January 10, 2008

Travel Plans

We're going to England! The tickets are purchased. The passports are here. Now I'm working on all the details.

What do I need to take with me to make life livable, and yet pack as light as possible? I don't know if we'll have laundry facilities in our flat, which definitely scares me a bit, but I also know I can't pack a huge amount of clothes for anyone. I'm sure we'll need warm stuff and raincoats too.

For Christmas I got this portable high chair and it's perfect. I'm thinking about getting the Phil and Ted's portacrib too. It's not cheap, but the weight and size are seductive, since our current portable crib from Evenflo is neither small nor lightweight. I'm hoping to borrow a double umbrella stroller and I think that will take care of my baby travel needs.

Finally, the thing I've been thinking most about is schooling. I'm not planning on taking many books with us, though I plan to take Our Island Story with us. I know we'll have plenty to get out and see, but we need to figure out what to do with it all. I think we'll get a bunch of journals
so that each child can record their thoughts on the days and illustrate them as they see fit. I'd love to come up with more ideas for how to homeschool while far from home without the normal things like books and art supplies lying around.


Instead of a double umbrella stroller you could get umbrella stroller connectors and use them to connect to single strollers together.

I got those and they were terrific. The double strollers (at least the good ones) are heavy and unwieldy when folded up. Two singletons are much easier.

Posted by: Sarah G. at January 10, 2008 09:42 AM

Interesting. Do you think that would work as well with two kids of different sizes? I'll be pushing a 20 lb one year old and a 27 lb three year old. The seven pounds makes a bigger difference than one would think.

Posted by: Jordana at January 10, 2008 02:08 PM

Yes, it does work with non-twins. You learn to focus your push behind the heavier child. I originally got them for my two older boys when I was pregnant with twins. Another plus, if you want just a single stroller you are not stuck with the double. Double wide strollers are awkward to take through doorways and down shop aisles.

Posted by: Sarah G. at January 10, 2008 04:30 PM

That sounds like fun!! It also sounds scary as all get-out (which may be part of the reason we aren't knee-deep in "moving to Ukraine" plans). Maybe you should just outfit the original Boy with a sling and pop his little brother in ;) 20 lbs isn't much for a robust youngster to lug around!

Did I mention that MY original Boy more or less knocked his younger brother down half a flight of stairs today, absolutely unintentionally? If only they could get that co-ordination and awareness of self in relation to one's surroundings down by 3. Jay felt terrible, poor guy. I had two little wailing boys to comfort. And I was carrying the potty-pot down to the bathroom at the time. NEVER a dull moment.

Anyway, keep us posted so we can pray for you guys!!

Posted by: Lenise at January 10, 2008 09:05 PM