We are still here in Mexico and enjoying our time together in this lovely, lovely place. We hoped this would be, planned for it to be an investment in our family: giving us time together to learn (or perhaps just remember) what is most important to us…what we really need versus what we want. And it has been that and more.
Hands down, this is her favorite mode of transport.
Pink blooms and boats all lined up with the tide.
Kids playing in the surf, where the river meets the sea
Have we mentioned that she LOVES her Mountain Heather hat?!
Observations with Papa
Midday walk to the waterfall in town.
Great place for watching birds, boats, kids, the sea, and everything. (Also great for seeing whales, dolphins, manta rays, fish, sea turtles, etc. — but we’re not sure Mia has noticed those things that are more difficult to pick out.)
Mama & Mia at dinner. Well, technically after dinner since we were playing in the sand.
Mia and Mia! We met a family with two girls, who enjoyed playing with Mia. The elder daughter was also named Mia.
Who is happy to be in Yelapa?
She got a kick out of having this flower behind her ear.
The Mia Train: These girls were having a blast playing together at an art opening (photo exhibition), while Gabriella and her Tropical Orchestra played music.
Our favorite beach: much smaller than the main beach, and less crowded, more shade, more relaxed and tranquil environment.
Dancing with Susan at Cafe Bahia (Susan is good friend, chef extraordinaire, and owner of Cafe Bahia).
Not a bad view for doing dishes, eh?
Morning beach time
Walking, walking all the time. Getting oh-so-close to walking on her own! (No hurry, of course.)
It isn’t easy to get away/escape/vacation for a good chunk of time…especially in a culture that values workaholism above most other things. We’re feeling quite lucky and privileged to be able to do this. And, also (albeit a bit shy/timid/boastful to admit it), proud of the work that we did to make this happen. Isn’t it interesting that the things we invest time and energy into are the things that blossom and thrive? I try to remind myself of this continually.
And now, the sea is calling us out to play…Abrazos!
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