Road Tripping: Why I Love Ziploc Freezer Bags

I love Ziploc Bags. Specifically the gallon size.

20170201_111601No, this is not an advertisement for the company. Just a quick note about something that has made our road trips so much easier– especially when the Meerdink boys were younger.

Here’s the deal. I hate a messy car. I like things to be organized, and I like to be able to find things when I need them. I don’t like having to fish through a bunch of junk when I need something. That goes double for when I’m in the car.

We’ve traveled a lot with our boys. Starting from when they were really young and we lived in Florida. Lots of back and forth to and from Utah to visit family. Then moving across the country. Then traveling all over Oregon and Washington on road trips while I was working on a little project. The absolute biggest nuisance on every trip was snack foods.
We all like to snack on longer car trips- it just helps the time go by a little easier. Kids are no different. I found myself digging through bags of food, reaching back every time a different kid wanted something, trying to make sure things were distributed evenly or heaven forbid it wouldn’t be fair! 

20170201_111912One day, as I was prepping for a trip, I had a light bulb moment. I pulled out my gallon sized Ziploc bags and evenly distributed all the snacks between them. I labeled one with each of their names, and handed them to the boys as they got into the van. They were excited to have their own stuff, and felt empowered as they were able to decide when and how much to eat. They felt like big boys because they got to be in control of something. I’ve actually ended up spending less on food on trips because of this.

Now my boys are teenagers, and guess what. We still do it. They get a little more say into what goes in to the bags, but I’m still saving money and still not having to worry about who -got-what-when-and-how-much-they-got-and-he-got-more-than-me-and-I-can’t-reach-all-the-way-to-the-back-and-I-think-I’m-going-to-lose-my-mind anymore. Yay!

PS – They work well for adults too.

The Medford Oregon Temple

img_5248We visited the Medford Oregon Temple on a Memorial Day Weekend road trip back in 2013. The trip also included stops at The Oregon Caves National Monument and Crater Lake National Park. It was a great little trip, and if you ever make a trek out there, I highly recommend checking out the Caves and Lake while in the area.img_5245

Located in southern Oregon, just about 30 miles from the Oregon/California border, the area is so pretty. I remember it feeling so peaceful compared to up here in Portland. There were lots of rolling hills on the drive, and mountains off in the distance.

This was five years ago, so my boys were small(er) and they still liked each other. I mean, they like each other now, they just try to play it cool. Well. And sometimes they really don’t like each other. So this picture of them warms my heart. I love how they love the temple. img_5260

Here is a great little drone video of the temple that we did not film. It is courtesy of Temple Aerials. You should check them out on YouTube.


img_5264Date Visited: Pre-Blog, May 24, 2013

Miles From Home: 264

Location: Medford, Oregon

Dedication: April 16, 2000 by James E. Faust

Interesting Fact: Did you know that the Medford temple is one of 38 small temples with the exact same design? And that the church commissioned a new version (the 5th version) of the Angel Moroni for these smaller temples? He is shorter and lighter than the other guys. And sometimes, though not on Medford, is seen holding a scroll.