‘At this time in two weeks we will be on the road!’ I told the children this morning.
Various cries of, ‘I can’t wait!’ resounded.
‘Wow! Saying it like that makes it seem so real!’ said Caitlin, amazed at how quickly the time seems to have come around.
It has come around quickly. We’ve been talking about doing something like this for years but for it to only be a couple of weeks away makes us feel so excited.
I have used various store vouchers to buy trip necessities so expect to see the Parcelforce van pulling up regularly between now and when we leave. Packing hasn’t even begun, however and the to-do list continues to grow whilst my procrastination level increases correspondingly. It doesn’t bode well. I hope that the final week will be productive if only through excitement.
Quite honestly though, packing is the last thing I do as we are still wearing the clothes we will be taking. We don’t have a dozen dress changes because we don’t need them. Due to restricted storage and limited budgets we limit the clothes we have and use common sense to create a basic wardrobe. This means we don’t have a range of clothes for wearing and another collection which can be packed away but we don’t have a wasteful amount of clothes which aren’t worn or are forgotten about under a heap of others.
I am pleased to report that after the last couple of weeks of uncertainty and worry, the minibus on which we are depending has finally passed its MOT! It doesn’t feel like too much of a celebration given the amount of unknown work that needed doing to it and consequently the amount of money which needed spending in order to do it. Never mind too that it has gone back to the garage today for a pre-trip service. I do hope we won’t need to spend too much more now.