With our recent move to the coastal country of Virginia, there are a few things that have become glaringly obvious. First off, trying to pack up over 700 boxes with three kids under the age of six running around is an incredibly hard task. Second, there’s no telling how crazy your kids will act during the process, so I found it important (before the movers showed up) to pull aside a ‘survival kit’ for the days and weeks that would follow (and still continue as I write this) while we split time between a hotel room and subsequently living out of boxes.
That survival kit (mainly compiled by my forward-thinking wife), aside from the bare essentials like deodorant, soap, toothpaste, etc., also includes things like sunscreen, bug repellent, band-aids and anti-bacterial ointment.
Being the extremely rugged man-blogger that I am, the latter of these items aren’t normally a concern for me. The sun and its rays are powerless against me (plus, I love a nice tan), I NEVER trip, fall and scrape myself and if I do, I just smear dirt and sand in the open wound.
These items are for my kids.
Time to Pay Attention
July is one of those months that require us to pay close attention to these things.
One of the huge perks of the area in which we moved includes a small community pool, which sits directly on the salty inlets that lead to the Cheasepeake Bay – where we’ll start fishing and crabbing this week. Along with the beauty of being on the water with little tree coverage, comes the DIRECT SUN, BUGS and chance that someone will get pinched by a Fiddler Crab or scuff a knee getting into the boat.
Over the past few months, you guys may have noticed a few pieces that I’ve written in conjunction with the CHPA Educational Foundation, on their #KnowYourOTCs campaign. I’ve been lucky enough to extend that relationship and along with The Mamihood, Unboxed Mom, City Girl Gone Mom, The Mommyhood Chronicles, From Carpools to Cocktails and Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson aka Seattle Mama Doc who has a couple of helpful reminders for the middle of summer.
Stay tuned as we begin the school year and expore super fun and exciting topics like LICE and how to handle the extremely traumatic experience of having it happen in your household!
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a sponsored post on behalf of CHPA, however, the complaints, embellishments and story are all mine. To learn more about the KYOTC campaign, check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.