Three times since Baby was born in March, we have had unexpected family picnics. The first picnic was in a small patch of grass at a tire store while waiting on a tow truck. The next, in the grass at a truck stop while traveling to my parents’. And most recently, outside a restaurant after eating lunch while waiting for the interstate to reopen after a fuel spill. Needless to say I have been quite happy to spend this time (despite the interruption to our plans) with my husband and baby comfortable on a blanket with plenty of toys and activity to occupy our darling little boy. Most parents quickly figure out the necessity of carrying toys with them at all times; however, merely having toys wouldn’t have saved us as there would have been no where for “the boy” to sit and play. Thanks to my father’s advice when I was 16, I always have a blanket in my car for emergencies – even in the deepest heat of summer. It is this very blanket that has made our impromptu picnics a joy. I especially have found the easy fold up nature of my Nike backpack blanket to be helpful as it folds quickly, takes up little precious space in the car, and can be thrown over my shoulder by the strap for easy carrying (of both the blanket and baby)! With all the unexpectedness that life throws your way, always be prepared to slow down and enjoy even the curve balls.