I was a restless stay-at-home Mom. I enjoyed my daily Mom routine but honestly, the repetitiveness began to overwhelm the joy of a baby. I needed to feel exhilarated by a foreign country. I decided to combine my two passions – motherhood and travel.
Thus began my new obsession — learning how to travel with children. Our first trip was to Italy when our daughter Ada she was a toddler. The trip was exhausting and exhilarating. I was eager to do it again. But only a few months later, I found out I was pregnant – and surprise! Twins!
The same friends who thought I was nuts for taking a toddler to Italy, began to joke that my days of traveling to Europe were over; future trips were limited to car camping and Disneyland. I love car camping, but I don’t like feeling limited. I’m stubborn and enjoygoing against the grain. I was determined to travel to Europe again. And I did.
When our boys Ethan and Chase were a year old, my husband looked at me, slumped at the table in my stained sweats, frazzled hair, glazed eyes and declared I needed a vacation — alone. Six months later I was back in Italy splitting a week between Rome and Florence. Again, it was exhausting and exhilarating and coming home, I couldn’t wait for more.
While I eagerly waited to travel again, my brother helped create this blog, a place to share my travel stories. Each post is an edited version of my original journal entries. It’s taken me awhile to write, since I’m now a stay-at-home-Mom to three children. But I enjoy the process and I hope that my honest retelling inspires other parents to let go and go for it.
And for my friends who foresaw my travel tales limited to Disneyland. You were right. In October 2010, we’re all going to Disneyland — Disneyland Paris.
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