By the time I got to work the next morning I'd received emails from 4 of the 5 BNBs saying they don't accept children. But the one I was hoping for. The one that gave me that good feeling said yes! It only takes one yes, right?! The 2B Happy Backpacker's Lodge said YES. When I saw the name I knew it was the one I wanted and all the reviews and Facebook comments were positive.
We collectively as a family decided that the iPad and Nintendos would stay home and each of us would just bring an iPhone. Both spoiled brats have acquired old hand-me-down iPhones that don't have service but can use apps for games, take pix, and videos. We decided that they will use their phones for daily learning activities and to create their own personal photo journal of their trip. For entertainment and bonding time we are going old school. I bought a deck of cards, Uno, and Dominos. The kids are not excited about that part at all and are not convinced that cards can be any fun. So now we are all packed ready and ready to go. I'm a nervous wreck hoping that everything works out fine... One would think in used to this, that by now I wouldn't get nervous. But each and every trip I'm nervous to the point of canceling it all and climbing under the covers instead. But I have a life philosophy that doesn't allow me to hide from the universe's gifts to me. If I plan and everything lines up, I have been blessed, and the only thing I must do is walk my path. Nervousness is a part of the journey. So. Now. I. Walk.