Traveling has always been in my heart. As far back as I remember my parents always took us traveling. Sometimes local and sometimes abroad but we always traveled as a family. As I sit back now and examine the lessons it taught me at such a young age, I know it’s helped make me the person I am today. Traveling taught me how to be efficient, time conscious and at times, fearless. If I could thank my parents for what they provided for me the list would be endless but on the top of it would be to thank them for travel. It wasn’t always pretty having 3 very vocal children to lug around and spend countless hours on the road to our next adventure. When I had my son I remember telling my husband that I wanted to show our son the world and I very much still intend on doing so. Yes, it will be difficult and yes, I understand I’m not rich but that’s not going to be a big enough reason to not go and explore near lands and far off places.
On our first trip to Disney World with my husband’s side of the family we found out that his uncle, aunt and cousin’s family intended on going to Ireland later this year. We were so excited for them, particularly because we had been thinking of going to Scotland around the same time. Over dinner we realized that it would be great to join each other and head over to Scotland with a couple of days in London. Once we returned home the planning began!
At first I scoured the internet with suggestions for international travel with toddlers but I must admit I kept hitting a wall. Yes, plenty of travel blogs about Scotland and even a few about Scotland & children but not many that offered real information like how do you pack a toddler? What are some must haves? What do I bring if I only plan to pack one bag for a family of three and eleven days? Ashley and I quickly began comparing notes and became a great source of thinking of things the other didn’t consider and realized that we are completely different travelers in general. Then the idea of this blog came to light.
We hope to share our adventures, tips and lessons along the way. So it’s official we have joined the endless sea of mommy bloggers to give our two cents about life but to also hopefully give a platform for like-minded families everywhere.
Who we are:
Ashley & Eleanor
Being Momma to Eleanor is quite an adventure! At 20 months old, she is constantly on the go finding new things to explore. Eleanor was born 4 weeks before her due date at only four and a half pounds, but she has not let that slow her down one bit. She has met every milestone on time based on her actual birthday. She loves Minnie and Micky Mouse, Tumble Leaf, Nemo, coloring (especially on the walls), flowers, other kids, her grandparents, the outdoors, and much more.
I hope that Eleanor will love the outdoors. So far it has come very naturally to her. I can take her outside and she will run around, explore, and find ways to entertain herself. The leaves, flowers, twigs, and bugs are her toys and entertainment. We have enjoyed going on hikes locally, but we look forward to expanding out horizons and traveling stateside and overseas.
Eleanor had her first flight when we went to Orlando, Florida in the spring. It was a great way to prepare for a much longer flight that we will be taking this August when we visit to United Kingdom. We look forward to sharing this exciting journey with you!
Jessica & Abram
Abram came along at a time of our lives that we didn’t ever think that we would have children and had actually come to terms with it. My husband and I decided that we begin to live our lives for us and not for the expectations of a family. We moved to a small bungalow in the city and within a year this little boy decided that he wouldn’t make us wait a moment more. The timing was perfect. We were different people than the young couple so desperately desiring a child. Eleven years of “trying” to have a child became irrelevant because he arrived at the perfect moment. As any mother, my life has just begun its most important chapter where I live my life with my child and not because of him.
Abe is a toddler with typical toddler traits. He loves to skateboard, play baseball, watch tv and explore outside. We hike, travel and attend many events in our city as a family. Although I wouldn’t say he is a natural-born leader, I do credit our time outdoors to his self-confidence regarding his environment and ultimately making him a toddler that would never hesitate to lead a hike. Our community is important to us and try to teach that to him by allowing him to learn all the wonderful things about it. Now that he is almost three we cannot wait to extend our travels and experience life together.