It’s photo Friday time, and in honor of leaving on our 2 week beach excursion to Destin to celebrate the end of Summer I found pictures from our beach trips from years past. We go several times a year, always to Destin, and always to Whitley Bay, in the UK, and we have added in some other places along the way. Warm, cold, we don’t mind!
What is your favorite place to go to the beach?
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One of the benefits of exposing your kids to travel is to see things differently. Kids spot things you don’t, they see the beauty in the mundane and, quite frankly, they are smaller so their eye level is different from yours and as such they see flowers and butterflies and bugs and treasures and things our eyes may quickly scan over. We have learned to take the time to see what they see, to stop and look at the things that excite them, to recognize that their way of seeing things is always different from our own.
It seemed only natural that since I almost always have a camera attached to my hand that our son, F, would want one of his own. Since his first choice would be to use mine (and that won’t happen) and his second choice is my iPhone, which he has on his own learned how to take pictures with, open instagram and post on, we decided he needed his own camera, and so my parents got him one for Christmas. It has been so fun to see the pictures he takes, and while they aren’t artistically the best pictures they represent him and who he is at this point in his life and, more importantly, how he sees the world.
Using his own camera to take pictures
Using his own camera to take pictures
His camera is the VTech Kidizoom Camera, given to him by his Grammy and Papi, but there are many other kids camera options out there!
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When we first had our son, F, I knew I wanted to have a carrier I could wear him in. At that time all I really knew about was the baby bjorn, so we got one before he was born, practiced on a stuffed animal, and once he was born wore him all the time. While I didn’t know then that it wasn’t the most comfortable carrier it certainly came in handy when we traveled, which we started doing with a trip to Spain and Portugal when he was 10 weeks old.
Since then we have added many different carriers to our collection, and besides using them on a daily basis when our daughter L was born, I realized how helpful it is to bring one, even with her at 2 years old, especially when we travel on a red eye flight. We pack our umbrella stroller and throw in our Beco carrier and when we land with two sleepy children we can put our 5 year old in the stroller (he is too tired to complain!) and I wear L and everyone is happy!
Whitley Bay, UK
North Georgia Mountains
Atlanta airport after long flight from Amsterdam
Do your babies/toddlers like to be worn? Where around the world have you worn them?
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We are not really beach or hot weather people. As in, with 2 blondes and 2 redheads we are a sunscreen companies best customer. My kids sweat, a lot. They turn red and cranky and want to find air conditioning asap. They are not fans of super heat, but if we stayed home during the hottest months of the year we would miss out on so many amazing opportunities and travel experiences.
So, we make the best of it! Last September we headed to Charleston, a humid, hot city on the water. A gorgeous city, but hot. Did I mention hot? We packed up some hats, the bathing suits, lots of sunscreen, and took sweaty pictures of our kids. We found fountains to splash in and ice cream to eat. With lots of water, a double stroller and snacks they enjoyed themselves in spite of the soaring temperatures.
Posing with sweaty faces on a cannon near the waterfront
Splashing in a fountain to cool down
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Our spunky, feisty little girl is turning 2 today, and I think how lucky she is to have traveled so much in such a short time, and with so many trips ahead of us as well. We are laying the groundwork to show her how important it is to see the world, to be a good traveler, to be aware of other cultures and the way people live throughout the world.
Of course she just likes to run around castles and explore beaches and play on playgrounds. Who can blame her?
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