I figured it would be just one more expense - and I'd rather save that money for VIP service at the Kiev airport. For some reason this trip I'm wanting as much hand-holding as possible.
Maybe it's the new country.
Maybe it's all the stress lately.
Maybe I'm just getting old.(Hey! I'm only 37!)
You'd think I'd be an old hand at this by now.
Take for instance, the packing...
I took the plunge and started putting stuff in the suitcases this morning...(it was really starting to pile up)...
and I realize just how much 'stuff' I was trying to stuff in there.
I know I don't need all of it...but even after three international adoptions I'm still afraid to leave some of it at home.
Take, for instance, the large bottle of baby powder.
Chances are, she'll already be potty trained.
And if she's not, I won't have her with us long enough to really justify a LARGE bottle.
But I purchased a large bottle anyway.
It's taking up too much room.
I'm putting that back on the 'to buy' list...
- one SMALL bottle of baby powder.
I've already put in my clothes for court...a skirt, blouse, the boots and I need to go to K0hl's for a black sweater. I'm wearing everything but the skirt, with other outfits, which of course cuts down on the number of clothes I need to take.
Speaking of clothes...I'm going to just be myself this time.
On the last three trips I tried to blend in.
It didn't work.
They can spot ya a mile away.
So, this time I'm just going to be myself.
Jeans, sweaters, tennis shoes for everyday.
I'll save the boots for snowy days and the slacks for the SDA and dinner out.
I'm trying to be real minimalistic about all of this.
I was proud of us on the first three trips.
On our one week trip to get Q-ball we kept it to one suitcase and a diaper bag.
Same with our first trip to meet Punky and JacJac.
When we did our three week trip for court, we kept it to two suitcases (for 5 people...pretty good if you ask me.)
For some reason this trip is starting out as a three suitcaser...my goal is to cut it down to two and two carryons.
That's the plan for now.
I know a lot of this stuff is going to come right back out of the bags as I rethink and over-think my packing philosophy. ;)