Our Newest Carry Ons- Arriving November 2017

Double the trouble, double the fun, our family is growing by two not just one! Chris and I couldn’t be more excited to announce that we’ll be adding two additional carry ons to our family this November!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Newest Carry Ons- Arriving November 2017

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you saw a little prequel of our Europe trip in pictures and also this fun announcement as well! Chris and I are expecting TWINS this November and we couldn’t be more excited (and a little nervous too if we’re being completely honest)!

Obviously we weren’t planning this announcement when we booked our trip last year, but one of the promises that I did make to Chris when we booked our trip was that it wouldn’t matter if I was pregnant or not on this trip that I would still have fun. And fun we did have!

Anyways, we found out that we were pregnant in March and when we started doing the math on when we could announce that we were expecting the idea of waiting for this trip just seemed perfect! I’ll have to admit though, and I know that I’ve already told a few people this, when we decided to wait, I had no idea how hard it would be to actually not talk about all things baby and babies, especially when I found out that a few fellow bloggers were expecting as well. But I will say that the wait was totally worth it in the end and I couldn’t be happier with how our announcement turned out!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Newest Carry Ons- Arriving November 2017

So I’m sure that y’all have questions for me about the pregnancy so feel free to ask them and I’ll answer them! But in the meantime, here are the most commonly asked questions that we received when we’ve told people that we were expecting twins.

Do twins run in your family?

No! We found out that we were expecting twins during our second doctors appointment. He had literally just finished asking us family history questions, including whether or not twins ran in our family, and then we did the ultrasound and he said, “Look there’s your baby. And that line right there means that there’s another one. Oh yeah, there it is!” Needless to say we were floored and shocked!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Newest Carry Ons- Arriving November 2017

Are you having fraternal or identical twins?

When we found out that we were having twins, we made an appointment with a sonographer and during that appointment we found out that we’re having fraternal twins, and not identical twins. (Which I have to admit I’m really excited about because that means we still have the option for a boy and a girl, and I really thought that I wouldn’t be able to tell identical twins apart!) The way that they could tell that they were fraternal was because they both have their own amniotic sac and placenta and there’s this little lambda symbol which is a sign of fraternal twins. Apparently if that isn’t there, you could still have identical twins even if the babies have separate amniotic sacs and placentas.

Do you know the genders?

We didn’t do the blood test, and I actually don’t know if that would have even worked on us since we’re having twins, but we’re doing the anatomy scan at the  end of this month, and we’ll be doing a gender reveal to find out the genders in July! Chris was so totally team boy and I was so totally team girl that having fraternal twins might be a little bit of a blessing because we have a chance of getting one of each! Fingers crossed for a boy and a girl!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Newest Carry Ons- Arriving November 2017

Have you had bad morning sickness?

I really haven’t had that bad of pregnancy symptoms during this pregnancy, so I really can’t complain. I’ve been a little queasy but not so bad that I’m running to the bathroom. The only symptom that I’ve hated has been how tired I was during the first trimester! I think that’s why my reading has really slumped during the last couple of months. I would literally get on the bus and immediately fall asleep because I was so tired!

What do you miss the most now that you’re pregnant?

I honestly thought that I would miss wine the absolute most when I got pregnant, but I honestly haven’t missed it too terribly much. There are some days that I wish that I could come home after work and have a glass of red wine, but those days have been few and far between. The #1 thing that I have missed the absolute most during this pregnancy is soft cheese, especially blue cheese, and charcuterie! Y’all know how much I love charcuterie night and that’s definitely hit me the hardest not being able to have those, especially when we were in Paris and most places had charcuterie as appetizers on the menu!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Newest Carry Ons- Arriving November 2017

How will Dart react to the babies?

Dart is still doing really well with all of his cancer treatments, and we really hope and pray that he’ll be here to meet his new siblings! We think that he’d be a great big brother because he’s been around babies and young children pretty much his whole life. All that being said, he is an older dog, and it wouldn’t surprise me if ran upstairs to get away from all of the crying that will be going on. But other than that, there’s no plans to change anything for him. He’ll still have full reign of the house, get lots of cuddles from us, and of course, sleep in bed with us!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Newest Carry Ons- Arriving November 2017

Will you still travel when you have the babies?

Of course! I have to admit that I don’t really relish the idea of flying with two infants, but the best thing about Texas is that there’s a lot to do within driving distance! Plus I think that grandparents would be really excited to hopefully watch the babies for us every once in a while for a vacation!

The Wandering Weekenders- Our Newest Carry Ons- Arriving November 2017

Are you going to blog about your pregnancy?

