back on the hill!

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while in DC last week to see the cherry blossoms, we stayed at our friend’s house on capitol hill, close by our old home! it is always so good to walk around the old neighborhood, especially when it is in full bloom! poor josh and his allergies! haha! his allergies were always a mess in DC, and we were reminded of that again last week....

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washington dc’s cherry blossoms!

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if you’ve been following along on instagram or snapchat, you probably know we are in DC right now. we drove down the other night for a day or two so we could catch the cherry blossoms while they are still in peak. they never disappoint. and they make me feel all sorts of happy. it was a little windy out while we were there so the loose petals were blowing in the wind around us while the kids ran near the tidal basin and the sun started peaking out....

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some photos from LA…

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we are still in california, in san diego at the moment! i wanted to share some photos from our time in LA last week while i had a minute.  a lot of these are iPhone photos (oh, the good ol’ iPhone! whatever would i do without you!) since we were mostly running around LA to and from meetings and didn’t take the big real camera with us everywhere (does anyone else call their regular camera their “real” camera?!...

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a video: our trip to australia!

so excited to share a video josh and i made from our australia trip! this might be my favorite video we’ve made yet, because our time there was so special to us and these little snippets of video help bring all these little memories to life more than the pictures can. australia, we sure do hope we get to see you again someday, you were incredible....

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kangaroos, koalas and pythons, oh my!

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spending an afternoon with koalas, kangaroos, baby alligators and a python was the biggest treat! we try to make an effort to have fun and educational experiences with our kids and spend time to learn about the rules, circumstances, and views on visiting animals like these. we chose to visit the australian reptile park which we found via the australian koala foundation (savethekoala.com) which is working hard to help the koalas and raise awareness about habitat destruction....

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helicopter ride and the great barrier reef!

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it’s most definitely an experience i’ll never forget! while on hamilton island, we took a helicopter one morning out to the great barrier reef to go snorkeling! taking a helicopter ride has been on my bucket list since i was little. i have literally dreamed of this for ages, and when we realized they had the option on the island AND that the kids were allowed to ride, i could not contain myself.  ...

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hamilton island, australia!

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before our time in melbourne, we spent several days on hamilton island! i shared photos already from our day at whitehaven beach, but the rest of our time on the island was great as well. it felt relaxing, as we finally felt adjusted to the new time zone and mostly just went to the beach each day, and then the pool with the kids!...

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the australian open (photos + a video!)

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without a doubt, our day at the australian open while in melbourne was dreamy. when we started talking about making this dream trip of ours a reality, we knew we needed to make sure we timed it to be there for the open. i’m so glad we did! the arena is much smaller than most tennis stadiums (the US open arena feels twice as big) so we were able to snag seats on the third row which made the entire experience feel a little more intimate....

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photos from melbourne, australia!

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after giving myself quite the heart attack last week when my hard drive experienced some crazy issues and we thought for a few days there that all of our photos and videos from the last year (australia included) might be gone forever, we are back in action! close call, and big lesson learned. i think i may be done with hard drives....

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exploring ice castles in utah!

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we just returned to new york from a quick week in utah where josh and i gave a keynote address at rootstech!  utah is always a good time since we’re able to see family and friends and during the winter months, enjoy all of the fun outdoor activities they have going on.  if you’ve been following along on instagram or snapchat, you have seen some pictures from some snowboarding lessons which the kids and i attempted so we can keep up with papa on the mountain in the years to come....

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travel day video: new york to australia!

hello! apologies for the silence over here on the blog the last little while. so happy to be back though finally and really excited to share more from of our australia trip with you all through some of our videos and photos this week! i’m starting it all off with a little video we made during our 36 hours of travel to sydney!...

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whitehaven beach, whitsunday islands australia!

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we flew out of sydney a few days ago for the next stop on our australia trip, hamilton island! we have been here a couple of days now and i truly don’t ever want to leave! this place is incredible. our family took a seaplane out to whitehaven beach early one morning and hands down, it’s up there in my top handful of life experiences for sure....

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sydney, australia!

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hello from sydney, australia! we have been trying to adjust to jumping to a time zone 16 hours ahead, especially after 36+ hours of straight travel! we’re a little bit all over the place, although i swear the kids have adjusted far better than josh and me as of now and it’s blowing my mind.

sydney has been incredible so far!...

