the world is big and small

September 9, 2011 |  Category:   friends life travels

We started the summer making s’mores with the Jensens at their NY lake house and we ended the summer making s’mores with the Jensens on their tiny island in the NW. When we first pulled up to their house, the girls asked if they had moved since they were only used to seeing them in NY. It’s funny how kids perceive things. You forget that their world can be so small sometimes and this is why, above all other luxuries we really can’t afford, I’ve made it a priority to travel with them once a year, even if it’s only to visit family on the West Coast. While I never traveled as a kid, Mark and his family did while they lived in the Middle East. It’s obvious, even after all these years, how much of an impression it made on him as a young kid.

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  • Seema September 9, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Some beautiful thoughts in this one. It is always a marvel the way children perceive the world. Beautiful photos as per. Really enjoying your blog.

  • kimberly September 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    It’s really great that would want your kids to be able to travel. It’s what I remember the most about being a kid, the long road-trips I used to take with my parents. To this day, traveling and road-trips are still very important to me. Have a great weekend! Kim,xo

  • kimberly September 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    that *you want

  • Amanda September 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Your beautiful photography/blog entries get me through all the studying I have to do — thank you.

  • Rachel September 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I love that photo of the kids looking out the window. Precious.

    We traveled as kids pretty much every summer, whether it was to visit grandparents in the midwest or taking a big trip to the east coast. I’d like to think that I’ll travel with my future kids, even if the idea is also completely terrifying.

    Love your blog.

  • gia September 9, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    It’s almost unhealthy not to travel I think. I never traveled as a kid with my family, now when I scrounge up the money to do so it is so special I can barely stand how good it feels. It opens my mind, heart, and strength. It’s venturing beyond what we know.

  • Jess September 9, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I think travel is one of the greatest gifts one can give children. It is a life experience that teaches geography, history and culture and helps develop tolerance. The earlier one develops tolerance the better.

  • sara Jensen September 9, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Your kids totally just think that I have smores and fruit loops. Also I still loved Henry being like “Why are the girls from Camp Llewoh here?”

  • diamondkelt September 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Traveling as a kid is awesome. I still remember alot of our camping trips and driving out to St. Louis and Denver. You meet all kinds of people and learn about different ways of living and it’s just wicked cool ^_^

  • Melissa September 10, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I love love love San Juan Island. I want to marry and make it my home. We went there on our honeymoon and just took our own kids this past July. That beach you are on is my favorite place in the whole world. I’m so happy to see your pictures, today. Thank you!

    I hope you are enjoying such wonderful travels!

  • Caroline September 11, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Its amazing how many times I read your blog and have an “aha” moment! This thing about travel, you’re right I think it gets in the blood early and can stay there. I grew up traveling a lot and my siblings and I have carried that bug into adulthood. I guess it’s why I get so much pleasure from taking my 2 y o on the plane to visit my mother and I had wondered why i’d get soooo pumped about it.

    It’s a wonderful goal of yours to want to pass that on to the girls… They are such lucky kids:)