• National Parks,  North America,  Travel

    (New) Mexico Road Trip

    Last fall we did our first road trip as a family of four. I’ve been writing this post since then, 4 months later I’m finally done with it! This was our first trip since the world shut down, and we were pretty excited to get out and go somewhere after so long.    We went down to Mexico to visit Mauricio’s family and have them meet Genevieve. We’ve done this drive twice before, but this time we decided to make it a proper road trip and see all that we could of New Mexico instead of just cruising right on through it like we had before.  On the way down…

  • National Parks,  North America,  Travel

    Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

    While we spent most of our year pretty close to home. We did sneak in a few trips. One of those was to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado. It’s a place that, despite only being about 3 hours from us, I hadn’t heard of until this year. Also, to be completely candid, I saw it on TikTok so take that for what it’s worth. I saw it and put it in my memory bank and saved it for a week when we wanted to go camping. Although we did some local exploring this year, we really didn’t get much camping in. Our first trip of the…

  • Caribbean,  Mexico,  North America,  Travel

    Mexico for Christmas

    This year we did Christmas a little different. Mauricio and I had talked about it many times before, but this year we actually gifted ourselves a vacation for Christmas. We had two invitations to go to the same area on the same week in Mexico, the week before Christmas. My best friend graduated nursing school and booked a vacation in Cozumel to celebrate and our niece decided she wanted to go on vacation in Cancun instead of doing a big quinceanera. It seemed like the absolute perfect opportunity. We decided to take them both up on their offers and do 3 days with each of them. We booked our rooms…

  • North America,  Travel

    Oregon Coast & Portland

    I recently tackled a tough but very necessary mom thing. I left Oliver and Mauricio home and went on a trip. Just me. Well technically me and my best friend. It was her spring break and she needed/deserved a getaway and I got to tag along. She had decided on visiting Portland and the Oregon Coast, and I was just happy to go anywhere. Typically Mauricio and I will do a vacation at least once a year. But we don’t have anything major planned for this year, so when I had this opportunity I couldn’t pass it up. I booked my flights and was all excited to go. Then I…

  • North America,  Travel

    Ciudad Juarez

    Okay, I’m sorry I missed a few weeks, but life happened. Also I’m going back to a trip post. But this is a trip we did with Oliver, and his first international trip, so its mom and travel related. When Oliver was 3 months old, we went to Mexico! Now, it wasn’t the glorious Mexico beach vacation you are thinking, we went to Mauricios hometown, Ciudad Juarez. He hadn’t been there in 12 years and we were finally able to make the trip and see some family. Mauricio has 2 brothers, 2 nieces and 2 (twin) nephews. In the 8 years we had been together I hadn’t met any of…

  • National Parks,  North America,  Travel

    Grand Canyon

    January and February are probably my least favorite months of the year. The holidays are over, it’s still cold and the excitement of a winter wonderland has passed. Typically it’s the time of year that wanderlust sets in and we go on a trip. This year that isn’t happening though due to school and various other things. So instead I thought I’d take a few weeks and share some of our vacations. Maybe it’ll cure the wanderlust in me, or maybe it’ll make me spontaneously book plane tickets for us…This could be dangerous. This week I’ll focus on the first trip we did as a family of 3. The Grand…