Thursday, February 1, 2018
When exploring Tulum we had a few spots we for sure wanted to explore and these two places were Ik Kil Cenote and Chichen Itza Ruins. It was always my dream to bring Audrey here and I am so glad we were able to go here and explore. We woke up early and set off as soon as we could...we really wanted to avoid the crowds. We drove about two hours from Tulum before we arrived...it was really neat seeing the smaller towns on the way. We first arrived at Chichen Itza and were able to explore it without hardly anyone there. It was really special to be there without any crowds and let Audrey run free. As we were leaving about ten tour buses showed up and the crowds were pouring in...so we really lucked out. We then headed off to the cenote which by then sounded great because it was so hot and humid even though it was still morning. We changed, rinsed off, and then headed down the steps. When we got down there and Audrey was ready to jump in and swim... she was not scared at all. The water was cold and the depth of the cenote made me nervous but Audrey's enthusiasm kept my mind from thinking about it. At the end of the day I am glad we got to experience Tulum together. I was also glad to go straight home though... to be with our family during that difficult time. I still often wonder if we should have flown home when we first arrived but I know my Grandma wouldn't have wanted that.
"Life is not a dress rehearsal...you only get to do this life once."
Veronica Salazar Lopez - my beautiful grandmother
Tulum Magic Pt. 2
Tulum Magic Pt. 1
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Over the holiday break we snuck away for the day and headed up to Mt. Shasta. This is a five hour drive from us... most people would never think to drive the five hours, just to spend a few hours there and then drive back. My sister and I look at it differently...if we can see a cool waterfall and a mystery cave off the side of a dirt road, we are so down!! So we were off with a few snacks and lots of coffee. Audrey is use to these spur of the moment trips and was very excited to hit the road. I didn't really take any photos... I think we were really caught up in the adventure and the beauty of it all. The last time I saw a cave was years ago and in a different state, so it was cool finding one so close in California to show Audrey. You never know what you can find in your state you just have to drive and find out. Thankful for our little car and all the places it takes us.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Finally going through my pictures of Tulum. I had taken way more photos then I initially thought. I am grateful for these pictures because honestly this trip we were all in a daze and just trying to make the best of each moment there. Shortly, after arriving in Tulum we had to change hotels...we had originally booked a cabana type room on the beach but it was just too hot. We needed a decent shower and air conditioning especially if we were going to be exploring as much as we planned on doing. However, I think if we just planned on lounging all day it would have worked and been really cool. Audrey was a bit disappointed she loved that there was an actual palm tree in our room...haha.
Most of these pictures were taken on the main beach strip of Tulum. There was plenty of beach access and boutique hotels for us to check out. We even got to explore Pablo Escobar's mansion which is now a hotel. We also found a beautiful lagoon not too fat away. It had the warmest water and was probably my favorite day to relax and play with Audrey. I would totally recommend Tulum if you are traveling with kids. It is very slow placed and has plenty of beach, pools, bikes, and affordable healthy food choices.
Tulum Magic pt. 1
Sunday, January 14, 2018
This past July we were able to adventure around Tulum in Mexico. My sister and I have always wanted to come here and on a whim we decided to book and go. I have taken my time in writing this post, it is actually still hard to look at these pictures. As soon as we got here we actually wanted to fly straight home, within 24 hours of being here we got the call that my Grandma was going to pass away in a few hours. It was truly the hardest decision to stay but we knew, including my family that our Grandma would want us to stay and explore as much as we could. These pictures were taken very shortly after we received the news. This day was honestly a daze, we headed out to the Tulum Ruins and did our best to take in the sights around us. This trip really taught me to make every moment count because you just never know what is going to happen. I am glad Audrey got to experience this place because it was truly magical for her and I do believe that our Grandma was here with us on this day.
More pictures of Tulum to come shortly...
Sunday, January 7, 2018
I know I have said this a million times... but last year was just not our year. We lost a very important person in our lives and for me it really changed everything. It is still hard to believe that she is gone but she (our grandma) always told us to live each day to the fullest and this is what we fully intend to do in this new year...
We have made some travel plans this Summer which include a month in Europe and another week in Mexico and a few other plans are in the works. We are so excited and can't wait to experience other cultures. It will be such a good learning experience for both of us. Another thing I am trying to do this year is help Audrey to find her true passion. Right now she takes ballet and piano which she likes but maybe doesn't love. Although, I catch her dancing and practicing piano on her own from time to time... even if she doesn't want to admit it. I just want to help her grow whatever it is that she is passionate about. She for sure loves crafting and creating things. We got her a sewing machine that she wanted for Christmas and my mom has already started giving her lessons. They are working on making a mermaid purse together. I also started reading Harry Potter with Audrey, we have the illustrated version for when we are home and the paperback copy to read when we are out. I have never read it before and wanted to wait to read it with her when she was ready. I am so excited that she is in to it. I want to read the whole series with her. Another thing that I want to do with Audrey is find a program that we can volunteer at that gives back to our community. My dad did with this me and although I didn't realize it at the time I really learned a lot from it.
We are going to try to keep this year simple and fill it with plenty of love and hopefully find a little magic along the way. Here is to travel, adventure, loving and living on repeat!!
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Happy New Year!! I am finally back. We had a very quiet two week break over here. We actually all got sick over here the whole time but it was still nice to be able to rest and relax all together. We spent a good amount of time on the couch together watching family movies and taking family naps. I did manage to organize the house and clear out things we no longer needed though. The holidays came and went so fast but we really enjoyed them this year even if we were sick. Audrey is in heaven with her new sewing machine that she got for Christmas... she is currently at her Grammy's getting her first sewing lesson. Above are some pictures from our break... we did manage to do one mini road trip which I will post about later. For now it is back to business as usual around here...work and school awaits...
Sunday, November 12, 2017
A few weeks ago we had a random Friday off so we headed straight for the mountains. We drove for about three hours to the forever magical, Yosemite. We are so lucky that it is only a few hours away. We woke up early, packed some snacks and headed out. The weather was perfect and Yosemite was in full fall effect... it was beautiful. We decided to drive to some of the popular look out points and take in the good views. We also hiked to Taft Point and found a few other small hikes along the way. We enjoyed some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to refuel and checked out a few more spot in the valley before heading home. One day, we would love to stay in Yosemite and spend more time hiking but till then day trips work for us. That's the good thing about Yosemite it is very drive through friendly and parking is really easy.
We have been enjoying this Fall weather and have been cuddling even more with the time change. Just trying to enjoy all the simple moments in life and trying not to rush around like in previous years. For the first time in a long time I haven't been stressed with life. My work is going good, and Audrey is doing good in school too. We planned a little trip for next week before the big holiday and we couldn't be more excited. Can't stay put for too long...
Our last trip to Yosemite...