If you explore one historic mansion during your visit to Newport, Rhode Island, make it The Breakers.

This incredible mansion, built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II (heir to the Vanderbilt fortune), is often called the epitome of the Gilded Age.

Chris and I have explored castles throughout Europe, and still, The Breakers stands out as one of my favorite preserved buildings.

It’s just so extraordinarily beautiful and so unbelievably well-preserved. View Post



Of all of the places we’ve seen and explored so far on our family’s travel journey, Newport stands out as one of our top travel destinations in New England.

Why? View Post



To describe our adventure through the city of Atlanta, I guess the place to start is at the very beginning.

What happened was that we decided to add on a trip to Atlanta after Chris’s work conference in Nashville.

It would require a 4-hour drive.

Four hours is nothing to Chris and I.

But we had our concerns with Trevor, who’s a walking, talking burst of pure energy. And our ball of energy don’t love being strapped into car seats for more than 30 minutes.

A lot of days, we’re lucky and Tru will sit quietly for an hour or even two.

We’ll play a children’s music cd for a while. Then he’ll watch some shows on the kindle for a while. Then he’ll have some milk and eat a little snack. Then he’ll watch the cars and trucks pass by us on the road for a while.

Unfortunately, our travel day to Atlanta was not that kind of day! View Post



I brought my camera along with me when my family made the trip to the Georgia Aquarium. I figured Trevor would love the aquarium, and I might capture a cute portrait of him along the way.

Then we stepped into the most stunning and colossal aquarium (I later learned that the Georgia Aquarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world!). And I found myself snapping photos left and right! View Post



“Why Atlanta?” That was my one question for Chris when he suggested a side trip to Atlanta after we spent some time exploring Nashville. Atlanta was just not on my radar for top family travel destinations.

However. Once we arrived, here’s what happened: View Post


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We arrived in Atlanta – after a four-hour drive – tired, hungry and weary.

One late afternoon nap later, we made our way to the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

And just like that, our moods and our thoughts of Atlanta were turned 180 degrees… View Post


Nashville. This was not a city Chris or I had ever thought to explore. But now that we’ve been, we can’t imagine going through life never seeing it!

There is such a creative, soulful energy to Nashville. And it’s definitely unlike anything we’ve seen anywhere.

From the old Ryman Auditorium where so many legends performed, to the incredible live shows of the Grand Ole Opry, to the Country Music Hall of Fame, there is such a celebration of the creative talents of the countless musicians who got their start here.

And it’s not just about history. That celebration is alive and well today… View Post