We wanted to show our girls the simple life on our first family vacation together as a family of four. We decided to take the girls out of the city and submerge them into the beautiful wilderness of Idaho. Our day-to-day life is filled with activities, places to go and people to see, so we really made it a point to relax, kickback and just have fun together. Our good friends invited us to come out and visit their home in Idaho Falls and it was the perfect opportunity to explore Idaho and show our little ladies a good time.
This vacation was filled with many firsts for us, not only was it our first real family vacation, but it was also our first family flight together. Flying with kids was definitely a new adventure for my husband… but thankfully all went great and so began our exciting adventure!
Packing Up & Heading Out | Traveling with Kids
Packing for a vacation with 2 little ones can be a N-I-G-H-T-M-A-R-E. Until you’ve done it, it’s easy to underestimate the time required and logistical management necessary to do it WELL. Although my husband would disagree, I wouldn’t say that I am an overpacker, BUT… I definitely don’t want to be missing something on a trip! For this reason, I take the time to plan ahead and have found a few ways to make this daunting task a little more do-able and a little less miserable.
Since vacation season is in fullswing, I thought I would share with you some of my most helpful packing tips & tricks!
Don’t get me wrong, I love a good girls night out… but even better is a girls getaway! A few days to regroup, relax, let loose and just have fun. No kid-talk, no kids, no diaper bags, no bottles and (sorry babe) no hubbies. Just a good girlfriend to make memories with and explore, explore, explore!
My best friend is quite the world traveler so when the opportunity presented itself to jump on a plane and take a 5 day trip to NYC with her, I was gone in a New York minute. We stayed in Time Square and hit just about every hot spot from The Empire State Building, Central Park, Columbus Circle, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center and of course we ate and drank our way through every fancy restaurant and bar in the city. We averaged 10 miles of walking every day and when we needed a break we hailed a cab and enjoyed the sites from an ol’ faithful NY cabby. It truly was a best friend getaway I will never forget and I am so grateful that she knew just what this mama needed. By the way, New York at Christmas time has got to be one of the most magical times to be in NYC. The ice skating, the chilly peacoat weather, The Rockette’s show and Rockefeller center just come to life at Christmas time.
Over the long 4th of July weekend the four of us jumped in the car and rushed off to cooler temperatures! We spent the weekend road-tripping through Prescott and Sedona in search of beautiful scenery and fantastic hikes. We are so grateful that within a quick 4 hour drive, we are in some of the most beautiful cities in Arizona and 10-15 degrees cooler. Of course I documented every second of our journey and I love that we can always look back on our beautiful family memories and watch our girls grow up.
Let the Road-Trip begin!
There is nothing better than spending a long holiday weekend with family, in a beautiful beach town. We are so blessed to have family in California that invite us out every year. We love you guys! No matter the distance or time in-between visits, it is so easy to pick up right where we left off. That is the beauty of family.
This trip was also special for my immediate family of 4, because it was our first official family vacation with the four of us together. With Payton being a toddling one year old now, and Paisley almost a 4 year old inquisitive little girl, it made for an amazing time. It was so much fun spending every day on the beach and letting both girls experience the excitement and beauty of the ocean. It is one of my favorite places in the world and I hope my girls create a special love for it as well. The weather was amazing and the girls did a great job with traveling and missing their routine/nap-times. I pushed all expectations out the window as we left AZ and the trip was relaxing, enjoyable and stress free… just as vacation should be!
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We did it!… My husband and I went on 4-day, kid-free, Telluride-Colorado getaway. No one got sick, no one got hurt … it was a success! Of course, I captured way too many photos of our beautiful and snowy time in Telluride, so I chose a few of my favorites to share with you. Grab a hot latte, sit back and enjoy!