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Baby Travel {family adventures}


Night number 2 sleeping in the stroller. GATE CHECK YOUR STROLLER!

Recently we went on our first family vacation by airplane to Phoenix, AZ. We chose to drive across the border to Grand Forks and fly from there because the flights were significantly cheaper. Lots of people from Winnipeg drive and fly all the time. What could go wrong?!? Famous last question…

Long story short, we were supposed to leave Sunday evening but we arrived Tuesday evening. Initially a blizzard was the issue but planes started flying in and out and we continued to wait. And wait. With a baby. Thank goodness she is a total trooper. Lucky for us we had a friend’s family to stay with. On the second night there were so many people stranded the Red Cross opened the Alerus Centre with cots for people to sleep. Some people slept at the airport. NIGHTMARE! Once we got there, things went very well (aside from the SNOW. In Phoenix). But really, we had a great time.


Walking laps while we wait. Making friends with co-passengers in hopes they will be understanding later when it is hours past bedtime! Worked 🙂

While planning and prepping to fly with Emily for the first time I did a lot of pinning and research on what I should pack to make the travel as successful as possible. I compiled the variety of travel checklists I found into one that worked for us and since I got many ideas online I thought I should give back and post my list. The list –> Family Travel Check List General


Also, here is my baby travel board on Pinterest. Some pins are for future, non-baby travel as well.

Happy trails!


We made it! Sun hat finally required.


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we heart snow {family}

This weekend was our first big, real, snowfall. The kind that really starts winter and the holiday season to me. It’s here to stay! Lucky for us it is Sunday so Jeff was home all day. We went for a walk to our favorite path in Bunn’s Creek and got some pretty cute photos of Emily in the new, fluffy snow. It was also her first time in the sled. She loved it! Even fell asleep sitting up on the way home.

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There She Grows {five months}

Five months? What? When did this happen? Most amazing five months of our lives but this is going way to fast! At the same time, it all gets so much more fun with each passing month. Another amazing month with so much happening. Enjoy 🙂

<p><a href=”″>There She Grows {five months}</a> from <a href=”″>LeslieDent</a&gt; on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


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There She Grows Again {two months}

We cannot believe Emily is two months old! A part of me feels like she has been here forever (that whole time is doubled when you’re not sleeping thing) but the other part of me that wants to hang on to my newborn baby feels like time has whipped by. With all the great weather this week we have been out and about a ton 🙂 so I don’t have her two month post complete for today :(. I did, however, remember to take her two month photo on her actual two month day. Yahoo! I guess when I look back at my time with Emily as a baby I will, and would rather, remember doing great things with her than getting a blog post done on time ;). The rest of the post will come when it comes!

Okay, here it is. Her 2 month growth photo is here.

<p><a href=”″>Untitled</a&gt; from <a href=”″>LeslieDent</a&gt; on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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You Know You’re a Parent When… {laughing at ourselves}

