japan

Date night with Yokohama FC

Once we knew we'd be going to Japan -- you know, we secured that travel visa that ended up being moot since Japan "opened up" to foreigners the day after we arrived. -- Bryce and I both started planning the "one thing" we wanted to do while there. His was to go to a soccer… Continue reading Date night with Yokohama FC

japan

Karuizawa: a trip within a trip

I had honestly never heard of Karuizawa before. One of my cousins informed me that a season of Terrace House was filmed there though. It's "in the mountains" and is pretty was all I had heard from family members. They were not wrong! We flew into Japan on a Wednesday afternoon and already the next… Continue reading Karuizawa: a trip within a trip

travel, traveling with baby

First flight essentials and notes

For fellow parents who care, here are the "boring" tidbits of our flight experience with baby in September. This is what worked for us and what I decided to do after some research (i.e. scrolling IG travel/parent accounts) and of course, talking to my trusted sources (aka friends who travel with babies/toddlers.) Car seat -… Continue reading First flight essentials and notes

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Baby’s first flight

"Ohhhh no," Bryce said to me as we were mid-flight. "What?" I looked over at him and baby. I see him sniff through his N95 and even behind a mask, I could tell he was making a face -- an unpleasant face. She definitely had a poopy diaper. And, of course it was during the… Continue reading Baby’s first flight

Pacific Northwest, United States

The wild, wild Cascades

"Wow, look at that!" Now thinking back to this moment, I'm not sure if it was Bryce or me who said this. We just came out from under the old railroad section of the Iron Goat Trail when you start at the "haunted" old Wellington Ghost Town. The trail was all dirt and covered with… Continue reading The wild, wild Cascades

seattle, travel

Can’t keep up with summer

Even as a 35-year-old (mother of a 1-year-old), I still get mild anxiety when I see all the "Back to School!" ads. The "Back to School! Back to Cool!" ones just make me eyeroll. (Note: neither my 1-year-old nor myself are going back to school.) How is it already August? How is it already back-to-school… Continue reading Can’t keep up with summer

Pacific Northwest

The return of summer hiking

The Pacific Northwest has finally graced us with proper summer weather. I'm finally wearing tanks and shorts! This also means the return to summer hiking. Because of this, we decided to go out to Snoqualmie Pass for a hike recently. This would be the third time we have been out here to the Lodge Lake… Continue reading The return of summer hiking

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I don’t know why this keeps happening

I had grand plans to have blog posts written and published on our April Bend trip by May ... Well, I have one published so far. It's the thought that counts, right? I also had lots more to say about our Oregon Coast trip in December! And, who remembers New Zealand from 2019? I have… Continue reading I don’t know why this keeps happening

Pacific Northwest, traveling with baby, United States

Baby’s first canyon hike

"I'm not doing a hike with the word 'misery' in the trail name!" I said to Bryce as I carried our 20-pound baby on my back. We had just crossed the footbridge over the river at Smith Rock State Park and the trail sign in front of us was for Misery Ridge Trail. There were… Continue reading Baby’s first canyon hike

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Our first 90 minutes out

"What was that?" he shouted. "Something just brushed up against my elbow!" "Ohhh, I think that was my hair!" I shouted back to our friend amongst the loud crowd. "Just like we haven't been to a game in more than two years, I also haven't gotten a hair cut in more than two years!" Despite… Continue reading Our first 90 minutes out