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oh hey what’s up. see these photos? yep. this is just us, trying to take a family photo in st. marks square in venice. 

i should have just asked somebody else to take the photo for us, but my arms were feeling particularly long and confident on this day. and why can everyone else somehow perfect the one-arm-extended-out-front-camera-shot?
if we get a decent photo of all four of us davis’ for a christmas card this year, it will surely be a christmas miracle.
anyway, we flew back into new york tonight and it feels great to be home. we survived two weeks traveling all over italy with our littles and i’m so thankful that after 5 years in the talking and dreaming stages, we finally did it. if you’re interested, i’d love to share a few thoughts later on in the week as to what worked/ what didn’t when it comes to traveling with little ones all over a foreign country.  i know many of you have done it multiple times with more than two kids in tow, but hopefully there will be something in there worth noting. or at least a silly picture?
it’s great to see you, new york. and thanks for not causing wreck in my apartment while we were away, sandy.
  1. Those pictures are still cute! :) Glad you all had fun, and welcome back to the States!

  2. these pictures are just wonderful! who needs perfect when you can have a picture that really shows your personalities! love it! xo

  3. Sarah

    so excited to hear all about your trip!

  4. melanie

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  5. so glad your new home wasn't torn apart by sandy while you were away–and i have loved all your sweet photos from abroad. and indeed, the one-arm-extended-out-front is an acquired skill that i have not acquired…

  6. Can you also recap where all you went or at least how you decided on what places to see? A vacation to Italy has been a dream of mine but I don't really know where to start! Glad you're all back safe and sound!

  7. we have many of these (failed) charming family pictures! can't wait to hear your travel tips as we're hoping to go to europe with our little ones too!

  8. Melanie

    Would be great to see a post about travelling with littles

  9. too funny! but super cute i'm always shy to ask someone to take a picture, but in the end it's worth it. :)

  10. Katie

    "Outtake" family pictures are always my favorite anyway! :) Glad you're home, safe and sound, Davis family.

  11. Bethany

    YAY! I can't wait to see photos and hear about your trip.

  12. Loulou

    haha, it might not be perfect, but it sure is cute!


  13. Briseidy

    hahaha great pics! so true

  14. Oh, please share your travel tips! I'm hoping to travel with my little one a bunch. Our first big trip together will be to Israel when he is 8 months. PS: Your trip to Italy looks like it was AMAZING.

  15. Welcome home!! I cannot wait to hear all about your trip and see pictures!

  16. Gaby

    welcome home! you guys are my heroes for travelling with two (small) children. truly.

  17. truly inspiring. I love the mentality that parenthood and travel are not mutually exclusive! I would love to learn some tricks of the trade, even though we don't have kids yet!


  18. Dana

    But at least you all look very happy!

  19. I love that you did such an amazing, international trip with two small kids. Gives me hope that I'll do the same someday.

  20. Jennifer

    You all are adorable!

  21. Can't wait to hear all about the trip!

    My fiance and I are (trying) to plan a trip to Italy for our honeymoon!

    I would love to hear any suggestions you have for traveling in Italy.

    PS: Your family is TOO cute!

  22. colby

    i would LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear about what worked/didn't as far as traveling with the kids. We are planning a trip next fall and to say I'm terrified of traveling with the baby is a huge understatement.

  23. Jessica

    I think the pics turned out so cute!

  24. You and your husband have serious rock star smiles!

  25. You and your husband have serious rock star smiles!

  26. kristyn

    haha too cute and candid! glad you guys had a great time :)


  27. Tell me how you packed that gorgeous hat! I am going to the UK this weekend – always want to take my hat but never know where to pack it safely?! Or did you wear it?

  28. Laura

    Definitely interested in your travel tips, particularly long airplane travel and dealing with jet lag!!! Did you take your car seat onto the plane for Eleanor? Next month we're flying from the West Coast to South Africa with our very feisty 23-month-old. Yikes!!

    Welcome home!

  29. Marie

    Looking forward on your tips on how to travel with 2 very young children! Especially during the airplane journey..did little Samson's ears hurt terribly and did he keep crying when tt happen? Looking forward to your next post on travelling tips! :)

  30. I can't wait to read the posts about your trip! Just from instagram it looked like a great time! I'm LOVING Samson's face in the first photo! Such a "Oh boy, here we go look…" haha! Love it! :)

  31. I would LOVE to hear any tips you have about traveling abroad with 2 young kiddies! We are starting to think about having kids, but are terrified we won't be able to travel! I can't wait to hear how you guys did it and survived!

  32. Natali

    Lovely photos!! Great that you've enjoyed your trip all over Italy, I believe that you're full of adventures and that little ones are/ were super happy :)


  33. The last time I was in st. marks square, I was 11 years old. good times. looks like you all had a blast of a trip!

  34. Shoot! I struggle with the one armed photo for mere self portraits never-mind while holding a wiggling human being! Arms of steel girl!

  35. Mariana

    Not the best photo, but best memories!
    And the photo is actually very cute, too. :)

    I'm glad you had a great time in Italy and you're back home safe!

  36. Welcome Home!!!!– and welcome back to new york, real life and the USA, of course. I can't wait to hear and see more of your two weeks travel to one of my favorite places on this earth.

    p.s. I have no doubt you guys will come up with an adorable christmas card photo- you always do! xo

  37. Here's the best way to take an arms length shot, if you are right handed – turn the camera upside down and press the button with your thumb. Simple but so so effective!

