Parenthood and Passports - 10 year travel plan

Our Ever-Changing 10 Year Travel Plan

Our family is on a traveling hiatus right now, (yay spring *sarcasm*) so I don’t really have any big adventures about which to write. These days, during my spare time, I research our “someday destinations”. We have a lot of these. My husband and I actually have a 10 year travel plan. (What can I say,…

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Planning a toddler-friendly trip to Belize

My husband and I have always been extremely active people. Prior to children, a beach vacation never actually involved relaxing on the beach. We have gone swimming with dolphins, sharks, manatees, sting rays, and sea lions. We’ve also jet skied, snorkeled, boated, and hiked. We’ve always gone exploring to the extreme in whatever island or…

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The Oklahoma City Bombing: the day that changed my perspective

When I was a kid, growing up in New Mexico, I lived a somewhat sheltered life. I grew up in a stable family with loving parents and a sense of security that every child should feel. In the small town where we lived, kids could freely ride their bikes around the neighborhood for hours, only…

Parenthood and Passports - Traveling with a toddler

Traveling – or doing anything – with a toddler

Toddlers. They’re an interesting breed of humans, aren’t they? These tiny, messier versions of other humans make everything in life an adventure. I had a play date with a friend of mine last week who has a son seven weeks older than our toddler, Avery. Originally, I suggested a nice dinner out with our adorable…

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Plane tickets booked!

You know that feeling you get when you finally book your plane tickets to somewhere you’ve never been? Sure, you may have been talking about your upcoming trip for weeks, or maybe even months, but it doesn’t actually become real until your plane tickets have been purchased and paid for. Once you get that confirmation…

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Why Texas…

I grew up in a very busy part of the world. For the first 18 years of my life I lived in Northern Virginia, right outside of Washington, D.C.. The trees were tall and the grass was green. It was nice, but busy. Hardly ever did I stop and smell the flowers. Then in 2005…

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“Someday…when we retire…”

The other day, I was on the treadmill making a pitiful attempt to get my butt in shape before bathing suit season when I found myself in an all too familiar conversation with a good friend of mine about travel. “So where are you going next?” My friend asked. “We are thinking about Colombia in…