Bonjour! We are Lost With Littles. I’m going to tell you a bit about who we are and what our not-so-ordinary family travel blog is really about.
We are a family of five from the suburbs of Chicago getting ready to travel across the world to start a new chapter of our lives in France. Every day, I’m going to take some time, retreat to my nice, organized, writing space to slowly write down all of my well-put-together thoughts…HA! I can’t even keep a straight face while typing that! I mean, seriously, at any given moment at least one of our littles is throwing a rage fit about something while I try to make some chicken scratch notes on a Post-It that I may or may not be able to track down in an hour. But, join us and we’ll get through this together while we all learn something new, more than likely over a glass of wine once the kids are finally in bed.
Right now we’re in the messy, stressful phase of an international move. Once we make it to Europe, we’ll be taking you with us to all the best family-friendly events and locations all over Europe. We’ll share all of our noteworthy adventures and even our epic screw-ups. My goal is to give parents hope that it really is possible to see the world without waiting for an empty nest.
Here’s a quick introduction to us
I’m Toni. I’m an American wife, mom, writer, and illustrator. I am a far-from-perfect mama who hates laundry and loves wine and curses too much. Also, I like to plan. I like Pinterest boards and binders. The problem is that with our family, nothing ever goes as planned. It’s part of what makes us who we are. We’ve learned to roll with it and laugh at our misfortunes and mistakes. I want to open and honest about our screw ups and share our successes. Hopefully, you can learn from some of our oops moments.
My husband, Carlos is a Web developer. He’s originally from Colombia and moved to the US as a child. He made the decision to switch careers in his late twenties and managed to teach himself a whole new set of skills. He finally was able to break into the industry, which wasn’t an easy thing to do. He’s also my best friend and the greatest dad to our littles.
Our littles are Eleanor, Teddie, and Finley. They are wonderful and empathetic and opinionated. They are also very loud, firey, and exhausting, but we love them to the moon.
We’ve always dreamed of traveling someday. Someday we’d be able to finish a thought and then maybe we’d think about the possibility. But, sometimes, someday doesn’t happen. My first bit of advice is don’t wait for someday. If it’s important to you, put every ounce of energy you have left into making it happen. I lost my dad in my twenties and since then we have become a hell of a lot braver. Life is too damn short for “someday.” We finally decided that it was time to start planning our escape. We knew it will be difficult uprooting our lives (that’s an understatement), but the end result would be worth it. We’ll be experiencing whole new cultures, eating crêpes and croissants at outdoor cafes, living a slower paced life, and escaping that live-to-work state of mind.
If you are dreaming of a new start, you need tips on traveling with kids, you’re looking for some fun family-friendly adventure ideas while on holiday, or if you just want something interesting to read while you drink your wine and try to gain some sanity back after the kids finally fall asleep, you’re in the right place. Come with us as we jump head first into this traveling thing and figure it out as we go. Welcome. Bienvenue!
Some miscellaneous info about us, just for fun:
- My husband and I share a favorite hobby, video games. We have spent hours upon hours exploring the wasteland, escaping Rapture, and adventuring across Tamriel.
- I grew up in a little town outside of Chicago, Illinois. My husband grew up in a small town in Colombia. Each of our children was born in a different U.S. state.
- We have been near rock bottom. We’ve had to borrow money from parents just to pay rent. Without family, we could’ve been homeless with three kids. It was rough, but it’s finally working out. My husband was able to switch to his dream career.
- I love classic movies, musicals, music from the 50s and 60s, Doctor Who, the Harry Potter books, superheroes (Batman mostly), coffee and wine. I curse too much and I’m a bit of a mess sometimes.
- Carlos is the love of my life. He loves all the Zelda games, Rooster Teeth, Doctor Who, the Harry Potter books and Guinness.