Las Vegas!

Sin City feels a lot less sinful with a toddler. I’m not sure what to say about Vegas. It was completely overstimulating for all of us, especially coming from Zion. The national rodeo finals were in town, so there were lots of gentlemen in very large cowboy hats accompanying ladies who wore jeans with festively…

Arches to Zion

Yup, we ran the entire alphabet today! Morning came, chilly and cold, and brought with it a seriously unhappy toddler. Getting packed and ready to go this morning was tough with a kid who wouldn’t be put down, wouldn’t be distracted, and wouldn’t be appeased. Thankfully, some bacon and toast with purple jam (some blackberry,…

Nara: Ami almost gets eaten by deer

OMG, you guys. I guess we’ve been pushing our toddler hard, because today she woke up just before 11. My toddler is a teenager? Well, she’s at least a tween, if that look on her face is any indication. We gathered ourselves and left our apartment, stroller in tow, to find some lunch. On the…

Kyoto: Fushimi Inari and Strolling

Kyoto, Day 3 of not nearly enough! Today started with a trek to Fushimi Inari, a shrine with lots and lots of bright red gates stretching up a mountainside. It’s an iconic view you’ve probably seen before. Because today was the vernal equinox, the site was really crowded with domestic tourists. It was neat, though,…

Tokyo: Mornings and Friends Arrive

4:30. I hope someday to start one of these posts without first listing the painful time the toddler awoke and demanded 1. Attention 2. Water 3. “Ami watch Daniel Tiger” 4. “Ami eat”, or 5. Tawbeddies (strawberries). Anyway. We left the house just before 7 and took a mostly empty train to Ginza, where we…

22/23 months(!) with Babaloo

Wow. A lot has happened in 2 months! Ami has started school (two days a week, 9-1, at an Mother’s Day Out program, that is). Her first few weeks went really well, but then we were gone for a couple of weeks, and ever since we got back dropoff has been a nightmare for the…

Roadfood

We’re headed home today, taking the long way through Natchitoches to see more family. We found this place off the side of 190 and just had to stop. We bought spicy boiled green peanuts. They were delicious and soft and reminded me of the texture of the green almonds we ate years ago at the…