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a trip to scottsdale, arizona with fairmont!

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i’m so happy to be sharing some photos and also a video today from our trip to scottsdale, arizona a few weeks ago! we had such a fun time, and it’s definitely one of those experiences we will remember forever.  when Fairmont reached out and asked to partner a few months ago, we were incredibly excited at the opportunity, because we have always heard such wonderful things about their properties and accommodations.  ...

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a video blog: 24 hours in washington d.c.!

the sunday before thanksgiving, we rented a car and drove down to D.C. for a quick little road trip! it was a special day for us because our church’s brand new chapel on capitol hill was dedicated that evening after being in the works for many many many years. it was a really big moment for the members who still live in the area as well as for all of us who once lived there back in the day....

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top of the rock!

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so, i’m not exactly sure how we’ve lived in new york this long and haven’t ever visited the top of the rock, but we finally got around to it last week and you guys, it’s amazing. we were able to go on a day that just barely required jackets (this weather! still confused by it but loving it just the same!) and enjoyed hopping from look out to look out together with most of the observation deck all to ourselves....

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visiting heifer international in cuzco!

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i still have a lot of photos and stories to share from our trip to peru! i finally finished going through all of our photos, so hopefully in the next week or so i can get a few posts together.  in the meantime, i wanted to share some images from the time we spent in cuzco visiting a store supported by heifer international! ...

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cuzco, peru!

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hi! i wanted to share some photos from our time in cuzco, peru! the entire city was so charming and colorful, and everyone was so friendly, it was hard to leave. we had initially planned on heading straight to machu picchu from lima, to help get adjusted to the elevation before spending a few days in cuzco (which has an elevation of over 11,000 feet!)  but once we flew into cuzco, we found out that there was a strike happening in the area, so no trains or taxis were available for a few days because the roads were blocked with rocks....

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photos from machu picchu, peru!

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hello! i have loads and loads of photos to share from our day at machu picchu! i made a little divide so this post would load faster for you all since there are so many photos. click the yellow button to open the rest!

machu picchu truly took my breath away. literally, because that hike up is steep and the altitude made me feel more out of shape than ever, but also because it’s beyond words....

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hello from lima, peru!

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hello from lima!  my wifi has been a little spotty but as i shared on my instagram last night, we are currently in peru!

it’s been an incredible experience for our family so far and we are so glad we are here.  josh and i decided last minute to book this trip. like, we bought our plane tickets on friday morning and left early sunday!...

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a video blog (vlog) from our camping trip!

happy monday, you guys! hope your first october weekend was a good one!

i put together some video footage we took a week or two ago when camping, which was so much fun to do! i know i’ve been making videos of our adventures for years now, but i’ve never done one in the form of a “vlog.”  i love watching other people’s and have a few friends who make some of the very best vlog’s out there....

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tips for packing with kids!

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after coming home from our latest trip as a family of 5, i feel like we’re slowly but surely figuring out our groove in terms of traveling with 3 small children. i’ve blogged before about tips and tricks for flying with kids as well as this big blog post on traveling abroad with little ones, but i thought i’d focus on the packing part today, because that part is kind of critical when it comes to having a successful trip or not....

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camping in moab, utah!

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hello! we’re in utah right now for my little sister’s wedding this weekend, but i wanted to share some fun photos from monday and tuesday when we went camping in moab utah! since we were in colorado, and we planned on heading to utah afterwards for my sister’s wedding, we figured we’d make a road trip out of it and drive and camp along the way!...

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currently: in colorado

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we are in beaver creek colorado right now and i’m not kidding when i say this kind of outdoor beauty, literally everywhere i look, is breathtaking. there is also something to be said about a place where the weather is crisp and cool in the mornings and evenings, but warm enough to swim in the pool midday.  ...

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a few days in DC!

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i spent the last few days in DC with conrad! i went down to host a dinner (which i’ll share more about later!) and brought conrad along since he’s still breastfeeding and little and thought it’d be fun to do something with just the two of us. we took the train down and had the best time wandering around my favorite old blocks and neighborhoods and of course eating all my favorite food while we were at it.  ...

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