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Kid Friendly Travel

When we travel we are always looking for great deals and kids friendly places.  Last May we travelled to Austin, Texas so Richard could attend a conference.  We stayed in downtown Austin at the Omni. 

 I figured since it was downtown and fancy that it would mostly be a hotel for business men and women.  When we checked in, I was completely surprised.  A man came out from behind the desk carrying a small backpack which he proceeded to give to C.  A gift from the hotel just for him…he was ecstatic!!  When he opened it up and got digging, there was crayons, a coloring book, a small canteen, flashlight and many others things.  I even found out that they had suitcases full of games for kids and night lights!!

And while we were there, C spent the majority of his time here….

The rooftop pool!!  He loves the water and because we were in Texas…and warm, that is where we spent our time!  It was a wonderful stay and I would highly recommend the Downtown Austin Omni hotel!

Meet the man…

Now it’s time to meet my amazing husband.  We met when I was only 19 and he was divorced and had full custody of his two beautiful girls.  People thought I was crazy to even consider it but I knew he was the one for me.  We got married in Jamaica when I turned 21 and we’ve never looked back….well at least I haven’t!!  ha ha 

Here’s where we got married…

This is a Sandals resort in Dunns River, Jamaica and it was beautiful.  We spent  7 days in this paradise, swimming, cruising, laying on the beach.  From the minute we got there, the service was amazing.  We sipped champagne while we were checked in and met with the wedding planner when we were settled.  We had to be in Jamaica for 48 hours before we could be married, so we picked where we wanted to get married, the flowers and met the photographer.  It was a busy afternoon, but we never felt rushed at all.  The day of our wedding everything went perfect!  The Sandals resorts are beautiful and the service was incredible.

So what can I say about Richard??  Well, he is an amazing father, incredible husband and hard worker…and he just turned 40! 

For his 40th birthday weekend, we jetted off to Los Angeles for a little alone time.  It was great…we relaxed, slept in, and did some touristy things we may not have done with the kids.  I know a lot of you out there don’t like to travel with your kids, or never leave home without them.  I appreciate each and every one of you and entitle you to your opinions.  I like a mixture of both…I love to take the kids.  I like to show them things they normally wouldn’t see.  But I also love to go on vacations without the kids.  The beginning of our lives together showed me I was meant to be a wife and mother, but when C was born, it was very stressful.  Anyone who has had a child with life threatening medical issues knows that.  I learned to appreciate the time that Richard and I had alone together too…it is how our marriage works.  I have an amazing family.