Fall in the Mountains

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Andrew and I are visiting my sister in New Mexico this week. She has two little boys and Andrew is having the time of his life, chasing Hyrum and Benson around the house and playing with the Big Boys.

Today, we took a trip up into the mountains to take photos of the fall leaves. We don’t get many fall leaves in Texas, y’all.

On our way home, Hyrum looked at me and said, “Andrew is not a baby. He’s a BOY.” And I almost started bawling right then and there. Wisdom from a three-year-old.

My baby boy will be one year old in less than a month. Where has the time gone?

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Shirt: Target, Leggings: J.Crew, Boots: J.Crew, Watch: Michael Kors

 

What am I going to do without my baby?

Low Tide and a Trip to Stanley Park in Vancouver

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On our last day in Canada, The Nerd and I took Andrew down to the beach during Low Tide. It was a bit too early in the morning for Andrew’s taste, and a tad bit cold, but I had fun taking photos!

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Later that day, we visited Stanley Park in Vancouver. The Vancouver skyline is so neat, with all the glass buildings right on the water’s edge.

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We had such a great time on our trip. Thanks for sharing the journey with us.

Have you ever visited Vancouver? What was your favorite part?

 

A Family Affair

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Before we headed to The Nerd’s cousin’s wedding, we decided to take some family photos while we were all dressed up.

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Andrew and his Grandpa had an agreement that Andrew would get Grandpa’s tie all drooly so that he could take it off. Andrew happily obliged.

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The wedding was beautiful and we had a marvelous time. Andrew was the hit of the party (besides the beautiful bride, of course) and he tried to steal the show during the speeches at the reception. I’m sure the Bride and Groom didn’t appreciate all the loud baby babble, but we sure thought it was funny.

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The day after the wedding, the family had a barbecue for the bride and groom. It was a beautiful day. Andrew was mesmerized by the beautiful flowers and the green grass. He loved feeling it against his feet — we don’t have grass like that in Texas.

Once again, Andrew was the hit of the party. He met so many people and won them over instantly. I don’t think he cried even once when someone new held him. I know he is missing all of his Canadian friends and family being stuck and home now with just Mommy.

Last Canadian post tomorrow — our trip to Stanley Park and a visit to the beach at Low Tide! Thanks for looking!

 

A Sunny Stroll and Breathtaking Sunset in White Rock, BC

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One of my favorite things about White Rock was the cute little beach houses built up along the hill overlooking the ocean. We decided to strike out one day and walk along the fun shops and waterfront to get a closer look.

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The place where we stayed — the Ocean Promenade Hotel — was so adorable. We had a balcony with a view of the ocean. It was so fun to sit outside and chat and not roast!

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Top: LOFT, Pants: LOFT, Shoes: Sperry Top-Sider, Watch: Michael Kors, Bag: Coach
 

I tried to dress casually and comfortably for this trip. I had to get a photo of Andrew and Mommy in our matching Sperry’s!

That evening, I asked The Nerd if we could walk down to the Pier at sunset.

The view of the city lights reflecting on the water was breathtaking. Ducks floated on the water and the moon came out as the sun went down.

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It was truly the perfect night. Can I go back? No? Well, alright then.

 

A Cloudy Morning and Sunshine at the Beach in White Rock, BC

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Last month, we had the chance to go to White Rock, BC to visit The Nerd’s family and attend his cousin Andrea’s wedding.

It was my first time in Canada (and Andrew’s too!) and The Nerd hadn’t been for several years.

The Pacific Northwest is beautiful country, with mountains and beaches that will just take your breath away. Of course, I had the time of my life taking photos of our trip.

Our first morning in White Rock, we headed down to the beach with Andrew. It was a bit chilly (at least, it wasn’t the usual 100-degree hotness that we have here in Texas!).

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Andrew had a great time riding around on his Grandpa’s shoulders and getting to see everything.

After our trip down to the shoreline, we decided to go visit The Nerd’s grandmother, Joan. Joan had never met Andrew, so we knew this would be the highlight of our trip.

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Joan had some fun wooden spoons for Andrew to play with on a pallet in the floor. He had the best time getting to know Nana and banging around with the wooden spoons.

Later in the day, went back to the beach because the weather was just gorgeous.

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The sunshine and the blue skies were perfect. The Nerd kept talking about his master plan to relocate our family to the Pacific Northwest. I think it was just the delirium from 70-degree weather talking.

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But when this is just outside your door, why wouldn’t you dream of living here?

It was such a fun day and a wonderful beginning to a great trip! I can’t wait to share it all with you…look forward to more tales from Canada this week!

