Let the Packing Begin

“The creative adult is the child who survived.”

-Ursula LeGuin.

Apparently it’s freezing in the Northwest. 

Just in time for our visit to Seattle to see Ben’s family.  With a six month old who loves the outdoors. 

Disappointed smile

I’ve been giving my husband a hard time about babies and cold weather since we set this trip up – nevermind the fact that I was still hapai at the time – because I’m just so nervous about it.  I don’t know how to take care of myself in the cold, let alone an infant.  My prayer since then has been, Please don’t let either one of us get sick. 

And then Ben came home from his last day of teaching on Friday with a cold.  [I guess I should have included Ben on the prayer.]  I’ve been doing my best to keep Isaac healthy and do the whole solo-parenting thing, but I’m pretty sure I’m failing miserably.  I’m exhausted.  And more nervous than ever about catching a cold myself because I’m depleted. 

To keep my mind occupied and thinking positively, Ben brought up the fact that cold winters mean indoor activities: puzzles, fireplaces, books.  And jewelry-making!

My eyes lit up when I remembered that Isaac will have lots of people who want to cuddle him constantly, which will leave my hands free to create!

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I have boxes full of jewelry-making materials currently collecting dust in our storage closet. I haven’t even touched them since I was pregnant.  I took a few minutes this morning to look through it all and gather a few tools, some wire, and my “favorite” stones to take with us on our trip.  It’s not an easy task.  I wanna bring it all so that I have options!  Lucky for me, there’s a bead shop right around the corner from the in-law’s home in Seattle, so I’ll get to stock up while I’m there!  Smile

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I’ve still got to narrow it down a bit more, but I find it pretty hilarious that the first items I’ll have packed for our trip are my jewelry-making materials. 

Happy Tuesday!  Any holiday trips coming up for you?  What are your favorite indoor activities? 


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4 thoughts on “Let the Packing Begin

  1. Danielle says:

    I would be feeling the same way as you! I am not a fan of the cold and would feel apprehensive about exposing my little baby to it….but remember how strong his immune system is since you are breastfeeding and feed him so well 🙂 Bundle up and enjoy the mainland ‘ohana time. Hope you will have time to blog so we can hear how the trip is going. Looking forward to seeing you guys next month!

  2. lovelylici1986 says:

    That’s awesome! Something to look forward to. Free time, free hands, and creating!
    And don’t worry! Isaac will be just fine. Babies adjust really well, especially with the help of clothing and blankets to keep the temperature constant for them. And indoor places are always heated!

    • greenplatedinners says:

      Thanks Lici! Yeah, I’m thinking we’ll just have to go walking around indoors to keep him happy 🙂 [I’m especially looking forward to the places we don’t have on Maui like Trader Joes, Target, REI and BabiesRUs!]… I’m wondering if there make mittens little enough for his little hands, lol.

  3. wifeysimmons says:

    I’m in Seattle! It’s not as cold as they make it out to be. Today it got up to 45! 😉
    There are lots of indoor play areas, too. If you make it over to Redmond, HappyNest is great! Isaac will love it!
    I hope you get time to do some jewelry making! I’d love to see what you make!

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