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Hello America

August 30, 2015

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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.

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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.

3. I’m going to be documenting our trip on Instagram so if you would like to follow along click here. I’m also going to try blog whilst there.

* 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.

SHANE DURRANT

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ANGIE BATIS

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8 Comments

  • Reply Giselle August 31, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I know from other friends who have left their 1 year olds for a week or longer and…it way traumatising for the kid. Sorry! That is what I saw and heard from the parents afterwards. One can’t explain to the kids that they will see their parents again and they start developing symptoms of loss – so there is a lot of sadness and even anger. But maybe she will be more resilient. Hope it goes well!

    • Reply angie August 31, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      Shooo I really hope that doesn’t happen. Shane has read quite a few articles on this exact subject and app it’s way worse for the parent than it is for the child. I really hope that is the case with Nina. Yuk, don’t even want to think about it 🙁 I’m sure it’s going to be ok…. eeeeeek I’ll let you know how it goes.

  • Reply Lea August 31, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    So excited for you! Check out these NYC guide videos http://lovetaza.com/category/nyc-guide-series/

    • Reply angie August 31, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks so much for the link. I will totally check it out!

  • Reply Su August 31, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    The high line in New York. New York is amazing. Enjoy.

    • Reply angie August 31, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      Yes this is definitely on our list 🙂

  • Reply Josie Hardy September 3, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    I spent 3 months in NYC in 2014 and these were some highlights… Chelsea market (don’t miss the ‘Artists & Fleas’ right at the back), Brooklyn Art Library & the second hand book store ‘Book Thug Nation’ across the road, walking North 6th & 7th streets in Williamsburg, grabbing dinner from the glorious buffet at whole foods on Murray street (I recommend indian) and then watching the sunset over the hudson river from Nelson A Rockerfeller park #budget, haha. Also, switch off your phone and get lost anywhere in Brooklyn. (the best day I ever had).
    Also, I’m not a kid (or a parent) but when I was my folks travelled a lot all the time and all it did was make me pumped for travel and adventure, she’ll be hundreds, and so will you!
    Let New York come to you. Enjoy!

  • Reply Bronwyn September 11, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Yikes. We’re also leaving our tiny 9 month old lady baby with her grand folk for a couple of weeks this month to go on a long-planned road trip through Spain… Feeling like a terrible mom right about now :/

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