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The story of New York, new happy

Erica

Back to New York, just like old times. But not really. It's funny how much has changed. Each time I visit, I go through "the phases":

1- excited to see things and feel recognition, like returning home

2- glad I don't live there any more, because it's such a pain in the ass

3- pain in the ass numbed, move on to more important things, like what to eat and do

4- feel eerily at home and dread leaving

5- get back to Minneapolis, realize I don't remember how to drive

I took this picture with Ferris sleeping in the Ergo. Ferris on my chest walking in Union Square, a scene that unfolded countless time, but so different now. We spent a few days together as a 4-some and then Athena and I stayed on an extra week, to eat, explore, eat. There was an instinct to relive the life we had together in the places where I was so happy. But now that Athena's here, it just felt silly. We've moved on to new happy, so I tried some new places, too. And I got my April video done there! Woot.

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The story of child-friendly Chicago

Erica

We spent a long weekend in Chicago for a wedding, first time traveling as a family of four, shizzam! By now, Nick and I are both pretty efficient in the travel department. For some reason, the Southwest agent wanted some sort of "documentation" for Athena, which was super weird, especially considering that she forgot to check my id in the process. My favorite travel tip is to just leave the damn liquids in your bag and save your energy. I do that every time, and I've only been called out on it maybe once out of 20 flights. (Of course, I looked like a complete moron that time, but it was worth it!)

I made a little slideshow as well, because I couldn't edit down the photos, and I had a little clip of Ferris toting his suitcase that I couldn't bear to waste. He packs his own suitcase, and brought 3 toothbrushes, naturally. We had a nice streak of getting free things in Chicago. For example, some guy on the bus could tell we were heading to the Art Institute, and accompanied us with his family pass so we could go for free and skip the line. Ferris loved the art, especially a sculpture that had multiple heads ("How does that work?!") We had fun at the zoo, museums, got our very first family photos, and ate the best cheese fries ever.

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The story of a Seattle babymoon

Erica

We were lucky to have a toddler free babymoon in Seattle. It was a new location for both of us, and we picked it based on a blog photo of some donuts at a Seattle brunch place. A perfectly good reason to travel halfway across the country, if you ask me. It was restaurant week when we were there, so we spent most of our time eating. The weather and scenery were gorgeous, and the aura of hipster wasn't nearly as cloying as I'd expected it to be. It was a week of pleasant surprises for us!

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