Photo Friday: Baby's First Road Trip

Big E holding little e at Camano Island, WA
Big E holding little e at Camano Island, WA

I recognize that a day-trip an hour north of your home doesn't normally count as a road trip, but with three kids under four (one of them only two weeks old) every trip out of the house feels like a monumental effort worthy of awards.

Still, when friends invited us to spend the day with them at their Camano Island beach house (Camano is about one hour north of Seattle, and easily reached via a bridge) we jumped at the chance. We might be overwhelmed and sleep deprived, but at least we'd be overwhelmed and sleep-deprived it in a beautiful environment!

The big kids had a wonderful day playing in the sun. With grass, sand, mud, a hose, gobs of sunscreen and even a rocket fueled by baking soda and vinegar, they required even more wardrobe changes than little Eilan. Removed from the "tempting" piles of laundry, dirty dishes and mounds of unread mail my husband and I were able to relax, recharge and enjoy our changing family too. As the sun went down, it felt natural to cuddle a little before putting PJs on everyone and loading them in the car. E took this opportunity to hold his little brother and whisper secrets in his ear. Perhaps he was telling him how to score and extra Smore?

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  1. jessiev

    June 18, 2009 at 8:45 p.m.

    i LOVE this photo. it is so pure and full of joy and love and family and happiness. YAY!

  2. Amy @ The Q Family

    June 18, 2009 at 9 p.m.

    You are a real trooper! That's such a precious picture. You are right, at least you will be sleep deprived in the beautiful environment. :)

  3. Carolina

    June 18, 2009 at 9:53 p.m.

    I bet it was a bit of S'mores chatting. The only way I can disconnect and truly relax is by leaving my house, so you're right, you might actually feel more rested leaving the house, even with a 2-week old. Cute picture.

  4. Zip n Tizzy

    June 18, 2009 at 10:28 p.m.

    What a gorgeous picture!
    They look smitten with one another.
    Glad you are able to still get out and about. You have got this traveling with kids thing down!

  5. Amy Whitley

    June 18, 2009 at 10:39 p.m.

    Even getting out for a day is refreshing!

  6. Lucia

    June 19, 2009 at 3:50 a.m.

    Love, love Camano Island. And good for you for making it out of the house...I sometimes struggle with just trying to get out with two little ones so I can only imagine the work of three. And what a sweet shot of two brothers.

  7. Mara Gorman

    June 19, 2009 at 4:16 a.m.

    I *definitely* think that this counts as a road trip! Nice to see you getting out with all the kids. And the photo is adorable.

  8. Marina K. Villatoro

    June 19, 2009 at 5:11 a.m.

    An hour away with 3 kids and an infant can be almost the same as a flight trip:)
    We took our son for the first time when he was 2 weeks to see the ox cart parade. It was also 1 hour away, but we felt like we were traveling!

  9. Karen Banes

    June 19, 2009 at 6:47 a.m.

    Beautiful pic and well done on your first successful trip with your new addition. May it be the first of thousands!

  10. amida

    June 19, 2009 at 7:37 a.m.

    Any little trip out is a nice refresher for the soul. Take them anyway you get them!

  11. Dominique

    June 19, 2009 at 7:54 a.m.

    Great to see you getting Eilan out traveling so quickly! Travel will certainly be second-nature to him as he grows older.

  12. WanderMom

    June 19, 2009 at 8:25 a.m.

    Oh that's such a cute photo!
    Well done to you for getting away - even locally - with three kids - especially with one so young.

  13. Cate

    June 19, 2009 at 12:12 p.m.

    A picture of innocence and purity. A beautiful moment between the two. Great shot.

  14. Sharlene

    June 19, 2009 at 2:54 p.m.

    At the insistence of Bridget at Family Adventure Guidebooks I am popping my photo friday cherry and joining in on the fun. Hope you like!

  15. RennnyBA

    June 19, 2009 at 3:38 p.m.

    How cute! Thanks for taking us with down this memory road :-)

  16. Ellie

    June 20, 2009 at 2:30 p.m.

    This is such a cute story. Its those precious moments that we should cherish the most. :D

  17. Lorraine

    June 22, 2009 at 9:03 p.m.

    Amazing photo - that's a framer, for sure. Glad you guys got out and enjoyed yourselves.

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  19. Cat C. Schwartz

    July 27, 2009 at 3:05 p.m.

    ok, That is the CUTEST picture!!