Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Week 31

Hola! We had a fantastic vacation in Mexico last week, and I have many pictures to share.  The trip was short but sweet and ended up being a perfect length for the kids.  John and I could have easily stayed a few more days, but the kids were getting home sick and wanting to see their pets.  Now it's back to the rat race.  We only have 2 weeks left of summer before school starts!  How can that be? There is so much to do before then I can hardly keep it all straight, but let's not even go there.  Instead here are last week's pictures which are way more fun to think about.

Enjoy our journey:

Day 208- Monday, 7/27/15
Today is a packing day.  I had to work this morning and then run some errands, but now it's time to pack everything up and prepare for our trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  We leave for the airport at 4 am tomorrow.  Dang that's early!

Day 209- Tuesday, 7/28/15
The good thing about starting your travel day early is that you get to your destination in time to actually enjoy it a bit before heading to bed.  We arrived in Cabo San Lucas late afternoon and were able to check out the beach, the resort, the food, and our room.  This room is affectionately known as the turtle room because it was on the ground floor and the balcony opened up to a pond well stocked with turtles.  Brandon loved it and it was cool, but we soon realized that EVERYONE heading to the pool stopped to visit the turtles and had the perfect view of our balcony straight into our room.  There was way too much traffic and no privacy so we asked for another room.   Nothing was available today but they will move us tomorrow which is perfect.

Day 210- Wednesday, 7/29/15
This morning we headed out early to beat the heat and go zip-lining in one of the local canyons.  We had 8 zip-lines to work through and it was a blast.  It was fun that some lines required us to ride tandem which helped with the speed and distance on the longer runs so no one got stuck.  The only down side was the heat even with an early start and all the hiking between the lines which really wouldn't have been that bad if it wasn't so darn hot.  At least we had plenty of water.  We made it though just fine and would most certainly do it again.  When we returned to the resort we were greeted to a new room--the room with a view and privacy!  Now this I what I'm talking about.  You can't get a much better view than this.  After dinner John and the boys enjoyed night swimming in the pool which was perfectly lit by all the surrounding hotel lights.  It really is a beautiful resort.

Day 211- Thursday, 7/30/15
An ATV tour was on the schedule for today.  I thought it would be another hot one and it was hot out, but even with all the gear they had us wearing while we were riding we were not hot at all.  It was actually refreshing and a great way to tour the local landscape.  We rode by the beach and also in the desert.  I've never seen so many cactus in my life!  Once we got back to the hotel it was time to clean up, grab lunch, and then it the beach.  Our resort is perfectly located on an amazing beach overlooking the famous Cabo rock formations across the Sea of Cortez.  Cheers!

Day 212- Friday, 7/31/15
It's time to cross that sea and make our way out to those rocks.  We took a water taxi to Land's End so we could view Cabo's famous El Archo.  On the way back we stopped at Pelican Rock to snorkel for an hour before heading back across the sea to grab some lunch.  The boys were thrilled to see so many colorful fish, and the water temperature is perfect.  Just a short walk down the beach from our resort is a famous food place called The Office we were told to try out.  This is where we ate lunch right there in the sand, and Brandon, my birthday boy who is 11 today, was happy to grub on some steak tacos.  All the food was amazing.  Tyler and John enjoyed some fresh lobster tacos they say were to die for, and I had chicken tostadas that were super yummy.  Justin had a burger--lol!  Later that evening, to further celebrate Brandon's birthday, we ventured out on a Pirate-ship, sunset, dinner cruise that was a blast.  What was supposed to be our most relaxing day actually turned into quite a full day, but it's our last day here so it's good to go out with a bang ;0)

Day 213- Saturday, 8/1/15
Happy August!  I brought my monthly marker and Justin kindly posed on our balcony for me.  Sadly we are saying goodbye to Cabo and starting our journey home.  That went by fast!  We stayed at Pueblo Bonito Blanco and so enjoyed it.  The location is perfect, the view is amazing, the beach is swimmable (not all in Cabo are), the staff was super friendly always seeming to remember us, and the resort was in amazing shape.  You can see they take pride in having a well kept resort.  It's one of the smallest and oldest resorts there, but it doesn't feel like it at all.  I'd most certainly go back again and if any of you want to give it a try ask for room 230--the room with a view.  You won't regret it!

Day 214- Sunday, 8/2/15
We're home!  What a long journey yesterday was.  International travel is no joke especially with 5 people.  I've never stood in so many lines in my life.  At any rate, the first order of business today is a small family birthday party for Brandon.  He wanted a doughnut-tower, volcano, Jurassic World cake which was perfect for me because it was super simple to throw together.  How can my baby be 11 and soon be starting middle school?  Time flies!  *sigh*  Next order of business is laundry.  I hate vacation laundry, but it does feel good to be home.

Wait!  One more:

 July's Family Photo

This was obviously taken just before starting our zip-line adventure.  It was a super hot but fun day and an amazing canyon to zip through.  I'm so thankful they had photographers there and at the ATV place to help us get pictures that were impossible for me to get.

OK-all done!  Sorry for the picture overload.  I have so many great pictures it was hard to choose even these few.  Brace yourself for the weeks to come.  I wish I could say I am ready, but really I prefer vacation schedules and lack of commitments.  Who wouldn't?


  1. Wow!! What an amazing trip! So many fun activities and beautiful scenery. I love that you thought to bring your monthly marker for your August photo. You definitely had the perfect backdrop there. Glad you all had a great time and made it back safely. Happy Birthday to Brandon!

  2. Sounds like an amazing trip!! Love the action photos of the boys on the zip line. What a birthday in Mexico!

  3. What an awesome trip! Love all the pictures! The resort looks very nice. So glad you got to go! What great memories!!!