Cozumel With Kids: our family vacation

When I wrote my post yesterday about 11 years with the husband and our 5 years of wedding anniversaries, I realized I never posted about our family vacation to Cozumel! I only posted the beautiful sandy beaches. This post was saved in my drafts with only 2 photos… I think I took SO many photos on the trip I was overwhelmed! So here we go… 5 months later! I had a lot of people

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family vacation in the northwoods

Ahh, our first vacation as a family of four! And we opted for the 6 hour car ride… eek! We were a bit nervous about that part, but the driving actually went really well. We stopped only once each way–to nurse Rebecca and stretch–and the kids did amazingly well.

Thankfully we got to test out a Kia Sorento for the trip–we NEVER would have made it with all our stuff in one of our cars. More on the Sorento later

We stayed in a 3-bedroom cabin on Little

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Win a trip to Disney!

Steve and I have been considering our next vacation… will it be to a beach, maybe just the two of us, or will it be a family vacation at Disney? Ryan has recently learned about Mickey Mouse and the whole gang and I know he’d be sooo excited to see them all. I’ve been to Disney a few times, but not in YEARS! Or… do we wait a few years until Rebecca can enjoy it, too?! Or go now and later? I vote for both!

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just enjoying the view

When I was younger, my family would go on vacation to the same place every fall–St. Germain, WI. It’s the “northwoods” and it’s beautiful in the fall. When my brother and I got older, we moved away to school and the trips died out….

We’re starting the tradition again now that we’re all out of school and we have kids of our own. We came up last year and now we’re back again… this entire week I’m out of touch. I’m enjoying quality time

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a cabin on the lake in the woods

At the end of Sept/early October, Ryan and I went up north to Wisconsin with my parents. It’s a 5-hour drive straight north on Little St. Germain Lake. I haven’t been there in years, but used to go all the time when I was little–it was our annual fishing trip–so I was really excited to get to take Ryan at the perfect time for the beautiful fall colors.

He liked to

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Ryan’s first trip: Colorado

Ryan and I spent the first week of June in Colorado with my mom to visit my brother. I haven’t been there for a few years and of course Ryan has never been and I want him to see more of my brother–and I thought taking his first trip would be fun!! Crazy? Yes. Haha.

We spent the first part of the week at a hotel with a pool. Ryan had NO FEAR. He jumped off the edge of the pool over and over–sometimes before my mom or I were really there to be

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Ahhh, I feel like I haven’t posted in forever! And I haven’t! The middle of May was finals week at school so I was creating and grading exams and submitting scores, etc. That week was also our 3-year wedding anniversary and we went away that weekend, just for a night (without Ryan). Then we spent Memorial Day weekend at the lakehouse up north and then I left for Colorado to visit my brother. I went with Ryan and my mom (Steve couldn’t take off work) and we were gone for

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