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It’s been a hectic couple of months, so our family (me, my husband, Lilah and my parents) booked a getaway to Mexico to lounge, sightsee, and spend some time together. Though we have traveled with Lilah on a plane before, she was too small to remember or really be part of the process. This was going to be her first adventure to another country!!!

Most airlines have a rule of one checked bag and one carry-on (no liquids, scissors, etc.) so we really had to plan our packing. I felt that Lilah should be able to carry all of her own bags so we got her a nifty rolling suitcase. She already had a small backpack that converts to a rolling bag so we were set. She loved that she had the same set up as all of the adults and looked adorable going through the airport.

Lilah was the only one short enough to go through the Mayan tunnel at the Coba ruins.

The security check turned into a game as to who could get through and get redressed first. Quick Tip: When flying don’t forget to make sure your child has gum, a sippy cup/bottle to suck on or is cooperative enough to try and repressurize their own ears. I remembered this only once we started the decent, so other than some temporary ear pain on 3 of the 4 flights, she passed the airtime with flying colors and was even given a “pair of wings” from the airline.

As you are probably aware, being away from home in a strange environment for a whole week can be stressful to a child. It didn’t matter how much fun she was having, when she was tired all she would say was “Can we go home and see the kitties?” It broke my heart every time. However, within a few days it changed to “Can we go back to the room?” We did our best to create a daily nap time since routines are so important for the little ones, especially when you’re traipsing through Mayan ruins or visiting unfamiliar places.

Pool time was the best since Lilah loves the water! She is comfortable in it, but cannot yet swim without a life vest. Most resorts have swim areas specifically for kids where the depth is shallow. Ours was set up like a beach where it gradually got deeper (no stairs). This enabled all of the adults to take turns playing in the water with her without her drowning us (by holding on to our necks) because six hours straight in the water is more than I can take

Lilah just couldn't get enough of the water. She wore us out while looking stylish in her Le Top Sweetheart Butterfly and Lots o' Fish swimsuits from our Spring 2010 season.

We practiced speaking the native language as much as possible all through our trip and Lilah would regularly skip along a path counting or saying colors she saw in Spanish. Having the grandparents along was a dream since my husband and I were able to get in a couple of excursions on our own. The trip was too short but it was nice to recharge our batteries in a beautiful paradise. I can’t wait to do it again and Lilah is already talking about the next trip. I guess I need to get out the calendar!

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Santa welcomes travelers to Lihue

Santa welcomes travelers to Lihue

Sweetie decided that an intervention was in order…to give me a break from blogging (I think he’s a teeny tiny bit jealous…). So we’re in beautiful, warm Kauai, where I’m sneaking in this post (shshshshshsh!! be vewy, vewy quiet, and maybe sweetie won’t notice..!). I just had to share this photo of Santa greeting us when we arrived!

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Good Airport Food?!?

DFW airport

Photo credit: DFW airport

We had a non-eventful flight out of SFO yesterday. The only remote concern was the queue of drop off cars, and the long lines both inside and at curbside check-in. Both sweetie and I share the same propensity to get to the airport with just the bare minimum amount of time to spare, so there was a moment or two of “uh-oh”. Well, despite the longs lines, we got through check-in and security with surprising speed. Whew! But then…our flight was delayed! Not so bad because it gave us time to grab some breakfast. For all of you taking to the airports this holiday season and experiencing delays, here’s a list of “good” places to eat at some of the major airports in the U.S. I know, it seems like a contradiction in terms, but this list comes from a pretty reliable journalist, Matt Gross, who writes a travel column for the NYTimes. For the full article, click here. Safe travels to all!

KENNEDY: JFK http://www.panynj.gov
Terminal 5: Deep Blue, La Vie and Piquillo are in the central food court; 866-508-3558.
Terminal 1: Jikji Café, in the pre-security food court; 718-751-2003.
Terminal 8: Vino Volo, past security; http://www.vinovolo.com.

LA GUARDIA: LGA http://www.panynj.gov
Figs Restaurant, Central Terminal Building; 718-446-7600; http://www.figslga.com.

ATLANTA: ATL http://www.atlanta-airport.com
Bistro del Sol, outside security, near the central atrium, 404-767-3988, has Mediterranean-inspired food, wraps and jerk chicken. Bubbly service, too.
One Flew South, in Concourse E; 404-816-3464; http://www.oneflewsouthatl.com. It opened Nov. 17, too late for inclusion here, but with twists on Southern food, it looks worth checking out.
Paschal’s, several locations; 404-305-8888; http://www.paschalsrestaurant.com.

To find the Taxi assembly break room, leave the airport via the northern baggage-claim exits, turn left, walk down left side of the road and under the overpass.

DALLAS-FORT WORTH: DFW http://www.dfwairport.com
Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, gates B27 and D28; 972-973-2271; http://www.cousinsbbq.com.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, gates A19, C6 and E12; 972-641-8500; http://www.dickeys.com.
Railhead BBQ, gate D12; http://www.railheadbbq.net.
Reata Grill, gate D33; 972-973-4347; http://www.reata.net.

MIAMI: MIA http://www.miami-airport.com
La Carreta, outside security near the E gates; 305-871-3003; http://www.lacarreta.com.

LOS ANGELES: LAX http://www.lawa.org/welcomelax.cfm
El Paseo Café, Tom Bradley International Terminal; 310-645-6988.
Encounter Restaurant, 209 World Way, outside Terminal 2; 310-215-5151; http://www.encounterlax.com.
In-N-Out Burger, 9149 South Sepulveda Boulevard; 800-786-1000; http://www.in-n-out.com. Flag down a black-and-yellow Parking Spot van to the Parking Spot garage; In-N-Out is next door.

CHICAGO: ORD http://www.ohare.com
Billy Goat Tavern, Concourse C; 773-462-9368; http://www.billygoattavern.com.
BJ’s Market & Bakery, Concourse K, near gate 15; 773-686-6920; http://www.bjsmarket.com.
Goose Island Pub, Concourse C; http://www.gooseisland.com. Great beers on tap.

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