Golden Gate Bridge

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The last time I was in San Francisco was almost a year ago to the day.  I told Jon the only must see thing was the Golden Gate Bridge.  Not because we hadn’t seen it before, but because we had seen it before.  I’m a sucker for taking photos in the same spot, years later, to see how far we’ve come.

When we visited the bridge last year Adelaide had a pretty bald head.  Whenever I think her hair is still non existent I’ll refer back to her bald head here.  We took these photos on a Friday evening as we were on our way to a friend’s house for dinner.  Adelaide was tired.  So tired.  We try not to mess with bedtime but sometimes when you travel you get to break the rules.  And then your toddler reminds you why you never break the rules.

Because… you have a toddler.

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I love seeing how much has stayed the same and how much has changed in a year.  San Francisco will always have a little bit of a soft spot in my heart.

And the chocolate and Full House backdrop certainly doesn’t hurt.

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Chincoteague

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Just a couple more photos from our annual family beach trip to Chincoteague, Virginia.  It was the first time I’d seen my sister, brother in law and niece Siena since last summer.  Except last summer the girls were so little (Adelaide couldn’t even sit up!) and didn’t play together or interact.  This summer they sat next to each other in the shade and played in the sand, fought over toys and talked about their crazy moms (ha, not yet, but I’m sure it’s coming).

I love bringing Adelaide to the sleepy little beach town where I spent my summers growing up.  Not much has changed over the years, which is just the way we like it.

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Love this photo of my mom with Adelaide.  Given the choice of my mom or me, Adelaide would pick my mom every time.  It was so special to see them playing in the sand and jumping in the waves.  Not to mention it gave me a break to sit for a minute.  Didn’t get to read any books like in past years, but a minute to myself is still a minute to myself.

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Siena couldn’t even wait for her bathing suit.  The sand!  The sand!

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The girls playing side by side.  A rare moment where they weren’t fighting over beach toys.

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Adelaide fell in the sand and didn’t want to put her hands down (she hates getting them sandy) so instead used her face to push herself up.  Yea…that didn’t go over so well.  Had to be mean mommy and snap a picture before cleaning her up.

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Play time with daddy.

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She might not be smiling, but at least she’s not screaming.

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Can the summer please never end??

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Cruise to Bermuda

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I’m going to wrap up a seven night cruise to Bermuda in one very photo filled post.  I swear we have jobs and we aren’t always on vacation, but we’ve definitely been burning through PTO days like water.

This cruise wasn’t originally on our radar, but when a couple of our friends invited us to come along we quickly agreed.  After all, we didn’t want to be the lame ones with the baby who got left behind.  Except we were kind of the lame ones with the baby who got left behind anyways.

You see, our first mistake was thinking we could keep up.  We just couldn’t.  Travel and vacations are different with a baby and we’re okay with that.  There were a lot of things we couldn’t do with a baby, for instance:

We couldn’t go cliff diving or rent mopeds or sit for an entire meal.  We couldn’t sunbathe (or sit still, for that matter).  Children in swim diapers aren’t allowed in the pools, so that was out.  There were no splash pads and Adelaide was too young for the children’s programs.

The entire week we really felt like we were just chasing Adelaide around one big not baby-proofed boat.  Jon and I ended up taking turns doing alternate things with Adelaide while the other one got to hang out with our friends.

The saving grace of the cruise was the unlimited booze package.  Yes, that’s right. Un-lim-it-ed booze.  Top shelf.  As much as we wanted.  At 9 am.  Having a frozen drink in hand before noon definitely made things better.

Don’t get me wrong, we had a great trip.  But had we planned this ourselves (without taking a big group into consideration) we would have gone on a more baby friendly ship.  The one we went on was definitely aimed toward the grandparent aged crowd, making life a bit more difficult for us parents of young kids.  So now we know.

 

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These two.  This is what my heart looks like when it’s really full.  Is there anything better than a dad and his daughter?

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I’m wearing Adelaide here in a water ring sling.  It’s basically made out of the same material as gym shorts.  You can wear your baby while you’re in the water and it dries quickly.  I wish I’d had this last summer, when she would have wanted to sit still.  This year, not so much sitting still.

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Since we knew in advance that Adelaide wouldn’t be allowed in the pools, we ordered this inflatable bath tub from Amazon and it was our saving grace.  We filled it with water from the pool and plopped it in a shaded area on the deck.  We forgot to bring pool toys with us, but Adelaide was just as happy playing with a room key, complimentary shampoo bottles and plastic cups from the buffet.  Everyone that went by LOVED that we brought this along.  People would constantly come up to us commenting on Adelaide’s private pool.  Someone even came up to Jon one evening and said, “Oh you’re the dad who had the little pool today!  You win the award for best dad!”

I would like to say, for the record, that Jon said the pool was unnecessary when I spent the $12 on it.  It feels good to be right.

