More pictures to come on our trip later...
Monday, June 4, 2018
More pictures to come on our trip later...
Friday, June 1, 2018
I just wanted to share a few pictures from Audrey's 7th birthday party. It was a sweet little party filled with great friends and some fun art. I am not a huge believer in over the top birthday parties. I don't ever want Audrey growing up thinking she is going to have a huge part every year but from time to time, a little party can be fun and so sweet. The theme was mermaid art and I knew the perfect person to help out. My awesome and amazing talented friend, who happens to teach art. She lead the kids in the art project and their mermaids turned out great and the kids had a blast. There was also a sweet little surprise from one of her friends...they played "Happy Birthday" for her on the guitar. It was a good little day.
Summer is almost here and we are so ready. The day after we get out of school we are off on a month long adventure with our family. This trip has been planned for quite awhile and I can't believe it is finally time. We are planning to spend time in France, Italy, Croatia, and Greece. We hope to make some amazing memories that will last a lifetime.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
First grade with this girl has been so fun... there is never a dull day with her learning adventures. We are so lucky she is surrounded by such loving teachers and staff that truly care about her. Audrey still has good days and bad days in the focusing department but what is really important is she is learning strategies to help her and she is starting to realize what works for her and what doesn't. One thing that I love about Audrey is she truly cares about her grades and studying before tests. She is the one asking me to help her study and she even gets nervous before taking her tests. I think it's so cool that she cares and I will always try to help her with whatever academic goals she sets for herself. There is only a few weeks left of school and we want to finish the school year of strong before we hit the road again. So many adventures to come and we couldn't be more excited.
Sunday, April 8, 2018
This little lady is seven... I can't believe it. It has been seven years exploring this earth with her and I have enjoyed every single moment. She is such an independent lady and I love watching her grow. Happy Birthday Audrey Irene... let the adventure continue.
This past week we were off for spring break. We headed down south to L.A. and all the way north to Portland and Seattle. We had such an amazing time and so saw so many interesting sights and explored so many places. We head back to school and work tomorrow and are excited to finish the school year off strong and work our hardest to end the school year off successfully. We are also excited because in less than two months we will be heading to Europe for a month and can't not wait to nonstop explore. I hope to be posting our spring break adventures soon.
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