Trip of a Lifetime

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Adventures, TRAVEL

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I am back. Two weeks of traveling is no joke. But now we are home, left to dig out from the pile of housework and workwork.

I can say one thing: it was a trip of a lifetime. I cannot imagine it getting any better than what we just experienced in 2 weeks. The variety of climates, locations, experiences and activities was astonishing.

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We all came back enriched. With experiences. Lexi came back acting and talking like she is all grown up.

We have noticed that every time we go away, we come back with a major development jump in Alexis. This time it was cognitive.

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I am super excited to be home and settle into our routine. Back to Daily Mom work and posting on this blog, as well as Lexi’s classes and activities. It seemed like we were gone 6 months. It’s only been two weeks.

I came back with (i kid you not) 4800 photos. Not too big of a number considering it was a two week trip with landscapes out of this world. But big enough to be daunting to sort. I’m excited, though. I have never photographed in such beautiful locations, so I am happy to be adding these to our library.

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Be back soon with scheduled posts and posts about the trip.

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Vegas, here we come again

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Adventures, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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Almost exactly a year ago we took our first cross country trip since Lexi was born to attend a trade show. It was nerve racking for many reasons and looking back I have a mix of emotions about it.

Going into it, we had no idea how  it was going to work. We had never done anything like that with Lexi and her reaction could not have been guessed.

On one hand I was excited to fly with her for the first time, to show her the sights, to experience it with her for the first time. One of my most favorite things about have a child is seeing the world through their eyes and finding things that brings them joy. At the same time, I was completely lost at the idea of how she would tolerate a 5 hour non-stop flight considering we just barely got a handle on 3 hour car rides. We were also getting into what I consider the most challenging age (18-24 months), so it was a complete shot in the dark for us. Not knowing whether I’d be able to be away for most of the day when she normally doesn’t let me out of her sight, not knowing how she will tolerate the flight, and airport waiting times and waking up early to catch the flights…

South Seas Getaway Day 3: A tour around the resort and Pool time

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Adventures, Florida, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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#justescape was the hashtag of our South Seas, Captiva trip and I can certainly say that is what we did.

We just escaped.

Looking at the photos, it is almost as if I have temporary amnesia from our stay there. I don’t even remember and can’t imagine being in that beauty.

I guess it’s normal because I feel that way every time I step onto the beaches here in Florida. But one thing I do know is how much I wish I could be there again. Taking photos, enjoying the sunshine, the food, the view. Not a care in the world.

South Seas Getaway Day 2: Jet Skis, Beach and Fun

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Adventures, Florida, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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Day 2 of 3 Days at South Seas Resort.
See gorgeous Day 1 here

The next day after our arrival,packed with more experiences, was no less full and exciting. After a nice relaxed breakfast buffet at the marina with gorgeous views of gleaming white cottages and blooming bougainvillea, we set off for the beach. What gorgeous beaches Captiva has!

Beach Evenings with Friends

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Florida, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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It’s summer now, so it’s almost too hot to go out, even in the evenings except on cooler days. It should  cool down in a month or so, but in the meantime I get to post photos from our evening beach trips a few weeks back.

Jenn with her son Caden who is 4 months younger than Lexi  were with us that day and we had so much fun. I picked up sushi on the way, we swam, played with the sand, they ran around and we got a chance to chat while the kids played. I gotta say life in Florida is pretty perfect. I won’t write any more, just some pictures from that day.

Sun and Fun : Petit Crabe

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in BABY, Best for Baby, Florida, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, PHOTO, Photo Stories, PRODUCTS, TODDLER

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Second post in the Sun and Fun series!

For the other posts, go here:

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Petit Crabe is another one of those discoveries that I am super proud of :) haha

I am not sure how I even found them but when I started looking through their swimwear, I was instantly IN LOVE.

It is so simple and understated, yet packs a real punch with the colors and contrasting zippers and back graphic. I don’t know what it was about it but it just sang to me. I wish I could show you all the colors they carry ( the yellow is YUM!), but I guess that is just the reason to visit their website.

All swimwear has built in sun protection and most have a matching hat.

South Seas Resort Getaway: Day 1

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Adventures, Florida, Fun as a Toddler Mom, Life as a Toddler, PHOTO, Photo Stories, TODDLER, TRAVEL

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I want to tell you a story about an amazing time with my amazing family at an amazing resort in an amazing location.

Last month we were invited to visit and stay at the South Seas Resort for a few days. I am pretty used to travelling and writing about resorts, experiencing amenities and the destination. But this was truly something special.

Special enough that my husband couldn’t stop talking about it and still often says to me ” You know what I really miss? Being at that resort” (he can never remember names lol). And every time he says that I know exactly which resort he means.

There was something so perfect about South Seas that could have never been depicted on their website, or through photos found online. It just took our breath away. I hope that the photos I took during our stay will work at least a little bit better at relaying just  how magical that time was for us.