OMG, it’s one week today until we leave the house and head off on holiday. Today I’m sharing with you the final process of our Florida planning – the packing stage. We’re not so organised that it’s all done already, but we are getting there bit by bit. The girls have stopped wearing the clothes they want to take and we have started to put clothes into the suitcases. We have check lists going and a bed dedicated to packing – so we’re definitely on our way to being ready.
Above is a picture of the girls suitcases. They have one each which I bought them for Christmas. Majority of the dresses they are taking with them were also bought for Christmas, as they really had no summer dresses to speak of so I picked up loads throughout the sales and saved them till Christmas. In my last post I talked about the shopping we had done for Florida and the majority of the suitcase (other than dresses) is filled with the extra bits and pieces we’ve picked up, including shoes, sunhat, cardigans etc. This is probably about half of the girls checklist ticked off.
As well as all the things they’ve already packed, we have several things unticked. These are largely dresses that I’ve made for them and fancy dress costumes. Ultimately the girls are hoping to get all the dresses they’d like (disney themed mostly) sewn and ready before we go. As such they are holding off on packing the fancy dress. If the “inspired” dresses get done, the dress up stays at home – if not, then I’m sure the costumes will get packed instead.
The girls also have their flight bags mostly packed, these are upstairs alongside the suitcases. At the moment the girls are both still going to school every day and although they break up on Friday, their dad is having them over the weekend. Unfortunately they won’t get home until Monday night so I imagine there will be a lot of last minute packing on Tuesday – or I’ll be doing it for them.
Mine and Chris’ packing isn’t quite as far along as the girls but it is at least started. I’ll be honest and say that majority of Chris’ packing was done by me, but I’m sure he’ll show an interest at the very last minute. He’s a “it takes 10 minutes to pack” type of person. While we both have the majority of our clothes packed (baring things we can’t do without in the meantime like underwear) but we are nowhere near with all the extras. Chris and I (and the girls) use our ipads, chargers etc on a daily basis so it just isn’t possible to pack those things. Also things like toiletries. makeup, hair stuff, will all be packed last minute too.
So it’s now one week till we leave. For the next few days I’m concentrating on sewing projects and making sure I get as much as I can finished before we leave. However once the girls go to their dad’s on Saturday I’m sure I’ll be dedicating a bit more time to making sure we have everything in order. Tuesday is the deadline for everything being ready as we leave first thing on Wednesday morning – to travel down to London, go to the Cinderella Exhibition and then stay over at a Travelodge. A week tomorrow we fly off to Florida and I can only hope we’re completely ready by then!