Read my full post about our hike over on Running With Tongs.
While this isn’t Edith’s first snow it is the first snow that she has really experienced. I took her out on Thursday when it started snowing and she was in love and was pretty upset when I said that it was time to head back inside. Yesterday we woke up to even more snow and Neil and I took her outside to play around in the snow. To top off the snow day we took a snowy walk to dinner (we have no food in the house) and she had a blast. It also took us three times as long to get there because Edith wanted to scoop snow and put it on us or just lay down on the side walk and roll around in it. Unfortunately we didn’t catch our dinner walk in photos but I would say Edith had the time of her life.
> My little snow angels
> Snow fight!
Q: Has your little one experienced snow? What was there reaction?
A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to visit the Zoo Lights at the Oregon Zoo and while it was freezing out we had a wonderful time.
>We started off with dinner at the Cascade Grill.
> My mom’s omnivore meal.
> Our soup and salad; although simple it was tasty!
> Neil and I took advantage of the grandparents and went on the most un-thrilling “thrill ride” ever.
> Edith walked the entire zoo and was in love with all of the lights. Side note she was probably the most well dressed–> SO COLD!
We hadn’t planned to be around for Thanksgiving, we had hotel reservations to go to Seattle, a Thanksgiving dinner invite by Seattle friends and a weekend full of exploring to do but that all changed when Neil spent two weeks working 10-12 hour days and weekends. Instead of traveling for the holiday we decided to stay local and have a mini stay-cation. While planning our weekend at home I entered a giveaway to win VIP seating tickets for the Portland Macy’s Day Parade and lucky us we won!
This morning after a particularly early wake-up we headed downtown to take our seats and watch the parade. Neil and I were both curious and anxious to see how Edith would react to the parade- would it be too loud? Would she be overwhelmed? Would she have any reaction at all? While we would have liked to stay until the end E’s early wake-up meant she was ready for a nap by 9:30am and by 9:45am we were packing up and making our way out. Although we didn’t make it to the end this year hopefully next year we will!
Well the parade started and Edith climbed into my lap and stood up so she could get a good look. She loved the bands, the floats and the horses. She would point and get so excited as each float/band/ect. passed by. Neither of us could have wished for a better response.
This past weekend we ended up having an impromtu staycation. After weeks of moving, conferences and other commitments it was nice to actually spend the entire weekend as a family. On Saturday visited one of the many museums we have a membership to, did a little window shopping, went out to lunch and spent the night relaxing. Sunday we started our day just like we always do with a nice walk to our favorite local coffee shop.
> Americanos for the adults and a special hemp milk hot chocolate (light on the chocolate) for the little one.
> Then we walked home which took forever because two little legs wanted to walk ALL the way home as well. We also had to make a few “coffee” break stops and of course had to pick up ever leaf on the ground.
> After our morning coffee date we headed to the farmers market to pick up some goodies for the week. Edith was in heaven because she could sample just about every item of produce that was being sold all while riding in the wagon.
> After the market we stopped over to Sasquatch Brewery for a beer tasting and light lunch.
> Our busy morning out and about left E exhausted so of course she fell asleep in the car on the ride home so while Neil put away our groceries I sat in the car and played Pet Rescue Saga while E slept. *side note I am unfortunately addicted to this game and all out of lives- who wants to send me some? 😉
> The remainder of our day was spent drawing, reading books and eventually putting E to bed so that Neil and I could catch up on a show and cuddle on the couch.
What did you do this weekend?
I know it has been a few weeks now but I wanted to share our little camping getaway. Over Labor Day Weekend we headed North West to Sou’Wester Lodge in Seaview, Washington. Sou’Wester has a lodge, cabins, vintage trailers and a spot for RV camping as well. Neil had visited a few months before on a work retreat and fell in love so obviously he had to take us back. We decided to stay in the Air Float, one of the vintage trailers which unfortunately was sold and is probably no longer there now.
Sou’Wester is conveniently only 15 miles from one of our favorite coastal towns Astoria, famously known for The Goonies. It is also only about 1/4 mile walk from the beach which made for some really fun adventures with Edith. When we weren’t touring around Astoria or hanging out at the beach we hung around the campsite playing card games, making a fire to roast (vegan) marshmallows over, took in some Sunday morning live music and did a little thrift shopping at the thrift shop trailer.
We had an amazing time and scoped out some of the other trailers since of course we plan on going back next year. We also are now dreaming of the day that we can afford to buy our own Airstream or Airfloat or something similar. Seriously I think we are addicted! I now see Airstreams everywhere and I have a plan to buy one for our 20th wedding anniversary (only 14 years and 8 months to go!)
Did you go camping this summer? Have you ever stayed in an Airstream? Do you have an Airstream and are they as dreamy as I think they are?
I just realized it has been almost two weeks since our last post and I am hanging my head in shame. I have about five posts started and a billion more in my head to write but right now our time has been occupied by an intensive four day babywearing educator course, my babywearing educator tests, a much needed family weekend and now we are preparing to move (hopefully) this coming weekend. I know we will have a little down time this week and I can’t wait to share everything but until then here are a few of my favorite photos from the weekend.
