I have been fairly absent lately. Sorry. Absent for good reasons though! After a wonderful weekend celebrating the 4th of July and a few days of preparations, my husband (of 5 years) took me to Seattle for our anniversary. We stayed at the Westin on the 45th floor and had an amazing view. We could see the Space Needle, the lake, and the down town area. We had a great time exploring many parts of Seattle.
After a couple mini trips and one big trip road trip with our twinners to Disneyland I was SO excited about the simplicity of just packing for the two of us. So easy, so simple, so fast. The previous trips we literally packed EVERYTHING. I tell myself that the best part about driving is that you can take almost everything the kiddos need. And we did! We took dish soap and a washing bin, hand towels, prepared meals and ingredients for other meals, utensils, a skillet, 2 coolers, toys, blankets, 2 portable high chairs, 2 pack ‘n plays, a folding table, in addition to all the normal stuff like luggage, diaper bag, etc. We joked that we would never have to go home if we did not want to. It took days (okay, maybe weeks) to prepare and we did not forget a thing.
This trip was to be different. My carefree attitude must have carried over to when we loaded the car. Half way to Seattle a mental picture of my toiletry bag sitting next to my sink popped into my head. “Hum,” I thought. Did I possibly pack it perfectly only to leave it at home? After a call to my mom confirmed it, we had to figure what to do. We made a call to a pharmacy near our hotel to replace one of my prescriptions and looked up the nearest upcoming Target. I was thrilled to find that all my coupons were in my coupon bag I tossed in the van “just in case.” This included the “Proctor and Gamble Saver,” which saved my buns and took the sting out of replacing some of the things I could not do without. It felt so great to not have to pay full price even though I needed the stuff pretty badly (especially since not a single item I needed at Target was on sale.)
Lesson: Don’t ever get too cocky about your packing skills and ALWAYS carry your coupons. You never know when you might need them.