The end of the school year is always crazy for teachers, and this year has seemed more eventful than usual. I guess that's just part of the International School scene. The craziness is amplified by the fact that we are going on a huge overseas trip in less than a week. We are headed to the States for the summer to visit our families and friends which is very exciting. I can't wait to go "home," but then I realize I have 26 hours worth of travel time to get there. With a 5 year old and 2 year old.
And once we are home, the craziness isn't going to stop. There are so many people to see, and so much shopping to do. There's a trip to Wisconsin planned for the whole family, and Derek and I have to go to NY for a week for some professional development.
To keep the dudes happy on the plane, I am packing:
Oh. And iPads. Loaded with new apps. I'm hoping they spend a lot of the time sleeping, but on long trips like this, you just never know. Owen did great last time, but Oliver struggled a little. He's a year older now, so it should be better. Plus he's gotten some flying experience. I've heard 1 to 2 is the most difficult, so here's hoping he'll do better this time!
The first thing we want to do when we get home is go to Chipotle. You know, after we've hugged everyone and loaded all our luggage into the multiple cars coming to retrieve us from the airport. (And maybe shed a few tears.) We have been craving Chipotle for almost a year now...
After that, we'll play it by ear. The boys will either crash or be wired, so we'll let them dictate our next moves. It'll be weird for them having to be buckled into a car seat. Owen remembers, but Oliver is going to be annoyed.
I've also spent quite a bit of time putting together a shopping list for when we are home. New clothing, shoes, first aide items, and things we simply cannot find in Vietnam. We have been adding things to this list for months now.
It's hard to predict how a trip like this is going to go with two little ones. One of the things I've learned from being in Vietnam this past year is to go with the flow more. A lot more. It's been a difficult lesson for me to learn.