Kid Valentine Idea

Happy Saturday! 

With Valentine’s day just around the corner, some of you may be looking for a fun Valentine idea/craft to do with your kiddos! Last year we made these cute, fun, and easy ‘bee’ valentines for our family. You only need 3 items to make these Valentine’s, and your kid is only needed for one quick step which is also a huge plus.

I only purchased black and yellow paint, card stock paper, and a pink and black sharpie. You start by dipping the bottom of your kids foot in yellow paint and stamping it on paper (you can get 2-3 stamps from each dip in paint) and keep in mind some turn out better than others as you can see below. I would recommend using less paint so you don’t get ones that turn out like the one on the left below.

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 Step 1, getting the footprint… the only step that requires your kids help! Don’t mind my slippers 😉 luxury of being a stay-at-home mama, haha.

Once the yellow paint dried I did a couple of stripes of black paint, then used a black sharpie for the face, wings, and antennas. I then drew a little pink heart and then used the black sharpie again to do the dotted line to show the buzzing of the bee! Once everything was fully dried, I added the Bee my Valentine and signature 🙂 Easy Peezy!

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Final product as easy as 1, 2, 3! Cute little Valentine’s with your kiddos tiny footprint ❤

I hope you all have fun trying this fun little craft and end up with some cute Valentine’s for friends and family 🙂

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Galentine’s Idea: ‘Favorite Things’ Party

Happy Friday!!  I can’t believe we have almost made it to the weekend 🙂

Last week I posted on my Instagram of the ‘Favorite Things’ party I went to. I had some people ask about it, and if you are needing a last-minute idea for a ‘Galentine’s Day’ party, I would highly recommend it!

Here’s how it works- Each person attending the party brings 3 of the same item (their favorite thing). My group sets a budget to stick to to make sure it’s fair, and often times you may want to make a category (beauty, kitchen, etc.) if you are wanting everyone to receive something similar. You put each person attending the party’s name in a basket 3 times. Whoever starts will draw three names out of this basket and that is who will receive their gifts.  They then hand their gifts out to those three gals to open together and you continue so on and so forth. By the end of the party, you will go home with three awesome new favorite things! We take pictures of each item and send out all the favorite things via email so if there was something you wanted to try but didn’t receive you can buy it.

Anyways, I brought the NuSkin Whitening toothpaste as I love how white it makes my teeth. I then came home with three fun, wonderful gifts! 

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The gifts I received are amazing! A Simplified Life is a really great tool so far in getting my life more organized.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

Mom Guilt

Okay, so I’m hoping I’m not the only mom that has this and I have a feeling that I’m most certainly not. We wake up every day wondering what type of day we are going to have- are my kids going to wake up… happy? Sad? Cranky? Tired? Hyper? Hungry? Needy? Sick? Loving? It’s a crap shoot, you literally never know what mood you are going to be presented with. Some days I just don’t feel like there is enough time between when I put Brooklyn down and when she wakes up in the morning to start it all over again, but then I go in her room when she wakes up to morning snuggles and realize it’s a new day and a fresh slate 🙂

Morning snuggles with my little one- no makeup, no worries!

With this being said, mom guilt is a real thing. No matter the mood, I do my absolute best to make every day great for Brooklyn, despite being completely exhausted some days. I feel like the mom guilt has been layered on a bit thicker recently counting down the days I have left with Brooklyn being our only child. I want to make sure that I spend quality time with her, fill her days with laughter and fun, take her to museums, the zoo, music class, etc. Sometimes I can have the most perfect day with her and one mistake can turn it all around and make me feel like a horrible mother. Just right before Christmas I caught her from falling off the couch and splitting her head on the table and not but 3 minutes later she tripped on the dog bed and split her eyebrow open on the table. Mom fail. Slipping in the bath tub, losing patience and getting frustrated, saying a bad word, not knowing they are in pain from teeth coming in, the list goes on for reasons why I have mom guilt. I always reflect and think how I could have done things better, but in the moment I did what I thought was best for my daughter, and sometimes it’s not always what I would do after thinking of other ways to handle certain situations. I’m still learning and so is my daughter, and that’s just going to be how the rest of life goes.