{Flying With a Baby} Five Things You Might Not Know You Need

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We recently took a trip to Canada to visit The Nerd’s family there. I have lots more posts and photos to share of our time there, but before I do, I wanted to share a few tips I picked up while traveling with a baby.

For weeks before the trip, I was very anxious about Andrew’s first airplane flight. I spent hours looking for tips and tricks, essentials for packing, best ways to get through security — basically, anything I could think of to make the trip easier.

Surprisingly, though, most of the things that got us through the flight we’re things I could have planned for — but they turned out to be exactly what I needed.

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1. An abundance of relatives — We flew with The Nerd’s parents and sister and I was so glad that we did. Not only did we have extra help to haul all of the baby gear (two carry-on bags, a stroller and a car seat… not to mention the suitcase full of baby items we checked) but they were great to help “pass the baby” when he got a little fussy. A new face can work wonders when the baby gets bored!

2. Helpful neighbors — On our flight to Vancouver, we sat in front of a sweet old woman who made it her mission to make Andrew laugh during the flight. He had a lot of fun and I think she did, too.

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3. A window seat — We were lucky and Andrew slept for most of the flight there and back. However, on both flights, he decided to wake up shortly before we landed. As you know, take-off and landing tend to be the most tricky parts of flying with a baby as the air pressure changes can cause discomfort as the baby’s ears pop. Luckily, we had a window seat and Andrew was mesmerized watching the clouds and then the lights of the city below as we landed.

4. Something to entertain Mom — In all my preparation, I totally forgot to account for any down time for myself. So, while Andrew slept soundly on the flight, I was dreadfully bored. Don’t forget to take care of yourself!

5. Something to take care of unexpected surprises — Remember how I said that Andrew woke up right before we landed? Well, cabin air pressure changes don’t only affect the ears. There can be other, um, stinkier surprises that await you.

Children’s Probiotic, like Culturelle Kids!, provides a solution for digestive discomfort and poor health. I’ve given Andrew probiotic before, but the nice thing about Culturelle Kids! is the convenient packets it comes it. They’re small enough to store easily in your carry-on luggage. Just pour the packets into a sippy cup or bottle and you’re good to go. Easy peasy.

Culturelle Kids! helps support digestive health. Did you know that 70% of your immune system is in your digestive tract? So, maintaining a healthy and balanced digestive system plays a vital role in strengthening your child’s overall health and well being.

Have you ever flown with a baby? What are your best tips?

 

 

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Culturelle Kids! I was provided with samples to use and review. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

Our Family Vacation at Barton Creek Resort & Spa

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This has been a hard summer for us. The Nerd has been working long hours and mandatory overtime at his job and I’ve transitioned into taking on much more of the responsibility in our household.

So I was so excited when the folks at Barton Creek Resort and Spa asked if our family would like to come stay a night and experience one of their family vacation packages — let me tell y’all, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

We love the Texas Hill Country. It is just so beautiful and such a nice change from the flatness of Dallas and North Texas. The three-hour drive was worth it for a night of fun and relaxation with my two favorite guys!

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Our room was fabulous, and the view was so great. Barton Creek is like a little piece of heaven nestled away from the hustle and bustle of every day life.

Barton Creek has many different family packages that include unique experiences for the little ones in your family.

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We chose the “Batty in Austin” package — I’d never seen the bats fly out at night from the Congress Avenue Bridge! Our package included a night’s stay, an awesome breakfast buffet, transportation to and from the bridge to see the bats, some cute Batman-like sunglasses for Andrew and a disposable camera to capture the memories we made on our trip!

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It was so nice to have transportation to and from the bridge to see the bats… Our guide was really great and took us to an awesome spot to watch the bats come out!

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Andrew really loved watching them emerge from under the bridge.

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There were HUNDREDS of them. It was so crazy to watch!

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For those with older munchkins, Barton Creek offers a TON of family-friendly activities you can experience:

  • S’mores nights on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 6 pm.
  • Swimming, Scavenger Hunts, Nature Trail Hikes and Miniature Golf
  • Family-friendly movies in the Forum take place on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Take some time for yourself (spa day, anyone?) and drop the kids off at Kids Club — it’s is open to children ages 6 months to 8 years.
  • At Camp Barton, kids can participate in various arts and crafts, swimming, nature hikes, all-camp games, golf and tennis instruction, scavenger hunts, fishing, sportball, and a Field Trip each Friday.

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Of course, there are also fun activities for Dad and Mom. The resort boasts three golf courses and a luxurious spa facility. The spa rooms have these beautiful views of lighted natural limestone. So gorgeous!

I highly recommend Barton Creek as a fun destination to relax and take a break from life. We had a great time!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary night’s stay at Barton Creek Resort and Spa. All opinions are my own. 

 



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