This summer has definitely been one for the books. With week long vacations with a newborn baby, going from 0 kayaks to 3 kayaks, and pop up camping out little hearts out I can confidently say we won’t forget this summer anytime soon!
One of my memories that sticks out is when we were on our way home from this long vacation with my family. We were trailering our tent trailer, had our bikes on the back of our van, and 1 of our kayaks strapped to the tent trailer. We left late that night because we were helping my parents get ready to put they’re beautiful house on the market (I can give you the link if looking for a new place to live) so it was close to dusk when we got out of there.
We made it about 15 miles before people were starting to look at us weird. Coming to a stop sign a couple guys hopped out to tell us one of our straps had been dangling and had fallen off 500ft back. We quickly pulled over to assess the issue.
Remind you it was dusk at this point and the mosquito were out. Not just a little out though, like we were in a mosquito breeding ground 🦟 and it being the end of our trip I was wearing a pencil skirt 😬 not really road side attire. Feeling a little discouraged all I could do was throw on a movie for the kids (who had to pee) and hope my husband could handle it.
We were there for less then 5 minutes before people started stopping to help. And I don’t mean one or two, I mean almost every person that passed us stopped to see if they could help out in some way. A couple cars raced to go grab the lost strap for us and one insisted on helping us strap the kayak back down. The amount of selfless people during this moment was overwhelming 🥰
This small moment of weakness where people SHOWED up for us. Wanting to help with nothing in return except to help a stranger was just a reminder that there is good in this world. There are people who do kind things. It makes me want to pay it forward every chance I can. It was also a great learning experience for my kids who did make it to the bathroom in time 😆🥰😍❤️🦟
Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behaviors. Keep your behaviors positive because your behaviors become your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny.
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It can happen to the best of us... Here's a #ThrowbackThursday to the time we almost missed our flight!
I have a whole new appreciation for homeschool parents! It takes patients, time, and lots of work...Let me emphasize patients! Maybe it’s just my kids but it’s a fight most days. Little by little it’s getting better and we’re all getting the hang of it. The thing I was most worries about being full time RVers was school, and for good reason. It is completely out of my comfort zone and totally new to us. Would I be able to give them what they need and would they be willing to sit and listen? The kids are all different. They all learn in different ways and some are more willing than others. The learning curve has been a little bigger than I thought but we’re getting it. Fingers crossed that with patients and a lot of consistency we will conquer! Anyone else struggle with the same thing? I’d love all the tips and tricks you have! Motivation to get kids to focus and work. Ways to teach more efficiently? Help a girl out all you seasoned home schoolers! ❤️
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À la recherche du trèfle à quatre feuilles 🍀
Après 1 mois de voyage, on peut faire un point fratrie...ce n’est évidemment pas tous les jours tout rose, surtout les premières semaines...il faut que tout le monde trouve son rythme et c’est pas simple. Dans cette aventure, il a fallu que nous les parents nous trouvions notre place, notre organisation et on n’en a pas encore fini avec tout ça. Et après il faut faire avec les envies les besoins de chacun des enfants...mais il y a évidemment des points positifs, les filles ont gagné en autonomie, elles apprennent de plus en plus à jouer ensemble et se disputent un peu moins souvent ces derniers jours...alors on est une famille totalement imparfaite, on fait des erreurs mais on essaye toujours d’aller vers le mieux et que chacun se sente bien à sa place dans cette jolie bande 🥰 #coeursurvousmeschatons#laphotoparfaite#lafamilleimparfaite#roadtripeurope#nomadfamily#nomadfamilytravelers#kidsthattravel#familytraveltribe#travelingfamily
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4 Nights for 2 in CANCUN (+ $400) and $200 and $150 trip vouchers. THREE different winners! .
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Happy 2nd birthday to the heavyweight man, the birth story myth, the legendarily loud, Mad Man Metta! They say when giving constructive feedback to sandwich it between positive notes. So I’ll start by saying you’re my favorite son, the one I love to feed, and the cuddliest of all koala bears that ever did exist. On the flip side, you‘re the least zen kid ever, despite your Buddhist name because #karmasabitch . I’d say you’re digging me an early grave but I think we all know you’d get too out of breath before completing that task. You’re the loudest, most strong willed, and crazy little nut that I ever did meet. I knew we were in for a wild ride when I gave birth to you at 10lb 10oz in our home in London, but little did I know how extra of a human you would continue to be. Over 30 countries traveled, and we haven’t lost you yet, mostly due to your built in alarm system that ensures no one ever tries to hold you but us. Thanks for being such a great target for our jokes and being so damn cute when you’re stuffing your face with everything edible within reach. We love you more than a bottomless brunch and endless breadsticks combined. Two things of which I’m certain you’ll love later in life. Happy birthday kiddo. We love you. #happybirthday#thisistwo#herewego
A bit of a personal post here but I need your advice.
How did you know you were ready to have a child? Did you plan it or did it just happen?
