This February, we took a family trip down to my parents’ condo in Bucerias, Mexico (25 minutes north of Puerto Vallarta). We booked it just over a week in advance and altered our itinerary to 18 days from the 10ish days we originally had talked about. It was the absolute best decision as the Edmonton area experienced a ‘polar vortex’ for virtually the entire month. Environment Canada issued extreme cold warnings almost every day… resulting in an absurd 60°C temperature difference!
The last time we took the girls to the condo was November of 2017. So Brynlee was about 2 ½ and Jess was 8 months. Apparently I didn’t blog about it… & perhaps that’s because my fuzzy memory just includes Jessie being super miserable & irritable while cutting a gazillion teeth.
Luckily, Mexico has grown on Jess and she enjoyed it just as much as her sister! They shared a room and bonded in a way I couldn’t have imagined. It certainly made the long nights and busy days with two very young children, extremely worth it.
Unsurprisingly our little fish spent every possible second swimming in the pool and making up games. I recall her not being super thrilled about being in the ‘big’ pool on her own. However, this year accompanied by her fantastic water wings we were all comfortable with her just doing her thing – getting in and out of the pool, going from the small pool to the big pool – all by herself.
Our first few nights were spent next door in a very generous family friends’ unit. Brynlee got to sleep in her very first bunkbed and the girls were thrilled to be able to slip on sandals and hop, skip or jump their way over to see their cousins.
Having their cousins there with them certainly made an already amazing experience even more exciting. Growing up, I did not have the luxury of living close to any of my cousins. So seeing them play all together certainly made my heart explode.