Just came across this picture from The Marcy Stop and this color is killing me! Love it. My ombre color used to be more blonde but I axed it in the fall thinking I wanted darker hair for the season change. Doh! Now I really want this!
I mentioned that where we stayed was about a one mile hike outside of the city of Sayulita, and one day we decided to make that hike and explore a little bit. Our hotel (or whatever you wanna call it) provided us with some very funny and mysterious directions that said things like “past the red wall you will see an old horse trail, surrounded on both sides by barbed wire, follow the trail to the top of the road and go right at the Y… etc. It was hot and I was pregnant but we made it just fine, cryptic directions and all.
Somewhere along the dirt road between our hotel and town (near Playa de los muertos -appropriately named) was a cemetery which I found really pretty. Here’s just one shot of that:
Soon after, we arrived into town. It’s small and not unlike Puerto Vallarta. Shops consist of mostly cafes, taco stands/restaurants, a church, a small square and some trinket shops catered mostly to tourists. But it was fun to check it out and just get a change of scenery. We sat in the square for a bit (cooling off from our hike) and watched a few young boys play futbol as their father looked on and relaxed in the shade. As we got up to leave the father said to us “almost guys, almost” meaning that soon we would be watching our little boy play footie in the park.
We did a short lap around checking things out a bit, inhaling a few tacos and refreshing drinks and snapping a few photos before opting to grab a cab back to our hotel. Loved these mid century wire frame lounge chairs! How picturesque is this?! Let’s all just pretend we are there now okay?
These are by far my most favorite pictures we took while on our Babymoon. One night the sunset was amazing and weather was perfect and we were googly eyed in love so we set the timer on the camera and shot a series of photos like these:
I mean! Right? Pretty excited about these. And its kind of special that this was not part of a maternity shoot or anything it was just me and him, and our babe, on the beach, alone in Mexico- us against the world.
I have finally had a little time to go through our photos from Mexico and there are quite a lot of them! For that reason I will do several different posts, this first one being the longest. I will also include a separate post just about bathing suits for those of you that asked for that advice as well.
The place we chose to visit for our “Babymoon” was Sayulita Mexico. It’s a small town about 20 or 30 minutes outside of Puerto Vallarta. It used to be a bit more remote and just a little fishing town, but in years past it has become more popular, however it is still much more secluded and remote in comparison to Puerto Vallarta. The place we stayed was very slow and relaxing and about a one mile hike outside of the city of Sayulita.
We had our own little balcony patio with table where we could sit and enjoy the view of the ocean as we started our days or as we cooled off before heading to dinner each night.
Every hour of every day here was beautiful and as much as we loved soaking up all the sun we could, watching the sun set each night was equally as magical. The air was still warm and we would usually schedule dinner around the sunset so we could watch it go down as we ate and then take a short stroll on the sand before heading back to our room.
We did a ton of reading.
And virgin pina colada drinking
This boy is coo coo for coffee
Speaking of coffee, this was our morning ritual. Each day when we would wake up we brewed a pot of coffee and immediately headed out onto our balcony to read and sip as we started the day. It was so relaxing. No rushing to get anywhere or do anything. Just slowly taking in the day and the silence. I loved it so much I told John I wanted to try to bring a piece of that home. I know it won’t happen every weekend morning, with errands to run and dogs to walk and plans, but I want to remember how nice it was and on occasion just sit in the backyard and drink our coffee and read to start the day.
This was the private beach of the place we stayed
And my handsome husband
Thanks to our waiter for offering to take our picture! The entire staff here was amazing and super sweet and personal. I was flattered to find that several of them thought we were on our honeymoon (shotgun wedding?) because we appeared so happy and in love (after 12 years folks!) When seeing my big belly they each wanted to tell us about their own families and how many children they had and their ages. One waiter proceeded to tell John how he asked his wife for a fourth child but she told him “the baby factory is CLOSED”, and he then went on to tell him that this was the best gift he would ever receive- and then I died.
This is hilarious. John directed me to “go stand over there in the jungle” and then I got doused by the sprinkler.
Sadly saying goodbye at the airport
John and I have been having quit the nice little weekend and I wanted to share some of yesterday with you. We woke up and decided to combine the dogs morning walk with a visit to the farmers market. It was beautiful here yesterday in Santa Monica and even early it was nice and warm. Usually on weekends we rush to get the dog out on her walk and John is usually anxious to get things going which means I usually leave the house in yoga pants and no makeup so it was nice to be able to quickly ready myself for the day before heading out. We took a nice long family stroll in the sunshine (taking a few photos along the way)
my dress is from H&M Maternity.
Once at the farmers market we each got a fresh baked pastry and a cup of coffee. Then Peeps and I posted up under a tree and waited for John to grab some brunch ingredients (puppies are not allowed in the farmers market).
This photo makes my dress look scandelously short but I think it’s just that half of it is obscured by my giant belly. haha.
