My Story

First of all I want to say I'm a mom, a regular ordinary mom.  I'm not a travel writer (you might have noticed), I'm not a travel agent or travel anything and  I'm not a world traveler while I would love to be one.  Like I said I'm a regular mom but I like to take my family on adventures.  Most of our adventures are close to where we live but we like getting on airplanes to travel to extended distances when we can - with family living in another country, most of our trips are back home.

I decided to start this blog for a few reasons.  First it's a great way to document all the fun stuff my family does, it also gives my extended family some insight into our lives as well as tempt them to come D.C. for a visit (we'll try out best to show them a good time).  Finally I like to share our trip ideas and tips to those who are interested.

Now About Me:

I love to travel.  This is a bit obvious as I am writing a blog about traveling with my family.   However, when I was growing up my family did not travel a lot.  It's not to say that we did not have great vacations but they were more of the "Stay-Cation" variety. My family trips were mainly weekend camping trips to local camp sites and "extended" stays (more that a weekend) to our rustic family cabin.  I had a great time and great memories of weeks at our cabin and camping.  But it's just not the same as actually going somewhere new.  Traveling in my family was the 5 hour drive to the nearest big city to where I grew up. I was 15 the first time I was on an airplane that I could remember (rumor has it my family flew to New Brunswick when I was 2 but surprisingly I don't remember!). My flight took me to northern Canada for the Arctic Winter Games which was so much fun, it was great meeting new people, seeing new things, and experiencing a different culture.  These experiences are what made me want to travel even more.

Just before I turned 16, I went on a school trip to Italy and France.  I had a wonderful time and vowed that when I got older I would travel more. The next few years were pretty slow on the travel front as I was busy with work and school.  I moved farther south and nearer to the mountains in Alberta. Most of my trips and travels were weekend hiking in the mountains with friends while they were not extended travels they were amazing trips.

Everything changed in 2002 when I met my soon to be husband.  Not only did he like to spend time in the mountains but he also like to travel.  He spent most of his childhood summers traveling the US and Canada with his parents and grandmother.  Our first trip together was a week long road trip to Seattle and Olympic National Park.  We've also been to Utah, Alaska (cruise), Hawaii, and lots of side trips in both Alberta and Ontario before we had kids.

Our traveling did not stop when we had kids either.  After Tavish was born it was just over 2 months before he was on a plane to Alberta.  He's been to Alberta and Manitoba a few times, Florida, Bahamas and countless trips all throughout Virginia / Maryland / Washington DC.  Our newest addition may not have been on a plane yet but has been to more museums in 3 months that I ever did in my first 25 years of life.  We have family trips to Florida, Alberta and Hawaii planned for this coming year so he'll be well on his way to becoming a seasoned traveler too.