Category Archive:traveling with a toddler

DD Loves Being With The Grandparents ( Momimhar posted on June 5th, 2014 )

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“Nana, I can’t reach the bird feeder.”

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I saw these pretty purple flowers in my sister-in-law’s front porch.

We are here at my parents-in-law’s house for a visit.  My darling daughter wanted to see her grandparents because “I miss Nana and Pawpaw,” she said.  We asked them first if it’s okay to come over because we don’t know if they’re busy this week or something.  Well, MIL had something going on yesterday so we just agreed to come today.  We will spend the night.

It was a great drive, actually.  The interstate wasn’t very busy.  I was able to get the traveling time to two hours taking the toll road.  It saved me 30 minutes.  DD was very excited to see her grandparents.  She kept on asking if we were already at ‘Nana’s trail’.  What she meant about ‘Nana’s trail’ was the street (that we turn from the main road) that leads to the folks neighborhood.  She asks about it every now and then.  Gladly she took a nap on the way.  That helped me concentrate on my driving.  She woke up just in time for me to turn entering the neighborhood.  She couldn’t wait to be at Nana’s house.

As soon as we got to the house, she gave her grandparents a big hug and said “I love you.”

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Easter Weekend At The Grandparents’ House ( Momimhar posted on April 19th, 2014 )

We woke up early today to prepare and pack for our trip to the grandparents’ for the Easter weekend.  The little one has been asking me and her daddy when are we gonna go to Nana’s house.  So yesterday we told her that we’re going to see her grandparents and celebrate Easter at their house.  She was very excited, as usual.

"Let's go mommy."

“Let’s go mommy.”

We have so much stuff when traveling-three travel bags (mine, DD, and DH), one vanity bag, one handbag for books and special toys that includes DD’s lovey bunny, and one bag for snacks and drinks.  Traveling with kids especially with toddlers require a little more time of preparation.  That is why packing the day before the trip is highly recommended.  Aside from clothes and the necessities mentioned, moms like me have to make sure that everything is in the bags.  As for me, I have to take extra diapers and wipes because my DD is under 5 years old and I still let her wear a diaper when we are away from home.  Although she is potty trained now, I don’t want to risk it having accidents of pee or poo anywhere.

Our car is super packed today because we brought the cooler.  We bought some wine and a few drinks in this evening’s dinner.  Most of the family came over and joined the celebration.  We made a few stops to get some gas and lunch to go.  I drove all the way to the grandparents’ house.

We’ll Be Picking Up The Jones Family At The Airport Tomorrow ( Momimhar posted on February 24th, 2014 )

Time really passes by when you are having fun.  My cousin’s three-week long vacation back home (in the Philippines) is over and they’re heading back here in Texas tomorrow.  At 9:30 P.M. and 11:30 A.M. there, I am pretty sure they’re already on the flight back to Dallas, Texas.

It really feels great to go on a vacation to see family and friends.  Traveling with the whole family is somewhat exciting yet exhausting, too.  With two toddlers, there might be some issues on keeping the kids sit still.  We know how active and curious toddlers are.  But like my darling daughter, my cousin’s kids are behaved.

My little one couldn’t wait to see her cousins.  She already made a plan that when they get back, they will play at their house and she will tell her about the toys she wants to receive this Christmas.  And she said they will go to McDonald’s, to the play area in the mall, and play dress up.  How nice!

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Where Are We Going? Cave, Capitol, Concert (The Three C Adventure) ( Momimhar posted on November 21st, 2013 )

Since we’re already in our mini vacation Austin, we decided to do some exploring Wednesday afternoon.  We went to Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown, Texas.  My DH and I know that our little girl loves exploring and seeing new things so we agreed to go see the cavern.  We paid $9/adult entrance fee.  While waiting for the next 1hr and 15 minutes tour batch, we looked around the gift shops and hung out in the lobby.  Our little girl got fascinated with the colorful stones at the gift shop.  She was doing some touch and  feel and name the color game with every stone.  We saw group of school kids touring the cavern.  Oh yes, Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown, Texas is one of the great places for an educational tour.

