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happy trails.

what is it about traveling that makes me pack like a real housewife? we have a total of 1 kid, we’ve been to mammoth a total of 3,467 times, and will be gone a total of a whopping 3 nights- yet somehow a thule box was required to get us, the babe, and the 2 pups to mammoth. i blame my husband for needing to transport a snowboard AND skis to their mammoth resting place. he’s so selfish when it comes to winter activities. Don’t even get me started about how he’s way way better than i am at both skiing and boarding. . . to which i place the blame on having to take a season off to CARRY HIS CHILD.

i shutter to think of our packing dilemma if we ever have to travel somewhere tropical. lex has a swimsuit collection that would probably require a thule box all its own.

and our packing dilemma is even more appalling considering i wore one outfit ALL WEEKEND LONG. #puffyvestsforlife



Car trips for us go as follows: mike drives the whole way (control freak), while I’m tasked with rubbing lex’s foot (Mommeeee… Rub my foot puh-lease), tucker pants restlessly the whole time, and sweet sweet Sasha sleeps like the poop eating angel she is. Bubble guppies are on loop while hearing “moomee sing dis song!” must mean I have mastered some kick ass BG song skillz. Car naps are usually non-existent (probably because of my awesome BG skills), so we celebrate them big time (quietly) on the off chance we’re graced with them.



(and yes. its probably past time to wash lex’s car seat)

Way back in December lex experienced her first gondola ride- complete with a fresh cookie, and a wooly spotting (think giant wooly mammoth mascot). Ever since then I’ve been plagued with “ride gondola mommy? Ride gondola with cookie? See wooly? Take picture wooly?” daily… It was about damn time we delivered on this gondola/cookie/mammoth situation. So after Homegirl woke up at 5:30 with a very excited “RIDE GONDOLA DAY TODAY! SEE WOOLY TODAY! eat cookie?” I knew our weekend plans we’re set. And as the awesome parents we are- we TOTALLY delivered.


This my friends are what toddler dreams are made of. . . KITTY FACE PAINTING, GONDOLAS & WOOLY MAMMOTHS.


i don’t know what happens to me in mammoth. but its almost as if its not real-life. Like i don’t have to put on makeup, or change my clothes, or do any physical activity, and can eat my weight in kettle corn. I’m pretty sure the surfing bear in this pictures is totally appalled by the amount of kettle corn it just saw me put down. IMG_1423IMG_1424

we also celebrated lex’s beau’s boyfriend (she literally has a pet name for him “kai-kai”). . .and i dare anyone to tell me these two don’t look like teenagers in this picture.


And now we make the trek back home into the land of sunshine, kiddie pools, and wifi (I survived a weekend without wifi. And clearly need a t-shirt to prove it). And don’t worry, i managed to snag an extra large bag of kettle corn for the road.




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  • March 24, 2014 - 5:52 am

    Chrissy - Love that picture of her sitting on the gondola and her walking with her beau! Love her winter coat! Where is it from? I always have a hard time finding coats I like for Elin.

  • March 24, 2014 - 6:25 am

    Sara - This whole thing is wayyyyy too much! Mean kitty looks like an angel sleeping in her car seat. I refuse to believe anything but… 😉

  • March 24, 2014 - 7:27 am

    Jess - What a fun weekend!! You guys take the best pictures. But why would you EVER leave the sunshine??? I am dying for some Vitamin D!!

  • March 24, 2014 - 7:28 am

    Jess - PS We traveled two states away for two nights this past weekend and had more bags than we took to Holland for a week. When we left the hotel room, I was totally mortified that we could make such a mess (without even being in the hotel room except to sleep). But then I left a nice tip for house keeping and enjoyed the fact that I didn’t have to clean our sheets or towels. 🙂

  • March 24, 2014 - 8:55 am

    Jenny - Ok those two kids walking holding hands?! Too much! Looks like a super fun weekend even if you did pack “too much” (is that even really possible with a kid?). Love those heart sunnies on Lex. And yay for any sort of a car nap — we have one who doesn’t either (pretty much her crib or no nap). And I don’ think i’ve seen you in your glasses before — you look great!

  • March 24, 2014 - 9:57 am

    Courtney B - Sounds like the BEST weekend!! And I seriously heart Lex’s sunglasses 😉

  • March 24, 2014 - 10:32 am

    karra - That sounds like an AMAZE weekend. & the two holding hands.. I die. Don’t worry I’ll be on the road for 5 days soon and will be eating nothing but junk… ohwell.

  • March 24, 2014 - 11:11 am

    sara - We totally have one of the car roof carrier things and, similarly, have had to use it for short, quick trips. And we don’t even have dogs. Just the two of us and a baby. #overpackersanonymous

  • March 24, 2014 - 1:08 pm

    EHayes - So cute and fun wkd! Random, the cup holder on Lex’sa carseat… where from?what brand? those Q’s. Something we could use!

  • March 24, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    Laura - Ahh that last photo!! Too cute – gosh it’s crazy to think one day they will all grow up. I think about it now and I am still in the process of growing her!

  • March 24, 2014 - 4:53 pm

    Jodi - Your little girl is so trendy, I love it!

  • March 24, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    Courtney - I love absolutely everything about this post. Oh, and kettle corn? I’m right there with ya girl.. I can put away a SHAMEFUL amount of any type of popcorn. Solidarity.

  • March 24, 2014 - 8:59 pm

    Elizabeth - That picture of Lex and her beau… OMG. I die. Make sure to include that in the wedding slideshow!

  • March 25, 2014 - 6:51 am

    julie - Mean kitty AND gondola rides? Sign me up! And I need the details on that cup holder….

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