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By this Author: kristinandcolin

Yellowstone and beyond

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Love in Yellowstone national park
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Ariana's favorite thing to do is rip up napkins and then try and eat them
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What? I'm not eating napkins
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Colin setting up camp
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Veggies!!
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I want to be cold daddy!!
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Happiness is a snuggly baby
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Baby moose on the loose
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Excited to go see old faithful geiser
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Buffalo!!
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Ariana's underwhelmed :)
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You can't see but we watched a mama grizzly and her two cubs walk out of the forest and through a field!
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Buffalo!
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Biggest wish puff I've ever seen!! Almost the size of her head!!
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Grand Tetons!!
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Bath time with daddy in the hotel shower after a long day of driving.
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Um... I think Ariana is a bit confused :) ha!
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Crazy horse, South Dakota
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Mount Rushmore
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Our Mount Rushmore rendition
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Full moon from our campsite
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Minneapolis to visit the Hanf's!! 3 of dad's brothers
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Family reunion! We had such a great time at Natalie, josh, and steve's!!
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Kisses from Duane made her squeel in delight
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Colin helping to earn our keep by helping Steve put down flooring
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Josh's beautiful flowers and garden
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Ariana made a friend
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Pool time!!!
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Play hard... Sleep hard
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Kisses from pat and Jenny's dog Oscar! We had a great visit in Chicago with the roach's ... Somehow I only got a photo of her with the dog... Ha!
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Bananas!
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Story time with Ariana and her cousin Molly in Pittsburg
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Cathedral of learning... Beautiful building
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Fun in the tub!!
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Colin's brother John and his wife Alexis ... Good times
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Really mom? :) he he

Back on the East Coast, headed home! feeling blessed!!

Posted by kristinandcolin 10:16 Comments (1)

more camping adventures...

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yay Nature! I always know I'm doing something right when she's got grass stains and dirt under her nails at the end of the day :)
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Redwoods National Park... wow... just wow
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tree monster :)
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coconut curry soup... camping food is yummy
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the trees are so tall,... can't really fit them into one picture
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daddy love
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poor baby... the one mosquito in the tent ate on her face all night. :( Her nickname was "skeeter face" for about 3 days :)
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driving to our next redwoods camping spot further up the coast
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a quick beach adventure midday to put our feet in the warm sand... northern redwoods... Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
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hiking back into our free campsite :)
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Nectarines!!!
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Fern Canyon... so wet and moist... walls completely covered with ferns... felt like home
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back in the Redwoods... these trees are so majestic
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like Jurassic Park
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sweet pea
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i love ferns so much
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Ariana's a good camper... super snug for the night
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Crater Lake, Oregon
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art galleries in Bend, Oregon
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Yummy food,... Laughing Planet... Eugene for a short visit
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Portland bridge on our way to our AirBNB... same architect that built the golden gate bridge in San Francisco
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we are teaching Ariana Norwegian ... just kidding... i got her a used picture book at a bookstore in portland. The pictures are great... :)
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back to the coast for some camping... this is Haquam River
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283 knives, 4 forks... all I need is a spoon! Ha!
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poor Ariana got sick for a few days and we had to take her to the doctor :( A rough few days for everyone
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Elk and Buffalo Jerky for exploring Olympic National Park... no pictures of the park,... Ariana was sick and my camera was out of memory... sorry
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fresh blackberries on the trail...yum!
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headed east finally! I love the windmills
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tiny barn and big open sky... love it... somewhere in Montana.
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Happy girl... :) we are having a great trip... Whirlwind fast track trip back home now for mom's 70'th birthday party. Homebound!! Just a few more weeks!! Lots of short stops to see family/ friends along the way though. Good times!! Ariana won't remember this trip, but we will never forget it. Much love to you all!!!!