I think that I am! I’ve got a really long post in my drafts all about the first trimester and I think that I’ll probably post that sometime this month. After that I’ll probably post monthly bumpdates because I love the fact of being able to look back on it later. I bought a pregnancy journal but I really haven’t been keeping up with it too much. Plus I find that I do better if I type versus writing everything out. So we’ll see how it goes putting together two baby books too!

Well that’s all I can think of as far as big questions that we’ve been asked about the pregnancy! If you have anymore, just ask away and I’ll answer! Like I said, Chris and I are so thrilled about our two new additions, and we’re so excited that we finally get to share it with the world!

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All about our travel pregnancy announcement and a little bit more about the details of the pregnancy so far!

Would You Rather- Travel Edition

It’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these Would You Rather posts, a year to be exact, but since I’m traveling right now I thought that it’d be fun to answer some of these questions. Thanks again to Shane from Atlas Adrift for coming up with some fun and thought provoking questions!

The Wandering Weekenders- Would You Rather Travel Edition

Die saving 10,000 strangers from death, knowing no one would ever know it was you or live knowing everyone would know you decided not to save 10,000 people’s lives?
I think that I’d rather die saving people from death, even if they didn’t know who I was. I mean isn’t that what being a hero is all about? Plus with the way that social media and the news is today, can you even imagine what it would be like if everybody knew that you didn’t save all of these people. I really don’t think that I’m that selfless, I think that it’s more along the lines that I don’t want to be publicly harassed.

Eat live octopus (Sannakji) in Korea OR eat boiled-alive baby duck (Balut) in the Philippines?
Chris always makes fun of me when we go to sushi restaurants and we’re letting the chef pick for us because I always say that I don’t want to eat anything that’s looking at me. So this answer is definitely pretty easy for me, I would have to eat the baby duck. As sad as it sounds, you eat lobster and frogs after they’ve been boiled alive, right?

The Wandering Weekenders- Weekending- Getting Stuff Done

Lose all of your money OR all of your pictures you have ever taken?
I would much rather lose all of my money rather than my pictures. I don’t know how Chris deals with me, but I’m so obsessive about all of our pictures because I know that they’re our visual memories. I would be absolutely devastated if I lost all of my pictures! I know that you still have memories of all of those events, but sometimes just looking at a picture can bring back even more memories of an event. Plus you can share that memory with others! You can always earn money back, you’d never be able to get those pictures back.

Be deep sea diving and your oxygen tank runs out OR be bungee jumping and have your cord snap?
This is a tough one. I feel like you might not necessarily know what’s happening if your cord snaps when you’re bungee jumping, plus it would be a quick death. With your oxygen running out when you’re deep sea diving I feel like it’s be a slow death and you would probably really know what’s going on. I’d probably have to choose the bungee jumping.

Be a part of a real Jurassic Park scenario OR be a part of a real Day After Tomorrow scenario?
I’d choose real life Jurassic Park scenario. While it’d be terrifying to have a T-Rex or a Velociraptor after me, it would still be pretty awesome to see some of the other veggie dinosaurs around. I definitely don’t like the idea of freezing to death in a Day After Tomorrow scenario, although if I remember correctly, all of us in the South would still end up OK, so maybe that wouldn’t be too bad!

The Wandering Weekenders- Exploring Kauai From The Air

Live in the Avatar universe OR the Pokemon universe?
I never watched Pokemon, so this is definitely an easy pick for me, I’m choosing the Avatar universe.¬†They’re actually doing a real Avatar universe at Animal Kingdom in Disney World, and I can’t wait to visit it!

The Wandering Weekenders- A Safari in Florida

Experience an epic water slide OR an epic zip line?
Both of these sound really awesome, but I’m going to choose the epic zip line. I’ve had too many bad bathing suit¬†experiences (ie major wedgies) on water slides to want to ride a truly epic one. Plus could you imagine the views from that epic zip line and how fast you’d be going!

The Wandering Weekenders- Zipline Kauai With Skyline Eco-Adventures

Be blessed with more time OR more money?
This is a tough one. With more money you could potentially live your life more to the fullest, but with more time you’d be able to potentially do more than what you are right now. It would probably help to know how much time you do have to see if it’s even worth it too! I think that I’d probably end up choosing more money though. I’d like to be able to travel more with it!

Meet a foreign guy in your travels knowing it would be a fleeting romance OR stick to what you know in a stable and reliable relationship in your own country?
Since I’m kind of married to an amazing guy and we’ve known each other for so long, I think that it’s safe to say that I’d choose the foreign guy on my travels. Just kidding! Of course I’d choose the stable relationship! Plus it’s so much fun to travel with your significant other too.

