We’ll Take That To Go

by Stefani on 10-June-2008

You know, I really try very hard to keep our lives simple. 

I think long and hard before I sign us up for something new, because things just pile up so quickly, and I really don't want my kids' childhoods wasted away in an over-scheduled, hurry up and wait blur. I want them to have the time to explore, to linger, to lay in the grass and watch ants go about their busy lives – time to breathe. I want them to take full advantage of this one time, this short time, in their lives when they get to just be. 

But, try as I might, there are times when there are complications and jam packed days that just can't be avoided. 

Now and again we have to visit the doctor's office, or wait for the car to be inspected, busy ourselves between lifeguard breaks or wait for a brother to finish his music lesson. 

That's how the "Go Boxes" came to be.

Go Boxes

Each big boy has their own little train case just for this purpose. It's filled with hidden picture books, word searches, drawing paper and colored pencils, favorite stories, army men, marbles, and goodness only knows what else. It's a special box of special stuff with which to entertain oneself in a time of need. It's ready and waiting to grab and go, whenever the occasion arises.

They come in pretty handy in those "how much longer?" moments.

Killin' Time

(actually, that was not a "how much longer?" moment, it was a "why do we have to sit still for a photo moment"… it's pretty much the same look though) 

Now if only I could come across one at the thrift store for Ryder! Come to think of it, maybe one for me too! I'll stuff it with embroidery projects and magazines, chocolate and moleskins and colored pens, maybe glittery ones – because you know, even a grocery list is more fun when written with glittery pens! And maybe there should be some stickers too. That's it, stickers! 

If only I was as talented as Meg, and could turn them all into works of art the way that she does.

Of course then, the danger is that we'd be tempted to just schedule ourselves silly, if only to have an excuse to show off our go boxes all the live long day 🙂

Lisa Clarke June 10, 2008 at 7:25 pm

Great idea! I imagine it would be perfect for long car trips, too. I usually pack the boys a binder with paper, crayons, pencils, magazines, stickers, etc. and that works nicely, but I can see a benefit to having a more 3-D solution that will let them carry more than just flat things! One more reason for me to visit the thrift shop this week…

Samantha June 10, 2008 at 7:42 pm

What a great alternative to the frilly bags my girls carry around! My boys would really appreciate these cases and definitely some more army men. I’m going to be on the look out for these, thanks for sharing.

Kelly June 10, 2008 at 7:44 pm

wonderful idea! you’re so insprirational 🙂

Patty Thomas June 10, 2008 at 8:14 pm

I love those “boxes.” I haven’t seen those since I was a kid. My parents had the blue set. Great idea!!!

Claire June 10, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Funny, I was just thinking that I needed to have something like that for my kids earlier today! I hadn’t thought of a train case, though. Brilliant.

Bonnie June 10, 2008 at 8:30 pm

Ha, this reminds me of my sisters fishing tackle box when we were little. My parents loved to fish but it was really boring for kids. I think I had a tackle box with real stuff to try, but Jenny had a special one. The top part which is supposed to hold lures was filled with crayons and in the bottom there were colouring books and Barbies. I probably used the stuff in her box more than my own.

Annika June 10, 2008 at 8:40 pm

Ohh, I love those! I have a train case (like the red one, but blue) that I love. I keep vintage glasses and other odds and ends in mine, but it might have to become a Go Box. My boy is nearly old enough to need one!

Tiffany June 10, 2008 at 9:07 pm

Love the idea for boys! Great solution for toy bags always spilling out in the backseat of the car! Thanks for the tip.

Tiffany June 10, 2008 at 10:23 pm

Love the idea for boys! Great solution for toy bags always spilling out in the backseat of the car! Thanks for the tip.

Mama Urchin June 11, 2008 at 5:20 am

The secret stash, a mama’s go-to in times of need/boredom. Your boys are so darn cute with those train cases.

golden June 11, 2008 at 5:26 am

What a fantastic idea! I will keep my eye out for one at the thrift store!

And you’re right. Meg’s creations are gorgeous too!

kirsten June 11, 2008 at 5:29 am

yup, that’s a great idea.

Stephanie June 11, 2008 at 6:00 am

Great idea! Makes me sorry my daughter is grown.

Jennifer Friddell June 11, 2008 at 6:32 am

I enjoy all of your posts and this one is no exception. Thank you for all of the inspiration you provide!

Stash June 11, 2008 at 7:07 am

If you don’t find another train case before the next Warrenton, let me know and I will direct you to where you can find a boatload of train cases – cheep – oops, I mean cheap! (must be all those chicken posts).

meg June 11, 2008 at 8:07 am

cool idea. and you know you could slap on some fun decoupage, no prob. it’s not rocket science…
🙂

erin June 11, 2008 at 10:50 am

oh! now i am going to have to fill mine with glitter pens and moleskins! and chocolate. 🙂

thimbleina June 11, 2008 at 11:11 am

We have busy bags like your cases they are so useful, I do like your cases though they are really cool.

Molly June 11, 2008 at 11:42 am

Oh goodness, how very brilliant! Those would have been handy when we were wee ones, but for now, I’ll keep that in mind for my future kiddies (and Kelly’s, which is due in two and a half weeks–and she’ll love those books you sent!). xo

Molly June 11, 2008 at 11:43 am

Oh goodness, how very brilliant! Those would have been handy when we were wee ones, but for now, I’ll keep that in mind for my future kiddies (and Kelly’s, which is due in two and a half weeks–and she’ll love those books you sent!). xo

meg June 11, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Oh yeah, definitely look into “one for me, too”. The first thing I thought when I saw this idea was, “What kid wouldn’t love that?!”. The second? “Wait – why don’t I put one together one for myself!” Oh, how I love a kit….

Sam June 12, 2008 at 10:22 am

I have a similiar one for my 2 year old. She has a lunch box crammed with crayons, my little ponies, paper, cars, whatever else that will entertain her for 30 seconds. 🙂 I love the train bags though. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for one too!

Relyn June 13, 2008 at 4:43 pm

I love this post. Especially your thoughts on over-scheduling children. I also like the thought of you having your own go box. We don’t have go boxes in our house, but we do have a car bag stuffed with all manner of entertaining things. And I have my tote. It’s one of those magic totes with nearly everything in it.

Julie@Letter9 June 15, 2008 at 2:15 pm

What a great idea. And that last pic is great, too. : )

Meredith July 14, 2008 at 5:35 am

What a great idea! I love how each have their own with their own goodies in it. SO much better than everything just strung about.

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