Last week, I blogged about my fears of being overly emotional on this trip when we first meet our daughter. I'm still praying for strength in that area.
Jeremy and I are forgoing Christmas shopping for each other this year. Thankfully, our families agreed to minimal gift exchanging as well, which is really taking a financial burden off of us this holiday season. We did escape to Boone, NC yesterday just to go somewhere refreshing and to grab a few stocking stuffers. While out and about, we grabbed a few inexpensive toys and snacks to take on trip one for Ivelina.
We have been advised to take a back pack full of goodies to the orphanage each day when we go spend time with Ivelina. Some suggestions we got were to take animal cookies, gummy bears, bubbles, coloring books, and other items that we can interact with together. Children have short attention spans, of course, so having plenty of fun and interesting things with us will help us keep Ivelina's attention during the day and will make our time together enjoyable. We do not know how many toys the orphanage will have, and since we are traveling in January, we also don't know if the Bulgarian weather will allow us to play outside.
So here's what we have bought so far:
1. individual packets of animal crackers
2. gummy bears
3. jelly beans
4. blank scribble pad
5. sticker book
6. coloring book
7. big variety pack of stickers
8. jumbo size crayons
9. 3-pack of bubbles
10. 4-pack of Paly-Doh
11. soft stuffed bear
12. medium-sized light-weight ball
So, now, we need suggestions! For those of you who have traveled the adoption road before us, please offer your suggestions of toys that are appropriate for taking on trip #1.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Ivelina is 7, but she will have weak fine motor skills
- The items need to be inexpensive
- The items need to be easy to pack and travel with (the blue ball will fit in our luggage, but we do not want to take anything any larger than that)
- The toys should be something we can play together with her
Alright, go! What ideas do you have for snacks and toys we should pack for trip one?