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The Ultimate U.S. Landmark List

Y’all, I love lists. Not just a little, but a massive LOVE. I make bucket lists, to-do lists, and prayer lists. I make lists of things I know how to cook and of go-to disciplines for my children. And of course, packing lists.

Not to sound completely crazy- though at this point, it may be too late- but I often make Continue reading The Ultimate U.S. Landmark List

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Go To Your Happy Place

Dare I say, the weekend was emotional. At one point or another, almost everyone in the United States got passionate about something. From politics, to weather to football, social media went crazy. Americans cried, cheered, marched, celebrated, and mourned. Many even banned together against a common enemy (the Patriots, of course!)

Celebrating Atlanta’s win!

Last night as storms raged in the South and a battle escalated in the North (on the football field), I couldn’t help thinking that a vacation would be nice. Everything has just felt a little intense lately. I’ve always prided myself on avoiding stress. I’m not a big fan, and I tend to just shut down when things get too stressful. So apparently my response to the weekend is start planning travel.

Recently CNN wrote an article about the 15 happiest places in the world. Not surprising, they noted January as a typically depressing month. Reasons such as bad weather, and post-holiday fatigue are some reasons for the mood. Additionally, people are either still on their New Year’s diets and miserable, or have already failed at their goals. The article notes  a vacation to a happy place can be just the right cure for a rough January!

Definitely a fun place…but Wrigley Field probably wouldn’t make my Top 15!

Though I’ve only been to 2 of the 15 places listed in the article (Moonlite BBQ Inn in Owensboro, Kentucky and Wrigley Field in Chicago)- I feel like the places that made the list might be a tad subjective so I’m not even linking it to this post. Everyone has a personal list of happy places. Personally, I’d put The Road To Hana in Hawaii at the top of my list. Coming in a close second would be Harbour Town in Hilton Head, South Carolina. And rounding out my top three, is Discovery Cove in Florida.

My Happy Places

Where is your happy place? 

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“That’s Crazy”

Over the last 8-years I’ve heard those words a lot when it comes to our travel plans. From taking our 2-week old to the beach (worst idea ever!), to driving 26 hours in a 72 hour period to attend a friend’s wedding- we hear “that’s crazy” often.


Without hesitation I will tell you that the craziest travel plans I’ve ever made involved taking a 4-year old and a 4-month old from Lexington, KY to Maui, Hawaii. Yep, I went there. In my defense, I didn’t just wake up one day and think that was a good idea. Fortunately, or unfortunately, Brent had an extremely successful year at work the year the year before. It’s most likely due to the fact that I was pregnant for 9 of the 12 months and he spent a lot of extra time at the office as to avoid his hormonal wife.

So hard as it was to believe, Brent got a phone call a couple weeks after our son was born letting him know that he’d won a trip to Hawaii. Excitement turned to horror as I remembered that I had children. Not just children, but an infant. That infant was dependent on me in many ways, but mostly as his food source every 2 to 3 hours, 24 hours a day.  In this one circumstance, I can confidently say I was pretty much irreplaceable.

Brent was quick to figure everything out. Don’t you love how guys can do that? He calculated that if I pumped my milk every other hour, in between feedings, round the clock until the trip, that I would “probably” have enough milk stored up to leave our baby for a couple of days. Gosh, that sounded awesome. Never mind the impossible task of trying to find someone who would agree to watch a very active 4-year old, and a baby that was not yet sleeping through the night. At that point, in my mind, the trip to Hawaii was pretty much impossible.

Unless. No. Well. Maybe? What if we took the kids? I laughed at my own joke. I mean, that was insane, right? It was, but I quickly realized it was probably the only way I was going to get to go to Hawaii that year. When faced with the decision of going to Hawaii or not going to Hawaii, I was willing to do whatever it took…even taking a 4-year old and a 4-month old on a 12+ hour flight.


I’m not going to lie, it was crazy. But it was also one of the best experiences of my life. We learned a lot that trip. We made mistakes, ran into issues and got a lot of mean looks (is there anything worse than a crying baby on a plane?) We also made tons of memories along the way- none of which our children remember, but that’s okay because we took lots of pictures.


What is the craziest trip you’ve ever taken with your family?

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