Leaving on a Jet Plane

We actually just got back from the jet plane, but you get my gist, right?

I was fortunate enough to be able to take my tot on a 3.5 week trip to visit family in Idaho. Last year we were able to take the same trip in August.


Now that i’ve done this twice, I felt more seasoned and prepared to take on solo travel with a baby. Here’s a few tips I wish I had been in the know of last year:

  1. Take advantage of the freebies offered by most airlines. Delta allows a stroller/carseat to be checked for free! Doing this makes maneuvering through the airport a whole lot easier. My hands were jam packed last year, and carrying the stroller (in it’s travel bag) did not make my day any easier.
  2. Snacks, Snacks, Snacks, and Snacks! Don’t skimp on the good stuff. I bought a bag of Chex for my kiddo to enjoy after we boarded the flight. But after the belly is full, you’ll need reinforcements.
  3. Games/Toys/Technology. I found this gem at Toys R Us, and not only was it a hit during the flight, but it has save our sanity during many car rides. 20180618_060543
  4. Ergobaby for the win. If you into baby wearing, don’t forget your sling/carrier. Wearing your tot makes getting through both security and the airport gates so much easier.
  5. Stop worrying about what everyone around you is thinking. You’ll most likely never see them again anyway. Most people are eager to lend a helping hand, and I have only once encountered the opposite end of the spectrum.

The Trip

It was great. We ate, walked, saw the sights, and drank way too much coffee. Seriously though, how lucky were we to be staying within a half mile of five different playgrounds? I also celebrated a birthday, woot woot!


Almost a month worth of photos would be too long a post to recap, so i’ll stick with one caption per photo. Your Welcome!

Fields of Canola. The beauty of these yellow fields graced the Palouse.
When I say I enjoyed a coffee, I mean I enjoyed a coffee A day. Red Star has ice cream blends that are AHH-Mazing.
Sweet Peaks Ice Cream in Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho. This huckleberry cone was worth writing home about.
CDA Lake. Cold water, beautiful scenery.
Emerald Creek Garnet Area. Is this not gorgeous? Check out my Instagram to see the spoils of labor from this day.
A labor of love, for Garnets.
Moscow Mountain. One Narrow, winding road with some fantastic views.
Pullman, Washington – WSU Grizzly Bear research. The opportunity to see these creatures as close as the fence would allow.
U of I Arboretum. There wasn’t a lack of photo ops here.
Hello Arboretum!
Huckleberries are a “thing” in North Idaho, and not taking advantage of the berry season would have been a shame. That ring was made out of one of the garnets I dug!
If I can’t take Red Star with me, I’ll scoop up the same beans they put in their magical brews.
If you’ve ever been curious what it’s like to change a poopy diaper on a plane? It’s a tight fit.


XO –


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