Hello America, we’ll be seeing you very soon…
For the last ten years Shane and I have been dreaming and talking about going to New York. It has been our dream destination and the one place that has always been at the top of our travel list. So last year for Shane’s 30th birthday I bought us plane tickets and plotted out our whole trip on a map of America for him. We start in New York then go to Portland Oregon, then to Long Beach for one day to watch one our favourite bands, Future Islands and then our trip ends in the neon city that is Las Vegas.
I was still pregnant when I was planning this and the whole time I was putting it together I was telling myself that by the time the day we were going to leave rolled around Nina would be over a year old and I would have convinced myself that I would be ok without her for a couple of weeks.
Well the time has now come, we are leaving really soon and everyday after I wake up I find myself literally wanting to have a cry about leaving Neens behind. On one hand I’m so excited and on the other I’m so scared and anxious. Everyone keeps telling me that she’s going to be fine and I keep telling myself that I’m going to be fine, but I wonder if I am. I know I’m going to miss her like a crazy person, but the truth is this trip that we have been wanting to go on for so long just wouldn’t be fair on a one year old and so this is happening, Nina is going to stay with her grandparents and we are going to go on our American adventure. YIKES! Then we’re going to come back and I’m going to squeeze the bejeezers out of her and probably make her sleep between us for the first week just so I can cuddle her.
So I guess this post is about three things:
1.I wanted to ask if any of you have been on a long distance trip without your kids and if you have how you felt. I would love to hear all about it.
2. I have a really long awesome list of things for us to do in NY and Portland, but do any of you have any ‘absolutely don’t miss’ places that you think we should visit. I personally think a list can never be too long.
* I have had this American flag jacket for years! I found it in some weird shop somewhere once upon a time so I thought I would pull it out for a bit of a photo shoot.