Allan Gardens Conservatory

When we went to Toronto last summer, we checked out the Allan Gardens Conservatory, pretty much for the express purpose of a free place to walk around and take pretty photos. I realized recently that I only edited like four photos from that visit, and since it was such a lovely place I figured I'd better change that! It was an oasis in the middle of the city, and Sloane particularly liked seeing...

Tokyo, Part 3

We have finally come to recap of our last couple days in Tokyo!  By this time, travel with a toddler was driving us to desperate measures.  Because we were staying in an Airbnb in an apartment building (where Japanese people are notoriously quiet and private) we were unwilling to let her cry for any length of time in order to fall asleep. By the end of our trip, we had to lie with her...

Tokyo, Part 2

After spending so much time traveling around and keeping Sloane restrained to her stroller throughout the first half of the trip, we tried to be really intentional about doing things in Tokyo that she would enjoy.  We decided to check out the Shinagawa Aquarium for one of these outings.  Black lights, bright interactive exhibits, a huge musical performance area, we were sure this would...

Tokyo, Part 1

I recently had someone ask me what they should do for one day in Tokyo.  They had a 24 hour stop over and wanted to check it out. My brain malfunctioned a little bit. 24 hours in Tokyo!?!? How? What? Impossible? Nothing! Can't! Overwhelming! I managed to get my brain back together and recommend a couple spots and of course ramen/soba/katsu anywhere/everywhere, but it made me think about...

Hakone

Last time we came to Japan, we went on a trip to Okinawa with Colin's cousin Tomoya and his wife Keiko. It was so special to get some concentrated time with them, and be able to see a new place together.  We were very lucky that they were able to take time to do another special trip with us and this time we went to Hakone.  Hakone is a region a couple hours away from Tokyo known...

Ontario, A While Ago

We just booked flights to Ontario to visit my family and friends there.  Colin (and Sloane obviously) has never been so I'm excited to show him the land of lakes and cityscapes with deeper history than we experience here.  Booking a new trip always gives me the motivation to work through previously unedited (from 3 years ago....) photos.  I feel a bit of self consciousness as I...

Shizuoka City

One of the main reasons we decided to brave international travel with a toddler was so that could Sloane could meet some of the Chubachi extended family, especially Colin's grandma.  Shizuoka-shi is a couple hours south west of Tokyo and more of a  regular town rather than a tourist destination.  But it was fun to explore the beauty that the city had to offer (at the break of dawn...

Toddler Travels to Tokyo

The flight there was 11 hours.  We survived it.  She fell asleep within the first couple hours and then was woken up by the baby crying in front of us after thirty minutes, and didn't sleep again until we landed.  So...we survived.  Toys, stickers, snacks, repeat.  The Narita airport is an hour from Tokyo station, so we decided to just stay in Tokyo for the night before...

Last Getaway of Summer

I'm glad we saved our longest weekend until the end.  We are so lucky to have family in Revelstoke who we can stay and hang with, because it never fails to deliver new adventures, peaceful moments and beautiful views.  We were able to check out a couple of short trails with Sloane and it is so awesome to be able to explore together, and Sloane definitely gained a lot of balance and...

Traveling with Baby!

As we we have prepared for various trips with Sloane, I tried to research and ready myself on what to expect from our experience.  Unfortunately I had a hard time finding someone who would tell me exactly what Sloane was going to do (weird right?) so, as with everything else in her little life, we had prepare as best we could and then wait and see. (I will say Have Baby Will...