The Wandering Weekenders- 20 Things I Learned While Visiting Europe

Call one place home for the rest of your life OR move somewhere new every year?
I’m probably one of the few people that actually lived in the same house that they grew up in their whole life. I didn’t actually move until I went to college! My parents actually just moved out of my childhood home into their dream home in April, and it was so surreal to think that we’ll never spend another night in that home. So based on my experience, I think that I’d like to call one place home for the rest of my life. I love the stability of it, especially since I’ve had it all my life. Although, I have to admit, it does sound pretty darn fun to be able to move somewhere new every year! I just don’t think that I’d like the packing and moving process all the time. Plus, I would hate having to make new friends everywhere!

And there you have it, some tough choices for this round of Would You Rather- Travel Edition! I hope that y’all are all having a great day, and you’ll have to let me know if you agree or disagree with my choices!

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It's always fun to see what you would choose, so here's another round of Would You Rather- Travel Edition!

Our European Vacation Itinerary

Happy Wednesday everybody! I hope that y’all had a blast celebrating Memorial Day back in the States! For about a week now Chris and I have been gallivanting around Europe for our second European vacation together! Even though our last trip was only about 9 months ago, I found some really cheap airline tickets online (using points Chris and I both are flying round trip for only $500 total), and going during this time of the year just made the most sense for us with work as well. So I got started planning.

The Wandering Weekenders- Our European Vacation Itinerary

We had visited quite a few countries in Southern Europe last time, so I knew that I wanted to maybe explore some areas that were more Northern Europe. I’ve always been really drawn to British history and culture, so I knew that London needed to be on our itinerary. I’ve also read quite a few of the Outlander books and watch the show and am pretty much obsessed with Jaime or Claire so the idea of visiting Scotland sounded pretty amazing as well.

The last place that I thought would be perfect to end our vacation would be Paris. I was kind of hesitant because I’d read so many horror stories about people visiting Paris and just hating it, but then I thought that I couldn’t be that close to the Eiffel Tower and not visit it! Plus all of the pastries and the museums, I was basically sold! So that’s how we originally decided on all of the cities that we were going to visit during this trip and now for the fun part, our itinerary. I’ll definitely go into a lot more detail once we get back because I’m still not 100% sure if we’ll be able to do everything that I want to do!

Edinburgh (3 days)

We’re officially flying into Edinburgh from Houston to start our European adventure. Edinburgh is a smaller city, so I knew that we’d be able to see everything that we’d want to see in about 2 days, but when I was consulting my bestie Rick Steves and his Edinburgh book, one of the recommendations that he had was to do a day trip to the Highlands from Edinburgh one day. My Outlander loving heart basically exploded and I told Chris no ifs, ands, or buts, we were seeing the Highlands, Loch Ness, and hopefully Jaime Fraizer!

London (3 days)

After our three days in Edinburgh we’re hopping on a plane and flying to London where my friend Stacy will be meeting up with us! We have two days in the city together where we’ll be exploring Westminster, getting High Tea, the Churchill War Rooms, Tower of London, and eating as much fish and chips as possible. Unfortunately she can’t spend the whole time with us, so on the last day Chris and I are on our own and we’ll be seeing St. Paul’s, riding the London Eye, and hopefully going on a Jack The Ripper tour too!

While I would have loved to take a day to go to the Harry Potter Studios while we’re in London and so close, I honestly didn’t want to give up one full day in London to do it. I’m a huge British history nerd, and there’s just too much to do and see in London. Rick Steves doesn’t give any itinerary suggestions that are shorter than a week, so it’ll have to wait until maybe next time.

Paris (4 days)

Instead of flying this time around, we’ll be taking the chunnel to Paris. I figured that it’d be a little bit easier than going through an airport, but we’ll have to wait and see. We’ll spend two days exploring the city seeing Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, eating a ton of pastries, and seeing as many art museums as possible.

Our last two days in Paris will actually be day trips from the city. We’ll spend a day at Versailles (when the fountains are running, which I’m sure will be crazy), and then we’re doing a day trip from Paris to Normandy. Chris is a huge WWII history buff, as am I, so I know that this will be an experience that we’ll really appreciate.

And just like that our short and very packed European Adventure will be over! It’s going to be one heck of a ride, but it’ll be so exciting and so much fun! I can’t wait to share all about it with y’all, and our trip from last year as well!

Have you ever visited Edinburgh, London, or Paris? How do you plan what places that you want to visit? 

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A 10 day European Vacation Itinerary that covers Edinburgh, London, and Paris. How to see the most in a short amount of time!


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