London & Paris 2017

The world is a beautiful place. It’s giant and full of people, food, cultures, and places that amaze us. We travel as much as we can to remind ourselves how small our little part of the world is, how interesting people are, and how different life can be.

This adventure took us to London & Paris. And the crazy/fun bit was that we brought along our little nugget. Yes, we traveled abroad with a toddler and survived to tell the tale! In case you need some survival tips to travel with your nugget read our guide at the end of this post.

We began in London…

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Saw a lot of Sherlock Homes buildings for super fan Erik…

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Bryce basically slept through half the sights…

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Of course we had to get some fish and chips at a pub…

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We loved and did not anticipate how traveling with a small child slowed us down. We got to appreciate the small things in each city, like live music and a bubble artist along the waterfront.

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Then we traveled to Paris with our friends…

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Loved everything about this city from the palace gardens to the bustling nightlife (and of course the desserts)…

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Bryce was actually awake to see the Eiffel Tower…

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It’s just like Paris to let us wander into a square, listen to live music, find a seat at an outdoor cafe, and enjoy some hot sandwiches and wine while listening to sweet melodies (and alternating who chases after the little guy)…

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We probably spent more time in parks on this trip…

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Wandering Paris at sunset…

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The new buddies…

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Packing and traveling with 2 boys under 2.

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Can you spot the Eiffel Tower

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To end our time in Paris we decided to wake Bryce up from his nap (against all the good parenting knowledge we know) and shoved a hair net and helmet on his head hoping he’d be excited to ride a pony…

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He was not thrilled…but we loved the photos anyway…

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The comparison of Bryce and his friend Henry’s pony experience is polar opposites…

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So he spent his pony ride like this…

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Loved that our friends were able to capture this happy photo for us…

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Back in London- isn’t this a Harry Potter building?…

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Making calls…

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We loved everything about our trip. Staying with friends, having our little guy with us, tasting loads of croissants and hearing some wonderful accents. Now we’re just wishing we’d been there longer than a week! ~Erik & Marissa

The Ciccarellis Traveling with a Toddler Guide:

-it’s not as scary as it sounds!

-bring a stroller for naps- once we left the flat in the morning we weren’t coming back until bed so naps in the stroller were a must! We ended up getting a super cheap umbrella stroller just for the trip so it would be light and easy to pack ($20).

-snacks! A TSA agent actually asked us why we had so many snacks (duh, they’re for our baby!).

-Target dollar section is your friend. We bought a lot of little things (dinos, erasers, stickers, etc.) and brought along old Medela bottles with lids to fill up and pour. We saved them all for the flight so they were new! This accounted for nearly half of his airplane entertainment along with books, videos of himself he likes to watch on our phones, and many trips up and down the aisle.

-maybe our most important tip: keep your expectations low. Our trip was not like trips we took before Bryce that were full of tours from sun up to sun down, long dinners late into the evening and quiet museums. It was slow, full of loud parks and lots of walking, many stops for snacks, earlier nights in and meeting other families. It was a different kind of trip, but amazing just the same. Traveling with kids made us see things we would have missed otherwise, seeing new places through their eyes and trying to enjoy each moment like them.

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Laura & Maya | Pioneer Square Engagement

When she decided to propose, it was perfect timing. They had an epic trip coming up, hiking through the PNW wilderness for several days, spending lots of time with each other and creating a memory they’d share for a lifetime. The only problem was the ring. After the decision on cut and style was made she’d need it in a rush to secretly pack away for their trip happening in just a week. Luckily it was ready just in the nick of time and Maya was able to create the perfect sunset proposal on the very first day of their trip.

This is going to be one special wedding! (Marissa knows Laura from way back, when they were young kids.) Laura & Maya we cannot wait to see you two tie the knot this fall. ~Erik & Marissa

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Ashley & Duncan | Sodo Park Wedding

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The lights were lit, guests seated and wedding party looking sharp in tuxes and little black dresses. Ashley’s mother and friends had spent hours decorating Sodo Park with loads of greenery and lots of love. Everyone rose to their feet as Ashley gripped her dad’s elbow. She walked down the aisle with all the giddiness of a woman marrying the man she knew would be the one. As they slowly made their way toward Duncan, her Ashley-isms (as Duncan calls them) came pouring out in her excited faces to see the people she loves all there to celebrate.

Just an hour before we had been tromping through alleys in and around Sodo finding urban nooks for photos when a light mist came unexpectedly raining down on us. While we shielded Ashley with our reflector and their amazing coordinator Laura came sprinting with umbrellas Ashley & Duncan just laughed, enjoying every moment of this day. Taking advantage of the sun and the rain we snagged a few photos (Ashley- you are so amazing to not care about a little wet for a great photo) and spotted a rainbow over their venue.

Not that Ashley & Duncan need any good omens for their solid-full-of-love relationship, but it was certainly an amazing moment, just taking in a beautiful sight on such a perfect day. Congratulations Ashley & Duncan! You two sweeties deserve each other plus a lifetime of love and happiness. We couldn’t be more excited for you both! ~Erik & Marissa

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Huge thanks go out to…

Venue- Sodo Park

Coordinator- Simplicity Events LLC

Catering- Herban Feast

Cake- The Sweetside

Officiant- A Heavenly Ceremony

Photographers- Ciccarelli Photography

Videographer- Bogle Productions

Florist- Mother of the bride and friends, they call themselves “Four Buds and a Truck”

DJ- Seattle Wedding DJ

Hair & Makeup Artist- Lindsey Watkins

Invitations & Signage- Silberman Brown

Photo Booth- The SnapBar

Dress- Luly Yang

Tuxes- The Black Tux

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Eric, Joey & Maya | Issaquah Family Photographer

When love is love and family is family.

Boy do we love what we do, capturing small moments in time for families like Eric, Joey & Maya. Their story of becoming a family isn’t standard, but those make the best stories anyway. They knew they wanted a family and Maya decided to come into their lives sooner than expected. These two dads leap head-first into fatherhood and are showering love on Maya with dance parties, reading books splayed out on the floor, patting the dogs, and exploring the natural beauty of the PNW.

Thank you for inviting us into your home, to see a peek of your lives together as a family. ~Erik & Marissa

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