Our Ukrainian boys (Unicornian Boys, whatever), are coming on Wednesday night. My husband has decided we will pick them up at the airport at around 7 p.m. and then drive them the 4 hours home.
Last time, they were hungry when they landed. So I’ve been thinking about packing them some snack for the drive, something nourishing and healthy which I can assume they will probably eat, and which won’t upset their stomachs, which are made queasy by driving because they don’t get many chances to ride in a car anyway- the village school is across the road from the orphanage and there’s nowhere else they need to go most of the time. I also want to pack a change of clothes and some things for them to do- including getting some Ukrainian or Russian bible stories downloaded to my iPod to play on the way.
I did not think I was stressing over it. I’d just thought of it a few times. I woke up this morning and realized I’d been dreaming about packing backpacks of snacks, car games, and changes of clothes. In my dream, I packed and repacked their bags for them- it was like a computer game, which is weird because I am not a gamer. But I’d pack and lose points because they didn’t have enough food, or some item I included made made them throw up, or they hated that game. I’d win points by packing things that made them feel comfortable, full, and happy, and then I’d level up and pack again.
When I woke up, I was as exhausted as if I really had been packing, or playing a computer game, all night long. But now I know what I’ll be packing, because I leveled all the way up and won the game.
Food: boiled eggs and salt; cucumbers; crackers; yogurt; their own personal water bottles I bought for them to use while they are here with lemon slices and water. Fruit gum and mints for upset tummies.
to do: penlight flashlights, a bingo game of what they might see on the road; my iPod, and a small travel Simon game (experience- they didn’t really want to do many things on the road but play rock paper scissors and the hand slap game with us, and listen to the iPod)- maybe sunglasses. I already bought the sunglasses, just not sure they will need them for our drive. We are driving west, though, so even though it may not be full daylight, chances are good the light will be in their eyes.
Change of clothes will include flip flops or crocks (bought some on sale for really cheap at the scratch and dent store), underwear, shorts and t-shirts, and beaded bracelets I am making in red, white and blue with my cell phone number in case the unthinkable happens.
Extras- wipes, ziplock bags, plastic grocery bag – sometimes kids get sick in the car. Ours didn’t. Not sure about their brothers.
Somebody should make this computer game. Give me credit.