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I’ll never forget the day I found out that Taryn was pregnant (she ordered a Sprite with lunch). Then I was pregnant, and we were both having boys. We were so excited to be raising our babies together, instant BFF’s! Well, then we moved… to Washington. It hasn’t been easy living away from so many people we consider family, and a city we love so much. I am thankful for the flexibility to visit often, and the willingness of our San Diego family to take us in. In many ways,

One of the things that I love so much about motherhood is getting to experience things, I’ve done previously, completely differently when I’m with Beckett. This beach hike is a perfect example. The views from here are impressive, it’s undeniable, but with Becks it’s less about the big-picture and more about the little things. It’s the bugs, the flowers, the sounds, the smells. It’s having conversations about zombies, and planets, and firetrucks and chatting with complete strangers (because Becks is about the friendliest kiddo, like ever!). It’s watching his confidence

Something fantastic has happened. I can actually let Beckett play with kiddos his own age, while only loosely supervising, and they don’t kill themselves or each other. It’s amazing! That “oh no, it’s too quiet” moment that would send you scrambling, sprinting… (poof) gone. More signs that my boy, is a baby no more. Visiting the desert is so wonderful because Beckett can just be a 4-year-old kid. He gets dirty, explores, wanders and pretends to be a cowboy. His “desert cousins” are the perfect ages, and they’ll play happily

I had so many amazing ideas for our stay in Tampa. Then we got sick. I came down with an ever-morphing cold that completely stole my voice and countless hours of sleep. My babe fought with a stomach flu that robbed his energy and his tolerance for mommy’s adventures. The hubs, living in our tiny petri dish, prayed he wouldn’t catch one thing or the other. So despite having a bunch of amazing plans, we did nothing but enjoy the sun, the sand between our toes and some really yummy

I’d been so excited for this trip because I felt we had unfinished business in Orlando. I wanted the babe to experience classic Disney, and I knew I’d take him to the Magical Kingdom this time around. I didn’t know I’d be able to squeeze in two days there, but am thankful to have not forced the single, super-duper-long, marathon day. And, if I’m being honest, two days of Cinderella’s Castle and Main Street dressed up for the holidays was A-OK with me. Mosaic art in Cinderella’s Castle

We’d had our fill of sunshine (sounds crazy, right?!) and needed a less-expensive option between theme park days. We found it at Splitsville. This bright and bustling bowling alley in the middle of Disney Springs took care of all the details and got you bowling in a jiffy. I always get frustrated trying to figure out how to work the machine where you enter player information, don’t get me started on maneuvering the bumpers (is that the technical term?). Our names were entered and bumpers were programmed to come down

Orlando, we meet again. Thank you for luring us out of the cold and rain (record-breaking rain), we needed a dose of Vitamin D and you’re just what the doctor ordered. Beckett loves staying in hotels, he often asks to move into one. I don’t blame him, I mean, I wish! What I wouldn’t do for fresh linens and room service every day, mmm… Beckett loves them for elevators, key cards, vending machines and most-importantly, the pool. The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek was awesome. Had there not been a zillion

After, literally, stumbling down a cobble-stoned memory lane for four days with my girlfriends in Cabo San Lucas, the lesser-traveled San Jose del Cabo was a delightful reprieve. Add in my favorite two guys, good family friends and temperatures in the high-eighties and nineties, and you have the makings of a pretty darn good week. We checked into Casa Amigos in the beautifully lush Fundadores neighborhood of Puerto Los Cabos. What a treat! I understood immediately why some reviewers of the property mentioned they never left it. The home is

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