Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Getting out

Today wasn't my first trip out of the house with both little girls, but it was my first attempt at a major excursion. We went to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, about half an hour's drive away.

The hardest part? Just getting out the frigging door! I was shooting for 9:30, was feeling our departure was imminent enough to say so to Husband and the water company guys dropping in for a repair at 9:55, and was shocked to see the minivan's clock reading 10:25 by the time we were backing out of the driveway. Two sets of diapers must be freshened now. Two changes of clothes must be packed (and appropriate for the 75 degree day we're having). The baby must be tanked up with milk. Bean must be not too far past her famously meager breakfast or snacks will be in order. Who am I kidding? Snacks are always in order for Bean these days, so last minute tangerines must be peeled for the car, tissues must be stuffed in any available pocket for Bean's runny nose, and I need to not be too hungry or it will all go to hell.

Phew! Fortunately, the museum itself was just fine. I'm a mama who firmly believes in bribery, so butterfly and dinosaur stickers from the museum shop, conveniently located next to the exit, plus gummy fruit snacks for the car ride home made leaving in time for a nap amazingly easy on everyone.

One point for me!


Beth said...

yay!!! One point today is more than you had yesterday!!! And bean needs half a peanut-butter sandwich and some grapes...to share with me!!

Devilish Southern Belle said...

Yay! I love fun family outings!

Joan said...

Wow, I'd be impressed with your trip regardless of the fact you just gave birth. My almost 15 year old son constantly needs food.

cubmommy said...

I am so with you on bribery. With three this is how I survive outings. M&Ms are a blessing!

Glad you were able to get out.

Mama D said...

I think you deserve at least 5 points for that trip!