I have come to the realization that no matter how hard I try I’m not going to be able to protect her from everything. I won’t always be there to catch her when she falls, but you better believe I am going to try my best. People will always ask me about her cuts and bruises that somehow magically appear, people will judge me when she is having a complete meltdown in the middle of King Soopers or screaming throughout the mall because she loves the sound of the echo, how I handle certain situations, or really when I do anything different than they would. At the end of the day we as moms are always doing the best we can. We love our kids more than anything, we want them to be the best they can be, we want to let them explore and figure out this thing we call life. In order for that to happen mistakes need to be made and you cannot always blame yourself and be so hard on yourself. I am very guilty of always being extremely hard on myself, but at the end of every day when we have bath time, story time, prayers, family hugs and smooches, and tuck her in that I have done my absolute best to be the best mom that I can be to Brooklyn. I put her needs ahead of me own, I teach her everything I can, take her to do fun things, love her, feed her meals and snacks, snuggle, read, laugh, dance, and just all things kids should be doing.

For all you moms out there, try to let go of mom guilt and know that you are a TERRIFIC mother. We are all doing our best and need to worry less about what others are doing or thinking. Comparing yourself to others or judging them for doing something different than you would isn’t going to get you anywhere. Keep your head up and mom on!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

One Year Blogiversary

Oh my gosh, congratulations I did it!  I have had my blog a year, and instead of being super proud of it- I literally only blogged for 6 months of it!! Oh man, I can’t even begin to tell you what a whirlwind year it was. As I had every excuse coming to mind about why I stopped blogging, I came to realize that there really is no excuse. I have come across many mommy bloggers who are WAY busier than I am that continue to blog every day even though they are responsible of taking care of multiple little humans! So, instead of boring you with a thousand reasons why I stopped blogging, I decided I am going to pick it back up and catch you up from where I left off. In June :).

I absolutely love being a stay-at-home mama, but I actually ended up taking on some work-from-home opportunities from my previous job. I am incredibly lucky that my company allows me to work remote and I am able to complete my work during nap time, before Brooklyn is awake in the morning, and after she goes to bed in the evenings. Her transitioning to one nap a day killed me in the sense of ever having a free minute to get literally anything done.

My family had an absolutely incredible summer where we were able to visit Newport Beach, CA for a week on the beach and a fun-filled day at Disneyland. Oh, and yes, Brooklyn is a bit spoiled and got to go to the beach, Disneyland, and Disney World all within her first year of life! We escaped to the mountains a few times, whether it be to Steamboat or Winter Park for weekend getaways, got to relax at the pool, go to the park, host BBQ’s, attend a few weddings, and just enjoy the nice, long, warm days.

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Enjoying some mountain time in Grand Lake, CO

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Relaxing weekend in Steamboat- Brooklyn loved playing in the river

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Hiking to the top of Winter Park over 4th of July

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Family night out at the Rockies game!

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Cousins playing in the sand in Newport

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Brooklyn couldn’t get enough of sand crabs

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Snuggling her Minnie at Disneyland

 

 

After a couple of weeks of feeling completely hung over every day in July, I found out that we were pregnant with our second baby!! We are super excited to welcome baby Tamminga #2 this year :D. This pregnancy has been a lot easier in some ways and a lot harder in others. There are days that it kicks my butt, and then there are days I forget I’m even pregnant. I never truly realized how demanding and difficult it would be when I am responsible for another child and can’t rest when I need to. Shortly after finding out we were pregnant, we arrived at Brooklyn’s first birthday party.

For those of you who don’t have kids yet, believe people when they say that these days will FLY by! I feel like I blinked and Brooklyn was no longer my little baby but a little girl. It has been the most incredible experience to watch her learn and grow each and every day. I love being able to teach her all that she knows- how to be kind, how to love, how to laugh, have fun, crawl, walk, dance, sing, clap, and the list goes on. She absorbs everything that my husband and I say or do (which reminds us of how careful we need to be :)). We did a flamingo-themed birthday (Brooklyn’s request ;)) and had our family and closest friends there to celebrate her special day.