Then our tour guide named Billy came and guided us down to the cave.  He did a good job showing and sharing facts about the Inner Space Cavern.  My dear husband mentioned that he and his parents visited the place when he was a young boy.  DD wasn’t scared.  She walked along with us and paid attention to every detail the guide was sharing with us.  Everything is new to her.  And she likes exploring.  We had a great time.  DD loved the underground scenery.  So amazing! My favorite part was the drill holes made by the road workers when they’re building the Interstate Highway 35 in 1960’s.  They were the ones who actually discovered the cave.

Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown, Texas

Inner Space Cavern in Georgetown, Texas

Then we head to the Austin Capitol.  It was a beautiful afternoon.  Not so hot and not so cold.  The weather was perfect.  We were able to go inside the capitol and looked around.  There was a school event like a forum or something in the House of Representatives and we decided to get in and sit down.  When there were students raising their hands to ask questions to the guest speaker, our little one also raised her hand.   I thought that was cute.

Austin Capitol

Austin Capitol

It was 4:00 P.M. when we got back to the hotel.  We relaxed for an hour before we going to the Fresh Beat Band concert in Downtown Austin.  Our tickets said the concert will start 6:30 P.M. but the gates will open 5:30 P.M.  So we got there on time.  I know our darling daughter was tired from the day’s tours but she was still excited about the watching the concert.  I bought her a flashing light.  But when she saw the little girl beside her wearing a rock star jacket, she asked if she can have a jacket too.  Well, we went and got one.  We had a great time at the concert.  It was a fun experience for Kaye.

Back to the hotel, we recapped our adventures that day.  We helped Kaye gather the events together:  Cave, Capitol, Concert.  The Three C adventure.

Family’s Mini Vacation In Austin ( Momimhar posted on November 20th, 2013 )

It was a great week to go for a trip.  My dear husband and I together with darling daughter went to Austin to have a mini vacation.  Also our vacation includes going to The Fresh Beat Band Concert in Austin.  I have bought the tickets in the Spring because this concert get sold out immediately.  Luckily I found tickets available.

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The Fresh Beat Band from left to right: Shout, Marina, Twist, and Kiki.  Photo from their Facebook page.

My little girl loves the band.  The characters sing and dance on their show on television in Nick Jr., DD sings and dances too.  I also like them because they have nice songs like “A Friend Like You”, “Here We Go”, “Music, and “Great Day” are some of our favorites in their album.  DD and I were so excited to see them performing live in concert.  DD did a great job during our trip.  She was behaved in the hotel and in the restaurants.  She didn’t give us a headache.  She’s always a good girl and listens to us.

Ready to watch the concert.

Ready to watch the concert.

Arriving early at the concert, I was having fun taking pictures. :)

Arriving early at the concert, I was having fun taking pictures. 🙂

In the ACL (Austin City Limits) Moody Theatre.  Seats are filling in.

In the ACL (Austin City Limits) Moody Theatre. Seats are filling in.

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The concert is about to begin.

And here they are!

And here they are!

Here's Marina.

Here’s Marina.

And here's Kiki.

And here’s Kiki.

DD and the kids.

DD and the kids.

It was very cold that night but we took the opportunity to take a photo with Willie Neilsen's statue in front of the ACL.  :)

It was very cold that night but we took the opportunity to take a photo with Willie Neilsen’s statue in front of the ACL. 🙂

The concert was Wednesday evening so after visiting Inner Space Cavern and the Austin Capitol, we head back to the hotel and relaxed for an hour before going to the Austin City Limits (ACL) Moody Theatre where the concert was held.  The concert venue was in West Willy Neilsen Street in Downtown Austin.  DD got starstruck seeing the Fresh Beat Band members in person.  Well, watching a concert for the very first time made her a little uneasy because of the loud sound.  But when the audience and kids began cheering and singing, she felt at ease.  After the first set of the concert, DD and I walked to the stage.  I showed her the sound system and equipments and the band’s music instruments.  We were still in front of the stage when the band came back for the second set of the concert.  We got to see Kiki, Marina, Shout, and Twist up close.  My darling daughter was very happy.  She even wanted to up on the stage.  When the band sang the song “Great Day”, the concert was about to end.  So we sang and danced to the song.  The kids had a wonderful time.  Way to go, Fresh Beat Band!

I bought a souvenir for darling daughter.  A Rock Star jacket was what she wanted.

My little rock star. :)

My little rock star. 🙂

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