Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Yet Another Trip

I have been such a slacker lately! I go about my days and think, " I should go blog about this" but it never happens. Sorry that you all have to endure the boring recap blogs as I am trying to catch up.
It is a good thing that gas is so cheap these days! We took another trip to Washington for my Family Reunion. I was a terrible picture taker so I will just send you here to see all of my sister's fun pictures and a quick summary of our fun reunion. It was great to see my cousins and Aunt and Uncle along with most of my family. Just one of the reasons we were happy to leave town. OK, we were sitting still in a parking lot, so this picture is a bit of an exaggeration of the real situation. In actuallity, it was only 109.
I am a genius. When we were in Yellowstone last month we saw a family using drawers for each kid instead of suitcases. I decided to try it out but with my own little fabulous twist. I bought two sets of 3 big drawers and put an outfit and pajamas for each child in each drawer. I also put diapers in so that all I had to do each day was take in that days drawer. After the kids got ready for bed, I put the dirty clothes back in the drawer, put the dirty drawer back in the car and got the next day's drawer out. When the first set of three were all used, I moved the next set into place and washed the dirty clothes, resorted them, and put it all back in the car. I don't think it took up any less space in the car, but it sure was easier to manage everything! The car usually wouldn't be so full, we did have to also bring 7 sleeping bags and pillows. Not bad, I must say. I would TOTALLY do this again!


After WAY TOO MUCH fighting in the back seat on the way home, we stopped in this desolate wheat field for some "encouraging" words. After a few (idle) threats of leaving them there, we climbed back into the car and continued on our very long journey with a lot less bickering.
Jeff got his first two teeth on the 14th of August. He loves to rub his tongue along them. He is also getting up on his hands and knees and doing some form of crawling resembling an inchworm.

13 comments:

Amberly said...

You are so smart! What a clever way to keep organized on a trip - I am sure your sanity lasted a lot longer that way. Laundry + kids + trip + relatives is not my favorite combo. The wheat field thing is an out loud laugher for me - I've threatened but never stopped - I am so trying that.

Em said...

That is a work of art Emily! Love the drawer idea! I love car trips! Glad you are home safe and sound!

Danielle said...

What a good idea! Now I have to plan a trip to go somewhere so I can use your idea!!

Alicia said...

Yay, you're back! You were missed. Glad you had a fun trip, and that the drawer idea worked so well. :)

Bryn and Blaine said...

Hi Emily.
I just wanted to say hi and that I was thinking of you. Gotta love those road trips. Vacationing is exhausting.
Bryn

Tony and Traci said...

How clever of you :) I would have never thought to do that. Jeffrey is getting so big! He sure is growing up to be a very handsome boy :)

CrazyinIdaho said...

The drawer thing is pure genius!Quick give it a catchy name and patent it! I love your posts, even if I don't always take the time to actually comment. The picture of Ben on the beach, posted on your sister's blog, is a little disturbing!!

Reil family said...

It was so good to see you at the reunion. We had great time with you and everybody else. I am happy that you guys have been coming up here so often.

Amberly said...

I am glad you got your package. You are no bigger of a dork than I am in those videos. I watched them, edited them, was embarrassed a bit and then remided myself that pretty much everyone is a dork at heart just trying to look cool and often failing miserably. So despite my dorkiness I abandoned all pride and mailed you copies. That being said you are only allowed to minimally mock me after watching. Enjoy :)

Meghan said...

I'm so happy you came home! I am laughing almost to the point of peeing my pants looking at the picture of the girls in the field! You are quite the mom to drive all the way. I admire you :) Now...when is your next trip up here...oh yes Phantom of the Opera! Hopefully my house will be much more put together. I'll need your decorating expertise!

The Coughran Family said...

WOW! Kids in the field and the drawers are AMAZING ideas! My mom did something similar with my sister and we pretty much became best friends in conspiracy on the spot. Great technique.

kir said...

Good stuff, Emily-love the drawers, but this whole "kids were arguing" thing seems crazy! Long, long road trips almost always bring out the best in brotherly/sisterly love whenever we travel...
-Kirsten

Jennie said...

Okay, Emily, you need to post about the "talk" you give your kids before school starts. I'm at a total loss on what to say, how to say it when it comes to filling them in on things before some trash talker does. HELP!