April 30, 2015

These United States

Morning, ladies and happy Friday Eve. Today I'm taking a page out of Kristen's blog and posting my United States list. I loved reading her list back in March and I've slowly been building this post to share with y'all. 

I've visited 27/50 states [even thought it's not marked, I've visited Massachusetts, doh!]

Alabama: Our family has visited this state many times because my father's parents live here. Including our surprise party for my grandfather despite the tornado that hit a week before the trip back in 2008. It was a whirlwind of a crazy trip, but that's what family is for, right?

Alaska: I went on an Alaskan cruise last summer [still recapping, I know I suck] and it was one of the most amazing vacations of my life. I highly suggest you put it at the top of your list and start checking out cruises. Alaska is one of the most gorgeous states in the US and I honestly would love to live there one day.


Arizona: Daddy was stationed at Ft. Huachuca when I was a baby. Don't remember this state at all.


California: Babyspice was born here when Daddy was getting his second master's at NPGS. We lived in Monterrey for two years and then moved back to the NOVA area. I loved what I remember of Monterrey and enjoy watching our home videos of those years.

Colorado: We took a Christmas ski trip when I was in college. It was amazing and ruined me and East coast skiing forever. I also went to a kickball tournament in Denver last year and had a blast. I love the weather and food in Colorado, I just wish it wasn't so expensive to live there.



Florida: Soccer tournaments, Disney World, family trips and kickball tournaments has made this one of my most visited states. I love the warmth, sunshine and the beach. Hopefully I'll be able to meet my beautiful blog friends in FL one day.

Georgia: We had a high school trip to Atlanta for a music festival and that was my first trip to GA. I've also had a few for kickball tournaments and hope one day to visit my dear sweet GA blog friends #fingerscrossed.

Hawaii: Unfortunately I was a baby and then a four year old when we visited Hawaii so I don't remember it at all. I've been trying to get Le Husband to get on board with a trip there, but so far no dice. I think the only way it will happen is if we attempt the Iron Man or Hawaiian Spartan.






Kentucky: GO CATS! My father's brother lives in Kentucky so we've visited multiple times and enjoyed football and basketball games.We have also spend various Thanksgivings and long weekends there too.

Louisiana: My first trip to the New Orleans was in 2006 for Hurricane Katrina relief work. I was blessed enough to go back two more times [once with Babyspice] and then hit up NOLA for fun with three different kickball tournaments. I know there is more to Louisiana than New Orleans, but NOLA is one of my most favoritest cities in the the US. Make sure you plan a trip someday, friends. You will love it.


Maryland: I can't count how many times I've visited Maryland. I live only five minutes [no traffic] from the VA/MD border so let's just say a gobzillion ;)!

Massachusetts: We had a school trip for orchestra to Boston my Senior year of High school and it was amazing. I loved everything about the city even though we were only there for a short while. September 2012 Le Husband and I went to Boston for a kickball tournament and it was one of my most favorite trips together. Sad bunny that I didn't know all you amazing Boston bloggers back then because a meet up would have been fabulous.



Mississippi: My first mission trip was in Gulfport, MS and it was a life changing experience. Hurricane Katrina hit ground on August 29th and I was in Mississippi in October helping to rebuild. Our first trip was spent gutting homes and it was tough physically and emotionally. Seeing the loss first hand was hard, but it was incredible seeing the progress year after year. I did four trips to MS and three to NOLA to help with relief and they were all amazing in their own special way.




Nevada: VIVA, LAS VEGAS! I've hit up Vegas five times and will probably visit again this year for another kickball tournament. I don't do Vegas the way most people do, but I still love the food, excitement, night life and views.

New Hampshire

New Jersey: Had to visit for a work trip twice. I'm good now, haha.

New Mexico

New York: My first trip to NY was with my high school orchestra and it was a bit of a whirlwind. I dated a guy who was from NY and so we went up there a few times to visit his family. My most recent NY trip was with work when my team won an award in 2011. They put us up in a fabulous hotel right after the holidays and it was amazing seeing all the Christmas decor.

