The Week Long Get-Away in Pictures

2016-06-20 12.47.41 - edit We had a fabulous trip to Mexico (a resort an hour south of Cancun) all thanks to my mom who sponsored us and enjoyed it with us. The most startling news is that Spencer is now willingly putting his face in the water and holding his breath (say what?!), which he hated and freaked out about before. So thank you crystal-clear waters and interesting fish! I’m looking forward to his swim lessons in a week to see how he uses his newfound skills.

2016-06-20 12.50.03 - edit 2016-06-21 07.03.03 - edit 2016-06-21 15.21.43 - editWe sure enjoyed spending so much time at the beach, every morning. 2016-06-22 17.01.55 - edit 2016-06-22 17.07.36 - edit 2016-06-22 17.04.12 - editThe free drinks were a huge plus when we hung out there. I only indulged in a morning drink twice, most of the time it was the afternoon beach laze. Such nice beaches – much much nicer than the place we stayed at in Puerto Vallarta when Spencer was 11 months old. And the water! So blue! So clear!

2016-06-22 16.53.47 - editLoved watching the thundershowers roll by.

While we were taking a tour of Tulum (Mayan ruins) we got hit with not one, but two storms! They both dowsed us very well. The second one was actually the start of a mild tropical storm that continued to get bigger (but amounted to nothing huge by the time it completed it’s course). We watched it from the cliff in the ruins coming at us over the water. It was almost surreal, and beautiful. And so very, very warm. The rain here in Saskatoon is cold and unfriendly, and though Spencer would disagree with me, the rain in Mexico was warm and enjoyable.

IMG_4533 - editHeading into the area of the city

IMG_4536 - editFirst look at the ocean from Tulum. Two storms – one on the left and one on the right. IMG_4544 - editIMG_4541 - editAfter the first soaking, with the Mayan temple in the background. IMG_4549 - editHe’s a fake-smile. He was not pleased with the rain. In fact, he told Andy, “I’m not happy. I used to be happy, but I’m not happy anymore” in regards to how he felt about being in the rain storm. You can see that second tropical storm coming at us in the background. The white waves in the background are a part of a huge reef that protected the shore. The guide was telling us it’s the second-largest reef in the world, but it just seems unlikely since I could see the whole edge of it, but maybe I’m wrong. I can’t seem to find any validating info about that. IMG_4550 - editHello second storm! IMG_4554 - editBut oh! That blue! Worth the storm. Wish we had time to have gone swimming here.

2016-06-23 20.20.14 - editBack at the hotel, they had 6 or 7 restaurants for us to choose from each evening. Andy and I went to a Tapas one for a date night. Andy got the Chicken with Teriyaki foam. He thought they were kidding about the foam. 2016-06-23 18.16.26 - editHappiness wasn’t always a given, though.

2016-06-24 06.3-0.48 - edit2016-06-24 06.50.25 - editEarly one morning Spencer and I headed out to explore while it was quiet and everyone else was sleeping. We observed the fish and then headed across the beach through the other resort to watch the waves crashing in.

2016-06-24 11.19.56 - edit 2016-06-25 12.05.05 - edit 2016-06-25 12.21.36 - editIt’s always a curious occasion when someone says, ‘Here, hold my beer.”

IMG_4511 - edit IMG_4512 - edit2016-06-24 09.40.54 - editThe girls just loved, loved, loved riding the small waves into the beach. I taught Spencer how to predict the waves coming so as to be able to “ride” them (like surfing). He was very good by the end at figuring out when to ride a wave! I was very proud of him!2016-06-24 10.30.00 - editEnjoying all the cervesa he could possibly while we were there.

2016-06-24 19.46.26 - editSomeone got a-hold of Nana’s sunglasses. 2016-06-25 09.49.59 - editAndy’s expression perfectly describes his experience of the heat. If you know Andy, you know he hates the heat. 2016-06-25 19.36.29 - editLast night at the resort this girl and I took an extra long walk back to the room. 2016-06-26 07.45.09 - editThe morning we left I got up extra early and enjoyed some peace and quiet to pray and enjoy coffee. I should have done this every morning I was there, it was so amazing.

2016-06-26 17.18.57 - editSo long, Mexico (picture is part of Cancun). Until we meet again.

Easter Wednesday

We had an absolutely gorgeous day today! It may have rained some early morning, but from about 8-3pm it was beautiful, dry, and even extremely sunny for long periods of time! I had my mom’s group this AM and it was our last hurrah at Corinne’s place as her babe’s due in 3 weeks, so we had a potluck after our chat, for which I made fresh (yummy!) tortillas and brought along cheese, meat, and salsa to fill them with. Hurrah for tasty foods….strangely, most people brought sweets, which makes me wonder if as a group we seem to have a sweet tooth…so I had a great fill of tasty treats with lunch. Or perhaps I should say I had some real food on the side of the treats? At any rate, I think one of the older kids gave Spencer some sweet stuff (probably to keep him from yelling…I don’t blame them) and he wouldn’t have any of that ‘real’ food after that. Ah well. One day out of …. most … days isn’t terrible.

After most of the moms left the few of us decided to sit outside to enjoy the sun and warm wind while the kids played in the yard….it was amazing! I’m so excited for the warm weather! Spencer, for the first time that he can remember, played on the lawn. He didn’t know what to do about the soil/grass/leaves….I think they poked his hands some because he kept pulling his hands off the ground and holding them up as if they were dirty or soiled (which I’ve noticed he’s started doing once he notices he has peanut butter or jam or something else sticky on them). For the longest time he wouldn’t move from his spot because he wasn’t willing to put his hands down. But then there was chalk the other kids were using on the sidewalk, and if that won’t get him moving, nothing will (but Mom, chalk goes in my mouth! Why are you taking it away?!)

And tonight we had nachos with homemade guacamole and salsa! Super yum! Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of it, so you won’t be enjoying that tomorrow. However, here is a picture from Tuesday’s meal!

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