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    Colorado and the new normal

    So I may have lied in my last post. I said that we were back, and we were not back. But this time, I swear, we’re back, we’re home, (well at least until our trip to Mexico), and I am going to do my best to get back into this blog.

    You see, not only have we been traveling a lot this summer, but there have been a few changes around here that have also made me want to sleep any chance I can kept me busier that usual.

    While we were in North Carolina, two things happened. My husband took on additional responsibilities with his company, and Anniston became one of the most difficult babies ever. This combination gets worse because the additional responsibilities my husband has taken on require him to travel at least one week out of every month. So, we basically spend a week at home trying to figure out how to get Anniston to sleep or finish a bottle, then we either travel or my husband goes away for a week, and we start back at square one.

    But, we only have one trip left and I am determined to figure all of this out. I have so much to talk about, from the miracle fat suit that has Anniston sleeping through the night, to the insanely easy cure for cradle cap… there are many posts in the works, promise!

    But now, to the Colorado part…

    We spent all of last week in Vail with my husband’s family, and it was everything I thought Vail would be. The mountains, the flowers, the expensive fur coats, it was perfect, and we had the best time.

    We survived the four hour plane ride by giving Juliet just a little bit of Benadryl. We had to, we got her up at 5am for the flight and she has actually never napped anywhere but her crib or carseat, so it was our only option. And it worked.IMG_8320

    Then we spent the rest of the week enjoying everything Colorado. We hiked in Beaver Creek, spent hours in Vail, shopped in Breckenridge, and made sure to hit up every playground we saw for Juliet. It was a great week with family and the perfect break from the Florida heat.

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    We’re baaaack

    We are back and we all survived enjoyed our two and a half week vacation in the mountains. Traveling with a toddler and a baby is no joke, and actually being on vacation with them is even harder, but it definitely left me with a huge sense of accomplishment knowing that we could all survive for more than two weeks away from home and create some wonderful memories in the process.

    I was thinking about doing a post on tips for traveling with two under two, but then I realized I don’t have any tips. I had an iPad loaded with episodes of Peppa, a bag of snacks, a bottle, and I just kind of winged it. It worked. We do have a longer trip coming up in less than two weeks that I may need to actually be more prepared for, so I will keep you posted.

    For now, I will just leave you with some of my favorite things that Juliet learned during our time in North Carolina. And I promise, I will get back to some real “blogging” soon, I have been busy dreaming about what a vacation used to be like before kids.

    Grass

    Juliet finally learned how to walk in the grass! This has been a struggle ever since Jules first started walking. She actually had this weird thing where she wouldn’t cross over different floors. For example, if a black paved road is next to a cement sidewalk, she wouldn’t cross over the line where they met. Weird, I know, but it was some kind of phobia or something. So obviously grass was something she wanted nothing to do with. Well, after days of practice, and our persistence in wanting to be outside in the amazing weather, Juliet mastered walking and almost running in the grass!IMG_7587

    Climbing stairs

    Another big mile stone that she just couldn’t learn in Florida. Most homes in South Florida are single story, including ours, so stairs were a new thing for Juliet, and she was super excited to tackle them. Jules loves to climb anything, chairs, stools, the couch, baby toys, whatever it is, she will find a way to climb it. So, stairs were a piece of cake for our wild toddler.IMG_7666

    A Love for Candy

    We never have candy in our house and I don’t think Juliet had really every tried any sort of candy before this trip, but with a house full of ten adults, and five kids, candy seemed easy to come by. After getting handfuls of lollipops thrown our way during the 4th of July parade, “pop-pops” became Juliet’s new favorite thing. And when your parents offer to watch your two kids while you tour the Biltmore Estate, you let them do whatever it takes to keep the kids happy, including feeding them Jelly Beans.IMG_7383IMG_7528

    Staying Hydrated

    Leave it to Jules to turn any activity into a way to eat or drink… She found that the easiest way to drink water on this trip was to get it straight from the splash pad. She also taught her cousin “SaSa” to do the same.IMG_7393

    And finally, what I happen to think is the cutest thing she learned about up in the mountains…

    Circles!

    Okay, so not actually circles, but that is what Juliet called the squirrels. Every morning my mom would stand her up on the ledge of the window to look at all of the birds, chipmunks, and squirrels that came to eat from the feeders, and every morning she would point out the window and yell, “Circles! Circles!”IMG_7069

    We really did have the best time surrounded by all of our family up in the mountains of North Carolina. Juliet is getting so big and learning so much every single day, and I just love watching the enthusiasm and excitement she has for everything she does.

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    Our Happy Place

    Yesterday, my husband and I took our two girls, two checked bags, one carry-on, two diaper bags, a stroller, carseat, and carseat base on a trip to our happy place. However, my husband got right back on the same plane and flew home thirty minutes later. IMG_7042This was planned. Unfortunately. I mean, how was I supposed to get all of that up to the mountains alone? So, Kevin came along for the ride, a ride that actually does not include any funny stories, crazy tantrums, loud screams, or even tiny baby cries. Because, my kids were perfect.

    I know, you probably don’t even want to read any further, because, well, boring. But, I truly can’t believe how smooth the flight went, especially because I am not the kind of person to stress and plan ahead. I really went into this flight just hoping everyone would behave, and I got lucky, they did.

    Did you know that there are only four oxygen masks in every row of three seats? Well, there were four of us, so the woman who was assigned the third seat in our row had to move. I apologize, woman who had thought she secured an awesome aisle seat in the second row, but this row is ours. So, my husband called dibs on the baby for the flight, and I was in charge of Juliet. Well, Anniston slept almost the entire two hours and Juliet enjoyed some new snacks (I searched the aisles of Publix for snacks she had never seen before, so each one was a new surprise!) and watched some of the best episodes of Peppa Pig and Doc McStuffins that iTunes offers.

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    When we landed, my husband helped get everyone and everything off of the plane, walked us to baggage claim, then went right back on the plane to fly home. He’ll be back in a few days, and we can’t wait to see him. But, until then, we will be exploring, shopping, hiking, swimming, and enjoying our happy place.

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