The very first time that Luella laughed, we were staying in a hotel in Virginia Beach. She was four months old and I was swinging her in the air gently, staring into her baby blue eyes and out bursted the most beautiful sound my ears have ever heard. My eyes filled with tears and I swear there was some sort of magical imprint that was left that day on Max and I, far from home, that we will never forget. When I think of travel sometimes, to be honest it overwhelms me. How to coordinate it all with an infant and toddler and still manage to enjoy the process along the way!. So many of our friends have traveled all around the world and for us it so far hasn't been something we have longed for in this stage of our life quite yet. We have really enjoyed being home, but lately, more and more of our evening conversations have been imagining and planning new areas we want to explore with our girls. Travel can be an incredible way to learn more about each other as parents and also as a family. It's so exciting!
We have a few out of the country dreams and many different states we'd love to experience with our girls over the next years! Some favorites on our list are British Columbia, Canada, Smoky Mountain National Park, Alaska, Norway/Sweden for as long as possible, and parts of Washington and California and I've always wanted to visit Mackinac Island which is an island off the coast of Michigan where there are no cars and just a ton of bikes and horse buggies! It sounds like the most peaceful island.
When Westin contacted me to let me know about their new family program, it was truly a joy to hear about what they are doing for families who want to eat well, play well, and move well while traveling. At their resort locations, they've incorporated small things that make a big difference like an actually healthy menu specifically designed for kids, a juice bar, and a lot of ways to keep kids engaged and welcomed. Westin doesn’t just want to make travel with kids easier, but also more inspiring, educational, engaging, and simply fun, no matter the destination. They sent us this amazing kit for homemade pizza making and we sat and chatted about what it means to travel. Lue loves talking about different cities and states and it was fun to incorporate talking to her about new countries too and things she might see there.
No matter how much travel we get in this year, it's so amazing to imagine all the ways we can incorporate wonder in the lives of our girls, new experiences, and new surroundings to flourish their world over the span of their lives. We imagine them being older where we can sit over tea at a hole in the wall cafe downtown somewhere, read books together, and connect over a new environment. It just sounds so dreamy. We finally made a little travel fund that we are excited about and cannot wait to explore more new areas!
Thank you so much to Westin for sponsoring this post and sharing your new family program with me. It means so much you have families in mind!