I just got back home today from a whole two weeks away. It was partly vacation and partly work. I left Florida and went to Alabama for half a week where I did an awesome shoot with my brother and his girlfriend. We hiked down to a waterfall, we didn't go all the way down to the bottom - I wouldn't have made the hike back up!
Chris came up the following week and he, GG and I went to visit my great friend and soul sister, Krissy, and her children. It was GG's first flight and he did SO well!! Not a single problem! He loved it! Check out my instagram or facebook to see pictures! There's way too many to add here!!! We had an amazing time and didn't want to leave. After returning Chris came back to Florida for work while GG and I went to Georgia for more photo shoots!
We try to vacation at my in-law's cabin every year. There's only been one year since our son, GG, has been alive that we haven't made it. Every year we take a picture sitting on the fire place. This year GG decided that he didn't want to sit on daddy's lap. Here is a collage of the pictures. GG at 3 months, 1 year, 3 years and the bottom was this week at 4 years old.
The cabin is on a mountain close to Waynesville and Maggie Valley North Carolina. It's secluded enough to enjoy the quiet sounds of nature and see fireflies dancing all around in the dark.
We always make sure we visit Cherokee, Bryson City and the Nantahala Outdoor Center - even when we aren't white water rafting. GG had a cold which caused his asthma to flare up so after that first day we didn't do a whole bunch. We had to keep him inside as much as possible. He was in bed a full hour before dark, so we missed out on the fireworks, but we still had a great 4th. Besides, I'll choose fireflies over fireworks every time!
This time, on our way back home Thursday, we tried something new. I found a kids museum in Columbia so we stopped for GG to stretch his legs and play. He had so much fun!
We've taken Gregory to Disney for the past several years. Granted the first time he was 8 months. He stayed in his stroller while we enjoyed Mickey's Christmas and slept through it. Last year however he was able to ride several rides, but this year! Oh this year was magic! He's getting close to the big "3" now and the difference just the year made was amazing!
A 2 year old at Disney- the thought may make you cringe. It use to make me cringe, I won't even lie! It was so much easier than taking a 1 year old. At 1 he got bored with so much. While there were things that held his attention (It's A Small World held it the longest!), there was still so much that he couldn't do yet. I'm not saying it wasn't fun, but it wasn't AS fun.
This year, at 2, when we told him who he was going to get to see he knew who we were referring to and he was EXCITED! So excited in fact that he didn't sleep the night before, so yes, we greatly regretting not waiting until the morning of! This year was special. This year he was ready and boy did it make a difference!
In my opinion there is no ideal age to take your little ones. If you want to take them when they're tiny babies, do it! When they're that little it's for you anyway, not them.
I thought I'd share some tips with other toddler mommies out there!
 Get the mydisneyexpericnce app. It's worth it! Find out if your park is doing the extra magic hour that day. If they are it means they're open an hour early and if you already have your ticket/magic band you can take advantage of this! Go early! Always go as early as you can!!
 Set your fast passes on your app! You can set 3 to begin with. DO IT! Once your three fast passes are out you can choose one at a time until you run out. Typically I think you get about three more, but with all the walking around and extras you may fit it, it's enough!
 Your toddler can walk, does this mean ditch the stroller? While it would be so cool to go without - it's a must to have. Those little legs can only do so much and eventually that little one will need a nap! Take the stroller!
 Take things that will fit under the stroller or on it. Don't make yourself drag around unneeded items all day. They get heavy very fast!
 Again, back to the app. This thing can show you restrooms AND baby centers. What's a baby center? Well, they're amazing for one! Baby centers are fully staffed and have all things baby! Here's a list of what they have:
 Know what your toddler likes and aim for that. Know their limits. Don't push what you want because frankly, we all know, a toddler whats only what interests them!
 HAVE FUN. Don't get caught up in rushing or getting to this or that. Just enjoy it.
Hello! I’m Hilarie!
I am a wife, mother, an assistant, and now a blogger! I am so exciting to relaunch Jacksonville Housewives in the city.
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