flying with a baby travel

To the Mom on the Plane with the Screaming Kid

I don’t know you, but I’m sitting several rows back and can hear the high-pitched wail coming from your child just as clearly as if you were sitting right next to me. I don’t know what instigated the deafening scream that is resounding through the entire coach section of this moderate-sized aircraft.  Perhaps you took…

hotel family travel

The Secret Life of a Hotel Toiletry Hoarder

My husband has a problem… Some might call it an obsession, a fixation, or even an addiction. I’m a bit embarrassed to address this problem so openly because from the outside Damon appears to be a well-balanced, seasoned traveler. But I feel like it’s best to bring this issue to light instead of hiding it in…

Daycare: A Vacation Necessity

Let me start by saying I’m a stay-at-home mom, so my daughter doesn’t go to daycare. When my daughter was born, I decided to leave the job I loved to spend my days changing diapers, singing nursery rhymes and playing peek-a-boo. I’m thankful to have a very supportive husband who allows me this time to…

Parenthood and Passports - Family-friendly activities in Steamboat

Making Memories is Worth the Trouble 

Traveling with kids is hard… Like really hard. If someone tells you otherwise, he’s lying. But I’m here to tell you traveling with kids is worth it.  When we are at home, I tend to keep Avery on a strict schedule. It just works better for us. Her bedtime is the same every day, as is…

Hotel Cribs are Weird

Can we talk about hotel cribs for a second? Has anyone else noticed how freakishly tall they are? They’re weird and awkward and in every single hotel in America. It seems like all hotels in The States offer the exact same crib to guests traveling with babies. If you’ve ever requested a crib at a…

Parenthood and Passports - Steamboat Springs

Returning to a Special Place: Steamboat Springs

This week we are heading to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Damon has a work conference there, and Avery and I are tagging along. Steamboat Springs holds a special place in my heart, so returning is very nostalgic. Memorable experiences in Steamboat Springs Damon and I got engaged on a ski trip to Steamboat Springs (although he…

Parenthood and Passports - Venice Book Report

The Spark that Started the Traveling Fire

When I was in second grade, my teacher made all the kids in class write about a place they wanted to visit. We had to read a book about that place and do a book report on it. So 25 seven-year-olds headed down to the school library, perused the card catalog, and started searching for…

Parenthood and Passports - traveling with an infant

Boarding for One

It’s amazing how fast we get “used to” traveling with an infant. In 11 months we managed to walk through 8 different TSA lines, experience 12 take-offs and landings and hear 12 calls over the P.A. that said, ” We will now begin our pre-boarding for those that need extra time getting on the plane or those…

Parenthood and Passports - what to pack for a baby

Diapers, Formula and The Kitchen Sink: What to Pack for a Baby

Damon and I have always been backpackers… Minimalists, really, at least when it comes to luggage. We have packing down to an art and know how to fit everything we need into a carry-on bag. Twice, we’ve traveled across Europe with only backpacks. Up until we had a baby, the only time we actually had…

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