We were gonna start trying this past spring but then I had a health scare that put it on hold. I have my 6 month check up in October and if all comes back clear (fingers crossed) we can start trying.... and while part of me really want a kid, part of me still can't see myself as a mom yet. Is that weird?
How did motherhood come to you? Natural or did you have to work for it? Please share your insight below!
Today is National Rainbow Baby Day 🌈👶🏻🌈 We are so thankful for our rainbow baby - the storms of life are what make our lives more beautiful each time they pass. Sending lots of love today to all of those who have loved and lost a child they never got to hold, to those that are holding their rainbow baby, and to those who are still praying for their little miracle 💞
We have been laying low and prepping for our next leg of adventures. Over the past couple of days, we have been running errands, taking care of business, and recovering from a little sickness too. We even found an old-school barbershop and got Robert the fade cut of a lifetime, while the girls had fun watching him and playing with the ashtray on the retro seat handle.
Today, Auntie Jenn gifted us a break and for the first time in two months, Robert and I had an official date. Admittedly, it was weird at first to be away from the girls, but we knew they were in good hands so we indulged in a couples massage ($25 for 90 minutes!!!). Thank you @_itsjennifer1 for a great day and week!
We are so excited to head to Singapore as our transition destination to Europe. Bali was amazing, mystical, dirty, super cheap, lush, beautiful, crowded, loud and sometimes difficult. We grew so much as a family and individuals and we learned a lot about a beautiful culture. #familygapyear#bali#travelingfamily#kidswhotravel#familygrowth#justahdootit
I love our family and the life we have created in our 12 years together. I can’t wait to see what the next decade of marriage will bring! #10yearanniversary Thank you to Matt @van.project for this cute family photo ❤️
Day 13 : Coral Bay to Carnarvon 🇦🇺 We had an amazing day snorkeling the Ningaloo reef!!! We saw so many corals & fishes 🐠🐢 and swam with reef sharks & manta rays! 🦈
I honestly think it has been the most beautiful snorkeling of my life! Maybe even better than the Great Barrier Reef..
We then drove south to Carnarvon - we actually wanted to arrive to wooramel to sleep in a bush farm, but eventually we were tired driving... anyway I like it so much to drive in the bush.. people say it’s boring but I actually find the colors so beautiful that I can’t get enough of it 😍
Bendito sean todos estos momentos en los que me quito la vergüenza .. los paradigmas y simplemente me uno a ellas ... y es que por rico que la estén pasando cuando ven que entro a jugar, es como si lo disfrutaran exponencialmente, y a otro nivel ! !
Y no son solo ellas las que se llenan el alma y se impregnan de memorias .... soy yo que vuelvo a darme el permiso de ser y sentir .. reír y disfrutar con el corazón de una niña ... ! .
( en la 📷 esperando me caiga la lluvia de muñecos que me lanzaro. El crédito de la foto.. C o T una de las dos no se cual jejej )
🇺🇸 Blessed are all the moments when I take away the shame ... the paradigms and I simply join them ... I played with them.
On those moments they fill their souls with happy memories ... but I gain too ... I give myself permission to be and feel again ... laugh and enjoy with the heart of a kid ... and that ... is priceless to me. (📷 waiting for the rain of 🦖) .
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After an intensive three days in Hue it’s time for a break!
We always make sure to plan some down time during our travels in the summer. It’s usually around the three week point when the natural adrenaline of being on the road wears off. It gets tiring to be on the go everyday and you can easily loose interest if there’s no balance. Downtime for the kids generally means anywhere that has a pool or beach. For us, it means sleeping in and just having no schedule to keep to. It truly gives us time to reenergize and regroup for the remainder of our travels.
So, stay tuned for our relaxed adventure. 😜
Smoothies for breakfast!
Coconut yogurt 🥥
A splash of 💦
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Have you ever been to Colombia? This view is from the city center in downtown Cartagena. A gorgeous city full of color, tasty food, and friendly people. You are right near the ocean in Cartagena so you get the best of history, beaches, and city life all in one.
Contractions trying to take me out but these made me smile. #anydaynow 😩🧘🏽♀️🙏🏽
Thought today was the day earlier. Went to hospital but got told maybe this evening. Whew, still calm though. Come through meditation ❤️. I really appreciate the partner I have in this. I couldn’t do this without him.
One of the coolest hotels we have stayed in! We are loyal to Marriott since I have titanium status, which translates to lots of awesome perks. Not all Marriotts are created equal! This property in Helsinki is a Tribute Portfolio Hotel that used to be a prison, dating back to 1837. The prison closed in 2002 and the hotel took over. It was so awesome to see all the little prison details and you can even visit a real cell on the ground floor. One of our favorite properties to date!
