Thursday, September 29, 2016

How to Fly With a Newborn

Everett was four and a half weeks old when we took him on the airplane for the first time - and it was a long trip - from Scotland back to Colorado for the summer. Prior to flying, I read a lot of blog posts with advice on flying with babies: what to do with them, what to pack for them, how to pop their ears....for the most part, it was helpful but the thing about babies is that they're always changing! I'm putting together my own set of tips for flying with babies, but at different stages. First up: newborns.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Stonehaven

Mondays are our days for adventuring so yesterday we headed up the coast to Stonehaven. Day trips are slightly different now that Everett is around. We try to leave right around his morning nap time (9 am) and hope that he sleeps the whole way to wherever we're going. He used to be a really good stroller sleeper and would fall asleep anywhere, but now he's way too interested in whatever is going on around him to sleep! We also try to plan our departure from wherever we are around his afternoon nap time....which means that we don't get tons of time anywhere, but it's better than a cranky baby. Here are a few pictures if you'd like to see....



Wednesday, September 21, 2016

On Blogging

So, after my first post in sixth months, which I posted yesterday, I want to take some time to explain my intentions behind this blog and the direction that it will go in moving forward.


After Everett was born, I wanted to take some time off blogging to spend time with my baby, soak all that in, and adjust to our new life. That time ended up being almost seven months. During those months I did a lot of thinking about blogging - as a career, as a hobby, the direction I wanted my blog to go in...

I ended up deciding to stop blogging all together. I wanted to spend more time focusing on my freelance writing and finding new opportunities. There are a lot of things that I don't like about blogging. To name a few: social media - I don't like feeling like I need to be on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat constantly, to gain new readers. It's exhausting and I honestly don't like sharing every detail of my day or life. I don't really like promoting myself (or my "brand", as they say, because - ha! - I don't have a brand). I was worried about sharing too many pictures or details about my baby on the internet, to people who I don't know, because that seems weird. And I feel like the blogging market is very saturated. It seems like everyone has a blog and it's hard not to compare your blog to others - just as it's hard to find ways to stand out in the midst of it all.

I saw two options: grow my blog - which for me meant more collaborations, better pictures with a nicer camera and snazzy photo editing, getting sponsors and advertisers, daily content, etc. - or quit blogging all together. And I wasn't sure that, as a stay at home mom with a small baby, that I would have time to grow the blog properly or in a way that was beneficial to me. Building a blog into a business takes a lot of work, whether it's finding advertisers, creating content, managing an editorial schedule, exploring collaborations....and the dreaded social media aspect too. It was exhausting for me just to think about. So after a lot of back and forth all summer, I decided to stop blogging.

But then! I was putting together some clips for a potential freelance writing project, as examples of my work. And I started looking back on the blog and all the adventures we've had and everything we've done. And I thought, "I can't stop now!" So, while we're living abroad and have this lifestyle that I love to write about and share, I decided to keep it up.

The best realization came a few days later when I remembered that I don't have to do what other bloggers are doing. I can do my own thing and make my blog what I want it to be.

Do you know the history behind Here We Go Again? It started in 2011 under the name Italian Treats (we were living in Italy then, obviously). I started it so that I didn't have to write 10 long emails a day to our families and friends back home, telling them about our new Italian lifestyle and everything we were doing. It wasn't even a public blog - it didn't come up on search engines and you had to subscribe to read it. The next year, I decided to expand a little bit and I changed the name to Here We Go Again, made it more public and steered the content away from things that only our parents would be interested in. Since then, it's gone through a few makeovers and it's grown way more than I ever meant it to. I have actual readers who I don't know and people email me a lot asking for travel tips, which I love.

So it's not going to stop. Pre-Everett, I had a relatively strict editorial calendar that I stuck to, which will not be the case anymore because....life with a baby! The content will be mostly the same: recipes, travel pictures and stories, our everyday adventures. My goal is to take it one day at a time. And to make this blog into a very long story that we can look back on in ten or twenty years and remember all the incredible things we did and experiences we had. Because for me, that's really always been the point of it.

So - thank you, thank you for reading, and....Here We Go Again!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

BACK

You guys, we are back! I can't believe it's been six months since I wrote a blog post. The time has flown by. Time to catch up!


Since we were last on here, we went home to Steamboat Springs, Colorado where we live in the summers. We had such a fun first summer with Everett. We went on hikes, took him swimming for the first time - actually there were a lot of firsts for him! - and just generally enjoyed everything Steamboat has to offer in the summer.

Last May, Ryan signed back with his team in Scotland, the Fife Flyers, for a second season. So! Now we're back in Scotland. We've been here for about a month and we're all settled in for this upcoming season and ready to get back to the blog.

More on that tomorrow. But for now, here are a few fun pictures from the summer, if you'd like to see...


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

This Season

Just like we say every year, this season has flown by! It seems like just the other day that we were out exploring our new territory, searching for the best fish and chips, hiking in the Highlands and strolling on the beach.


We loved living in a different country and having new adventures - a few of our favorites from this season: our trips to Oban, Glasgow, the Highlands, Fort Williams and Loch Ness. We loved exploring coastal Fife - it was so much fun to live by the sea after living in the mountains for the past four years in Cortina - it was a drastic change of scenery but a nice one too! And it was great to hang out in Edinburgh a bunch and become familiar with a new city.






We visited castles, tasted whiskey and tried haggis. We survived our first Scottish winter and we managed to learn some new words and phrases despite the fact that we're all speaking the same language!




Ryan's team made it to the final playoff weekend down in Nottingham, but of course the MOST exciting thing that happened this season was the birth of our son, Everett.


We can't believe he's already a month old! These past few weeks have flown by and have been the best, most fun, hardest, most rewarding weeks of our lives. We're so excited to take Ev home to Colorado to meet all of our family and friends.


Thanks to everyone who made this season in Fife so enjoyable - we had heard that the hockey fans here are incredible, and they absolutely are! We will definitely look back on this season with very fond memories.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Everett

We are so thrilled to announce that Everett Hayes Dingle was born on March 6 at 12:29 am.


We're so in love with this little guy! These past few weeks have flown by as we've gotten used to each other and adjusted to our new family. It's hard to believe that it's time to start packing up and heading back to Colorado for the spring and summer, but it is and we're heading back on April 7. In the next few weeks, I'll be sharing a look back on this season in Scotland, which has really been a great one. Thanks for all of the support this season and for the nice words on our baby boy! xo

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

In Preparation

It's baby month (hopefully!) and I'm going to be taking a few weeks off from blogging to a) prepare and b) spend every second with our newest family member once he or she arrives. We're so excited that we're talking in weeks now (or days!), rather than months, and we can't wait to meet our little one.


In the meantime, a few posts from this season in Scotland, in case you missed them:

Our favorite things to do in Edinburgh.

8 things to do in Scotland, if you're planning a trip this summer.

Our first week in Scotland! This seems like forever ago...

This was probably our favorite getaway this season.

And, this was pretty much my go-to recipe all winter.

See you back here in a few weeks, xo.