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Flamingling Family 😛

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Pink on pink and lots of flamingos!

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Homemade cupcakes

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Finally dug into that cake

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A stool my mom painted for Brooklyn- she painted one for me when I was a little girl

After her birthday in September, we hit the trifecta of holidays- Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We had so many fun events planned for these that the months just went by faster than we could have imagined. I am very fortunate that both my family and my husbands family all live in Denver so we were able to spend time with both family’s for the holidays. Then New Years we dedicate as our little family time to come up for a breath and reflect on what a wonderful year we had before embarking on another crazy adventure come the new year.

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Brooklyn absolutely loved carving pumpkins and cleaning them out 🙂

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Our little elephant ❤

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Thanksgiving feast at the Wilson’s house (my family)

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Tradition continues decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving!

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One of my favorite ornaments from Beaver Creek for Brooklyn’s baptism

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Official kickoff of the Christmas season- lighting of the City and County building

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Our family dressed in our best for Christmas Eve church service

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She liked the boxes much better than any of the gifts, haha!

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Getting to snowshoe up in Winter Park

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Low-key NYE with some Gordon Ramsay steak sandwiches

Phew! Okay, I think I probably caught you all up on the main events of July 2017 to today. I need to apologize to all of my followers for not posting and being consistent throughout the year. I had several people asking me about my blog and every time I just shrugged and said I need to get back to it. Well, what better time than now? I hope you enjoyed catching up on my crazy life, and I look forward to sharing ideas and stories with you all throughout the year 🙂

28 in a Nutshell

“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.”

Hello everyone, I can’t believe we have almost made it to Friday- yahoo! Yesterday was my 29th birthday, and I felt like I needed to do a little reflection on the past year of my life. I truly am still in shock that this is my last year of my 20’s, AH! 

28 was one of my most memorable years yet. The biggest highlight being that this was the year I became a mom for the first time to little miss Brooklyn Ann. This year there was a lot that was out of my control and put into the hands of God. Through faith and prayers we were blessed with a healthy baby girl in September. I overcame numerous trials and came to realize the amount of strength I have within me. I have never been tested as much as I have over the last year, and am truly stronger than I ever thought imaginable. After being home with Brookyln for three months, I had the courage to quit my corporate job so I could take on one of the most important jobs in my opinion- raising my daughter. My birthday last year I was four months pregnant with no clue how much my life was going to change in the coming months. My birthday this year, I have a seven month old daughter who brings me more joy than I have ever experienced or thought possible. 

The word ‘blessed,’ to me, is an over-used phrase and as I sat up in bed last night after what was a hands-down perfect and special day, I couldn’t come up with a better word for how I feel about my life. I am so very beyond blessed- with incredible family, friendships, job, health, and happiness.

In a previous post I wrote about how good friends are hard to find, and with a precious few, you should hold on. This last year I have been blessed with the best friends I could have ever asked for (near and far). I am surrounded by the most thoughtful, loving, and caring friends who have been with me through thick and thin. Even my friends without kiddos of their own, love and care so much not only for me, but for little B as well. The amount of love I felt yesterday was unlike any other year- the pictures that were shared, calls, texts, one of my best friends from middle school took me to breakfast, face-times, walks with neighbors etc. were enough to fill my love bucket for years to come. Thank you to everyone who reached out- I feel extremely fortunate to have you in my life.

For my family, I can’t thank you enough for all that you do for me. I have an extremely loving and caring husband, daughter, fur baby, parents, sister, brother,  in-laws, cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents. They have been there for me through the biggest trials from the past year and I can always count on them. I was overjoyed to spend the afternoon with my parents, sister, nephews, and daughter sharing laughs and love around the lunch table. I then came home to be spoiled and pampered by my husband and daughter with a fun family pizza night, cheesecake, singing, laughing, dancing, and a big celebration to top off the night. 

