As noted in the post What to Do When You Can’t Travel, we aren’t able to travel right now. We spent a night in Cincinnati, Ohio last month, but that’ll be it for awhile. However, I wanted to let my readers know about a few updates to the blog, as well as answer the question, “who is Jerrie Mock?” Continue reading
Thanks to Julie for this wonderful guest post about extended summer travel!
My kids and I do quite a bit of summer travel. We drive two hours away multiple times during the summer and stay for a week or two at a time. We’re rarely home for more than one to two weeks between trips. We stay with family. My husband joins us for a weekend or a long weekend sometimes.
Most people find this situation really strange. Continue reading
Let’s face it, not only is it easy to put travel on the back burner, sometimes the choice is taken out of our hands for awhile. Whether it be health or financial matters, not being able to travel is a bummer. Since I can’t travel right now, here’s what I do to get by when it feels like I’m never going to get to travel. Continue reading
My eyes flew open. The fan stopped. Why did the fan stop?
“Mama!” A young voice yells. I hear the foot stomps getting closer to the bedroom door. “Mama!”
“MAMA! THE POWER IS OUT!”
The door flies open. My 4 year old son bounds into my bedroom. “Mama, the power is out,” he says.
“I know,” I say, still drowsy. “Go back downstairs with papa, okay? I’ll be down shortly. Please don’t wake your sister.”
Of course, by this time, everyone is awake. Please let there be coffee, is my mantra on each step down the stairs. Continue reading
Big thanks to Andrew for this awesome post about exploring in our own backyards.
Often when we think of travel we imagine ourselves far away from home. Usually hopping on a plane and going somewhere tropical but that doesn’t have to be the case. The truth is that adventure is always lurking in your back yard and often it’s affordable. Sure, it may not be as glamorous as a whirlwind European tour but sometimes you have to take what you can get. My backyard is Ohio so I hope to highlight some fun, affordable, and overlooked spots for you to visit. Continue reading
*Record scratch* Get your mind out of the gutter. This isn’t about that kind of first time. I was invited to my friend’s “ends with a 5” birthday party and she wanted to do a night out in Columbus. A real night out. No kids and no need to drive home at the end of the night. My first overnight away from both kids in 3 years. The only time I’ve been away overnight in 4 years was to birth my second child.
One month ago, this event sounded amazing. One week ago, my anxiety started in and I didn’t want to go. Continue reading
As usual, I wasn’t prepared for the trip, this time to Newport Aquarium. I packed twice the night before and once again in the morning, because everytime I turned around, my two little humans were unpacking the suitcase and using it for a doll bed. I was worried I’d forget an essential item. And worse, I wondered would my kids enjoy the aquarium? Continue reading
You’re stuck on a long flight with a crying baby or toddler, and a stressed out mom (or dad). It’s so loud. It’s so obnoxious. What can the childless person do to have a better flight?
I’m a mom, so I’m here to plead the case FOR traveling families, while also asking for compassion from the childless stranger. I can also assure you that the mom, dad, and screaming child are having a far worse day than you are. Yes, really. Continue reading
Time is running out to see Nora the Polar Bear at the Columbus Zoo. Her last day on view in Columbus, Ohio is September 5, 2016 (Labor Day). She will be moving across the country to the Oregon Zoo. There, she will hopefully be befriended by the resident polar bear Tasul. Tasul is apparently a good natured bear who has been alone since recently losing her brother. Really tugs on the heartstrings, huh?
“My cousin’s child cried during the entire 11 hour flight to Japan,” said Marybeth, when asked about how she conquered the fear of traveling with her baby. “I thought if my cousin can get through that, so can I.”
Marybeth’s comment mirrored my own fears about airplane travel with my kids. What if they meltdown on the airplane? What if we bother other passengers? What would I do? Continue reading