Feis prep

When my girlies were babies  – I nursed them, co-slept, carried them around in slings, restricted their media and all sorts of natural parenting things.  I never, never, in my wildest dreams thought I would be doing things like  oh – buying horses, saddles and paying for dressage lessons OR buying wigs, solo dresses and driving for hours JUST so my youngest can compete in Irish Dance!

This weekend, J and I are hiking it up north to a new to us Feis (fesh). Preparing for travel is a days long procedure and I thought I’d share all that I have to do in order to get ready –

It really starts months in advance when you DECIDE which competition to attend. Then there is the signing up, hotel reservations etc..

About 3  – 4 days before I start getting things together. First I pull out the Zuca and check to make sure everything is “stocked”. A zuca being the uber cool bag all dancers “need”. I like it because it’s super durable with its steel frame AND it doubles as a seat!

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I make sure we have hair spray,  rubber bands, bobby pins, black hair color (to match the wig), make up, baby wipes,  bleached white socks, and a first aid kit. I also take a sewing kit. Just in case.

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I check and double check everything so I have time to run out and grab more whatever if I need it.

I also check to make sure we have soft and hard shoes!

About   a day before I start to pack. I just toss things that I think I’ll need in a suit case and I’ll narrow it down before we head out.

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Electronics. must. go.

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Charging and ready to go. OH and BOOKS! I’m taking 2.  Also books on tape are great for a hours long car ride. Harry Potter is on tap.  And school work. What better time to get caught up than a 6 hour car ride?

Food is important.  This time our hotel room has a kitchenette, so I’m “saving money” by taking our own food. On the menu? Pasta and meat sauce; grilled cheese and tomato soup. Salami, cheese sticks, hummus and chips, yoghurt, sausages fro AM and potato latkes.  Easy, easy, since apparently I only have a cook top.

Here’s my almost finished pile!

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OIY. MUST NOT FORGET THE DRESS!

I need to make sure we have absolutely EVERYTHING we need. You know- – – because there are no stores there at all! 😉

And This is only for one Feis!

(Can you imagine what I’ll be going through when Rowan starts showing this summer??)

Wish J luck!

Bright Blessings!

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