  38. barbara

    I'm glad you had fun and avoided sandy in ny and the huge amount of rain here in venice (high water level alarm!)

  39. Haha! I love these pics! I would love to hear your travel tips too! Xx

  40. I love that even when the circumstances are not always as they were planned, you always keep your smiles on! Can't wait for some post-journey posts. x


  41. Mariela

    Beautiful family, look like you guys had a great time : )


  42. so cute! love your hat :-)

  43. I would LOVE to hear some pointers for traveling with littles! We're planning a trip with our boy for the new year, he would be 8+ months depending on when we went… I'd esp. love to know about nursing/sleeping overseas and how you found discovering new land while still being a parent :)
    SO glad that jerk sandy didn't rip up your apartment :) xo

  44. RoselyC

    Sounds like such a great experience, especially since it was something you have been wanting to do for a while. Hope you have more pics to share from the trip. Italy is one of my dreams too.

  45. Hannah

    i would have helped you! <3 hope you have fun there

  46. would LOVE to read up on your traveling tips. the mr and i will be toting our babe, who will be 18 months by then, to italy next year. any helpful hints are much appreciated!

  47. The Egg

    you are a brave couple to take the littles with you! bravo!!!

    xo the egg out west.

  48. Love the bow tie. Where'd he learn to tie it?

  49. oh, i think they're still so cute. aaaand speaking of christmas cards, i always loving seeing yours on this blog. is it the cutest? yes, yes it is. and so happy sandy left your abode alone! : )

  50. So glad you had such a lovely time! Hope the switch from italian time to USA time isn't too hard!



  51. chelsea

    Can't wait to hear how you accomplished foreign travel with little ones!

  52. Ana

    Those would be cute for the Christmas card as well! :)

    I'd love to hear how you guys did it. When I have kids, I will want to travel with them to Brazil often, so they can hang out with my family too.

  53. Sarah W

    I don't have kids, but I am curious how you packed your hat(s) :)

  54. These are still super adorable, if not entirely capturing the whole family :) I'm glad to hear your apartment is in one piece!

    <3 Josephine

  55. My husband and I traveled to Europe (Denmark/Sweden) a few months ago with our the 16 mo. old. It was chaotic and exhausting, and multiple times I remember thinking how crazy we were to have attempted the trip. But now, in hindsight, I am SOOO glad we took the plunge and went. I've already forgotten about dealing with jet lag, missed naps, and toddler meltdowns.

    I hope to do a blog post soon about all the little tricks we learned along the way. Can't wait to see what worked for your family! These posts are sooo helpful for traveling families.


  56. My husband and I traveled to Europe (Denmark/Sweden) a few months ago with our the 16 mo. old. It was chaotic and exhausting, and multiple times I remember thinking how crazy we were to have attempted the trip. But now, in hindsight, I am SOOO glad we took the plunge and went. I've already forgotten about dealing with jet lag, missed naps, and toddler meltdowns.

    I hope to do a blog post soon about all the little tricks we learned along the way. Can't wait to see what worked for your family! These posts are sooo helpful for traveling families.


  57. Davina

    cute family!! yes, please share how you survived traveling overseas with 2 little ones. it's great to know that life goes on with kids, and what a great opportunity it must've been for them to go out and see the world!

  58. I'd love to hear your tips! A friend of mine is about to head off on a veeeeery long flight and she is desperate for some advice. :)

  59. Stella

    so cute! and yes, I definitely want to hear about travelling with your littles. now that you've been doesn't it make you want to travel to every other part of the world??

  60. I can't wait to hear more about your trip and i'm so happy you all had a great time!

  61. JSL

    really excited to hear about how to travel to europe with littles!

  62. You are a great one arm photographer!
    You guys look super cute.
    Amazing you finally made it to Italy.

  63. Such fun pictures!

    You are so lucky because Venice is al flooded this week :(

  64. Steph

    i would love to hear some tips on traveling with kids…especially while they're so young. my husband and i plan on doing so while our kids are still under 4 (and can fly free)…please let me know what worked (:

  65. eva

    SAMSON's BLANKET–where it's from???

  66. Love the pic!! Always fun to have the memories of what you tried to do to get your "perfect" xmas card pic!! So happy you are back safe! Can't wait to hear how it was traveling with LOs internationally :)

  67. It looks natural and loving, certainly not a fail!

  68. Good to see someone else who cannot manage the one arm selfie. We spent October travelling France with a 10 month old. The only photo we managed to get of the three of us we asked someone else to take the shot….But then my partner had his eyes closed!


  69. you are an extemely cute family :) well, how was venice? cause i'm flying on Saturday and I heard it's flooded! how did you deal with that? cause i'm a little bit scared and I don't even know what kind of clothes to take with me..

  70. LISA

    a post on traveling with the two kiddos would be awesome and appreciated! I'm traveling to Italy for Christmas and although I travel there often, this will be my first time with two kids instead of my usual one. how was the donkey over there? were you able to get through doors with it? did you find it hindered your adventure at all? did you bring car seats as well? i cant decide if i should just bring a single stroller and infant carrier or a double stroller!