It’s been officially two years since we’ve moved to the Pacific Northwest. We left all our friends and family to embark on a new journey with 18 month twins in tow and only one job. Fast forward, we are grateful we made the move looking back at all the life changes and places we have explored in the region. There is so much to see, and we have probably touched on ten percent.
For the 4th of July weekend, we decided to do a road trip to Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Park area. With Covid, we felt like local trips within the state are the safest route for our family to get out and still maintain social distancing. The drive from Bellevue took us about 2 hours and 15 minutes with one stop at Dairy Queen. We can’t help but stop there on our road trips!
One of the many joys of being a parent for me is the ability to share in the Disney magic with my kids. I had it all planned out that I would take them right before their third birthday since they would be old enough to recognize the characters and bring the magic alive. A lot of people were against it saying they were too young to remember anything, but the way I saw it is they would enjoy it in the moment. Their faces would light up with glee and happiness, and I would be able to remember that forever. Plus, it would just give us more excuses to keep coming back!
It’s funny for me to reflect back before having twins thinking that it would be really easy. I figured you would just synchronize feedings, changing, sleep times, etc and it would all be a breeze. Boy, was I wrong! Fast forward 2.5 years later, it was time for a proper vacation to truly take a break and recharge. I totally needed it for my own mental peace of mind and to be a calmer version of myself for my kids. Thanks to my MIL, we were able to take an entire week off kid free.
Enter in our trip to Maui. The first time we went to Hawaii, we went to Kauai. Coming from Houston, it just seem like a hassle to get to HI being 9+ hours with minimal affordable options for nonstop flights. Therefore, we usually just went to Mexico which was less than two hours away.
Now that we live on the west coast, Hawaii is the tropical destination of choice. I now see why, and already dreaming of my next trip back. It’s only a five hour flight with a three hour time difference.