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A Baby Changes Everything

We're still adjusting to travel as a family, with one child having serious food allergies. We just completed a weeklong New England visit - CocoKey Waterpark in Waterbury, CT, a return trip to Narragansett, RI, which we LOVE, and Old Orchard Beach in Maine. Earlier in the summer we did a long-weekend Connecticut trip - to Bristol, including the Carousel Museum and children's museum, Lake Compounce (liked), Quassy Amusement Park (not so much), and CocoKey. It makes me sad that my passport is actually expired now, and I don't really have a reason to renew it. But someday, we will venture further afield.

Start 'Em Young

My love for travelling started early - my parents took my sister and me on (mostly camping) trips all across the U.S. - from Maine to the Grand Canyon. When I was 9 we flew to Germany and Holland for our first taste of Europe (Navy base accommodations notwithstanding). In college I went back to Germany for three weeks in the summer, followed by a month in Vienna - with various side trips to Eastern Europe - and a final week in Belgium to stay with a foreign-exchange friend.

Living from Vacation to Vacation

My husband and I love to visit new places and experience the world first-hand. So of course we spent our whirlwind honeymoon in the Poconos of Pennsylvania, then off to Europe: first Switzerland, then on a Mediterranean cruise to Italy, Spain and France. We've taken five more since our original honeymoon cruise eight years ago. Please see my cruise reviews under my Albums - sorry so unfinished but maybe when the girls start school...

Now that we've added to our family, we hope to take our girls all over the world!

Recent Trips:

See above. ;)

Future Trips:

Really want to branch out but it's harder now with school schedules as well. Still itching to get back on a cruise ship - anyone with experiences cruising with food allergies, please drop me a note! We're most concerned with the lack of a hospital, even with the medical facilities, is it enough?? If we go, we'll pack all of K's food for her (except for the occasional banana or packaged cereal from the buffet).

A trip to Walt Disney World in January 2013. We'll have to find a safe flight for K, and coordinate meals/shopping once we get there. WDW is supposed to be very good about safe meals for allergic kids - K has only eaten in a few restaurants besides pizzerias.

Member since August 2002, celebrating 10+ years on VT! It all started with a trip to Aruba!

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    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Kendra, wishing you a very happy birthday and a year filled with exciting travel!

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    Feb 26, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Happy Birhtday Kendra and greetings from Finland.

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    Feb 25, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Happy Birthday. PJ

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    Feb 26, 2012 at 6:39 AM

    !!!!! Happy Birthday !!!!!

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    Feb 26, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Happy Birthday wishes from the Netherlands. PJ

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    Feb 27, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Happy Birthday

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2010 at 3:56 PM

    Another year gone by and I find I am sending you another birthday greeting....I hope this finds you well! Enjoy your special day enfolded in the love of your family...

  • wise23girl's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2010 at 11:16 PM

    Yes well I am at fault..have a bit too much on my HP except here in Buderim we are a much smaller community... but the danger is there. Marg

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    A nice family photo!

  • Donna_in_India's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2009 at 8:01 AM

    Hi Kendra - you're the featured member so I thought I'd stop by and say hi. We also have a new baby who has "re-structured" our travel plans but we're still going! Love Cookie Monster! Take care.

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