Packing

2 days. That’s how long we have to wait before boarding a plane and heading to the happiest place on earth.

Have you been to Disneyland? It really is the happiest place on earth, especially when you get to take your young children (4 of them, ages 6, 4, 2, and 5 months to be exact). But before boarding that plane, you have to pack your bags.

People with zero children, or even 1 or 2, might think packing is easy. Throw some clothes in a bag, add your toothbrush, you’re golden. Well not when you have 4 kids and 2 of them require diapers. 2 of them require an extra change of clothes in case said diapers do not work properly. Packing is not fun.

I cannot pack in a dirty house, for one.

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[this is before we swept the floor — so dirty]

I like to have clean laundry and a clean house before I pack. I just do. So today Danny and I cleaned the house (even the cobwebs, Cenone!) and vacuumed and swept while the kittens were playing outside.

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Oh, this picture? No big deal…just Danny posing with Sofia Vergara at the Pepsi convention last week. We love Modern Family.

Oh and this?

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I try to make an appearance on my blog every once in a while.

Okay, so back to packing.

I packed up ALL the kids’ clothes in one suitcase (impressive), the girls’ dressup in another (because when you go to Disneyland, it requires princess dresses. This is truth.) and our clothes and diapers in another. Diapers take up a lot of space. Usually, we don’t pack diapers, we only pack what we’ll need for the way down and then buy them at our destination.

(side story: when we went to Mexico last year, Alice was 1 and 1/2. My parents went a day early and offered to go to Walmart and Costco down there to get diapers. I wish I was there — listening to Patrick and my mom tell about my dad trying to ask the Spanish-speaking employees where the diapers were and using hand gestures on top of it is the most hilarious thing ever.)

So anyway, diapers in Disneyland are way expensive. Probably because if you need one, you need one and you are willing to buy a 28 pack for $30. But I’m not that crazy, so we packed some in with our bag. For the 6 of us, we are only checking 3 bags. I will accept your round of applause you are giving me right now. Thank you.

But we don’t only pack clothes. There are also toiletries and hair stuff.

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That’s what I put on daily. If I’m going somewhere special or going out to dinner, I might throw on some mascara and eye shadow, but for the most part, it’s very little. Luckily, it all fits nicely in a small makeup bag.

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And one thing that I always splurge on when I go to Sephora is this:

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It’s just water. Water that is put in a cute little spray bottle. Water that costs $12 for a 2-pack. Total complete rip-off, but we all have things that we spend too much on, right? This is special. And Danny will be begging me for a spritz when we’re standing in the 1 hour long line for Finding Nemo. And because I’m probably the sweetest wife ever, I’ll give him a spritz or 2. (I’m not really the sweetest, but I’m working on it.)

I had some help packing from Zeek, who I am starting to like a little more. Here’s a tidbit for ya: puppies suck. They are destructive and messy and they are smelly. Grown dogs are much more fun.

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I packed up my hair straightener which I will probably use only once.

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I got out 2 ziplocks: 1 for my jewelry (2 pieces, I kid you not) and 1 for the girls’ hair accessories.

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Girls require at least one bow/headband per outfit. Sometimes, if they are switching up their looks 1/2 way through the day, the accessory needs to be changed too. Multiply that by 3 girls and that’s a ton of bows.

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[look closely…do you see any bow that is especially special? Yep…]

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85% of my bows come from my friend Becky who owns Josie-Girl Hair Bowtique. She’s awesome.

Then I got to packing the kids’ plane bag. The bag full of stuff to do in the airport and on the plane. I don’t let them pack their own because it would get way too full and it would be stuffed full of stuffed animals and little chotchkies. When I pack for them, it’s like a surprise when they peek inside.

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Some Toy Story figures, My Little Pony, trains, cars, a magazine, a coloring book…

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…some snacks and some mazes (Jamie is crazy good at mazes).

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Oh, and some books. My kids love reading — that sounds like a total “I’m a mom who wants you to think my kids are only into educational things” thing to say. But really, it’s true, they do. Maria is partial to fairy books.

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In my bag, I’ll pack the ipod, ipad and the Nintendo DS. I also like to get their clothes out and ready.

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These are the clothes they will wear on the way down. We leave super early in the morning (will be out of our house at 4:00am) so I don’t want to have to race around trying to find the one missing matching shoe or undies for Jamie. They are here all ready to go.

And finally, I pack my carry-on. My huge Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bag. I LOOOOOVE it. It’s huge and roomy.

One thing I make sure is always in my diaper bag is this:

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The diaper cream/sunscreen duo. This is the best brand. It’s healthy and safe for your baby’s skin and it’s pretty compact, too.

Here’s my bag, all packed and ready to go:

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-diapers for each baby
-wipes
-bandaids
-snacks
-diaper cream/sunscreen
-burp cloth
-Little Giraffe tiny blanket
-Aden and Anais blanket
-toys for Miss Charlotte

At the last minute, I’ll sneak in my camera, wallet/purse thingy, and the electronics.

And we’re ready to go.

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