If you've been following along with the blog over this summer you know that our little family of three had been planning a summer vacation road trip down the East Coast. Well it's hard to believe that trip has come and gone!! We had a great time exploring this beautiful country and though it wasn't always rainbows and kittens (read how we survived 1500 miles with a toddler here;)) we left our time in the car with some amazing family memories!!
The reason WHY we headed down to Virginia was two fold. First we were itching for a vacation together and well, another trip to Disney was out of the question;);). Second, I was presented with an opportunity for business growth...a coaching session with friend and fellow photographer, Katelyn James!! It was an amazing time and I'm so excited to share all that we chatted about soon. For today I wanted to share some adorable pictures of our time together as a family.
Man, I just love traveling with these two. It's so easy and smooth, Dave and I travel very much the same. Have you ever tried to travel with someone who has a different travel style than you? Terrible. We've been traveling so much together as a couple and NOW as a family of three that we've got a pretty good routine down. Grab baby, strap him down, pray. Haha, just kidding. Sorta;).
We decided to split up our trips into four different parts in order to not only make the trip more manageable but also allow out opportunities to explore the places we were visiting. It just so happened that our first stop landed near Hershey, Pennsylvania. I had visions of a town made of chocolate and while my taste buds were sadly disappointed we had fun exploring the history of this sweet place. Ahh, see what I did there?;)
I think any good blog post should start with this sweet boys sleeping face. Ahhh, heart melt. Gettin' our learn on at the Hershey Museum. A tip to the wise skip this and stick to the free and kid friendly tour at the Hershey Chocolate World. The picture below is for my Mom...yes Mom the lampposts are Hershey kisses;)!!No we didn't buy that outrageous sized chocolate bar, just holding it up for reference. It's a Jonathan sized candy bar!!The next day we headed to Gettysburg. In all honesty I was doing this just for the hubs, I mean a really old battlefield? How could THAT be interesting? Much to my surprise I left our time at Gettysburg inspired and humbled. I actually want an excuse to go back!!Dave's wish list at Gettysburg was Little Round Top. This was the view of the battlefield below. The ground is COVERED in monuments dedicated to the many men to who lost their lives there... intimidating.Right in the middle of the battlefield, houses were scattered about. I tried to imagine what that would have been like. Pennsylvania and all it's charm.Like I posted yesterday on Instagram, Jonathan's hair has a life of it's own. I couldn't help get this perspective as he tugged at my leg. Now in Virginia we decided to make a stop at Shenandoah National Park, a beautiful spot!!After our time in the mountains and quick stop at Charlottesville we headed into Carytown, a cute little spot in Richmond. Reminded me a LOT of Congress Street in Austin. This is me about to devour a delicious lemon cupcake from Carytown Cupcakes:)!!The next day we made a stop at Historic Tredegar for the hubs, it was pretty cool!Directly across the street is the James River, it was QUITE impressive.Our next stop in our little trip was the BEACH. It just so happened that our trip coincided with a stateside trip of some of our good friends, friends we have not had a chance to see in years!! (Due to the face they live abroad) We had an amazing afternoon playing in the sand, riding waves and wishing that the world was just a little bit smaller...Enjoying the waves!!The babes... would you believe that these two are only like a month a part? Jonathan is a beast...A hop skip and a jump then suddenly we were in Brooklyn, the last stop on our trip. We were hosted by our dear friends Courtney and Dave and though we only got to see them for less than a 24 hour period, I'm so grateful for their hospitality!! Before leaving we decided to take a walk around the Brooklyn Bridge Park so Jonathan could see part of the Manhattan skyline.I love this park...it has such a family vibe combined with sweeping views of the city. Side note, in al the years I've been visiting Courtney in Brooklyn AND the countless times I've visited the city before, I've never been on the Brooklyn Bridge! One of my favorite pics of the trip, love these two!!There it is, vacation come and gone. But what a great vacation it was!! I'm always kinda depressed after a vacation, but Dave always puts it in the right perspective. There are great things in store for us this fall, as a family and as a business. While vacation may be over, there's so much to look forward too!! Bring it on fall!!
Quick side note, I would LOVE to visit each of these places again and photograph a couple or two... know anyone getting married or celebrating an anniversary or engagement?! I'd love to connect!!