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I love my kids, really, I do.  They are my favorite parts of the day, and I learn from them all the time.  But, seriously, I cannot WAIT until I don’t have to bring the kitchen sink when we leave for a few days. 

The boys need toys to play with (this will always be the case, but as teenagers, I’m sure I won’t need to bring full-sized dump trucks with me).  The baby needs a bumbo.  There are diapers in two different sizes, baby wipes, snacks, baby food, bottles, oh, and my favorite – the Pack n Play.  I even brought the Exersaucer on one week long trip.  Ugh.  Some would argue it’s not all necessary, but it sure makes life on the trip a lot more relaxed and much easier.  I think.

The alternative is staying home.  That just doesn’t sound fun.  As much of a pain as it is to pack the right way (er, my way) for a trip with all three kids, it sure beats staying put.  We stay home enough.  Summer is for exploring, getting out there, and getting away.  The trips we’ve taken have not been elaborate or fancy.  But, we have been exploring, and the kids have seen waterfalls, beaches, lakes, rivers, and lots of sunshine. 

So, I suppose it is worth it.  Although the half day it takes to pack (and unpack, I never seem to come home with less than I left the driveway with) makes me a little envious of parents whose kids are out of diapers.  And, out of the house.  Ha!  But, I do know I will miss these days.  In fact, I took several hundred photos over our last trip.  Because I know next summer, only 12 months from now, things will be very different.  Kids will be older, interests will be different.  And, maybe I’ll only have to pack diapers for ONE kid!!


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