Tuesday, June 17, 2014


So packing with the new method... I did not like the mess and time involved with packing this way. It took twice as much time and energy.  Also it made for more battles with my one child who did not like having preselected clothing and some of my other children who are very picky what is theirs and what is not, even if it is the same style color.

First I made piles on the bed for each child. Then I sorted each day's outfit and put that outfit in a pillowcase. It was def more time consuming then my normal method of having them pack their own bags. 

I labeled each pillowcase with the day and then packed one extra case with extra pants. 

The final bags,  2 duffels with 4 pillowcases filled with outfits, plus the green bag with my clothes and the pink bag with towels and swimsuits.

So the final opinion will come in at the end of the week! Is this better then the previous method? How do you pack? 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Unexpected Field Trips

When our trip to the chocolate factory did not go so well, we decided to explore some more! We headed to the Pretzel Factory.  We had to walk about 2 blocks to get to the pretzel factory. I was not sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. They had pretzel samples and for $14, my entire crew could do the tour and make soft pretzels!

It was rather humid in the factory, the two little ones were tired and hot.

I stood in the back with the little ones and let the older 4 participate. They made soft pretzels. The lady doing the tour was excellent. The history of the pretzel was fascinating. Did you know that pretzels were made by monks? Let's see what I rememeber..
1. The three holes represent the Holy Trinity.
2. The Twist somehow represents marriage
3. The pretzel upside down represents prayer.
There was more but I forget...

The rest of the tour was a disaster for me. The older kids did enjoy it and learned a lot! It was a neat experience.

We left the pretzel place and wandered back to the van. The kids had fun checking out the window displays. The theme was "The Wizard of OZ" and "Red, White and Blue".

Lititz really is cool. But it is also very touristy, I prefer the more "real" experiences.

Friday, June 13, 2014

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