Saturday, October 07, 2006

Something to pack for the trip....

This was the theme for my September Secret Pal gift and my Pal didn't forget a thing! Did I mention already in a previous post that I have the best SP ever? Hmmm...I'm pretty sure I did, but I must say it again...SP, you're the BEST!

This month's box was decorated with adorable Asian cherubs (double click any photo to enlarge)...

aren't they too cute??

I had so much fun opening up all these little packages...

Check out all the items we have now to put away for the trip...

The items include:

  • Chopsticks
  • Luggage strap
  • Bibs
  • Chinese Dictionary
  • Travel clock
  • Drink mixes for bottled water
  • Rolaids for after a dinner of stuff we don't recognize
  • Purell
  • Clip-on calculator
  • Scented diaper disposal bags
  • Air freshener
  • Baby wipes in portable container
  • Oxyclean for stains
  • Travel toothbrushes & paste
  • Little stuffed ladybug bear for Lauren to play with
  • Charmin to go....very important item ;)
  • Jet-alert caffeine pills for dealing with the time change
  • Plastic loops for hooks things to diaper bag/stroller
Even with all these things, my VERY favorite item is this quick reference book chock full of all kinds of information we'll need in China.

When I first opened this I saw our address info, photo and an adorable little card that says "On our Way to Lauren Elizabeth." At that moment, it hit me...we ARE actually going to China and I got teary eyed. Sometimes I have those moments were it feels more real than other times and it just hits me. I think all you waiting mommas totally understand this and have your own "moments."

Inside this book, there is tons of information that we might need while in China like our pet-sitter, passport and agency info; symptoms and treatments for all sorts of conditions that we could encounter; medicine info, info on how to get medical treatment while there; info about the food, water, and making phone calls to the U.S., info on American friendly restaurants and shopping in Guangzhou, and more!

This reference book is SO thoughtful and SO very appreciated. It's just the right size to slip into our backback while in China so we have everything we need with us while we're on the go.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, Secret Pal!! Next month we find out who our Secret Pals are, but this organized little book is a GIANT hint to who my pal is.


Julie said...

So thoughtful and clever!

Joannah said...

You have a wonderful SP! What thoughtful gift ideas.

Jacquie said...

I am TOTALLY impressed (and jealous!) of that handy dandy reference guide. What an awesome SP you have.

Shannon S said...

What great gifts! A cool secret pal to be sure! Doncha just wanna start packing immediately?!

chicknboy said...

I'm so impressed with your SP! She doesn't miss a thing! So thoughtful and clever!

Eliza2006 said...

Wow! What a great SP!!!


Christi said...

That is so cool!

Heather said...

What a neat, neat idea! Great gift!!

Susan R said...

That is so cool how neat!!!!!!
Donna you do have great SP. That took a lot of work.

Great big Panda Hugs
Susan R

Kim M. said...

You Secret Pal is so creative. Are you sure you aren't your own Secret Pal?

Donna said... definitely hit the jackpot! What a thoughtful (and useful) package!

Lisa and Tate said...

Oh wow!!! You have an amazing and clever SP!!! Can't wait to find out who she is cause I need to ask her where she got the China referrence book!!!


Stacy said...

WOW!!! That is an amazing gift. All of them are fantastic, but I love the reference guide.

Sandy said...

What thoughtful ideas and treats! I love the tips in the reference book.

Robin said...

That reference guide is so awesome! Love the other gifts too but that is just so cool. Once the SP is revealed, she'll have to share with us if she made this all up herself or if she saw it somewhere that we can all get one.

Mardi said...

What awesome gift ideas! My secret pal got me a Personalized Passport holder for our Lauren recently, and I had the same kind of moment...We are actually going to go to China to get our Lauren someday! Sometimes it seems so surreal.

Dawn and Dale said...

WOW!! I want one too!! That is really really cool!