Being a parent is tough. (real shocker right?) Life has drastically changed the last year and (almost!) a half. Vacation has a different meaning these days and presents new challenges yet also new joys! The days are structured around nap schedules and daily activities are chosen based upon what would be fun are most enjoyable for Jett…
Last year, the 2017 U.S. Open was the first time I really followed a tennis tournament from start to finish. Jett was about a month old and it really gave me something to look forward to every evening. So I was very excited for the opportunity to actually GO this year for Brandon's 30th birthday
Our first long weekend without Jett since he was born!! We had a blast with friends in Santa Barbara and watched two dear friends of ours tie the knot at an INCREDIBLE venue that was breathtakingly gorgeous
Our first weekend at the lake with Jett was SO much fun! He did great with the car ride, loved getting in the water, and was so tuckered out from playing during the day that he took some gooood naps.
Making a trip out to Scottsdale is always such a treat! This trip we got in lots of good family time, and watched Brandon play a bunch of tennis! He and his brother took 2nd place at nationals and we are so proud of them!
I'll say it now and I'll say it again - I LOVE PHOTOS! It just blows my mind that you can capture a moment and have it forever. I am someone who is constantly looking through old photos - even more so lately as I am trying to print a bunch and change up what is on our walls just a bit. Some of my favorites to reminisce on is all old our Italy photos.
Last weekend we flew to Colorado for a long weekend to see my parents. The last time we had visited Jett was about 6 weeks old, so it was about time for another trip out - this time for some snow, Jett's first trip to the park, and his first college basketball game!
2017 was a huge year for us for travel. We knew baby boy Cusick was on his way, and we wanted to take full advantage of the freedom we had just the two of us! It was our second time to Europe together (well third if you count the first time we actually met) and like always our trip failed to disappoint! Anytime I go back to pull old photos from a trip like this - the memories just start flooding back to me and I find myself a little happier when I finish looking at them.
Jett at five months old has now racked up some pretty impressive frequent flyer miles for his age! We have traveled to Denver, Phoenix (twice) and now Jamaica is a stamp on his passport. Even though we are far from being experts on the subject and we have a lot of learning to do still.. I wanted to make a list of tips & tricks, along with things we learned for NEXT time with hopes that it keeps growing as we continue to travel as he gets older.
For those of you who haven't yet heard our story, Brandon and I met studying abroad in Italy in 2011. Brandon was a seasoned traveler, and I was on my very first trip out of the country. We came from very different worlds, and even though world travel was new to me, this trip had awoken a deep love for adventure that I never knew that I had. (It helped that I had fallen in love with a boy who shared with me HIS love for adventure!)
We just got back from spending 2 wonderful weeks out in Fort Collins Colorado, visiting my parents. We originally planned to stay just a week, but then decided to stay longer as Brandon flew back home for work (and promised to fly back to come get us the next weekend!... I wasn't ready to fly with baby alone just yet!)
Jett and I have been hanging out in Colorado for the past week and a half and still have one more week before we head back home. This trip was planned pretty last minute, about a week before we left and even though I was pretty excited to come and spend time with my parents, I was a little nervous for our first flight with Jett.
Flashing back to our Europe trip as I realized there were quite a few photos I hadn't shared yet!
Toward the end of our trip, before we headed down to Positano for our friends wedding, we met most of the group in Florence for the weekend. We had plans to set out to the Tuscan countryside for a couple of winery tours
After spending a weekend in Florence, it was now time to head to Positano for wedding week... the week we all had been anticipating for so long! The trip from Florence to Positano was a good 5 and a half hours, and we decided to add Naples to the itinerary-staying just one evening and departing for Positano the next day.
I'm happy I still have our vacation photos to go through these days as our Kansas City temperatures are topping out in the high 90's with lots of humidity making it tough to want to be outside!
When we were first planning our trip to Italy, we knew we were flying into Milan and would have a week to visit a few places on our own before meeting up with friends in Florence - then make our way down to Positano. It was hard to plan ahead, only because I was maybe 20 weeks pregnant and although I was feeling great at the time, I had no idea how I would feel at 32 weeks pregnant.
Taking it back to our first night in Nice!
We had driven from Milan to Nice and arrived in the late afternoon and I remember we were so excited to get out and explore a little bit before finding a restaurant for dinner.
What a better day than today, when I look outside to see a gloomy Kansas City morning, to start sharing about our 2 week European adventure!
Our trip started and ended in Milan, (in which by the way, we found a flight to direct from Miami for around $400 each, which is pretty phenomenal!) and even though both of us had been there before, it was fun to explore more of it together this time around.
First off, we have just currently just arrived in gorgeous Positano for the wedding week of our best friends and it is every bit of breathtaking as I imagined. We have a week packed full of events and we couldn't be more excited to share this experience with some of our closest friends! So I apologize for this quick little post but there are beautiful sights to be seen!!
Scottsdale, Arizona holds a special place in my heart as it was the place where B and I tied the knot two and a half years ago. Every since the first time I visited this area up in the mountains, I have been in love with the big saguaro cacti that cover the land like trees, the dry heat, sunny skies and expansive sunsets.
Last week was one of those weeks that was jam packed with little room for rest or relaxation. I am definitely a introvert, meaning that a week spent with little downtime to refuel also means a tired, worn out, stressed out me. This past weekend we had a quick 3 day trip to Scottsdale, Arizona planned and it could not have come at a more perfect time than after my crazy week.
First of all... it's FRIDAY!! Hallelujah, I had a rough week getting caught up after enjoying some time away with family in Las Vegas, and with the time difference + the additional hour lost to daylight savings, I have been exhausted as I can't seem to fall asleep at night, and then when my alarm clock goes off in the morning it feels like I am getting up at 3 AM