We're getting excited for our upcoming trip!  Even Clayton, who typically dreads the claustrophobia that comes with large family gatherings, is getting very antsy to be heading to New York.  He just can't wait to see his little brother get married!  This week, I'm tying up some loose ends down here, and cleaning the house.  I do this because it is nice to come home to a clean house.  I'm also cleaning because we're bringing back my mom and one of my sisters, and since they haven't seen our house in person yet, I want it to look nice (at least the first time they see it)!

We've made some awesome plans for my family's visit down here.  On the Northern front, I'm still accepting coffee dates, and Clayton's planning the attacks on wing night, garbage plates, and Abbott's.  Apparently someone still thinks that tailored uniform will still fit after a comfort food binge.  Good thing we've been cleaning up our act the last few weeks, going for long walks and eating salads!

I started writing this post, though, because I was amused by my own ridiculousness, and thought you all might to enjoy a laugh on my behalf as well.  The thing is, I'm not very organized by nature.  I love being organized! but I'm not good at it on my own*.  When I have a new project, though, it gives me an opportunity to at least start out on the right foot.  This trip and subsequent vacation were a great chance for me to use some of my favorite organizational tools: deliberate black pens, highlighters, and objective-specific forms.  I even pulled the coupons I'd need for my shopping lists.  The result was my table covered in clean lines and bright colors, momentarily giving me a false sense of security that this whole event won't be a series of mistakes and hiccups.  Oh well, at least I tried!
I love check lists!
Packing list. Bought a couple pads of these years ago, and I use them every time I go on a trip! This time, I used one for each of us!
Ready to conquer the world!
Vacation week menu. Obviously this isn't written in stone, but knowing what we might be eating makes shopping way easier.
This comes in a magnetic pad. Found them in the office supplies section of Walmart.
Picnic check list! Found this (and the menu plan) at http://organizedhome.com/printable/household-notebook

*Ancient punctuation rules I learned in my high school English class from CDs, made from recordings originally done on tapes (and God only knows what other earlier media), tell us that exclamation points (!) and question marks (?) can be used in place of a comma (,), and not just at the end of sentences.  
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