What Made Your Last Trip Special?

In February, the kids and I headed to Miami for five days together. Of course, five days together feels like a balm in comparison to the last two weeks of every waking hour as one big team.

It was the last week of the month, a chance to reset and ready ourselves for the heavy work and school-load March promised. And while things are vastly different, and March has flown by in one blurred breath, I’m so happy we took it.

Until the other day, I didn’t have the chance to look back on our photos, which I planned to do earlier in the month. There are two film rolls ready to be printed when I’m able to, and plenty of videos I caught too.

Neverthless, here are a few photos (and simple things that made it special) if you’d like to see…

We spent almost every single morning in the pool. River swam and swam, and Oak watched on.

And almost every night, we watched the sun set.

We walked a lot to break up the hours between the pool and beach.

And on one of those evening walks, we had icecream with cereal on top at Kith, a recommendation from my friend, Anja. Such a hit.

Speaking of consuming, I had my first drink in 30 days on the beach. (My 30 day break was in July for my 30th birthday). My drink was watery, and frequently interrupted by kiddos, but super special when I looked back at the 30 days prior to having it. Have you ever tried not drinking for a period of time?

I decided to bring my old phone so River or Oak could use it on the plane if the other one was using the ipad. I put Frozen 2 on it and a game or two. The kids were obsessed with the last minute trick.

The forecast for our last day said rain all day, so we spent the entire day at The Frost Science Aquarium and Planetarium. You guys, IT WAS SO MUCH FUN! We could have stayed longer, but literally could not.

Whether it was a train ride, a flight a few months ago, or a simple drive with the windows down, what made your last trip special?

7 thoughts on “What Made Your Last Trip Special?

  • Reply Georgia March 31, 2020 at 8:01 am

    This one hit home for me. When Covid-19 broke out I was living in Liberia. 2 weeks before, my husband and I had spent an amazing weekend at an eco-lodge, watching the waves, catching sun, swimming and exploring. We had the whole place to ourselves and it was just the best.

    This weekend we were supposed to be meeting for a weekend in Ghana. We planned to do more lying around at the beach and exploring the city of Accra. How different our lives are now. That being said, I am so thankful that we can be together during this time. The flight I took home was the last one to leave Liberia before they shut down international travel.

    • Reply latonya April 1, 2020 at 10:25 am

      That’s so beautiful, Georgia. I’m so happy you were able to go home and spend and now be with him, even though plans have changed. I think the sudden…”what if we aren’t together?” is jarring, and has everyone appreciating their partners, lovers, friends etc a whole lot more.

      xo

      • Reply Georgia April 1, 2020 at 8:44 pm

        That is exactly what I’m feeling right now, could not have worded it better myself.

        PS love the photos of your vacation with your kiddos on the beach- they remind me of my childhood growing up in Palm Beach, North of Miami, and going to beach any chance we could get 🙂

  • Reply Megan April 1, 2020 at 10:09 am

    Christmas was our last trip. We moved to Colorado from California last year, we knew no one in CO and had a whole community we were leaving in California. It was so good for us and our baby to meet and laugh and eat and play with everyone. Our dog included, she couldn’t move into our temporary rental, she was supposed to join us in March along with my parents for a short trip. We gave ourselves the Christmas gift of flying first class for the first time, extra luxurious with a baby in your lap :). In California we went to all of our favorite spots to eat including In-n-Out twice. It was there we found out we’re expecting baby number two and got to share the news with loved ones in person. It was a magical trip and very much looking forward to the next one we get to have. And also looking forward to when my parents can visit us and bring our dog and babysit our 1 year old.

    • Reply latonya April 3, 2020 at 8:26 am

      Hi Megan,

      I’ve tried to reply a few times but it never posts. I’m so happy you had that time in California with your family and your favorite spots. It all is a bit weird not knowing when we all will be able to connect again–definently. I’m feeling it with my friends and loved ones as well.

      I hope CO is treating you well right now and that a family visit is sooner than later.

      Thank you for writing

      xo

  • Reply JoyW April 4, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Beautiful, happy pictures of your family, LaTonya! I appreciate your blog so much.

    I’m thankful for this prompt to reminisce about my last trip, since so many conversations lately have centered on the ones getting cancelled.
    In October my husband and I went to the northern California coast and into wine country. There was so much natural beauty to reflect on still, but some of our favorite moments were honestly just sitting on our little deck, drinking wine and talking for a long time. It’s nice to realize that that is something we can still do while staying home now in Denver : )

    • Reply latonya April 8, 2020 at 10:41 pm

      I love this so much, thank you for sharing!!! I find reflecting to be really helpful right about now. And wine on a porch in Denver sounds beautiful.

      x

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