On our latest cross country trip we had an entire day to kill before flying out of Dulles Airport so we ended up heading into DC for brunch and some site seeing. Neil and I traveled to DC back in 2010 and we had such a great time so we were excited to bring Edith, even if it was just for the day. We stopped into Busboys & Poets for brunch, then made our way to the Natural History Museum and then ended our trip with a quick stop at Sticky Fingers for some vegan cupcakes. I can’t wait to head back to DC when Edith is older and can really enjoy all the sites and museums.
We recently traveled to Virginia with Edith for a wedding and were lucky enough to be invited to stay on site at the Chestnut Hill B&B with the bride, groom and other wedding guests. We were a bit worried leading up to the stay as Edith was going through a terrible night time screaming phase due to teething and we really had no idea how she would be. Considering B&B’s aren’t exactly known for being family friendly we contacted our friends before hand but they said just come and we’d figure it out when we got there. So we were prepared to find ourselves a hotel if need be but we luckily had a very successful stay.
Since only wedding guests and the bride and groom were staying at the inn we were able to choose our rooms upon arrival. We ended up staying in the Alexander Daley Room which was simply amazing. One of the most amazing guest rooms I have ever stayed in with two fire places, a jacuzzi tub, amazing shower and the most fantastic bed. Honestly it’s no wonder Edith slept so well it was the most comfortable bed I have slept on in years, or maybe even ever.
Although the innkeepers seemed taken a little off guard when finding out they had guest with a baby who were also vegan they were very gracious and amazing hosts. They made sure that all of our needs were met and had nothing but kind words regarding Edith. I have to say I was pretty impressed with Edith as well. We had no tantrums, no night screams and she was happy as can be. I have to say staying at the B&B was easy for us because we co-sleep so if you don’t I would make sure to bring or rent a pack n’ play for your little one. The only thing that could have been better was a little more food or a small plate for Edith because I left every breakfast feeling hungry because little miss ate 60% of my breakfast. Oh well! Not a big thing.
Edith really enjoyed wandering around the big grassy yard, peaking into the koi pond, giggling at the fountain and saying hi to the cats (and statues of dogs and lions). I wish I could say we would stay here again with Edith but I have to say if we were to visit again it would be a parents only affair. We had an amazing time and our two night stay left us sad and disappointed go home.
Have you ever stayed at a B&B with a baby? If no, would you?
This past weekend we packed ourselves up and took to the skies traveling from Portland, Oregon to Charlottesville, Virigina via Dulles Airport. This was Neil’s first time flying with Edith and my second time flying cross country with her. I know that there are a ton of posts floating around about tips for flying with a baby and/or toddler but I still feel the urge to share what worked for us so here I go.
- Flights: We had a number of options for flights so we tried to be fairly methodical when choosing which one we would take. We ended up deciding to take direct flights both ways because they start time of both were when Edith usually naps. We also took into consideration that our other flight options basically took us directly south and then across the country which really didn’t do anything for us except add 4+ hours of travel time to our day.
- Airport & Boarding: We chose not to be overly early for our flights. Instead we arrived 60-90 minutes before our boarding time and we had no issues getting through airport security. We then spent the remainder of the time running Edith ragged. We wanted her tired out and ready to sit and relax on the plane and hopefully sleep. I changed her diaper about 10 minutes before boarding time so she was already to go. When it came time to board we did not board first. I cannot emphasize this enough that you should wait until at least half of the plane is full before boarding. Babies and children get antsy on the plane so let them have as much freedom as possible before getting on. If you are traveling with a husband, friend, partner, family member, ect. you can always have them get on first and settle in before you bring your little one on.
- Seating: When it comes to seating on the plane we like to go with a middle and a window seat. I know others suggest the aisle and middle but it worked for us because Edith loved to look out the window. As for which seats to choose we made a rookie mistake and decided to go with the regular economy seats (we flew United) and between all of our things, Edith on our laps and the two kids in front of us who decided to recline their seats all the way back we did not have enough room for a 5+ hour flight. On the way back we decided to change our seats to economy plus which had more leg room and bonus because we switched our seats when we arrived to airport we were able to get a row to ourselves (huzzah!) That all being said if your little one is going to be riding on your lap I really suggest upgrading for cross country flights. If we were only flying 2-3 hour we probably wouldn’t bother but for 5+ hours it makes a huge difference.
- On The Plane: When we first got seated I took out my nifty calming balm and rubbed a little below Edith’s nose. It is apparently supposed to calm babies and help them to relax and go to sleep. I am not sure if it was the calming balm or the time of day but Edith slept for about half of the flight there and the entire flight back. In case Edith didn’t sleep I packed up a small bag of toys which included books, crayons, coloring pages, flashcards, stickers and playdough. I also brought some headphones for Edith and loaded the iPad with some really awesome baby friendly apps. We didn’t really end up using many of the entertainment items due to Edith’s amazing ability to sleep on the plane but they did come in handy for entertainment while we were at our destination.
I have to say we had an extremely easy time flying. We don’t have anymore flights planned right now but with family and friends on the opposite coast I imagine we will be making another cross country flight in the near(ish) future.
What are you tips for flying with a baby or toddler?
You can check out everything I brought on the plane in our diaper bag here.