Preparing for a Trip

Travel food
Travel food

It’s a busy day in the Dobbin home. We’re preparing for a trip: 2 days and 1 night at the West Edmonton Mall. It’s a combined birthday present for the two oldest whose birthdays are only two weeks apart. Packing is not as difficult as it used to be, because Naomi is older, not requiring so much fussiness or as many diapers. The boys have been very helpful, allowing us to channel their excitement into productivity.

In the morning we went to another open gym at the gymnastics club, score! That helped to get some energy out of them. Once focused they can be quite obedient and tractable.

I had to run out and get groceries as we’ve been trying to deplete our unhealthy foods in the house while replacing them with good foods that are also packable for trips and school. We don’t have the money to do a dramatic purge like in the TV shows and documentaries, so we’re opting to ease into our healthier eating choices by not buying any more of the bad stuff, and discovering new recipes and foods. We have yet to find a local store with reasonably priced nut or coconut flour. $7 for only one pound is insane.

After returning home, we set to packing in a flurry. I believe it was done in under half an hour with only a few last minute things to grab in the morning. We hate packing, it’s not the fun part, so we’ve become pretty good at doing it quickly.

One problem in the past with traveling has been stopping enroute and buying chips to snack on. This time we’ve got baggies made up for everyone with dried fruit and nuts, and some carrot sticks and apples just to be sure. I’m not too worried about the meals once we are there. We just need to avoid the worst of the restaurants and prepared foods. It’s only most of two days. We’re not going to let something like not so healthy food keep us from a fun trip.

We’ll be leaving fairly early in the morning to maximize our time at Galaxyland, and the package we got includes mini golf, Marine Life, and movie passes. The kids enjoyed Galaxyland last year, and this year they can go on more rides, so I’m looking forward to watching the older boys do some roller coasters from the gate. Who has two thumbs and hates roller coasters? This guy.

Wish us luck.

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Published by jrdobbin

I am a father of four, married for eight years. I live and play in Alberta, Canada.

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