Happy New Year!!!
As I’m sitting enjoying a cup of coffee, I find myself reflecting on the past year and ultimately the past week. We’ve certainly ended 2019 in a frenzy, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
We decided to do two trips about 3 days apart. We went to New Orleans from December 22-24 and Dallas from December 27-29. Throw in Christmas between all this and it was a little crazy.
New Orleans was fantastic. A great recharge before the holidays and family celebrations. We did everything we could in a span of a two days. We toured the park, had beignets, rode a trolly, went to the children’s museum (side note: always find the children’s museum in any city you travel; well worth the time and memories watching your little ones explore), ate good Cajun delicacies, and maybe enjoyed a drink or two. It is New Orleans after all.
Needless to say our day ended very early. As many folks know, the party in New Orleans truly starts when the sun goes down. Well, that’s when our party ended. we reminisced of past trips to the ‘Big Easy’ and concluded that this was our favorite. Until next time NOLA.
Christmas was amazing and relaxing. We hosted and enjoyed my husbands family coming over for the day. Needless to say, we were more than ready for a long winters nap when everything was said and done.
We took the next two days to regroup and prepare for Dallas. We were exhausted and excited for our next adventure.
Dallas was awesome as well. We toured the stockyards in Fort Worth and saw the cattle run (a favorite of Magnolias), then went to the Dallas Cowboys game. I am not a Dallas fan by any means (NE Patriots all the way), but I had fun cheering on my husbands team and watch his face light up just to be there. Well worth everything in my book.
Magnolia needed to let off some steam and as nap time approached and went, I had to find an alternative to keep her busy during the game. Bring on the ramps. For about 30 minutes, her and I just ran up and down those ramps and trying to stay out of trouble.
During our little marathon, I was stopped by a couple who asked me to take their picture. As I did, they marveled at my daughter and how well behaved she appeared (meltdown was imminent but I was avoiding it at all costs). They told me they were hoping to start a family soon and if I had any advice. I found myself telling them words that my husband and I live by everyday.
Don’t be afraid to stop living your lives. To take those weekend trips with your young ones. They will adapt as long as you adapt with them. Hence why I’m running up and down these ramps. Having a child shouldn’t change your lives completely. Just remember everyone has limits and at the end, you’ll be glad you took them along.
The women starting crying and thanked me for the best advice anyone has given her. It made me think of the advice I had received when I announced I was pregnant. I was told that I was at the mercy of my child. Doing what fit in their schedule. I quickly learned this was not the case. I was a walking milk supply for a year, as long as she was with me, she could eat. We brought the pack n plays along with her portable music night thing and she would sleep with no issues. Why were we afraid to travel? Yes our nights ended earlier than normal, but that was ok. It reminded us to stop and relax.
We made so many memories on the multiple trips we’ve taken with her. So many laughs and tears from the stress of traveling, but ultimately we only recall those happy ones and learned from the tears.
Don’t be afraid to live a life with your children. It will create moments that you will cherish for a lifetime to come. It will make you stronger parents and teach you to go with the flow. Life should never be planned and regimented. Love isn’t measured. Our love for family evolves through experiences and memories. Learn to love life and our families through these unplanned moments.