Part two of our Hawaiian vacation, sans Berlin. We enjoyed an amazing day cruising around the island; hiking through river beds, and basking in beautiful waterfalls while Berlin spent the day at the beach with her Nana.
It was without a doubt the best day of our vacation (however I did miss our little one quite a bit, not going to lie…).
Every year we discuss getting away and enjoying our Christmas on a tropical beach rather than spend our time in airports going from one family to another, and this year we finally did it. Well sort of anyway, at least we got away for New Years and a week after.
After much deliberating over a location, we finally landed ourselves on Maui, Hawaii. We went back and forth over traveling to a more exotic location, such as Belize, but eventually landed on Hawaii due to its safety and connivence of accommodating a toddler. While it was not as exotic as we hoped, it turned out to be a perfect mid-winter vacation, and Berlin was in absolute heaven.
Hope you all enjoyed your holidays as well!
A magical evening at the beach; the tide was amazingly low, the sky, a breathtaking mixture of pinks and oranges, and I was accompanied by my favorite people.
Sadly it was difficult to get any good photos of Berlin, not only does she dart around at lightening speed, but within the last couple of weeks, she has suddenly grown fearful of all things “unfamiliar,” Halloween decor being one of them. I have never seen as scared as I did when we walked into the party store with all the Halloween paraphernalia, she nearly lost her mind in crippling fear. So needless to say, Halloween trick or treating is going to be interesting-if it happens at all.
My dad has been visiting from Colorado for the past week and we had the pleasure of showing him around the bay. It was a wonderful excuse for us to get out of our rut and go explore the beauty that is Northern California. In all my years living in the bay area, I had yet to see the famous lighthouse at Point Reyes National Seashore. If you are ever in the bay area I highly recommend you explore this area. The drive to the lighthouse entails miles of endless scenery, with twisting, winding roads through redwood trees, farmland and views of the coastline for as far as the eye can see. Its a bit of a hike to the base of the lighthouse, with over 300 steps, but well worth the exercise. If you do make the trek, make sure to stop by Point Reyes Station for an awesome farm to table lunch and drop by the Farmers Market to stock up on the most fresh, best tasting local produce.
I was fortunate enough to spend most of June traveling. I spent nearly two weeks visiting friends and family in Southern California and another week in Oregon. I have to admit, I’m feeling quite spoiled.
Both were perfect vacations with lots of sun and time spent with the family. In addition, there was lots of family to care for Berlin, so I could get some much needed rest.
This was also the first legitimate family vacation we have had since Berlin was born, so it was an extra special trip for us, traveling as a family of three.
These past few weeks have been amazing, with the weather being so beautiful, we have enjoyed so much of the outdoors and our breathtaking city. Now that Berlin is walking, it feels like we are experiencing the city for the first time. Everything has a new level of excitement, and the most simple activities are awe-inspiring adventures. There are so many places to explore and so much beauty to be seen in this city and beyond, and I look forward to introducing Berlin to every inch of it.
In honor of Ryan’s birthday, this past weekend, we headed up north to the hot springs and enjoyed a three day weekend together. It was rare and so very necessary.
We danced, drank tequila, swam, ate good food, relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company. It was a perfect birthday celebration and a wonderful rejuvenation of our spirit.
Is it okay that I’m jealous of my daughter? I mean come on, this kid has it so good! Not only does she have two parents that love her to death, but she is growing up in most amazing city; San Francisco.
There is an abundant amount of activities for kids here, all of which are awesome (and sometimes free). Once a month the museums about the city grant free admissions for either a day or a full weekend.
This past weekend, we lucked out with the Academy of Science being free the entire weekend, so we went twice. I swear this kid has seen more culture than I experienced the first twenty years of my life.
As you can see here, we are making quite the progress with Berlin’s walking. She insisted on walking the entire museum (with help of course), but we are so pleased with her progress!
We made the leap and got ourselves an annual pass to the San Francisco Zoo. Its ten minutes from our home, has an amazing playground, and paid for itself in two visits (so we couldn’t go wrong!).
I’ll just go ahead and warn you now, its most likely you will be seeing a lot of images from the zoo, so prepare yourself now…
Also, please check out my guest post over at Dani + Lola. Berlin and I did a little style post in our skinny jeans & hi-tops.
While you’re there, please stay and check out Dani’s blog; she has a real sense of style and her daughter’s adorable.