a road trip | kennett square | olive june

a road trip | kennett square

where mr. monaco's parents were married on april 22, 1978
it might be the most romantic church i have ever seen 

one of the things we want to do most with our children is travel as much as possible. even if it's a simple or small trip. it is very important for us to expose parks (and our future kids!) to different people, smells, languages, tastes, and cultures; hopefully helping to shape them as human beings- while leaving lasting impressions and memories for the better. of course this can bring a go-go-go atmosphere but i think it is important to remember to just have fun! (and we really did!) i am really trying to work on slowing down and being more present, especially on trips. at the beginning of this month, we drove up for a long weekend to visit my husband's brother and his wife (and their two small children) with my mother and father-in-law. it was so nice to all be together- in such an incredible area of our country (right outside of philadelphia). we stayed in kennett square, pa and it was gorgeous. lots of rolling hills, historic homes, horses... it was just so peaceful there. 

here are some snapshots |
sister + brother
i walked down the stairs and caught a glimpse of this ... be still my heart. 
their love. just so special. this was the moment she went across the monkey bars for the first time
my sister-in-law has become a dear friend to me and i really look up to her as a mom
she makes it all look so easy... and is so patient and graceful
we went to an old home- turned ice cream shop- called foxy loxy 
the ice cream was delicious... i ordered black raspberry chip
"together we make a family" 
their dinner room is breathtaking 
how cute are my boys?!
enjoying a mint julep during the kentucky derby
tim's aunt and uncle's beautiful home... i could not get enough of the old homes in this area
my little family

walking to the park in his paper crane lula leggings
his high tops are from a consignment shop in charlotte, kid to kid (park road shopping center- gosh, i love that place!) 
after dinner fun 
she has the biggest heart and the best spirit 
both taylor and cameron LOVED parks... they loved him real hard. and it was so adorable 
(even if it sometimes looked like this...) 
a moscow mule + live music at a cute tavern named four dogs
meeting the new puppy, a yellow lab named connor
may you always feel this free, sweet girl 
thank you all for the hospitality
and we hope to be back soon
and you all better believe i will be driving to this place - terrain garden cafe
(it's a greenhouse, shop, local events, restaurant) 


  1. You are right, that is the dreamiest church. We're hoping to fly to NYC this fall. Hopefully, Phoenix does better in-flight than he does in the car. We have a screamer. haha.

    1. isn't it so beautiful? haha ... sending good vibes already! i am a little nervous about tomorrow (as we fly back to charlotte) but am going to just take it as it goes! parks was so good on the way to ohio and my neck pain is so much better so hoping i can handle anything (might regret saying this!) you are the best and i love your comments. they always make my day!

  2. Your pictures are beautiful. And I just about died when I saw your little boy's outfit those leggings with those high top sneakers sooo adorable. Looks like some lovely much needed family time :) Great to have them travel at a young age!

    1. so, so sweet!! thank you so much... i love dressing a little boy. and it was a great time with family and parks is such a great traveler so far. hoping it stays that way. i really appreciate your comment and hope your week is going well