Sometimes it hits you: the future is now! If youâ€™ve been following us on facebook then you might have heard us mention our travel plans for this fall. Only a month after Lisaâ€™s first birthday weâ€™ll be taking her on a ten day trip to Paris and Hamburg. We love traveling with Lisa, and youâ€™ve probably noticed that we love talking about traveling with Lisa, but this will be on a scope far beyond what we have tried in the past. There are so many loose ends to tie up (What does she sleep in? How does she ride in a taxi? Will she look good in a beret?), but one of those loose ends just got tied up in a nice little bow. Lisaâ€™s first passport arrived this week!
Thereâ€™s something about looking through a document and seeing your little girls name and photo. It makes her seem less like a baby and more like a real person. Call us ambitious, but we opted for the 60 page passport instead of the 36 page. Dannie and I flipped through it quickly and imagined all countries that would one day fill it. Suddenly our trip didnâ€™t seem so far off, and we started to realize just how fast our daughter is changing. By the time we go, Lisa will probably be walking. Sheâ€™s already saying “Mama” and “Dada.” Who knows how her vocabulary will grow in the next few months. Maybe sheâ€™ll even pick up a few words of French!
Lisaâ€™s cute little creamsicle eyelet sun dress from Tommy Hilfiger
I guess this is our official blog announcement of our most exciting trip yet. The passport certainly made it feel more official to us! Weâ€™ll keep you updated as our departure draws near. Iâ€™m sure weâ€™ll think of more challenges that weâ€™ll have to work around, and weâ€™ll let you know what solutions we find (or maybe you can tell us your solutions in the comments). Happy travels!
Behind the scenes: As a prop for this photo shoot with Lisa we dug out some old fashioned suitcases that weâ€™ve had for a long time and never used. The background is a map I made for Dannie. I got a map of Europe from AAA, but it had half of Europe on one side and the other half on the other side. My solution was to buy two maps, cut them up, and tape them together on a piece of foam board. I wanted Dannie to have a place where she could mark our travels as we explore the world together in the years to come. The hard part was putting Lisa there without stepping all over it!