Speaking of my giant belly it really is quit charming how sweet total strangers can be about a pregnancy! I cant believe how many sweet people chatted with us and congratulated us on the baby. When we got our coffee the clerk asked when we were due and high fived John when we told him it was a boy. Walking home, a tough guy on a bicycle yelled “Congratulations guys!” as he passed and a woman we cross who was also walking her dog asked if this was our first, told us we were cute and said “enjoy it, it goes soo fast”. It’s really amazing how even total strangers get excited about the birth of a baby and I love how it can bring people together.
When we got back to the house John re-created a favorite dish from our favorite breakfast spot Huckleberry. And we took out into the back yard to enjoy a leisurely brunch in the yard.
In case you are wondering: It’s two eggs (mine over hard since I’m not supposed to have runny eggs), kale, garlic, cherry tomatoes, a little pesto and a sprinkle of bread crumbs and its mouth watering!
Even Peeps was in heaven.
Later, we laid out in the grass just to get as much of that great sunshine as possible where I started on crafting a new pair of baby booties for the little one. We managed to get some practical things done as well like laundry and dishes. And I even did a little work in the babies room.
I never felt like I was pushing myself too hard, but early that evening, after a yummy BBQ veggie burger dinner and a netflix date I found myself ready for bed at about 8:30!! I guess this whole pregnancy thing is catching up to me in the third trimester!!
As I write this (early Sunday afternoon) I already feel like taking a nap! We have a What We Do Films client meeting later with an awesome new couple whos wedding we will be shooting in a couple of weeks, maybe an afternoon sugary treat at our meet up will give me that second wind I need. hehe.
Hope you are all having a relaxing and fun weekend as well!!!
Friday night after work John and I made a last minute decision to go out to dinner. We tend to go to the same restaurants a lot. Mostly because we are kind of foodies and if we find a place we like we stick with it. But Friday night we chose a nearby thai place that we have never tried that seemed to have good reviews online. It was fancier than our usual pick up thai spot and it we had fun. I love embracing those spontaneous moments because my husband is typically very spontaneous and I know that some of that spontaneity will have to be put on hold for a while once the baby comes. It was a sweet night out with just the two of us.
We snapped a few silly pictures in the parking garage and I thought I would share them.
“Who you hang out with determines what you dream about and what you collide with.
And the collisions and the dreams lead to your changes.
And the changes are what you become.
Change the outcome by changing your circle.”
- Seth Godin (via SwissMiss)
Yay, we are so excited! We booked a “babymoon”. You know, one last honeymoon before the baby comes. One last quiet vacation with just the two of us.
John got some good work this month and we felt like we deserved and could afford a little mini trip to Mexico. We will be staying in Sayulita, a small surfing/fishing town about 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta for 4 days in April and we are super excited about it.
I bought 3 bathing suits, hoping one of them would work out. None of them are actually maternity suits (meaning they were also much more affordable-thank you Target & Ross). I actually thought all 3 were pretty good options and was having a hard time deciding so I did a little fashion show for John last night and bless his heart, he actually made me feel pretty damn good. Apparently, I still “got it” at 6 months pregnant in a one piece as far as my husband is concerned. God, I love that man.
In the end, I still couldn’t decide which suit I liked best. I was able to eliminate one of the 3 and then asked “I mean….maybe it’s okay for a Southern California pregnant girl to have more than one “pregnant swimsuit”….?” I know that the reality is – I only need one suit, but I cant promise that I’m not still considering keeping two.
Can’t wait to soak up the sun and relax with my husband on the beach! Toes in the sand, virgin pina coladas, seafood and peace and quiet….ahhhhh.
Last week over President’s Day weekend we headed up to Big Bear to visit with family. My grandparents live there and my parents (as well as my aunt and her boyfriend) were all going up there to visit. Since my folks live in Northern California and we don’t get to see them as often as we would like, we jumped at the chance to drive up and visit. It was great to see everyone and head into the mountains for a few days. We even managed to sneak in a quick visit with our friend Christina and her family who were also up there for the weekend.
There wasn’t as much snow as we anticipated but it was beautiful none the less. We took a few photos and I thought I would share them with you.
Happy Friday everyone!
Now that we know the baby is a boy, it’s been hard to resist buying cute things when I see them on sale. Target has had some pretty awesome clearance lately. (Like this Liz Lange maternity dress I picked up for $10) And they had some adorable baby stuff that I had to grab recently.
Early in the pregnancy John and I were at the outlet mall that is a stop along the way to Carpinteria and we were temped to buy some OshKoshB’Gosh overalls, but decided to wait.. There is something pretty adorable about a train conductor baby overall. Not to mention that they remind us of our own childhood.
Um and this little outdoorsman outfit? Get outta here! The soft flannel fabric, the cute little badge and the matching pants like Papa’s? Sold.
And because I am a sucker for elbow patches, I may have been forced to buy the toddler sweatshirt version of this design as well!
More elbow patches?! Yes please. This little onesie actually came with the overalls (so it was double the bargain) I may have switched the onesie that came with the non striped overall but that’s okay right? Anything is fair game when it’s Clearance right? Okay thanks, I feel better now. Oh, what do I care? Stop judging me.