I can’t thank everyone enough for their love and support over the last year. 28 is a year for the books and will be a huge milestone for me forevermore. I love you all so much and can’t wait to see what this next year will bring- Bring it on 29!!! You have a lot to live up to 😉

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

What’s your fit?

Fitness

I think that weight and self-image are a constant battle for many people, myself included. We are always striving to ‘lose weight’ or get ‘skinny’ or get in shape for that ‘summer bod.’ I think that the media has skewed our vision of what the average person can and should look like. We are bombarded with the image of these tiny models and we all think we need to look the same in order to be pretty.

News flash- these models might look ‘skinny’ but at what cost? They aren’t ever allowed a french fry, or ranch dressing, a burger, pizza, dessert, a cocktail, and the list goes on. I’m not sure about you, but having the ability to eat what I want brings me a lot of happiness 🙂 I think that there should be a happy medium between eating healthy majority of the time but not necessarily ALL the time. It’s following the 80/20 rule. Eat well 80% of the time, but save up for that 20% where you can eat those delicious (not so healthy) foods. This allows you to live a life worth living. These models and celebrities are society’s example of ‘skinny’ but how is that word even defined? People are constantly trying to achieve this ideal weight they see in magazines or on TV and it just isn’t realistic.

In addition to eating right (majority of the time), I think that fitness plays an important role in staying healthy (notice I didn’t say skinny). Since having a baby seven months ago, I have fought hard to get back into my pre-pregnancy shape. I have been eating healthier foods more often, and I have since gotten back into a gym routine where I workout 3-5 days per week. Now that I have a little girl looking up to me as her mama, I need to make sure that I give her the confidence and positive body image that she should have through my own actions and lead by example. I have made a conscious effort not to talk about getting ‘skinny’ or ‘losing weight’ but rather to be healthy and a strong woman. I think it is important as we become role models for our kids to be positive about our bodies no matter the shape or size. We need to build confidence in ourselves which then shows them to be confident and love the body they have.

Fit to me is getting strong so that I can tote around my little girl everywhere I go. To show her the strength and confidence I have about my own body so that hopefully that same strength and confidence is passed through to her as she gets older and feels pressure to be ‘skinny’ or look like her favorite celebrity. My daughter has been the biggest reason I have changed the way I treat and talk about my body- she will follow my example, not my advice.

You’re only given one body, and your job is to love the one you’re in. What is your fit?

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie

Disney World Vacation

For those that follow me, you know my last family travel day was a disaster with the baby and delays 🙂 whereas this one, was a breeze! We went to Disney World to celebrate my in-laws 60th birthdays and had such a great trip!

It was filled with busy days in the park, dining out in Epcot, delicious drinks from ‘around the world’, firework shows, and a whole lot of fun.

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We traveled with less baggage this time, but were way more prepared 🙂

You live and you learn and last trip I checked a stroller rather than bringing it through security and had the 5 hour delay. This time I brought a light-weight stroller and gate checked it and it made it very easy to transport Brooklyn through the airport.

The first day in Disney we toured Magic Kingdom and rode all of the fun rides in the park like Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, and more of the Disney favorites. We dined out in Epcot for dinner, saw the Gin Blossoms concert (which was incredible) and a firework show.

The second day we did Epcot where Brooklyn was able to go on lots of different rides, watch her daddy scuba dive in the Seas with Nemo and friends, lots of fun places to walk around and see, dined out in Epcot again, and we got to see a fun firework show.

