Saturday, July 27, 2013

Incomplete Vacation Checklist

To my son Tommy,

This might be the only post that will have to be edited with addendum after addendum.  I don't think it will ever be complete but I figured I'd give it a shot.  Here is our vacation check list.  This is in no particular order and by no means comprehensive.


  • Mow Lawn - Need to make sure the house looks lived in and since we are not hiring someone to mow in the middle of the vacation.
  • Secure backyard
  • Oil Change and Car Maintenance  - When you and your mom went to do this at Jiffy Lube, you cried thinking the guy was stealing the car.  But we have to make sure we get down there without
  • Notify Neighbors - All told and all looking out for our house.  Keys given out to a couple people to make sure they can access our house.  
  • Stop Mail - Along with the stop make sure someone checks out for this as I never trust a bureaucracy 
  • Stop Paper - ditto from the stop mail note
  • Turn off AC and electronics in our bedroom.
  • Turn off AC and electronics in Tommy's bedroom including baby monitors
  • Turn off light bathroom
  • Dump any old SD cards and clear them for the trip.
  • Get donuts and coffee for day of pack and travel (large caffeine boost)
  • Trash out - and arrange for pickup or someone to put it out on the corner for you.
  • Decide what goes down in your Poppop's truck
  • Lights off in basement
  • Turn off air purifiers
  • Give the living room a once over and straighten so it is nice to come home
  • Feed fish (and hope they can last since we didn't make other arrangements but since your mother is coming back for a couple days during the vacation for your Uncle Raymond's surgery we have another feeding)
  • Clean out car
  • Pack car
  • Flip flops
  • Belt
  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Basic Cltohes
  • Bathing Suits
  • Church outfit
  • Pajamas
  • Daddy's hat
  • Mommy's Hat
  • Tommy's Hat
  • CPAP - we once left without this and daddy spent a couple sleepless nights before he could get it.
  • Sunglasses clip-ons for mommy
  • Sunglasses clip-ons for daddy
  • Tommy's sunglasses
  • Johnson's PopCorn empty containers - cheaper to refill
  • Blow Up Bed for Tommy
  • Bed sheets
  • Towels
  • Pillows
  • Little Cooler to Bring to Beach
  • Deck of Pinochle Cards
  • Rosary

  • Mommy's School Computer and powercord and mouse
  • Daddy's Work Computer and powercord and mouse
  • Apple TV and powercord and HDMI connection cable
  • Two iPads and two powercords
  • Daddy's phone and charger
  • Mommy's phone and charger and car charger
  • Camera and SD Cards
  • DVD's for you (we aren't quite to the all digital world and still cart around CD's and DVD's)
  • Tommy's Portable DVD player
  • Tommy's ear phones
  • Nail clippers
  • Toilet Paper
  • Feminine Product
  • Lysol Wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Hair Brush
  • Suntan Lotion
  • Q-Tips
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Tums
  • Body Wash
  • Toothbrushs
  • Vitamins
  • Medicines
  • Allergy Medicines
  • Bug Spray

  • Three stuffed animals - we made the mistake of no stuffed animals before and this "Desperation" the towel lobster was born.  We want to avoid that again. :)
  • Tommy's Pillow
  • One Barn Lunch Box of squinkies and various characters
  • Rubber ducks (about 3 this time)
  • Two toy cars to pack your squinkies and characters in
  • Various Dress Up Outfits including Doctor and what you call police officer and pirate
  • Various Dress Up Accessories including doctor kit, ninja knife, pirate sword, binoculars, monocular spyglass, flashlight..etc

FOOD - We shop the deals the week or two before and bring to save money
  • Soda 2 liters
  • Snacks
  • Tommy's Two Water Bottles
  • Cookies to share - your mom made 48 dozen for the house
  • Tommy's Basics - pasta, oatmeal, nilla wafers, cheetos, grahams
  • Yogurts
  • Humira
  • Drive mommy crazy with this list
  • Roll down windows in car so it doesn't heat up when we are waiting for Poppop
  • Worry about what we missed
  • Get Wallets
  • Get Phones
  • Last Minute Pack
  • TV Off
  • Computer Off
  • Grab Road snacks and drinks
  • Potty
  • Downstairs AC to 80
  • Pray for an easy and safe trip.
  • Remember to bring Tommy!
Well there it is...a basic checklist to use next year.  Your mother is really all you need for a checklist but this will give you am idea of a quarter of the things that go into a vacation.  But it is definitely worth it!

Sincerely with love from your dad,

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