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We’re home! Well, actually, we’ve been home for a week, but it still feels like we just got back.
As our bodies readjust (or more accurately, our kid’s bodies readjust), I thought I’d share a few more travel pictures with y’all (***edited to add- I was trying unsuccessfully to sort, so it is more than a few). I am working on compiling the tremendous advice we received and the things that worked into a “Travel with Toddlers” post- so watch for that as well.
I should start by saying that we couldn’t have asked for a better time. The kids were travel champs (well, mostly), we saw some absolutely amazing places, we loved spending time with Jordan and her family- all around, it was a seriously great trip!
Burke loved seeing the Burj Khalifa (the tallest building in the world right now), the fountain show, the camels near Jord and Drew’s home (though, in that last picture, he looks less than amused- haha!).
But the far and away best part of the middleeast was hanging out with family. In fact, Burke will tell you that COUSINS were his favorite part of our entire trip! It is never easy for me to say good-bye to Jord, and this time was no exception.
It’s not even a little bit surprising- my Smooches are beach babies, through and through- they loved every minute of sand castle building, shell and rock collecting, surf riding goodness that we could fit in! We loved those Greek Isles!
Turkey proved to be equally amazing… I think Istanbul is one of the most stunning (and most crowded) cities I’ve ever been to! People were just fascinated with Burke’s and Piper’s blonde hair- by the end of our stay, we were (mostly) used to the staring and picture taking and whistling and kissing (I think Piper thought she was the Princess of Turkey… Burke was less amused, though).
Even Athens, which was pretty low on my list of priorities, turned out to be a surprise hit- probably because my kids loved the National Gardens (we went there every day that we were in town- Piper loved the ‘zoo’ with peacocks, rabbits, and goats) and the Acropolis (Burke loved climbing the rocks). Plus, we had some of our favorite dinners from little cafe’s and street vendors in Athens. Who would’ve guessed, right?
I think I mentioned already that this kind of trip with the Smooches was nothing like our pre-kids travels, and that is true. Whoa different. Amidst the amazing sites and awesome beaches, there were seriously grouchy afternoons, and tears, and whines of “I’m hot… I’m thirsty… I want normal food.” Overall, though, I am so thankful that we had a chance to take this trip together (fingers crossed that this is the first of many such family adventures).
And if you made it through that entire post, you get a gold star. Way to go.
Have any of you been to the UAE, Oman, Greece or Turkey? Are you traveling this summer? Are your kids weasel-y on long travel days like mine are? Also, do any of you still cry and cry when you have to say good-bye to your sister?