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The Bahamas

Oh my word what a crazy, whirlwind couple of weeks! My family truly is crazy. It’s like when life is a little bit simple we’re like “hmm, that’s not gonna work. Let’s do this!”

We were supposed to go to Colorado for my cousin’s wedding. I was really looking forward to it, it was going to a mini family reunion! But I had said from the very beginning, it’s hard to justify spending money to see my side of the family when we haven’t seen my husband’s in a few years, 4 years to be exact! So when my husband decided we needed to take the jump & see family, I had to be on board.

I was really bummed to miss my family in Colorado. But they are so amazing and so gracious and they understood how important it was for us to be with my husband’s family. I am so thankful to have family like that!

So I thought I would share a few pictures from our trip!

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We made it! Wasn’t a bad flight and I’m not gonna lie, I asked to not be seated next to my husband & kids. After all the international flights I’ve taken by myself with my kids, this momma needed a break! I sat back, relaxed, watched movies, it was fabulous! Flying without kids is like a mini vacation!

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Fun with friends! Eli is a maniac and didn’t know a stranger. It was so nice to see him take to all his(our) friends and family. This kid loved everyone!

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My father-in-law owns a store that sells supplies and makes things for the national parade called Junkanoo. It’s super impressive everything they put together for this parade. Uncle Neqo helped the boys create a few pieces of their own. They loved all the crafting!

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He looks good with little girls, doesn’t he? All our friends ‘back home’ in Nassau have little girls! We’re the odd ones out! As long as we can give the little girls back, we’re good to go! Cute cute little things though!

So funny story – I got a little taste of what my husband must go through living in the states. We came back from a date night with our friends and stopped to pick their kids up from the babysitter. They brought them to the car where me and Var were sitting. This little girl looked at me like she had never seen a white person before. And then I started to think about it, I don’t think she had seen a white person before! Or not close up anyway. First time that a kid was more afraid of coming to me instead of my husband!

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The boys got loaded up on Junkanoo supplies because they have the hook up with GrandDaddy shop and we headed out to a mini-tourist Junkanoo parade at Atlantis. The boys loved it! They were jammin! I know it made my husband so happy to see the boys enjoying his native country & music and embracing the culture. It was awesome.

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It’s an interesting thing, you know, having a multi-cultural marriage. I love cultures and new experiences. I am interested in things when I see something different. It’s a beautiful thing to me. It’s important for me, for us, that our kids know daddy’s culture. I know it’s hard on my husband when we can’t go home as much as we’d like. So when we do & the boys totally embrace it all, it’s a wonderful thing. You would have never known they were American, I love it.

Except, I’m not gonna lie, Tae was a little spoiled. There’s no air conditioning where we go/stay so it gets really hot & sweaty. Tae was not loving it. It’s so interesting how even the less fortunate in America are better off than most people around the world. It made us realize we wanted to expose our kids to more cultures & hopefully help them understand how truly blessed they are.

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Seriously so many blog topics in this post! Didn’t I tell you, we have a crazy life! But I wouldn’t change one ounce of our crazy, even if it also comes with more difficulty, for the world.

I met a new friend too. This little princess just took to me. She just wanted me to hold her. And hold her I did. My kids didn’t stay this little for very long so it was such a joy to have her cling to my arms. Beautiful little girl.

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See, besties for life.

We already miss our Bahamian family but am so very glad & thankful that we were able to go. Hopefully it’s not another 4 years before we see them all again!!

Next up – Chicago! I left straight from Nassau & headed out to Chicago for BlogHer. I spoke Friday morning and had some amazing opportunities throughout the weekend! I can’t wait to share them with you all!

 

10 Responses to The Bahamas

  1. Katie August 1, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    Sounds like a great trip!! What an amazing place to be from…that baby girl is to die for! And so are those two beautiful boys of yours =)

    xo,
    Katie
    hellolittlebean.com

    • Natalia August 1, 2013 at 10:27 am #

      Yes, it is a great place! We really love it there. Their babies make me want to have girls, they’re so adorable!! But alas, we’re good with 2!

  2. Tricia @ The Domestic Fringe August 1, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Sounds like a wonderful trip. Glad you were all able to go!
    ~FringeGirl

    • Natalia August 1, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

      Thank you! It was an amazing trip! So so glad we went!

  3. Katie Pidge August 1, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    So glad you got to do this! It looks like everyone had a blast and Lavar looked happy 🙂 Seriously that baby girl is precious!

    • Natalia August 1, 2013 at 11:17 pm #

      I know, she’s adorable!! We did have a great time. Love it there!

  4. MJ of Lucky 7 Design August 1, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

    Wow..it’s been forever. You look beautiful…the boys are getting so big. It’s a wonderful thing that you and your husband make sure to take them home when you can.

    My husband is dying to bring the girls home, Im afraid to fly so it’s a battle. But I want them to experience the culture because it’s a part of who they are.

    Blessings

    MJ

    • Natalia August 1, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

      How are you! It has been a while! Where is your husband from? I fly so much, I have just gotten used to it. It is so nice to see your kids enjoying their culture though, it was awesome. It’s also really good for the kids to see other cultures. Flying isn’t so bad either, once you get used to it, it’s actually fun!!

  5. nicole neesby August 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    OH MY GOSH! that little girl looks so tiny in your arms… and now it’s certain. you need a daughter. 😉

    xo

    • Natalia August 3, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      LOL – nope, no daughters for us! We love to give them back! Such a sweetheart though!

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