Life Ramblings Travel

Hello, hello,

So many fun things have happened…where do I begin?

My mom was in town last week, and we had a blast playing with Emerson and shopping for summer clothes. My mom couldn’t believe how much personality Em has and how much she has grown up since March. It was nice to have some additional help for a few days, and I slept until 8:00!

Matt and I also celebrated our 4 year wedding anniversary! My mom was kind enough to babysit and we had a fancy smancy dinner at Town Hearth. It was hoppin’ on a Tuesday night and definitely a scene. Loved the chandeliers.


We shared a filet and a bbq snapper with a bunch of sides. Oh, and tots topped with prime rib to start!

We’ve only done a handful of date nights since October, so this felt very special.
Emerson is 8 months old today! Time had slowed down for a while, but now it’s moving very fast! She’s eating so many different foods, waving bye-bye, babbling like crazy, and hovering on all fours. She’s also dropped down to two naps, and is sleeping for longer stretches. She took one 2.5 hour nap this week, and I didn’t know what to do with myself!
We have three trips planned for summer (and 7 flights), and I’m a little worried we’ve taken on too much. We head to Ojai, California for my college friend’s wedding this Thursday! After that, we’ll be joining my family for a week at the NC coast, and then our family of 3 is braving the 10 hour trip to Hawaii. I’m nervous, but excited! Send any advice my way.
What’s on your agenda for summer?
  • Lara
    June 13, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I just want to say I love reading your updates, especially about motherhood (my daughter is 3 months younger than E), they seem to be a lot more “real” than other bloggers. Thank you!

    • Laura
      June 15, 2017 at 3:03 pm


  • Liz
    June 15, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Wow, Hawaii! You’re a brave soul 😉 My son is a couple weeks younger than your cutie and we took him on a 3 hour flight at the beginning of May, so he was about 6 months old. OMG. He WOULD NOT SLEEP (either going to or coming home). He eventually got bored with us trying to entertain him and unfortunately did scream some (it really wasn’t that bad/that much but I was so horrified with the idea of bothering other passengers that I was super stressed out over it – I really need to get over that). My stress levels were through the roof the whole time even though he was actually fine most of the time. I always wanted to be the type of travel with my kids because we traveled a lot before him and I wanted to share the world with him, but I was kind of scarred by the experience, again, even though it wasn’t even that bad at the end of the day!
    Sorry, this isn’t very helpful! No advice that you don’t already know from flying with her. I remember you saying she did great on the flights I think, so maybe I just was unlucky! I’m sure the flight will be worth it in the end for a great vacation!

    • Laura
      June 15, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Oh no! That sounds hard, and I’m definitely worried about what other passengers think too. We just landed in LAX and she slept for two hours – I think the sound from the plane and being snuggled up with me and the wrap makes her sleepy. Maybe you could try again to see if it was just a fluke…

  • Rachel
    June 16, 2017 at 11:50 am

    We took our 2 year old to Hawaii and it was a blast! The plane rides weren’t that bad because they were broken up, so none of the flights were terribly long. Hawaii is such a family friendly place and so beautiful — it will be worth it! Have you looked into renting baby equipment? We rented a crib, stroller, and beach stuff, and they were already at our condo when we arrived. It was awesome not to have to worry about bringing any of that stuff, espcially with all of the plane changes! We used http://www.nanaenterprises.com/ but there are plenty to choose from.

    My other recommendation is to check most of your luggage — yes, it might cost some $$, but you don’t want to be trying to cart all of your luggage, baby, baby stuff, etc., when dealing with plane changes, etc. We learned that the hard way!

    • Laura
      June 16, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you!!