Posted by kristinandcolin 07:45 Comments (0)

Denver, Vegas and up the California Coast

Just pictures this time... I have so many ... i'm very behind in my blogging... I will have to post them in stages. :) We've been having a wonderful time and I've enjoyed being "computer-free", so I apologize for the delay. We've mostly been visiting family and friends over the past few weeks and just enjoying being out in nature camping along the way. Hope you enjoy the pix. xoxoxoxo Much love!!

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Yippee!! Back in the car :)
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Ariana loves Aunt Kandice!! <3
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We drove by our old house in Denver... surreal to be back.
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Ethan, Ellie, and Beth <3
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We met Nicolette in India and then reconnected a few times on our journey! Beautiful soul... what a pleasure to cross paths yet again
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whoa... you really gonna eat that?
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??? what is that?? ha!
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Vegas was 108 degrees... Ariana loved standing nudie in front of the A/C
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We spent most of our time in the Pool in Vegas :) Thanks Grannie Trim for the whale raft!!
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plates are sooooo fun!
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we watched lots of free circus acts too... i have a secret dream of running away with the circus someday. :)
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daddy's girl
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San Diego with Dipika (Masi) and Kashif!! We met them in Thailand on our first "honeymoon" trip and then again in India on our second trip. Beautiful life long friends.
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oops... hope you didn't need that magazine. Ariana loves ripping paper and towels into millions of little pieces... and then trying to eat them.
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Aerial arts classes... I took 6 aerial classes during the week we were there. :)
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drum lesson with daddy
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I love all the succulents in southern California... bird's of paradise... beautiful. Oh, and colin being a cheese ball... always :)
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sunset beach walks
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mmmmm... first real taste of ice cream... she's a fan :)
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she also likes to eat sand by the handful and roll around in it
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camping!!!
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We drove up the coast the whole way... stopping to picnic along the rock cliffs or whale watch. What a beautiful scenic drive
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a nice surprise to meet up with our dear friend Thalia while in Cali. She was my massage teacher 11 years ago in Asheville and we have been close friends ever since.
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farmers market plums, peaches, nectarines and cucumbers!!! yum!
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brrrr... cold west coast water! refreshing!
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San Fran... golden gate bridge
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you're kinda freakin me out with that face, dad :)
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We visited Stacey, Brian and little Will in Petaluma, about an hour north of San Fran. I went to nutrition school in New York with Stacey. What a sweet family they have and Will in rediculously adorable
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they shared snacks
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and took baths together
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Ariana taught him all she knows on the drums
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she likes playing with the boys
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Will was her first kiss... a little late on the picture, but so sweet. Will is quite the lover, ... giving smooches to everyone
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Petaluma festival snoozes

STay tuned for the next installment of pictures from our camping/ hiking trip in the Redwood National Forest. xoxoxox

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Baby Backpacking Bonanza

Ahhh... another amazing week! We are reminded daily that we are so blessed with incredible friends. This week we had the pleasure of visiting our dear friends, Kyle, Kara, their son BoLars (who was born just 2 days after Ariana) and their dog Junebug, at their mountain home right outside of Durango, Colorado. (We are secretly plotting their arranged marriage to occur in the years to come.) How nice it was to have other like-minded parents, at the same stage in parenthood, to openly and honestly share our trials and tribulations, triumphs, memorable moments, tips and tricks, recipes, and baby herbal medicines, etc., with no fear of judgement or competition. A real blessing it was to just sit back and witness their parenting journey and get a merE glimpse into their world.
It was a week of firsts for Ariana... her first time boating, swimming in the river, overnight backpacking, hanging by the campfire, and even her first nudie photo shoot with a boy :) Scandalous! :) Both babies were real troopers during all of our many adventures and there were so many ridiculously adorable moments with the two of them exploring the world together.