The third day we went to Hollywood Studios and got to ride all of the crazy roller coasters like Rockin’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and go on some fun rides about famous films. It was Easter Sunday and they had lots of fun scavenger hunts for the kids, the Easter bunny delivering Easter baskets in the hotel, and was really a fun day for the families there. We had such a fun trip to Disney and lucked out with great weather in the 80’s and one big (7-month-old) trooper

A couple of Tips for WDW if you are planning a trip:

It was a very happy 60th birthday celebration for my mother-in-law and father-in-law with lots of fun family time in Disney World. I enjoyed getting a day to spend in each of the three parks we chose and would highly recommend doing it that way for anyone contemplating going to Disney World. It gave us enough time to ride the rides we wanted, but also didn’t make us feel like we needed to stay there all afternoon into the evening every night. If you are booking a trip to Disney anytime soon, make sure to make dinner reservations for each night you are there if you are dining in the parks as they get super busy and crowded! Fast passes were a huge help and you can start organizing which rides you want to use the fast pass on once you buy your tickets. The popular rides with long wait times I would definitely get a fast pass for- ie: Splash Mountain, Space Mountain, the new Frozen ride, Rockin’ Roller Coaster, and Tower of Terror. Make sure to bring lots of sunscreen, a couple hats, and sunglasses. If you are 21+ years of age, you cannot miss the frozen coconut pineapple Sake drink in Japan in Epcot- it was by far, my favorite drink I think I have ever had! This trip was much more fun because of the planning that took place ahead of time- get your tickets, start deciding on fast passes, and make those dinner reservations!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

Friendships- When to Let Go

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. The older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

I know we’ve all been there- wondering how or why you lost a friend. As I’ve gotten older, I have found that there are always people put in your life for what you need at that time. Growing up, you have a few best friends and as you mature through high school and college you have lots of acquaintances, but fewer and fewer close friends. This quote rings true on so many levels. I have made some incredible friendships over the past couple of years, and I have also lost some friends over these years. The friendships I have held onto from college, high school, and middle school are some of my strongest friendships I have. These are the friends who have known me almost my entire life! They know the young girl who poured her heart into sports, stressed about every test in school, dealt with heartbreaks as they came, laughed uncontrollably, loved slumber parties, had way too much fun throughout college, they know me at my absolute worst and my best, and yet they still love me (this includes family- my parents, my siblings, my cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents). I am always so thankful to have these precious few friendships that date all the way back to those young, stress-free years. I have reconnected with several of my wonderful friends from middle and high school and it is always like no time has passed and we pick up where we left off. I am beyond grateful for the wonderful friends who have touched and changed my life for the better. You come to realize that “sometimes your circle decreases in size, but increases in value”. I’m always stumped as to why some friendships come to an end, but honestly, you don’t have the time to sit and dwell or wonder. I have come to realize that my life is no different without that person in it. I need people in my life that make a difference. Not many of my friends are moms yet, but they understand my life has a changed a little with having a baby and still want to be a part of it. They love my daughter, but they also know that I can leave her with daddy and have a fun night out. Friendship is a two-way street, and as we get older and mature, we don’t have time for the friendships that aren’t bringing us happiness or take too much to nurture. We all have our own lives to live and life changes, and its important to “understand that people change and sometimes they are no longer compatible with our lives. We just have to learn to accept it and move on”. Friends are such an important piece of our lives and as we get older, it is important that you know people from when you were young. Throughout the trials in life and the deck of cards you have been dealt, these friends remain constant- and know the you in which you were raised and haven’t wavered too far. They help keep you in check 🙂

As a person who has wondered why some friendships haven’t lasted, don’t waste too much of your time or energy wondering why. Keep on moving and put the time and effort into the relationships you love and care for. “God puts people in your life for a reason, and removes them from your life for a better reason.” I have been told that friends are the family you get to choose, or the ‘siblings God forgot to give you”. Be picky of these friendships- and know how important these friendships are throughout your life. ❤

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

Bachelor Watch Party: Success

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Bachelor Night Watch Party

Yep, this is happening. I am going to go full on nerd here. I have a friend from High School who has hosted a bachelor watch party for 4 or 5 years now which is 8 or 10 seasons of the bachelor/bachelorette. There is a group of about 10 or so girls that get together every Monday to have dinner together and watch it. It makes watching the show so much more fun when we can chat about all the drama and pick who we think will win, who we like best, etc. The finale of Nick’s season of the bachelor is premiering next week and I am so sad because it gives me something to look forward to every Monday. Anyways, my friend Rachel is on a beach vacation (lucky gal) with her family and her five-month-old son so I hosted the event for this week. 