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We love cruising, and this was definitely no exception.  Next time we’ll know to look for a more kid friendly cruise.

And bring grandma.

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Copenhagen, The Final Part

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Let’s wrap up Europe, shall we?  Only 2 months late.

It turned out that there was a national holiday the week we were in Copenhagen, so Jon got an extra day off work and we all enjoyed the extended weekend as a family.  We did a bit of shopping for some souvenirs (Jon picked up some gorgeous salt and pepper shakers, a blanket and Danish print for Adelaide and a whisk for me.  Clearly I live on the edge when it comes to souvenirs).  Denmark is obviously known for their good design, so we enjoyed picking up a few everyday items that will help us remember our trip.

We also took the commuter train to Sweden for an afternoon.  I have no pictures (or passport stamps!!) to prove that we were there.  But we were.

I really wanted to go in Ikea while in Sweden (we did see one).  I mean, what would be a better souvenir than a flat pack sofa straight from the motherland?

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Traveling with a toddler is exhausting and exciting.  I love that traveling with Adelaide means doing things we wouldn’t otherwise do.  We’ll stop to sit in parks and have picnics while she gets some energy out.  Or we have to find local grocery stores to pick up fruit for her.  I was surprised that kiddie foods like yogurt melts and puffs don’t exist in Europe.  We had to start rationing the yogurt melts after we realized that we couldn’t replenish them, because those were a life saver on the flight.

Alright Europe, you were great. Thanks for such great memories!

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Copenhagen, Part 2

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Oh look, more photos of Adelaide running. 

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One of the largest dome cathedrals in Europe.

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Just a few more photos from our walk around Copenhagen.  By the end of the day we’d walked all over the city and were exhausted.

Nothing that a big glass of wine and Danish pastry couldn’t fix, of course.

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Copenhagen, Part 1

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After we left London we took a short flight over to Denmark, where Jon had to work for a couple of days.  It just so happened that my good friend and co-worker, Caroline, was going to be there the same dates.  She was there visiting her cousin, and it worked out perfectly that I could tag along with them while Jon was at work.  Not to mention, Caroline’s cousin speaks Danish, which was a major help.  Everyone we encountered in Copenhagen spoke perfect English, but it was nice to have someone who knew the best shops and sights and could read labels on food for me.  I kept buying sparkling water and just wanted a big bottle of flat water, so it was nice to have her to tell me which bottle to buy.

Side story- we had picked up quite a few bottles of water thinking they were flat and drank all but one of them before we left.  I didn’t want to throw out the last bottle, so I decided to bring it with us on the plane.  You can bring sealed bottles of water with you if you’re traveling with a small child.  So I get to security and the security guard pulls it out and I say, “It’s for the baby!” and she looks at me and says, “This?  For the baby?”  I declare that of course it’s for the baby and she gives me a glare but relents, and sends us on our way.

A few hours later I was sitting on the plane and go to open the bottle of water and FIZZZZ sparkling water goes everywhere.  The security guard must have thought I was either dumb or just had a really fancy baby.

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We trekked over to the waterfront to see the famous Little Mermaid statue.  It was probably about a mile from where we were staying, and many say it underwhelms.  It was a gorgeous day and I’m glad we got over there to see it even though it was kind of small.  There were plenty of parks and green space along the way to sit down and relax for a bit as well.

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These next few were taken in front of the Queen’s Palace.  In Denmark you can just walk right up to the palace.  Cars would also randomly drive through this plaza which was kind of strange.

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Caroline played baby wrangler for a while.  You’ll see a theme here- Adelaide RUNS.  This kid never learned to walk, just run.  Seriously, it’s exhausting.  She hates holding hands.  She’s a pro at wiggling out of your grasp and running away at full speed.

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She became obsessed with this fountain.  All she wanted to do was climb straight in and take a swim.

You’re seeing the theme here, right?

Adelaide is crazy.

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London, The Final Part

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Just a few random photos from around London… Big Ben and the London Eye behind us.  Adelaide wasn’t very impressed, so she slept through it all.

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You would think from this post that Adelaide often naps in her stroller.  But don’t get it wrong.  This is a rare occurrence that just happens to be documented twice in one post.  Basically, she only falls asleep when we’re about to get somewhere interesting and is wide awake for times we wish she’d take a little snooze…

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Oh you know, just listening to the ocean…

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Taking a selfie in Liberty of London.  I was so excited to visit this store.  Basically, my heaven.

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Playing in the trash, as babies do.