North Carolina: Soccer tournaments brought us to NC multiple times growing up and we've driven through it countless times to visit other southern states. I also had multiple college soccer games a year in NC so it was a very visited stated from 2001 - 2005.

North Dakota

Ohio: This state meant NOTHING to me until I met Le Husband. Seriously, it was a fly over state and nothing more. I think when Le Husband told me where he was from my response was "Ohio, really?!?" My first trip to Ohio was about a year into dating and we've been back multiple times a year since. It's always fun visiting his hometown because 90% of his family still lives there. Who knew Ohio was so kewl ;)!



Pennsylvania: We visited Hershey park a few times growing up and had quite a few soccer tournaments up that way as well. Kickball tournaments brought us back to PA the past three years and it was always a fun time [minus losses of course]. Drinks are SO much cheaper in PA ;)!

 Rhode Island

South Carolina: My great aunt lived in South Carolina and we used visit her on our way to Hilton Head Island. We were in SC during the winter so the beach time wasn't always the warmest but it was fun to get out of the cold north every year. I miss those visits and hope to get to Charleston one day soon.

South Dakota

Tennessee: Mama B's family lives in Tennessee and we visit yearly to vacation on the lake. We ski, boat, fish and just soak up the sun. I started water skiing at four [on two skis] and by third grade had graduated to slalom [one ski]. Every year I try to get a lil faster in the slalom course and try to get the perfect end of summer tan. I've also visited Nashville twice and would love to live there if possible.

Texas: Most of my visits to Texas involve family or kickball, but now they also involve my beautiful BOFF. I admit I do claim this state since I was born there and think it would be awesome to actually live there #thegreatstateoftexas.

Utah: I was lucky enough to visit the Heavenly ski resort for a week with my aunt and uncle in 2006. It was an amazing week of skiing and I loved gorgeous Lake Tahoe. Oh and did I mention it was free? HOLLA!


V i r g i n i a: I live here!


West Virginia: We've driven through this state more than I'd like to admit and I played a bazillion soccer games in WV, too. I would like to try one of the resorts in WV, I've heard they are gorgeous.

Wisconsin: My family visited Wisconsin many times when I was  younger to see my great-grandmother and great aunt. I always enjoyed those trips, Wisconsin is a state I wish I could visit more often.


I'm pretty happy with my list. I really want to plan a Northwest trip in the near future to hit a few more states, but we will just have to see.  My international list isn't very big, but I have hit four of the seven continents; South Korea {Asia}, Spain {Europe}, Brazil, Chile {South America}, USA, Canada {North America}

What's your state count? Did you beat me?!?

Linking up with *megan* *kristin* and *annie*


BLovedBoston said...

I didn't even come close to beating you! There are just some states I know that I will never get to and honestly I think I'm ok with that lol! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Caitlin Elizabeth said...

I love this post I may borrow the idea sometime! You've been all over!! I've been to a ton of states as well but a lot of it has been because of road trips - my mom and I drove from California to Boston one summer so that knocked out a bunch haha.

Kathy@RealTalk said...

oh, that alaska trip *swoon*. i so want to visit! NOLA is also on my places to visit list!

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

So fun! You have totally rocked visiting the entire eastern US! And my husband was in Alabama when the tornados hit in 2008. SO scary!

<3, Pamela
Sequins & Sea Breezes

Courtney B said...

Wow!! You've visited so many states!! Even if you were too young to remember some of them! I fell in love with Boston last summer and now I wish I could go back every year!
Come back to Arizona!!
Also, you need to go back to Utah! There is SO much to see!! It's gorgeous! Also, I had no idea Lake Tahoe was in Utah?! I thought that was Nevada/California?!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I love this, how you have it laid out with what you did and photos.

Getting to all 50 states is on my To Do list. We're trying to knock them out via road trips now, starting at the end of this year with South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho!

Jess said...

Wow! I'm gonna go ahead and say that I think Alaska was probably one of your favorites. ;) I think I may need to do this on my blog. Love it!

Donna said...

