Practical Traveling Family

When first deciding I was ready to have a child, it was a big deal. I was a world traveler and not the backpacking Euro type. I was the exploring journalist who went to South Sudan and picked Istanbul as my five-year wedding anniversary trip during their riots type of traveler. To me, traveling was all about the rush of immersing yourself in an unfamiliar, unpredictable culture while capturing that experience with my camera.

To be honest, it was this aspect of my life I was not ready to give up. When I WAS ready, it was with hesitation and a lot of promises to myself and to my husband that we wouldn’t give up our adventuring.

Of course, the reality of having children, paying bills, and a “normal” life set in a few years later and we travel to exotic places less, but we have yet to stop exploring and adventuring. We just do it now with our children by our side.

I use this blog as a resource for families like us; ones who are looking to experience things, to travel, but maybe not sell everything and live nomadically.

We are a practical traveling family.

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Teaching our kids how to love themselves

Teaching our kids how to love themselves and disregard the judgments of their peers is a HUGE challenge. My oldest daughter is only four years old and I already see it happening. It is crazy to think that this behavior almost seems inherent. So how do we teach our kids that these judgments and the opinions of others should not hold merit on their own self-worth?

As a girl mom, I think I worry about this mostly because of my own experience. Girls and women can be harsh, judgmental and outright mean to each other. How do we teach our kids to ignore judgment when we ourselves are still figuring it all out?

I try hard to be myself and not let others’ opinions of me affect how I view myself. My hope is that my self-confidence will rub off on my girls, so they can learn to be proud of who they are and not ashamed of how others see them.

Raising tiny humans can be hard, but I know if I strive to be the best version of myself my children will follow suit.

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Party of four!​​

Well, we are officially a party of four! Ella Jaye joined us on October 3rd, 2017 and we could not be happier. Being a mom of two is MUCH different and definitely more exhausting but we are doing well and falling into a routine after we turned our life upside down by MOVING out of state just over a month after Ella was born. More on our new adventure in GA as I transition to working full-time to full-time mommy and job hunter. Wish me luck!

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You and Me

Dear Caroline,

I could have never imagined a deeper bond than the one I have with you baby girl. From the moment we met, I knew you were the best thing to happen to me. I cherish the Mommy-Daughter moments we have on a daily basis and your constant need for me and no one else.

Tonight my heart broke as I rocked you and sang  “candles” your favorite mommy remixed version of a Rent classic. Today our perfect relationship just you and me changed forever. Your dad and I joke that we perfected it on the first try so no need to expand our family.

Well, sometimes things happen (we will talk about that when you get older) and life changes in the blink of an eye…

I am so sorry we won’t have that just you and I vibe for the rest of your life, but I hope this new brother or sister brings as much excitement and joy to our lives as you have. You are going to conquer the world little one, and I cannot wait to see how wonderful of a big sister you become.

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xoxo,

Mommy AKA your BFF for life

#Iwillalwayshustleforyou

Written on 2.16.17