Since Emily was born there have been a few times Jeff and I couldn’t help but laugh at ourselves because the things that are now ‘acceptable’ to us never would have been pre-Emily. These are classic “you know you’re a parent…” moments.
For example, when Emily was just 9 days old and had been up all night I was going to a baby shower. Since I had a c-section I wasn’t supposed to drive yet so Jeff and Emily drove me. Instead of going home while I was at the shower, Emily was finally sleeping and quiet so Jeff drove with her to Costco to pick something up. She was still sleeping so he went in wearing sweats, his glasses (not his usual contacts) and the glazed over look of a new dad. She kept sleeping so they did laps around the store, browsing at each and every aisle. When he had enough of this, they got back in the car and drove around. Jeff loves to eat spitz in the car but didn’t want to open the window to spit them out, Emily would wake up. So he drove around, eating spitz in his sweats, spitting them into an empty formula bottle he had from feeding her. A very new dad image and nothing like his pre-Emily life!
Also early on in Emily’s days I was home alone with her and trying to get us out the door. I finally had us ready and realized I had puke on my shirt. Shoot. Instead of risking letting her sit and start screaming while I went to change, I grabbed the scarf I had nearby to cover the puke. It didn’t even really cover it, I had to wear the scarf crooked. Very mom.
Yesterday we were having a really busy but good day. Emily was sleeping at all the right times so I could get where I needed to go. It was going so smoothly that I decided to do one more thing. Mistake. We went to my school to drop something off. She woke up as we went in and let everyone know we were there by screaming as I walked through the hall. A lovely Friday afternoon distraction! Obviously I hurried out of there and got back to the car. We squealed away to get home so I could feed her, it’s just five minutes away. The car sounded a bit weird on the gravel but we’ve been having muffler trouble lately. We got to a corner and a woman started waving me down. I thought she was going to say my muffler was hanging down but she didn’t. “You’re dragging one of those pylon things” she says. Ha! They are in front of the school to block parking at the cross walk. With Emily screaming I didn’t even notice, nor hear us drive over it! I had dragged it about 3 blocks I pulled over to get it out but there was no way I could reach it without laying on the ground. I am in a skirt and Emily is still screaming. I got back in the car to back up and hopefully dislodge it. Nope. So I made a mom decision and dragged the pylon the rest of the way home. Luckily it was a short ride. Countless people tried to flag me down to warn me and looked quite confused when I waved back at them and smiled knowingly. The pylon only really dragged when I hit a bump ;). Jeff had to lay under he car and kick it out, it was jammed right in there and partly melted from rubbing on the road. Ha! Sorry BHS for the loss of your pylon! And sorry ladies for appearing to be one of those ‘classic woman drivers’. But I wasn’t, I was just a classic mom driver with a screaming baby.



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It’s a good day! I am blogging in the daytime, automatically a good day. I slept for a chunk of four and a half hours last night and then a second chunk of two hours. In my pre-mom life, this sounds like hell! But now it sounds dreamy, literally.

Today we went for a stroll with some other moms and babes. It makes sense why moms hang out with other moms for so many reasons. The primary reason is understanding.

Other moms don’t mind when your baby is screaming and you are letting them cry it out a little. Sometimes its the only option, we are almost home and I can help you stop crying when we get there. We were a group of 5 moms and six kids today so at most points in the morning, someone was crying. Moms just talk louder. I don’t feel stressed when Emily cries around other moms because they (probably) get it and (probably) don’t mind. I am not as stressed about being annoying and an inconvenience.

Other moms understand that things take longer with babies. Sometimes much longer. But it’s better to take a long time to get out for a walk and to stop along the way than to stay cooped up inside feeling frumpy.

And of course, other moms with babies are free during the day!

So the combination of “more” sleep, sunshine, exercise, fresh air and good company makes this a good day. We will see what tomorrow brings!


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Welcome Emily, we’ve been waiting for you :)

Once upon a time we were friends in high school. Through our early twenties we lost touch. Then one hot June day, we both happened to have our students at a Goldeyes game. I saw Jeff across the masses of hot, sweaty adolescents and called his name to say hello. We talked briefly and continued on with our students. That was it. No, not as in the rest is history, we lived happily ever after, as in I didn’t hear from him! Eventually, after a few emails and some chatter over msn messenger we had a dinner date. In December. Late December. Six months later! Now, the rest is history. Some dating, some co-habitating (just me, Jeff and the revolving door of single or divorced male roomates!) a mountain top proposal and then a December 2010 wedding! And now, here I sit typing this first Scarcello blog post with one hand because I can’t bear to put down our baby (ok, she won’t let me, she’ll wake up if I do. But I don’t mind that one bit. I know it won’t last). She is everything we have ever wanted and more. Better than in our dreams. She is perfection.

I am blogging to document our family for us. I know the details of these memories may fade and I want to hang on to them as long as I can. Plus, a year away from my class and student blogs? Get serious. I need to redirect that digital energy somewhere! Maybe you would like to share our blog experience and watch us grow, we would love it if you did. You can check back once in a while to see our updates or you can subscribe by email to our posts so that you are notified when there is something new to see. To do this, click on the “click me!” button along the right side and enter your email address.

Emily Elaine Dent Scarcello was born on April 6th, 2012 at 4:33am. She weighed 7lbs 6oz and was 20 inches long. We were both surprised when the doctors announced she was a girl. We were fairly convinced with the Scarcello line of boys and the way she stuck out straight in front of me that Emily would be Lloyd or Floyd or Freddy or Eddie (if Jeff had naming rights)! We love our little girl to bits and are so excited to watch her grow and learn.


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