Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Inhale/Exhale


It has been forever since I have been to this space. LIFE... it can get so busy and just drain you dry. However, life is good and I just needed a reminder to slow down and that not everything needs to get accomplished right this moment. The pictures above are of my Grandma's home. It was so peaceful there and she was and is such a constant reminder to just breathe and that everything will be okay. 

We had an amazing Summer and I hope to share that soon. For now though... we are back at school and work. We have a few little road trips planned here and there but no big travels planned. So who knows where we will end up... I hope somewhere new!! 

Reminder: INHALE/EXHALE

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Finding Places Pt. 2


 

These pictures are way over due but I suppose better late than never. We are well into Summer over here and enjoying every second but more on that later...

So during the Spring we made our way up north to Oregon and Washington. We even made it to Seattle on a whim. We spent a few hours in the city and did the most touristy thing we could find...the ferris wheel. Audrey loved it and I did not move the whole entire time we were on the ride. Heights are not my friend and Audrey thought it was hilarious. We didn't stay in the city too long, we just wanted a small taste and needed time to drive back to Portland. We actually did a lot of driving during this trip...we even drove through a snow storm and I screamed the whole time. We are truly California girls and are not familiar with snowy drives but we somehow managed. We also got to see waterfalls and went for small hikes. Also, Audrey got to see a Alpaca farm on the side of the road...so random but so fun. I think the coolest part of our trip is when we got to see the airplane home. It was seriously something you don't see everyday and I am so happy Audrey got a chance to see it. If you have the time check out this guy and his creative home...

Monday, June 4, 2018

Finding Places Pt. 1



During Spring Break we had a chance to road trip to Southern California and then all the way north to Oregon and Washington. It's amazing how far one little car can take you. We love finding places in hidden spots, that most people do not get to see. I love that Audrey is always on the look out for places to adventure to as well. These places are not just filled with art but have history too... I always do my best to research these buildings and find the story behind it. During our trip we also stopped to do some hiking and see some scenic views. It was such a nice time spent with my kid and my sister and all the memories we continue to make together... 

More pictures to come on our trip later...

Friday, June 1, 2018

A Little Party




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

School Life



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

Seven



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

Tulum Magic Pt. 3


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