Friday, December 26, 2014

Year in Review - 2014 - Travel

For the next week while we celebrate the holidays with family and friends, I'll be recapping our favorite adventures from 2014.  

First up...

We managed to squeeze in lots of travel, both with Georgia and by ourselves over the past year.

Our big family trip this year was to Disney World.  Lots of people warned me about going to see Mickey with a 2 year-old, but we had a blast.  It was my favorite trip of the year.  Was it tiring?  Absolutely.  Was it non-stop go-go-go?  Absolutely.  Was naptime an issue daily?  Yup.  But, in the end, we loved taking her there before her 3rd birthday!  She was in awe of everything, including the characters, the rides, the sights, etc.  Well worth every minute of planning, worry, food prep, etc.  Going with 3 adults was also key to keeping our sanity so that we could ALL enjoy the trip.  I firmly believe in a 3:1 adult-to-child ratio on any vacation!!

I think I devoted most of April/May to recapping our Florida trip:

My favorite picture from the trip (more because I NEVER expected her to actually wear this purple princess dress and she ended up wearing it ALL NIGHT on two different occasions that week!)...

Princess G

Nick and I managed to sneak away (aka - plan it the week before) for a long weekend in the Bahamas for our 5th anniversary at the end of June.  Thank goodness Mimi is a good sport when I call her and say things like, "Hey, you know how you are coming to visit next weekend?  Great - do you mind if we aren't here when you come visit????"  She always says yes, which grants us the opportunity to do these things...

Approximately 4 minutes into vacation and I'm already sun-burned.  Classic!

We even managed to squeeze in some scuba diving, which we hadn't done since before I was pregnant with Georgia!

Bahamas - Diving with sharks (my fave!)

In July, Georgia and I zoomed up to Massachusetts for a week of fun with family, friends, and 4th of July fun!  Meanwhile, Nick stayed behind in Maryland to make sure our AC started working in the house again before flying up to join us...

In the beginning of August, Nick and I jetted out to San Francisco for his cousin's wedding on the California coast.  We were barely on the west coast for 48 hours, but we managed to squeeze in a trip to see the giant redwoods, a winery, and attend a wedding!  We then zipped back to the east coast in style on a private plane (aka - spoiled for life!)...

We were barely back on the east coast for a month before Nick and I boarded another cross country flight.  This time, we headed to Seattle for one of my best friend's wedding.  Wild and crazy ensued while I reunited with a bunch of my high school friends as we explored beautiful Seattle (my streak of sunny days in Seattle continues!)...

AND... this is when you realize you wore the same dress to back-to-back weddings!

17 years since we graduated high school and it didn't feel like we skipped a day, except I forgot HOW MUCH I miss these people!!

CRAZY!!  In 6 months, we managed to squeeze in trips to Florida, the Bahamas, Massachusetts, California and Seattle!

Since Georgia only came on 2/5 of those trips, we owe a huge thank you to our trusted babysitter.  The only reason I sleep well on those trips is knowing that G is safe, well-fed, happy, and excited to be spending the weekend with her beloved Mimi.  I get texts non-stop and picture messages of all the fun things they are doing, which lets me enjoy wherever in the world Nick and I happen to be.  Without her, our travel wouldn't be possible..

Thanks, Mimi!!

Next up... all the "firsts" of the year!

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