It was the fantasy suite date episode, the final 3 women, and also women-tell-all (3 hours of show). For those of you who watch, you know that Chris Harrison tells us it’s the ‘most dramatic episode yet’. Well, us girls popped a few bottles of wine, had a nice dinner, and snuggled in to watch the show and holy drama! The girls on the show are so catty and pick fights with each other and its extremely entertaining to watch. My favorite part about last night was we all kept coming up with hysterical memes throughout the entire show of certain girls facial expressions and what the best/funniest verbiage would be.

If you and your friends have a favorite show, I highly suggest having someone host at their house each week so you can watch and gossip about it all together (or maybe you pick up the Bachelor because there is so much fun drama). It makes it so much more fun! For anyone who watches the bachelor, you should make these cute rose apple puff pasty desserts I made last night maybe for next weeks finale- they are so darn cute! Also, that E wine was delish- we drank every last drop 🙂 My mom actually suggested that wine, and everyone really enjoyed it! Have you noticed the theme? Red wine, red glasses, red apple dessert, we had spaghetti with red sauce, the list goes on, haha!

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Will you accept this rose? Apple and cinnamon desserts 

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

Brooklyn’s First (disastrous)Trip- Dallas

Okay so it has taken me a couple weeks to finally write about our first trip with a baby- as it took me a bit to get over the dilemmas of the trip and be able to write about them, haha!

Brooklyn was five months when she got to ride in her first airplane from Denver to Dallas in February. Since it was also my husband and I’s first time flying with a baby, we decided to arrive a few hours early to the airport to make sure things went swimmingly. Thinking we were being smart, we decided to check her carseat and stroller so we didn’t have to haul them around the airport or through security and we could just strap her to us with the Ergo. Once we were through security we found out our flight was one hour delayed- not bad. We decided to go get lunch at a restaurant to pass the time.

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Brooklyn and Seth dining before flight

Once we finished our lunch we went back to our gate in hopes of boarding soon. We come to find the flight was 2+ hours delayed. So we decided to walk around to pass the time, going to different terminals, looking in gift shops, etc. Then it was announced it was 3 hours delayed. At this time we were both so annoyed that I went to the gate to find out what was wrong. The plane had mechanical issues and had landed in Vegas and was waiting for the part to be fixed.

By this time, we had tried to fly standby on every other flight to Dallas and didn’t get on since ya know, we don’t have status. Then it was changed to 4 hours delayed. Finally, at 4.5 hours delayed we finally had a plane and were able to board.

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Now that you can understand our frustration, Southwest Airlines issued each passenger a $200 voucher which was extremely generous! Now, where to fly to next? haha. Once we got on, Brooklyn loved being on the plane and was awake the entire flight just content and quiet which was a huge relief for both my husband, Seth and I.

Once we arrived in Dallas we checked into our hotel at 9:30pm. Of course there was a HUGE trade show at our hotel and we got put in the worst hotel room. It was an accessible room, right off the elevators where we could hear everything and it consistently woke Brooklyn throughout the night and into the wee hours of the morning. Needless to say, we got no sleep and were extremely lucky to have gotten a different hotel room that next morning for the remainder of our trip. After those ‘minor’ hiccups, we had an absolutely amazing trip!

We got to see the SMU campus (where my husband went to school), see a few of our friends, dine at some good restaurants (Cedar Grove was the best for anyone in or going to Dallas), shop, enjoy the warm weather, and introduce Brooklyn to the pool.

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A snapshot of our trip to Dallas- beautiful and fun

The trip home was uneventful and flawless, luckily! For any new parents who have not traveled with their babies yet, my one piece of advice is to gate check your stroller and car seat so you don’t have to tow your little one around if you have a 4.5 hour delay 🙂

Looking back on our trip now, we can finally laugh at all of the things that went wrong, but learned a lot for the next trip we take. In fact, we have another upcoming adventure to Disney World come April, so stay tuned for another ‘traveling with baby’ post! (Hopefully this one will be perfect ;)).

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo,

Jamie