Mexico [as per Brynlee]

“What’s that red bag?”
“Are those orange spicy chips?”
“Yes? Or no?”

#1 fav thing: swimming and playing the ‘dolphin game’ with Eli & Molly

Fav thing to eat: Mint chocolate ice cream from the cafe down the street

Fav drink: smoothies and the last bit of Mommy’s coffee

Fav stories: A Perfect Patient, Cowboy Mickey and Super Spooky Sleepover

Loved watching the Animal Planet. Particularly shows about snakes, baby puppies and animal rescues

Made friends with many Mexican puppies: Lola, Scarlette, Rosco and Focus

Would rather be hot and cold. ?????????

Thought sharing a room with her sister was pretty cool

Turtles released: 3
Names: Goopy, Yes and No
When asked what she think they’re doing now: “I think they’re swimming and trying to find the coin I threw”

Horses rode: 1
Name: Ranch

Dolphins trained: 2
Names: ________ & _________

Orange Spicy Chips

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 certainly a great decision as the Edmonton area experienced a ‘polar vortex’ for virtually the entire month of February. Environment Canada issued extreme cold warnings nearly every single day… resulting in an absurd 60°C temperature difference!

The last time we took the girls to Mexico was in November of 2017. Brynlee was 2 ½ and Jess was 8 months. Apparently I didn’t blog about it… & thinking back, my fuzzy memory just includes Jessie being super miserable & irritable while cutting a gazillion teeth.

Luckily, Mexico has grown on Jess and she now enjoys it 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 young children extremely worth it.

Unsurprisingly our little fish spent every possible second swimming in the pool and making up games. She also enjoyed chasing the waves on the beautiful sandy beach.

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 staying at my parents’.

Having their cousins there certainly made an already amazing experience even more exciting. Growing up, I did not have the luxury of living close to any of mine, so seeing them play together made my heart burst.

Craig and I enjoyed a number of excellent full body massages at the spa just down the street. We walked down to the Bucerias square for churros & cotton candy at night, where Brynlee inevitably made new friends every single time. We also indulged in three once in a lifetime experiences: horseback riding on the beach during sunset; swimming with dolphins; and releasing baby sea turtles into the ocean.

At the conclusion of Brynlee’s session of swimming with the dolphins, she was concerned that she never got to feed the dolphins any treats or get them to do tricks (as per her favourite movie A Dolphin Tale). Thus, the trainer came over and asked if she wanted to do something that no else ever gets to do… Enter Brynlee the dolphin trainer! We were actually quite shocked that she actually picked up the fish!! She was ecstatic!

While Craig and Brynlee swam with the dolphins, I got to be a spectator and take some pictures. I also made a new friend ^^^ This little guy definitely tried to make his way into the dolphin pools

We actually did the turtle release twice because it was such a neat opportunity. Below is a video of Jess & Craig. It is probably the cutest and my most favourite video of Jess to date.

Maui Bucket List

sunset

EATS

  • Duke’s Beach House
  • Slappy Cakes
  • The Fish Market Maui
  • Aloha Mixed Plate
  • Fleetwood’s on Front Street
  • Kihei Caffe
  • Paia Fish Market
  • Ono Gelato
  • Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice
  • Honolulu Cookie Co.
  • Paia Gelato

BEACHin’

  • Kahekili Beach
    • Surfing and SUP
  • Ka’anapali Beach
  • Baby Beach
    • Snorkeling
  • Ulua Beach
  • Makena Beach
    • Snorkeling around Molokini Crater

FUN

  • Lahaina
    • Play at the Banyan Tree Park
    • Visit the Lahaina Animal Farm
    • Hit up Friday Art Night in Lahaina
    • Ride the Sugar Cane Train between Ka’anapali and Lahaina
  • Whale Watching
  • Road to Hana – Twin Falls
  • Attend a Luau or Ulalena
  • Drive up to Haleakala
    • Surfing goat dairy farm
    • Ali’i Kyla Lavender Farm
  • Go on a hike
    • Waihee Ridge Trail
    • Iao Valley
  • Maui Ocean Centre & Mini Golf and Sports Park
  • Atlantis Submarine
  • Take a helicopter tour of the island
  • Send the boys for a round of golf
  • Target. duh…

 

This is Three

birthday dancing

We had the most amazing time celebrating Brynlee’s third birthday in Maui. We ogled at fishies during the day at the Maui Ocean Centre & enjoyed some deep dish at Lahaina Pizza Company in the evening. To top off the day our little was serenaded with Happy Birthday by the entire restaurant before enjoying a scrumptious birthday dessert.

Our little girlie has big thoughts, wild dreams and a crazy imagination. She loves horses and wants to be an astronaut (& a million other things) when she’s older. Her favourite colour is blue, she loves hard and is adored by her entire family. She is eager to learn, help and explore the world around her. She is compassionate, thoughtful and often the loudest one in the room. When you hear her full bellied laugh or see her ear to ear grin, you can’t help but smile & chuckle to yourself.

She made me a mama & this is three.


Favourites

Colour: blue & green (just like Daddy)

Number: 5 4 2 3 4 5 blast off

Book: Oopsie Daisy Here Comes Maisy

Food: chocolate & orange spicy chips (Mexican Doritos)

Drink: chocolate milk and white milk

Animal: all of them. But dogs & horses and cows

Toy: Bunny Bunbun & blankie

Shape: triangles

Thing to do at the park: go down the slide & under duckie on the swings

Thing to do in the backyard: throw a ball for Floydie

Best friend: all of my cousins


Silly words she cannot pronounce

  • elevator : alligator
  • ambulance : angalince
  • school bus : scoobus
  • hospital : hostipull
  • animal : aMimal
  • nutella : hella-tella
  • paw patrol : paw t’trol

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Banff, Alberta

Earlier this month we headed down to Banff, Alberta. Both girls did exceptionally well on the drive and Jessie saw the Rocky Mountains for the first time ever! Mom & Dad were able to snowboard for the first time in F O U R years and it was [thankfully] just like riding a bike! Papa & Lola treated us to some delicious dinners and before heading home we made the mandatory pit stop at the Banff Candy Store for some delicious goodies!

Ps – if you ever want the Banff Candy Store/Banff Ave all to yourself, visit on a weekday at 10am!

Banff

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