Parenthood and Passports- Motherhood: Learning as we go

Parenthood: Our Greatest Adventure Yet

My husband, Damon, and I have been on some amazing adventures. Backpacking across Europe, hiking 14ers, skiing double blacks, and zip-lining through the Costa Rican rain forest to name a few… But 2015 brought about our greatest adventure yet… parenthood. The birth of our daughter I kicked off 2015 with swollen ankles. I was giant…

Just You and Me, Kid: Traveling Alone with a Baby

“I got this,” I told myself. “How hard could traveling alone with a baby be?” As I drove to the airport alone with my 11-month-old, I jammed out to “Confident” by Demi Lovato, pumping myself up for what was to come. Baby carrier: check. Arsenal bag: check. Luggage for both of us for a week:…

baby in snow

The weather outside is frightful(ish) 

My husband is in Montana this week doing what he loves most… Skiing. It’s a guys’ trip so Avery and I (are jealous) decided to head south to my parents house in Texas. My parents live in the city of Odessa. Located in West Texas, surrounded by tumble weeds and oils derricks, there is not…

Parenthood and Passports - Christmas

Our big, loud, exciting family

I come from a big family… A big, loud family. I am the youngest of four, with ten years between my oldest sister and me. Each of my siblings have multiple kids, and some of those kids now have kids. So family get-togethers are big… And loud. Even us adults are loud, at least the…

Parenthood and Passports - Travelers First Christmas

A Traveler’s First Christmas

Growing up, Christmas was a huge deal in our household. There were tons of presents (too many, really), lots of food (too much of that, too), and a house full of over-the-top, loud, lovely relatives (can never have too many of those). Christmases were always some of my fondest and most cherished childhood memories. Tomorrow,…

Parenthood and Passports - Picky Eater

Sauerkraut and Other Baby Foods

“I can’t believe she is eating sauerkraut! I’ve never seen a baby who liked sauerkraut!” my father-in-law exclaimed as our baby shoveled the pickled cabbage into her mouth. We were dining out at our favorite German restaurant. Our daughter, Avery, was barely 10 months old at the time, and was still as toothless as the…

Parenthood and Passports- Motherhood: Learning as we go

Learning as We Go

When I first became a mother, I didn’t know what the heck I was doing. This tiny little human who was both a stranger and the love of my life. I was smitten by her, but scared out of my mind that I would fail at this whole motherhood thing. I knew this little life…

Parenthood and Passports - Traveling with Children

It’s a Trip… Not a Vacation

Traveling was a passion of ours before kids, and it is a passion of ours still. But when we had Avery, things changed. In fact, it will be years before my husband and I go on a vacation again. That does NOT mean we have given up traveling, nor will we ever. But the way…

Parenthood and Passports

Your Days of Traveling are Over

I’ll never forget the day I came home from work and saw the lights still on in the house. I work evenings so I usually don’t get home until midnight. My wife works a “normal” shift so she is in bed long before midnight… except on this one particular night. I walked into the room…

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