I want to go on an Alaskan Cruise SO bad. I made the suggestion to my bf the other day and he looked at me like I'd lost my mind. I hate the cold & winter but I still want to experience Alaska!

Katie Elizabeth said...

Love this post! I've visited half of the states, to but a lot of mine are different ones! It was fun to read what you did in each place. We want to plan a ski trip to Colorado but I totally know it will ruin skiing at home for me, too!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

go Cats?! Heck no! ;) I didn't know you came to KY so much though, that's awesome!! I am so jealous of your Alaskan trip, hopefully one day I get to go! and Hawaii is the bomb, Le Husband get with it! ;)

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

LOVE these types of posts! And love that you used the term of "flyover state". I totally use it too, and am glad I've conquered a lot of them, but still have a few to go. Any takers on North Dakota and Kansas?!

You've been to a lot of the ones I haven't and can't wait to get to like Alaska, Hawaii, and Colorado :-D

Jen said...

I need to visit more states! It would be fun to explore.

Christina Sotherden said...

This is such a fun idea!! I just counted mine, I think I'm around twenty - you've had some great travels!

Rebecca Jo said...

What a fun post!
I love seeing UK represented! GO CATS!!!!
My post would be lousy doing this - I'm not a traveler :)

The Siberian American said...

I really want to do one of these! So fun to read about your adventures in different states. Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite places in the world-so beautiful! :)

Andrea Nine said...

This is such a great list and glimpse into your US travels! but come see me in Indiana we will take a trip to Amish country get some yummy donuts there and go to Notre Dame football game. :-)


Illegally Blonde said...

Texas for the win! I have barely been anywhere in the US, now countries abroad, I can name so many. #pleasemovetotexas #needmyboffclose #letsvacationinflorida

Meg Taylor said...

Great list! I need to do one of these for myself. If you're looking for places to travel, I see you haven't been to my home state of RI - it's definitely worth the trip :)

Anonymous said...

SO many states. This was fun to read. Yay for SC, too! HHI is so pretty!

Kateri Von Steal said...

Wow - wait to go seeing our country! I have covered most of the Eastern Seaboard and that's it. hahaha

Meagan Hofer said...

This is a super impressive list!!!!

Meagan Hofer said...

This is a super impressive list!!!!

Meagan Hofer said...

This is a super impressive list!!!!

Amanda Bullard said...

This is awesome! My husband has visited all but 12 states so you guys are nearly tied right? Of course since he's seen them I'm over here (alone) like I wanna go!!!! You're my travel hero! xo Amanda @ ABW

Alana Livingston said...

Well there isn't A LOT to see in Oklahoma, but judging by this list, it looks like you have to come at some point!

friendbrooke at everyday blessings said...

Great post! Looks like some very fun adventures!

Laura Marie Keenan said...

In my humble opinion, you are missing out on the best part of the country! And having lived all over the country, that is saying something. But the Pacific Northwest is not to be missed! Especially Seattle and Glacier National Park in Montana!

Julia said...

What a great list! Next time you're in FL if you're close enough to me I would love to meet! :) So cool that you helped with the Hurricane Katrina relief!

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Ashley said...

WOW girl this is awesome!! Yay for Georgia! I've been to one KY game and it was fun! I love the lake life even tho I haven't been in forever.. I tried to wakeboard one time, nobody really gave me instructions on how to get up, and I swallowed half the lake. LOL! I tried one more time, barely stood up for a minute and called it done! Haha! That's so awesome you helped with Katrina!

Kristen [Playground Prepster] said...

Wow!! What a list!! What a neat idea!

Nadine Lynn said...

You have visited a lot of states!!! You are one of the first people I have seen do this post that have been to Alabama. It's not exactly a destination for many haha. I lived in PA, MO, GA and AL....so I have been to all the states in between traveling back and forth.

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

Holy shit, woman! I'm jealous that you've been to Hawaii... even if you were just a baby. I am jealous of a baby! lol

Kait said...

What a fun post idea! I love this!

Janna Renee said...

That's neat to recap all the states you've visited! I don't think I've been to as many as you, miss world traveler!