

The first night, the jammies and blanket were soaked. I don't know what on Earth happened to Aurelia's bladder (or her diaper!), but everything was wet. That's fine, I can improvise (and in comparison to the second night, the amount of "wet" was merely a trickle, which made for a very unhappy little girl at 6am). 

My jeans didn't even last that long. On Friday night, they were subjected to smushed bananas and had a special concoction of drool and Oreo crumbs ground into them by adorable little hands. Oh well, at least I didn't have to leave the room much. The only time I really wore them in public was at our niece's 2nd birthday party on the way home on Sunday, and I assume none of the moms thought twice about my stained clothes. At least, that's what I'll keep telling myself.

Lesson learned: Okay, so I don't have to pack up the entire nursery for a weekend-long family vacation...but always pack two pairs of jammies and two blankets! Maybe I'll wrap up the spare set in an extra pair of jeans. Oh wait, I'd have to own a second pair of jeans first...


  1. Oh man! You jean situation sounds like mine. I was running around in pajama bottoms and t-shirt the other day because my jeans were in the dryer and I had nothing to wear!

  2. I totally understand the jeans situation. I save my jeans for going "out" like to the store and stuff. At home I wear yoga pants. I have a couple pairs and I can wear them to pick up the kids or small errands.

    Last summer when we went camping I gave into Peter and his need to not pack for every possible situation. Well, I guess some of it was being hurried. Boy did that turn out bad! Not enough pillows, not enough blankets, no swimsuits. The boys were really disappointed, but we heard that where we went camping was too cold to swim so we didn't take swim suits as just in case. Lesson learned! Sometimes being crazy mommy is good.