One of my anxieties when I travel is what my children will look like when I'm gone. I have visions of barefoot, raggedy children whose hair hasn't been combed in a week and sport a perpetual orange Dortitos crust around their mouths.
During the summer it's no big deal, but I shudder to think about my children going to school looking, at best, like no one loves them and at worst, like Dickensian street urchins. J is a smart enough fellow, but he can barely dress himself in clothes that go, let alone the children. In any case, I'm pretty sure that pants are always optional when I'm gone.
So this time I devised a plan:
Step One: Write the name of the day on a paper bag for each day that I'd be gone. Wednesday was picture day at school so I was particularly concerned with what my kids would be sporting.
Step Two: Fill the bag with the complete outfits for each child, including socks and undies.
Step Three: Fold over the bag and set in a convenient location. Grab and go fashion!
This worked out well since J only had to grab the bag as he was about to drive the kids over to grandpa's house where they'd dress and spend the day while he worked. Nobody likes to have to think about outfits and find socks at 6:45am (well, no one in their right mind.)
Guess we'll see how this idea really worked out when we get the school pics back.