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Arizona Part 1

On Thursday we left the rainy gloomy land of Vancouver for hot & dry Arizona. Skipper’s first flight, which he was a total champ for. Not that I would expect any less, he’s pretty calm all the time (knock on wood). Since Poppy was born we’ve done quite a few flights with her so I feel like we’ve figured out a pretty good system with travelling as family. I had a couple requests for travelling with toddlers tips, here are a few listed below.

Travelling with Toddlers/Babies
  • Snacks, of course. We bring pouches & crackers. I also like to pack a couple melt-down-avoiders like a lollipop or chocolate for when all else fails and you need a major distraction.
  • A loaded iPad. Don’t forget to download some shows ahead of time because airport wifi sucks. Before Poppy was 3 and down with headphones we let her just listen to audio quitely out loud (don’t make everyone suffer through the sound of cartoons).
  • Before Poppy was old enough to have a seatbelt, and now its Skipper I always bring a carrier of sorts (Ergo or Wildbird) for my own peace of mind. I like to have them strapped on during take off, landing, or turbulence.
  • Encourage sucking during take off and landing to avoid plugged ears. Breastfeed/bottle feed the babe and thats when I pull out a pouch for Poppy to suck on.
  • We gate check the stroller so we don’t have to carry everything through the airport.
  • They board small children first, but I prefer to wait until the line is gone, less time on the plane the better!


I know you’re probably sick of me complaining about the weather ( unless you’re from Vancouver then you get it) but it’s been SO WET, recording breaking winter & spring for rain. Waking up these past few mornings to sun is glllorrrrrrioouussssss!

Poppy picking flowers and collecting rocks, it’s so sweet how little girls just can’t pass a flower without picking & smelling it. Simple pleasures.

Touching all the cacti “What are these??”

This little chunk has been super warm here, we ordered a stroller fan on Amazon that has been a lifesaver, we’re constantly misting him with my make up mist bottle, and putting cold wash cloths on his head. I can understand now why people that live in the south crave colder weather, if I had to do it everyday I would probably get pretty sick of it too.

We’re enjoying our last couple days of lazing around in the sun trying not to look at the forecast at home!

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  1. April 26, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    Ugh yes Vancouver has been GROSS! (I’m headed to Southern California in a couple weeks…hallelujah!) It’s nice you were able to take a little family vacation to someplace warm!

    • bethanymenzel
      May 30, 2017 / 3:56 pm

      So glad, we’re so close to Cali or I would be going crazy! Hope you had a good trip.

  2. April 27, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    Just can’t get over how cute Poppy’s pig tales are! Hope you had such a lovely holiday!

    • bethanymenzel
      May 30, 2017 / 3:56 pm

      Thank You!

  3. Megan
    May 23, 2017 / 9:49 pm

    Skipper already looks so much younger here!

  4. July 24, 2017 / 2:08 pm

    Awesome photos! We love Arizona, and we don’t plan on leaving anytime soon.

  5. January 2, 2018 / 10:03 am

    This is fantastic! Love the photos. I am so inspired.

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