Sunday, May 24, 2015

Rocky Mountain Kids




Easter Morning!



A week in Colorado Springs last month went something like this:

-Checking into the most exquisite and glamorously antiquated hotels I've been to (The Broadmoor). 
-Also feeling grateful for the 5 star service. Everyday after John would leave for work, the boys and I would stroll up to the main hotel entrance to either retrieve our rental car or walk the grounds (which are stunning, complete with a huge playscape, lake, walking paths, etc.) and were greeted by no less than four smiling happy faces giving their salutations to my children, and to make sure we had everything we needed. Luke got sick, which I'll get to later, and threw-up all over the floor and chair in our room. I regrettably called housekeeping for help, and the kindest man dressed in full hazmat attire arrived promptly with toxic waste bags and a giant steam cleaning machine. Within 7 minutes it was as if nothing ever happened. I felt like we were the Royal Family.
{front of the hotel, and playscape on-site at the hotel}

-Lots of work meetings for John (we were in CO to tag along for his business trip)
-Easter Sunday spent brunching, which was a thrill in itself. Luke was not well-behaved during brunch, which we later realized was due to the fact that he was suffering from altitude sickness, so I wasn't able to capture photos of the incredible spread.
-A visit to Garden of The Gods to marvel at the "reddish pink rocks." (Jack)
-A visit to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to marvel at the giraffes and suffer from an all-out-freak-out once arriving at the reptile encounter (Jack), and promptly booked it back to the car.

-Lots of quiet walks to catch that dose of rocky mountain high air, and to swoon over the dozens of restored old homes sprinkled around the hotel property.
-Bowling for the first time as a family IN our hotel, which had an amazing---beautiful, actually---bowling alley with an attached restaurant and game room.

-Searching for deer who roamed the surrounding neighborhood of the hotel.
-Trying to always manage the balance between practicality and spontaneity when traveling with two young kids. 


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Laguna Has My Heart





Back in March we met up with our Texas family in Laguna/Newport Coast. What was supposed to be two days of cousins playing and husbands golfing turned into a 6 day proper vacation. Basically, we were spoiled rotten by the Pelican Hill Resort (we have never seen rooms as massive and comfortable) and didn't want to leave! That's the bonus of traveling just 75 minutes away from where you live...no flight changes/fees necessary if you decide you want to extend your trip. Despite being so close to home, sometimes it felt like we were a world away. With the exception of the summer months and a few times a year when special festivals and events take over the small town of Laguna, it's quiet and peaceful. It's also stunning with plenty of breathtaking coves and lush beaches, and that my friends, is one desirable combo: feeling like you have your own private paradise when on vacation. While we love living where we do, there will never be a day (unless early in the morning or on a bad weather day) were we can hang by the beach and then roll into town without fighting a small crowd. Another notable difference is there aren't many (maybe only one?) legit ocean-front/direct beach access sprawling resort hotels in San Diego. The South O.C. area?--There are plenty and if you can manage it, I wouldn't miss the opportunity to stay at one of them because they are phenomenal. 

Related: this post about a weekend away in Laguna Beach John and I took together for our anniversary in 2012.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Look Back...




DATE NIGHT


GRUMPY BABY & LESSONS IN FLOWER-TOUCHING ETIQUETTE 


FAMILY VISIT


AQUARIUM HANGS


THUMBS UP FOR THE EASTER BUNNY AT THE ZOO!



Sharing some moments from the past 2.5 months, some of which were absent from my Instagram (shocker!). There are two big events I still need to write about: our family time in Laguna/Newport Coast and our trip to Colorado Springs, but in between all the traveling were some really nice memories made here at home. 

Jack is chatty, into role-playing with his toy Navy jets and cars, builder of legos and adamant that I guard his creations from his destructo little brother, enjoys athletics and sports but his heart belongs to pretend play and imaginative pastimes, afraid of most bugs and insects but lover of dogs, curious about life's great mysteries like "why is milk white?", fiercely independent but definitely not growing out of the wanting-to-sleep-in-our-bed-and-cuddle phase, needs a lot of "privacy" after coming home from school to play by himself or rest on the couch, still obsessed with Batman, taking fewer and fewer naps, confident, silly, and full of physical impulses (Oy!)

Luke is sensitive and uneasy being without someone he trusts completely, fiercely dependent/attached, obsessed with "sups"--pronounced "soups"--otherwise known as Superman, makes a loud excited scene whenever a plane flies overhead, prefers is sleeping on the bottom bunk now...but who am I kidding he still doesn't "sleep" consistently, is starving by Noon and will straight-up split an entire burrito bowl WITH salsa AND lettuce AND steak with me from Chipotle, considers most anything that does not involve sitting my lap and being catered to an utter tragedy and cause for a mood shift...like I said, he's sensitive, such a comedian when he comes out of his shell, reserved but quite physical when he feels comfortable, blonde and curly-haired and olive-skinned and everything adorable. 



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Woodland Baby Shower




 Sharing the photos of a "woodland/garden baby shower" I hosted at my house this past February. The mother-to-be is a sweet friend, whose requests were "no pink" and "a lot of chocolate." With a TON of help from my three fellow co-hosts, who brought in flowers fit for a wedding bouquet, influences from an interior design background, and even homemade desserts that could have passed for professional bakery creations, we nailed the woodland wonderland vibe.  About those desserts----we had vibrant teal French Macarons, homemade chocolate bark, homemade chocolate dipped strawberries, homemade teal onesie sugar cookies, chocolate cupcakes, Elderberry cupcakes, and a purple and blue ombre cake. I'm still on a sugar high! I'm finding so much joy with party planning and the little details of creativity that go into a theme.