Only four more days until we leave. We are frantically packing our house so that the friends who will be staying here can actually have some space to themselves. It's kind of like packing your house to move. Add to that the chaos of packing our travel bags. Each of us will have a daypack. In addition Megan and I will carry full sized backpacks with all the essentials. The kids are finding it difficult to limit what beloved toys they can fit into their daypacks. Stuffed animals, knitting, books, journals, cards, GameBoys, snacks, a change of clothes, jackets; they fill a daypack pretty quick. Megan and I are carrying the bulk of the clothing and goods. It's amazing how many vitamins, first aid, and toiletries a family "needs!" And then there are the books... travel guides, journals, research, and personal reading. Add to that a healthy load of electronics (laptop, ipods, cameras, cell phone, pda, shavers, flashlights, rechargers and converters) and our backpacks are just about full. But we're almost there. Monday's coming.