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Adelaide was very unimpressed with her first trip on the tube.  We went 2 stops before finding out the train was no longer running due to construction, and were forced to take the bus.  Which ended up being a blessing.  The tube was VERY un-stroller friendly, and buses were surprisingly easy and stroller accessible.  In New York you have to fold up the stroller to take it on the bus, but in London there are no steps, and there’s a place to park the stroller as well.  We ended up taking the bus exclusively after that first tube ride, and I can’t speak highly enough of our experience.  I think the great bus system (and difference between the NY buses and London’s accessibility) was actually the most shocking thing about London.

the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug We sprung for the champagne package of the London Eye.  Basically because you avoid the lines and because everything is better with a little bit of alcohol.  Except when Adelaide is running around trying to spill everyone’s champagne.  Would you believe it if I told you that we were the only ones with a baby that got the champagne package??  Party of 3, please!

London, you were too good to us.  From the changing of the guard to the shops to the amazing bus system, we loved it all.  I’m even willing to overlook you going from bright sunny skies to torrential downpours with no warning.  Until next time, my friend.

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London, Part 3

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Remember that time I had a blog and actually kept it updated?  Ten years later and I’m still posting London pics, but hold tight, there are only 300 left to post.

My birthday fell over our trip to London, and it also happened to be the only day Jon had to work while we were there.  So while he was off earning the dolla dolla bills, Adelaide and I did some more sightseeing.

I stopped back at Westminster Abbey since we had gone on a Sunday (church closed except for services, and we had gotten there too late to attend) and Adelaide had been asleep.  I wanted to get some photos of her outside, and then to go inside and light a prayer candle.  That’s when I realized the line to get inside was around the block and I have a toddler, and well… you do the math. the baloney bug

Seconds after we took this photo with the leaf Adelaide grabbed a cigarette butt and that wasn’t gross at all.  #yesitwas the baloney bug Then we headed to Hyde Park to explore and run around for a bit.  But not without first taking the bus 20 minutes the wrong direction into the ghetto, but hey!  That’s why being a tourist is so fun!

Adelaide’s most favorite game is chasing pigeons (such a city girl) so that’s what we spent most of our time in the park doing.  I’m not sure it was necessary to fly across the pond to chase some pigeons, but it sure made her happy. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug

We ended our day with shopping at Selfridge’s and Regent Street.  Adelaide insisted on slamming this stroller buggie into the wall, pulling it back and repeating.  Over and over.  And then had an epic meltdown when I tried to leave, where I’m sure everyone was talking about how that American woman can’t control her kid. the baloney bug

Overall we had a great day.  I drank a ton of Starbucks as I was constantly popping in to use the wifi and refresh my maps to figure out where the heck I was going.  I checked off a ton of places that I wanted to see and enjoyed quality time with my little lady.

Thank you London, for a lovely birthday.

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London, Part 2

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Our first full day in London we decided to take the Tower of London tour.  Jon had done it while in college, but seeing as this was my first trip (and Adelaide’s!) we thought it was worth visiting.  I’m glad we did because it was one of my favorite parts of the trip.  The tour was really entertaining and I’m glad we decided to do that instead of walking around by ourselves.

I try to let Adelaide out of the stroller or carrier as often as possible, but there were a lot of stairs here, so she had to be contained for the majority of our trip.  I always try to let her run around for a bit and burn some energy before we leave, though.  Kid has enough energy for all of us, so a little play time is essential.

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Clearly she takes after her mama.

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London, Part 1

the baloney bug Apologies for the radio silence, blog friends.  Since the last time I posted we’ve been to um… 4 different countries.  We took a weekend trip to Toronto (pictures of that to come, sometime).  Then we took a little over a week trip to Europe where we spent a few days in London, a few days in Copenhagen and a very brief day trip across the border into Sweden.

Adelaide is nothing short of an amazing traveler.  She does so well on planes.  Generally she’s awake for boarding and then we nurse during takeoff, which paired with the white noise of the engines, puts her right to sleep.  I joke that the only time I get to watch movies is during plane rides when she’s asleep (this trip I finally watched Frozen, as well as American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club).

Our flight to London was scheduled to depart NYC at 8:30pm, but we sat on the runway for a very exhausting 2 hours before finally taking off.  We landed the next morning in London on very little sleep only to hear that our hotel room wasn’t ready.  We decided to walk around and ended up catching the changing of the guards.  Then Adelaide and I ran around outside of Buckingham Palace for a while until she fell and then no one was happy.

the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug I swear all I do these days is chase this girl.  She is FAST. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug Adelaide’s top and shoes // My sweatshirt, pants are old Gap (similar) and  shoes (on sale!) the baloney bug Oh hey, stroller.  I’ll try to do a post one of these days about how we make it through the airport.  We’ve brought our stroller on every flight we’ve ever taken, but always checked it at the desk and I wear Adelaide through security and the airport.  And then I get a chuckle at all the other parents trying to get that thing through security. the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug the baloney bug These next few photos were taken at the end of the day when we were walking back to our hotel and realized there were way less people outside and tried to snap a few more photos:

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London, you were too good to us.

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