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This Is the Time to Remember

October 6, 2017

"This is the time to remember, 'cause it will not last forever. These are the days to hold on to, but we won't, although we'll want to."

As we enter autumn, I'm reminded of how quickly Roselyn is growing and how time is passing by.

Rosie is officially 6-months-old now, and although I've been taking photos of her each day, we have hardly captured any pictures of the three of us together since she joined our family. That is why we were so happy to reconnect with our friend Valerie, of Valerie Bolitho Photography, for family portraits this month!

Valerie helped us document both our engagement and wedding photos, so it was very special to have her shoot our family of three, now that we're back home in Phoenix again.

We had such an incredible time shooting this season of our lives at the Desert Botanical Garden and are looking forward to doing it again soon.

We've learned that you can never take enough photos of this time with your babe – Roselyn is growing so fast and it's beginning to feel like if we blink, we'll miss it.

Thank you to our friend Valerie for continuing to document these milestones in our lives!

Baby Outfit: Baby Gap
Caitlin's Outfit: PinkBlush
Ryan's Outfit: Chaps

How to Roadtrip with a Baby

July 26, 2017

If you know anything about our family, you know that we love family time and we love road trips!

Ryan and I have been road tripping together across the U.S. since 2012 and have seen over 35 states thus far, but we found ourselves asking if we could continue to travel this way in 2017 now that we have a baby.

The answer? Yes we can!

With a little more planning and preparation, we found that we can still have a successful roadtrip... and you can too! Read our top tips on:

 How to Roadtrip with a Baby

1. Confront Your Fear

Just like anything else, it's important to first confront your fear of a roadtrip with a baby. Knowing that your baby will cry or have a blowout or spit-up as soon as you depart (in our experience) helped us plan and prepare for our travels more efficiently. We found that going into the roadtrip with this mindset was critical to it's success.

2. Make Frequent Stops

It is essential that you make frequent stops throughout your roadtrip, for you and baby! Our daughter lets us drive three or four hours while she naps, then, when she wakes, we stop for a half hour or so to feed, have a diaper change and play together. The stops help us all regroup so we can continue the roadtrip satisfied.

3. Purchase New Toys

There is nothing more effective or entertaining than new toys for a baby on a roadtrip. Our daughter's top three favorite toys to play with while traveling are:

Fanfan the Fawn

4. Ride in the Backseat

Although blankets, mirrors and new toys are beloved by babes on road trips, nothing can replace the sight of Dad or Mom! Riding in the backseat next to your rear-facing baby ensures that you can comfort him or her and make any necessary adjustments on the road without sacrificing travel time.

5. Travel During Naptime or Nighttime

Every baby is different and his or her needs are unique, but we found that traveling during naptime or nighttime makes for an easier roadtrip for everyone. Our daughter sleeps well first thing in the morning and again at night, so we try to drive as far as we can in the early morning hours then plan to make frequent stops or rest during the day so we can recuperate by nighttime.

Although road tripping with a baby requires more planning and preparation, try not to let your fear undermine your travels!

Be sure to use these tips to ensure a successful roadtrip for all.

Bon voyage!

Carseat: Britax
Pacifier: Natursutten
Pacifier Clip: Matimati Baby

Our Anniversary

June 12, 2017

I cannot believe that I am celebrating 11 years spent with my best friend and husband today!

June 12 marks our 4-year wedding anniversary and the 11 years we've spent together, and I am so thankful for every minute I've had and every moment I've shared with him since 2006 – from highschool sweethearts, to husband and wife and now dad and mom.

Happy Anniversary, Ryan! I love you and can't wait to see where this voyage takes us next.

About Our Wedding:

Our beautiful wedding photos were taken by one of the most talented photographers, Valerie Bolitho, of Valerie Bolitho Photography. She made us feel so comfortable throughout the day and I would recommend her to any couple. You can view her blog about our wedding day here.

I also wouldn't have felt near as beautiful on my wedding day without the help of makeup artist Sandy Goldstein. She specializes in a wide variety of makeup, including airbrushing, which she used to make me picture perfect on the big day.

I'd highly recommend both women to engaged couples looking for bridal cosmetics or photography!

10 Things We've Learned from Moving Across the Country

January 1, 2016
On our last road trip, we were talking with new friends about how we have made the cross-country move a few times now – and were asked what we thought we had learned from the experience.

We considered the question, and were inspired to compile a list of 10 things that we've learned about ourselves after moving across the country.

Although we understand that it is a unique experience for everyone, we believe that this list captures the 10 things that impact you the most after a cross country move.

We hope you enjoy reading!

10 Things We've Learned from Moving Across the Country

1. We know ourselves better.

Moving across the country allows you to view everything around you from an outsider's perspective – without the influence of close family or friends. Leaving home allowed us to see who we really are and what we truly wanted in life, because we had the freedom to discover it without that influence. Our moves have really helped us understand and know ourselves better in many ways.

2. We are more independent.

There is nothing quite like being lost in an unfamiliar place. You encounter that many times when moving cross country, and over time, it allows you to build up the courage and independence to no longer be afraid of being in that situation. In fact, we now enjoy being lost in a new place, because it allows us to explore and see more than we would have.

3. We know what it feels like to have no support system.

Although you are always connected with family and friends, when you move 500, 1500 and 2500+ miles away, it can feel like you have no support system, especially in the early days and months after a move. We found that moving across the country allowed us to primarily rely on each other for support, and has strengthened our relationship in that way.

4. We are more adaptable and open-minded.

When you move across the country, no matter how much you have prepared and researched, your new home will astound you in some way. Whether it be the culture, language or surroundings, you will have to adapt and be open-minded about the change. Eventually, you will enjoy it so much that you'll begin to look forward to your next move, to see what you will discover next.

5. We have had the opportunity to build connections.

One of our favorite things about moving cross country is the opportunity to make new connections. Connecting and making new friends can be challenging at first, but if you've done it once, you can do it again. We are fortunate to have made connections and friends across the country that we look forward to meeting whenever we are back home again.

6. We have new identities.

Moving across the country provides you the opportunity to start fresh with a new identity. No one knows you or your story, so you can really concentrate on finding the people and place that you belong, without any other influences. Then, you can make the best of that experience and start fresh again with a new identity in your new home.

7. We are increasingly self-reliant.

Without any family or friends nearby, we have learned that you become self-reliant with each cross country move. You are in control of every situation, which is empowering. You will also become adept at making the most of the opportunities around you, because you are the only one who is making things happen.

8. We are more in tune with each other.

Relying on each other for support strengthens your relationship after you move across the country together. It allows you to become more in tune with each other's needs, and after 11 years spent traveling together, my husband and I know each other like we know ourselves.

9. We are more bold and fearless.

If you can make it through your first cross country move, you will begin to see how bold and fearless you really are. The independence and self-reliance builds and increases over time, allowing you to become more bold with each move and more fearless about the challenges you face and what you can overcome. Eventually you realize that nothing is unachievable.

10. Wherever we are is home.

As a military brat, I have always had difficulty defining where my home is. Now that my husband and I have moved across the country, we are realizing that living this way is a part of who we are. So, wherever we go and wherever we are is home to us.

What have you learned from moving across the country?

We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, or on Facebook or Instagram!