My Dear Acquaintance, It's So Good To Know You
For strength of your hand
That is loving and giving
And a happy new year
With love overflowing
With joy in our hearts
For the blessed new year
Regina Spektor’s sentimental toast to the New Year (and cover of a Peggy Lee song) sums up our wishes for all of you as we usher in 2019. It’s with true joy in our hearts that we have been able to share our travels with our family, friends, and followers through The Gypsy Wives blog.
2018 was filled with adventure, love, blessings and trials. Each moment, both the good and the bad, was a reminder that we are lucky to have the lives that we do. We have been endlessly blessed with each other, amazing family and friends, three pretty awesome kids, a house full of pets, and the ability to travel often. The love truly overflows.
We started off 2018 by hosting a pretty kick-ass party at the building that Lindsay’s photography studio is in. We invited friends to dance the night away with music provided by a DJ. We hired a tattoo artist and tarot card reader for fun. To say it was a pretty epic party is an understatement. We do love throwing parties, and this one was a great one. It definitely set the tone for 2018!
Right after the New Year we started our travels by heading up to Northampton, Massachusetts for a few days. Lindsay and I like to give each other the gift of an experience for the holidays instead of gifting “things”, and last year I gifted Lindsay an overnight at The Northampton Hotel and a soak at the spas at East Heaven. We relaxed in the botanical gardens at Smith College and enjoyed Indian food at Bombay Royale. It was a perfect way to celebrate the start of a new year.
We started off 2018 with a pretty relaxing vibe, and quickly ramped it up with a visit to New Orleans, Louisiana in February for Mardi Gras right after moving into our new home at the end of January. Nothing says “insanity” like moving 3 kids, 3 dogs, 4 cats, and two reptiles into a new house right before packing bags to head to the craziest party in the South! But we had fallen in love with NOLA back in January, 2014 and have made frequent trips since, so a visit for Mardi Gras seemed appropriate. We brought a crew of people with us including my cousin from Texas, a few friends, and our 73 year old uncle and his 69 year old wife. We were definitely a motley crew and the trip was worth it even if things were a bit hectic.
March had us taking a road trip with my oldest son and his girlfriend up to Montreal, Canada for his 20th birthday. Traveling with adult children is very different from traveling with young kids. When my kids were younger, road trips involved packing snacks, Pack and Plays, and enough entertainment to keep a small army occupied for a few hours. Now, we just toss some bags in the car and head out for good times. We enjoyed poutine, French markets, and a legal drinking age of 18 which was fun for our 18 and 20 year old co-travelers.
In April we took a break from travel and had a pretty productive month at home. My daughter was interviewed by the local news station for a protest at school and got accepted to college (Yay!). There was an overnight test at the hospital for my youngest which ruled him out from having a seizure disorder (Yay! Again!). And we hosted Lindsay’s family at the new house for Easter. We didn’t rack up any road trip miles or new passport stamps that month, but we definitely enjoyed things anyway.
At some time in April, as we were pinning for travel during a month off, we came across a really great travel deal on Frontier Air to Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina where my family lives. For $56 we could BOTH fly non-stop for a weekend in May (that doesn’t include bags but when it’s just for the weekend, you can fit a lot in a purse)! The trip turned into an extended visit for me when I found out that my mother who was living in Florida passed away unexpectedly (we had been estranged for several years). I opted to drive from North Carolina to Florida with my brother to attend her memorial. It wasn’t a fun visit to the Sunshine State, but spending time with my little brother and some Florida family was great.
June and July are months we usually reserve for local travel and day trips. Being a photographer, Lindsay shoots several weddings a month during the spring and early summer, which somewhat limits our travel. Every year we schedule family trips to Vermont and the Connecticut and Rhode Island shores. We do day trips to Boston and New York and find time to hike and kayak as often as we can. And we always attend Warped Tour, which we went to twice this year as it was the last cross country tour. We lucked out by booking a treehouse in Rehobooth, Massachusetts on a working farm with pigs and goats so we could catch the Mansfield show. Spring of 2018 also had us celebrating my daughter’s high school graduation and 18th birthday.
Once August rolls around, we get back into the travel mode full swing. We both celebrate our birthdays in August, and our wedding anniversary comes shortly after in early September so we try and pick at least a week away somewhere. This year we made the month of August extra special by visiting our favorite city, New Orleans, with my daughter. We rented a car and drove from NOLA out to Austin, Texas to visit family and spend a night under some dark Texan skies. Lindsay and I were even able to squeeze a weekend trip at the end of the month where we kayaked to and camped on a private island on Lake George in New York.
We enjoyed the Lake George area so much we decided to pack up our camping gear and spend a night under the stars in September. It was our first attempt at backpack camping, and I’ll admit with no shame that we were pretty proud of ourselves! Watching the Milky Way rise over Thirteenth Lake in the Adirondack Mountains was ample reward for the 1.5 mile hike into the otherwise woods. The rest of the month, and into October, saw lots of New England weddings for Lindsay and more local travel for us. We celebrated Halloween, saw friends visiting from Spain, traveled to Brooklyn for the Tidal X concert, and took my daughter to vote for her first time ever as we entered into November.
Since returning from Ireland we have mostly focused on spending time with family and enjoying the holidays. We attended Christmas parties, celebrated my youngest son’s birthday, and decorated the outside of a house for the first time as a family. And in a rare Christmas miracle, I ended up with a full week off including Christmas Eve and Christmas day (an unheard of feat in the nursing world) so we drove to Brooklyn in a mom rated minivan, picked up my nephew and his girlfriend, and road tripped down to North Carolina to spend a few days with my family again. We made it back home in time to celebrate Christmas Eve with Lindsay’s family and wake up early Christmas morning with the kids. We opened gifts, laughed, and enjoyed a pretty relaxed morning.
All in all, 2018 was pretty awesome. We moved, traveled, enjoyed family time, and enjoyed our life together. While every day isn’t always perfect, more often than not Lindsay and I consider ourselves to be extremely lucky in this life. We are thankful for everything we have, and are happy to share the journey together with the people around us. We hope in 2019 you all are as blessed as we are. As far as us, we will be spending 2019 enjoying more travel with trips to places like Mexico, Jamaica, Canada, and Colorado. We look forward to sharing all our adventures!
And as always, Adventure on!