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Mini-Vacations to New Orleans Are The Best

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If I’m being honest, last week kicked my butt. It was far too busy, and I felt like my whole life was way out of balance. It wasn’t a fun week. So to rectify that, Saturday morning Jon and I ignored all the work we had, left the house a little messier than I like it, and drove over to New Orleans for the day. It felt like a sunny vacation day, and it was exactly what I needed.

This was the first time we had done The French Quarter with Harry and boy is it different with a kid. It’s BUSY man. So we parked ourselves on the edge of Jackson Square eating beignets in the sunshine and Harry learned to dance to the second line street bands. It was one of those moments that are feeling far too rare lately that time stood still and I felt the sunshine on my face and heard my kid laughing and smelled my husbands hair in the breeze and that was it. There wasn’t anything else floating around in the back of my mind. My to do lists were long forgotten, and I was beyond happy.

Some days you just need a little vacation from it all, and when you get it, it’s good.

xoxo Mallory

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Denver Zoo for the Win

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Here’s a little bit of Recor trivia for you… did you know that Jon and I are huge zoo nuts? We were card holding members to the Denver Zoo for all three of the years we lived in Colorado. We were in college and instead of staying out late partying Saturday night, we were waking up early Sunday morning to trek down to the zoo.

So it only made sense that we needed to take Harry there. To show him our old stomping grounds. To visit Dolly the elephant. To check out the new digs for Dolly. And to ride the carousel for the very first time. It was epic.

And thus concludes our Colorado Family Vacation Photo Dump. I’m sorry if that’s sad for you. If you find yourself having withdrawals, you can always keep up with us through my Instagram, but tomorrow we’ll be back to your regularly scheduled posting.

xoxo Mallory

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Everyday We’re Boulder-in

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Know this. Jon and I both with to Colorado State University. Which is in Fort Collins, CO. And even though we spent much of our Colorado vacation in Boulder, we’re still Rams through and through. But we did enjoy our time in Boulder, eating at our favorite restaurants, walking Pearl Street, looking at those beautiful mountains, and enjoying lots of snow.

Have you ever been?

xoxo Mallory

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Eldorado Springs Hike

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Photo dump alert. Get ready for all sorts of pictures from our Colorado vacation. First on the list? An Eldorado Springs hike. Jon, Harry, and I joined my sister, my college roommate and her baby girl, Charlie. It was beautiful. Man, it made me miss those mountains though.

The hike was pretty flat, nice and easy for us flat-landers, but the views. Oh man. The views were unbelievable. I mean, you saw the pictures. Just imagine that times about a hundred.

Tune in tomorrow for scenes from our trip to Breckenridge and Fairplay, because you better believe I’m stretching this photo dump out. If you don’t care about our vacation… tune in sometime next week. Maybe I’ll be done with my love letter to Colorado by then.

xoxo Mallory

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We Snuck Away

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To Colorado. It was amazing and wonderful and cold and warm and beautiful and relaxing and fun. I’ll be back later this week with even more photos, but look how much this kid loved the mountains. Breaks my heart in the best, best way.

xoxo Mallory

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Edinburgh, Scotland… I Miss You

There is not much I can say about Edinburgh except that it surprised me in the best way possible. I was expecting London to be life changing. I wasn’t expecting to fall so in love with Edinburgh. Its delicious, warm pubs, its bustling but quiet streets. Edinburgh Castle, New Town, Old Town… The White Lady, Zara, Paul… I have been obsessing ever since we left, in 2010.

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We walked 18 miles a day, ate sticky toffee pudding after every dinner, toured the castle for hours, shopped, braved the bus, picked out our future home, and visited Christmas carnivals. Edinburgh was enchanting, and I can’t get back soon enough.

xoxo, Mallory

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R.Simple Michigan Vacation

This is essentially a photo dump from our Michigan trip. With a few words thrown in to explain the pictures. I hope your eyes are ready for a feast, because you’re going to love Michigan through R.SimpleEyes. Well… really it’s a lot of pictures of Harry. So I hope you like to look at him.

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Here we are on Harry’s first ever plane ride. A whole lot of Brown Bear was read on that trip, but he handled it like a charm.

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That gorgeous old farm house is where we stayed. It’s also where I spent a lot of my weekends growing up. I love that place.

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These two were from our anniversary. We have taken a picture on our anniversary every year since we’ve been married and this year it got official. We’re starting a tradition to take a picture of our family every year to see how much we change and grow. I’m kind of really excited.

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And now we start the series on, why don’t you pull out your camera more often, Mallory? Seriously. I love having pictures of our family (top is us, obviously; middle is Jon, his dad (and Harry’s namesake), his brother, and Harry; bottom is Jon’s family). It makes me happy to have these updated family pictures. But do I have one of my family? Nope. Pull our your dang camera more often Mallory.

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Have you guys seen these chinese lanterns? They blow sparklers out of the water. So much fun. Also, Harry eats a peach.

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Just a few pictures of my cute kid, who did phenomenally on this trip. He cut a tooth, slept somewhere different for just about every nap, and was passed around to what must have been 90 different people. And he only pooped on one of them.

You guys. First of all, sorry if you don’t care about our quick trip to Michigan. But, considering how cute that little lettuce eater is in that last picture, I’m pretty sure I just gave you all a treat. Man, this makes me miss that Mitten State!

xoxo, Mallory

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Babymoon

It’s like a honeymoon, but one of you is pregnant.

We spent a long weekend in Destin, FL at the Sandestin Resort to celebrate our impending parenthood. The other goal was to take one last vacation with just the two of us, no diapers, no strollers, no guilt for leaving Baby behind. I’d say it was successful.

Just my own personal opinions here (no perks from the resort) but Sandestin was great. There was so much to do, the pools were beautiful (though it was a little too chilly to swim, and if you know me well, you will know I thought that was HEAVEN), and the beach was gorgeous. It would really make for a fun Family Vacation one day. Or even an fun Extended Family Vacation.

But then we went to Seaside, FL. And I fell in love. In fact, almost all of the images above are from Seaside. If you’ve never been – go. It’s this cute little community on the Florida Panhandle, the beach is totally amazing, the shops are perfect, the food was great (there was an Airstream selling gourmet grilled cheeses on the main stretch. Enough said). Next time we head that way, we are definitely renting a house in Seaside (or the neighboring, and just as quaint Watercolor, FL), bringing our bikes, and living like locals.

We did a little outlet shopping for the Babe, ate at Panera Bread 4 times in 4 days, and relaxed. Exactly what we both needed.

xoxo, Mallory

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