The last time Matt & I were at Disneyland was December 25th, 2015. The first Christmas, just 17 days after we lost the boys... we went to the happiest place we could think of that might be able to help us forget everything we were missing out on. (Swipe to see) These last few days we got to go as a family of five. Our hearts and arms went from broken and empty to full and overflowing. I thought this trip would be a fun way to celebrate the kids birthday, but it was just such a good reminder to me that God is so faithful. SO faithful. ❤️
You can check out our full 3 day Disney vlog on our YouTube channel! 🎉
For a while, all I could dream of were beach vacations without my children, but all I want now is to make more memories in cool places with my kids. With Petra at school today, I was in a total funk then I realized, "dang, I miss her!". #kidsareawesome#family
1 1755 hours ago
All my troubles washed away in the water 🌊
I never get in the water when going to the beach because 1) I can’t swim, 2) I’m traumatized of the water, 3) ...I can’t swim 😂 BUT, this lagoon didn’t have any waves and was shallow, so I was more inclined to go in.
When you don’t even get one street into the beautiful blue and white city of Sidi Bou Said, otherwise known as the Santorini of Tunisia, before bribing the kids with ice cream and shade. There’s so many tips, tricks, books, and blogs about surviving travel with kids, but I think we can all agree that if we had to sum it up into just one phrase, it’s pretty simple...ICE CREAM! #thesecretisout#yourewelcome#icecreamsolvesall
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What’s the most unique hotel you’ve stayed at? 💁🏼♀️ We’ve been coming to Lake Tahoe for years and have stayed in a TON of different local hotels and Airbnbs, but one place always comes to mind as the perfect combination of atmosphere, location and general chillaxability.
⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ @BasecampHotels might be our favorite hotel ever. Guys, it’s seriously one of the coolest atmospheres. They have thought of everything! There is a big outdoor communal beer garden area with multiple fire pits, a brewery onsite, a stage where live music plays nightly (with an airstream as the backdrop!). There is also an area to play bags, a hot tub, ping pong table as well as a couple lounge areas that are rustic cozy with big leather sofas. Oh, and it’s a block to Heavenly Village Gondola 🚠 & shopping 🛍, Stateline Nevada (casinos 💰) and a 5 min stroll to a private beach on the lake 🏖. Swipe to see a few pictures and definitely check out stories today... Ben sings some Lionel Richie! 😂
We were overjoyed when they were interested in working with us. Especially to all our Bay Area friends, please reach out if you want more info on this spot. There is also a location in Tahoe City as well as Boulder, CO.
⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ #basecamphotel#explorerswelcome#hosted #laketahoe#besthotel
Leveraging credit card miles the right way not only offers tremendous flexibility but it also saves you tons of money. Most airlines levy changes/cancellations fees that in many cases exceed the actual cost of the ticket itself.
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We enjoyed our time in Oahu at the @hyattcentricwaikikibeach so much so we decided on the spur of the moment to return to the island before heading off to Australia.
Because we used our #SWA miles, @hertz points, we didn’t have to worry about additional charges which made our last minute detour all the more fun. #WorldTravelAdventurers
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Ovo putovanje nije trebalo da uključuje Peru - šta ćemo tamo ako ne možemo da idemo na Machu Picchu!? A tamo se ne ide sa decom, to svi znaju (oni koji su išli su nam obavezno podvlacili 'E, ali tamo ne možete sa decom'). I mi smo to tako nekako prihvatili, bez preispitivanja, jer još su mali, biće vremena. Ali na nagovor prijateljice iz Lime počeli smo o tome da uopšte mislimo (lažem kao pas, žena je samo rekla da dodjemo i do nje kad smo vec tu - zato nas nemojte zvati jer mi stvarno dodjemo 🤣). To je bilo dovoljno da se prisetim da su @tamovamo_ već bili sa Sofijom kad je bila mala (ova carska porodica ima moje duboko poštovanje jer sam ja uvek mislila da smo mi najludji kuda sve idemo sa klincima 💖💖💖) hvala vam drugari do neba za vetar u ledja 🙌 🙌🙌 Ovo je bio moj san, te ću iskoristiti priliku da se ostalim članovima moje porodice zahvalim što me trpe, a naročito Nemanji, koji je uspeo da se sa svojim kratkim nogicama popne na sve hramove oko Cusco-a - da se slika, e to bi vec bilo mnogo da mi ucini 😜 kad se vec zahvaljujem, možda i da poželim mir u svetu 🤔🤣 Drugari, kazite mi, imate li vi tako neki san koji vas kopka i strpljivo čeka svoj trenutak? #travelwithkids#putovanjasadecom#porodicnaputovanja#traveldrugari 🗺️ #peruwithkids#peru#machupicchu#machupicchuwithkids#visitperu#perurail#travelingfamily#family#neobicnaputovanja#putujupoznaj#adventure#familyadventure#familyphoto#nature#mountain#landscape
Our family saves thousands of $$$ each year in airline tickets by redeeming points on the growing @southwestair network and using our companion pass to fly one person free. The addition of Hawaii is quite exciting since it is a gateway for affordable flights to Asia, Australia, Bora Bora and other dreamy destinations in the South Pacific.
We flew to Hawaii for $5.60/pp in taxes from the mainland 🇺🇸 and have seen fares to Sydney for less than $120 from Honolulu.
How would you leverage your #SWA points to take a dream vacation? #WorldTravelAdventurers
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