Babies, boats, and backpacks,... fly fishing, life-long friends and feasting. Exploring new areas of wilderness in a state we used to call home. Bees, butterflies, and naked baby booties. Wildflowers, rugged mountains, boulders, and river crossings. Dry air, deer, chipmunks and big ol' beavers. Searching for fresh spring water sources, icy river plunges to enliven the spirit.... and the smell of spruce and pine. Unquenchable thirst, sunburn, sleepless nights, and crusty boogers. Teas, turbans, teething woes and tandem swing rides. Silly songs, simultaneous giggles, sleepy meltdowns and sunhat struggles. Heartfelt connection, countless moments of crazy cuteness,... continued blessings. Much gratitude.

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Ariana's is so excited to be back on the road again :)
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My little unicorn baby large_1EE7E0B6F314AAC4FA47077EADA886AB.jpglarge_1EE8BC04E0255F5894574CB4700FD7AC.jpg
i love the windmills
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we finally made it to Durango, CO
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Kyle and kara's house
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deer!!
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Ariana using Bo as a balancing stick
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their guest cabin that we stayed in
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tandem swing rides!!! How fun!!
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We spent one afternoon floating down the river in their boat... it was a beautiful day :)
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two happy babies before the day on the river
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and two sleeping babies at the end :)
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Loading up the babies for their first backpacking adventure... and the sunhat struggles begin. :)
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our beautiful campsite
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Their sweet dog "June bug" .... and Ariana eating her puffs off the ground
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what? :)
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naked baby photo shoot
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ridiculously cute
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1st time in the river
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like father like daughter
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our little indian baby
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father's day brunch with kyle and kara before our drive to Denver
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stunning drive through the mountains
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pruned baby toes :)
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like mother like daughter

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Love

Posted by kristinandcolin 08:27 Comments (0)

And We're Off!

So I looked back at my blog from our last trip and my last post was our baby announcement from back in Thailand last March :-) Oh, how time flies! Ariana is 8 1/2 months old now and is such a little ball of joy. Being back "on travel" again after being rooted for a little over a year now is exciting. We were really starting to get the itch again, so we felt it was definitely time to introduce her to our gypsy ways. :) We decided easing her in with a little road trip stateside from the East Coast to the west and back, visiting National Parks and distant friends and family along the way was a great first trip. And so here we are. :)

We only have about two months, which given our previous travels, feels fairly short, but it should be an amazing journey none the less. :-) Ariana is a good teacher at being present and looking at the world through a new and exciting eye, which will make the trip feels longer and more intentional. Everything is new to her, therefore no assumptions or expectations are ever made, tainting her experience. As an adult, I find this practice really challenging… I think this is why I love travel so much. Spontaneity, flexibility, no set plans, just going with the flow… Being lead… Following.

And so it begins. We harvested some veggies from our garden, packed the car to the gills with camping gear, food and a plethora of baby regalia/ accoutrements. (most of which consist of baby containment devises) A short jaunt to the East Coast for a little dip in the ocean and visit with my parents and we're off! See ya on the flip side,... or along the journey! Coming soon to a town near you!!!! :)

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ROAD TRIP!! Ariana has been a rock star in the car... she's a born traveller :)

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harvesting veggies from our garden to take with us :) yum!

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First beach time... she LOVED it! Colin even made a turban for her... :) jj.jpgunnamed__3_.jpglarge_unnamed.jpgunnamed__2_.jpgunnamed__4_.jpglarge_unnamed__5_.jpg
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Last visit with Mark and Adelyn... :)

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All packed up and ready to go!! Thanks Mark for the topper
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Lots and lots of flat land in the middle of the country... but still pretty

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fun in the car!
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Ariana's shift driving :)

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the new play pin is a hit! Thanks Nani and Grampa Phil!

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Like father, like daughter... Ariana's first drum lesson. :)

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We finally made it to Grannie Trim's house in Ada, Oklahoma... and the neighbors have a pool!

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Grannie's blow up whale was a hit :)
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feeding Charlie her zucchini
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SMOOTHIES!!!
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Play hard,... sleep hard. :) Total sweetness <3

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