Thursday, January 26, 2012

Packing Our Bags

I'm always a little hesitant to say anything about upcoming travels, because a) it might smack of gloating and b) you might be a thug who will figure out where we live and come to our house and steal all our chickens. 

However, a) it might be noticeable if I don't post in a week, and you're my friends, and I would totally take you if I could, and let's face it, the truth will come out eventually, and b) we have a tall, strong housesitter. (Notice I didn't say handsome. I only admit to the Professor being handsome.)

( Well, and Jim Caviezel.)

(Wait. I don't admit to Jim Caviezel being handsome. It wasn't me! Let the record show that I admit no such thing.)

The 411: Remember how my mom lost her husband a few months ago? Also, remember how my mom lives in a cold, dark, wintry New England? Well, our little family plus my mom is sneaking away for a little Vitamin D infusion aboard a Caribbean cruise. We are going to have an Adventure together. 

I used to chide myself for getting excited about things like trips or other occasions, knowing how quickly they'd pass and how vain it is to put our hope in winds that blow through our fingers. But lately I've realized: Looking forward does not equal setting one's hope. And the event itself is only one third of the package. Anticipation is part of the experience. And then, so is the treasuring of memories. 

Especially when you take ridiculous amounts of pictures!

In case you're interested, this is how I documented the trip we took two years ago to celebrate the Professor's graduation. I selected some favorite photos, made these facing-page layouts in PhotoShop Elements (although this is quite doable in Shutterfly as well), and then put the exact same layouts in all three of my children's scrapbooks. I love the simplicity of this kind of scrapbooking.

See y'all soon! 


  1. Today in Massachusetts it's cold, dank, freezing rain out. In my opinion it will be good for your mom's health to get out of here for a trip.Happy Travels!!

    1. That's the idea! I'm glad your opinion confirms mine. Now, if we could have just figured out a way to smuggle you into her suitcase ... :-)

  2. If you can't get excited about things like trips and special occasions, what can you get excited about? I say, don't dismiss any happiness that comes your way -- embrace it! Enjoy the anticipation, the trip and the memories. I can't wait to hear about your adventure.

    1. You're right, Erica! Maybe "chide myself" was too strong an expression; it was more of a hesitancy based on past disappointments, when I didn't appreciate the value of the whole process.
      I can't wait to tell you all about it! :-)

  3. So jealous! We're down in the nitty-gritty cramming for High School Science Bowl. I'll be thinking of you!

  4. Have an incredibly fun time!! I agree with the other comment, getting excited is part of the whole fun of it!