I am the wife to Scott and mom to Hannah (June 2009), Evan (January 2013) and Nora (November 2014). I stay home with our three precious miracles and love my job. I love to exercise, cook and eat, spend time with my family and friends. This little blog has been a wonderful way to preserve all of the memories we are making. This is my life and I love it.
We had some wonderful family pictures taken by Kate Burris photography. I love how they turned out (even though I didn't realize what the humidity did to my hair that morning. Ha!). We don't have any pictures of the 4 of us since right after we left the hospital, so these are very special to me!
I am hosting a guest post from Kendra Thornton today with some great travel tips. I also added my tips for traveling with an Infant at the end.
Summer's Not Done...The Fun Has Just Begun
Although it is getting late into the summer season, there is
still plenty of time to get away from the chaos that is life and create some
family memories. In order for your
family vacation to be a wonderful experience for everyone, it helps to prepare
There is nothing worse than arriving at your destination and
realizing you forgot the sunscreen or your baby’s diapers. To ensure this doesn’t happen to you, make a
thorough list ahead of time with everything you need for a comfortable
vacation. If lists aren’t your thing,
try an app like Packing
Pro to help guide you in the preparation process.
2. Make Proper Accommodations
Be sure to make the proper accommodations for your trip.
The best way to do this is to research places that everyone in your
family can enjoy. Look for hotels that have things like a pool that the
kids, and you and your spouse, can have fun at together. Also, find out ahead of time if the hotel
rooms have refrigerators or microwaves—this will help you save money by
bringing food you can keep cold or heat up for a quick, easy meal. I used Gogobot to find a great
Orlando hotel that had all the amenities my family needed.
3. Document the Vacation!
Family vacations are a time for great, lifelong memories to
be made—why not let the kids document these memories forever? Let
the kids create some great memories by providing them with disposable
cameras. Once the vacation is over and the pictures get developed, you
will see how much fun everyone had and these photos will last forever. Further,
you can have some tremendous bonding time with your children by scrapbooking
4. Keep a Normal Schedule
Vacations can be a whirlwind if you don’t take the time to
schedule out your days. While there are
going to be lots of fun activities you want to take part it, try to keep your
schedule as close to normal as possible. If you have children that
typically take two-hour naps, make sure that they get that rest time or you
will pay for it later. Also, always make
sure that you have some healthy snacks to give the kids that will hold them
over until your next meal. Stay with your daily routines as much as
possible to keep everyone calm and happy.
5. Survival Kit
When traveling, whether by car, plane, train, or bus, be
sure to have a readily accessible bag with all your essentials in it. They
should be easy to pack, and should be a sort of “survival kit” in case anything
goes wrong while traveling. Pack some
healthy snacks for your kid, or a favorite toy in case your trip gets delayed
at any point. This will help keep delays
or long drives from turning sour.
I hope these tips will help your family plan a vacation this
summer! Have fun, and safe travels! My tips for traveling with Infants: -Always nurse or have a paci/bottle ready for take-off and landing. This will help with the pressure changes. -Have several changes of clothes for baby and yourself in your carry-on (you never know when those blow outs will get you) -Travel with a stroller that you don't mind if it gets damaged (preferably a light weight one) -Take the canopy and any inserts off your car seat (and toys) before gate checking it (we have lost both on a trip before) -If your baby sleeps with a sound machine at home you don't necessarily have to pack that. They have noise machine apps that work great.
Kendra Thornton: Travel advocate, TV spokesperson, PR businesswoman, proud wife and mama of 3. I am a long time travel expert who has been packing my bags and traveling the world since I was 3 months old! I've found my utmost desire in life is right here in my own home. I have taken my excitement for travel and brought it to you with some of my favorite travel tips and tricks. Enjoy!
I still have a lot of pictures that don't have a "home" yet, so here goes a random post.
-We took the boat out for the first time back in June. Evan really enjoyed his first boat ride and went to sleep. Hannah all of a sudden doesn't like the boat and lake water anymore. We will have to work on that.
-Hannah tubed for the first time, but she was not a huge fan
-Hannah attended Princess camp before we left on our trip to Germany. She had a blast. They danced, played, did some crafts, had snacks and learned princess manners. Hannah has actually utilized some of those manners. Just last night at dinner she put her napkin on her lap and said that's what princesses do!
First day of Princess Camp
-I got Scott some awesome KU cake pops for Father's day that my friend Mary from Mary's Little Sweets made. They tasted as good as they looked.
-I just love this little face. He is enjoying some solids. He really likes to be a part of the family and sit at the dinner table.
-Hannah loves to walk down to the Crepe food truck for lunch. She can almost eat the entire crepe by herself! Evan enjoyed our walk down there too.
-We took Hannah's training wheels off a few days ago, but haven't had a lot of time to practice yet. I am thinking we need to switch to the balance bike again for a while until she feels more comfortable.
-We saw these really cute shoe cupcakes on Pinterest and tried to make those. Two things to note: 1) I am clearly not a baker and 2) I am also not a food photographer (I am sure somebody else could have made these look a lot better with better photography). We had fun making them.
According to Hannah everything is better with sprinkles
The finished product
-Evan is getting so much better at sitting up and he loves the jumper