Monday, January 17, 2011

Family Holiday 2010 (Part 1)

Happy 2011!

I am back and finally have a moment to sit and write. We moved out of our Paitilla apartment on December 17th and put everything into my mother's garage and then left for our Christmas vacation on the 18th. A little hectic but the anticipation of our 2 week retreat on the aqua beaches of Tulum, Mexico was keeping me going.

Abel and I have been to Tulum 3 times prior and it is our favorite beach getaway. It is heaven with pink shell speckled white sand and crystal clear waters. There is a strip of eco resorts far away (one and a half hours drive) from the craziness of the the strip-mall-all-inclusive-spring-break destination that is Cancun.

Our first trip was on our honeymoon, another a year later and then with little Aiyana when she was 10 months old. And now we were back with two babes! Time flies! this time we met my brothers, sister, her beau and our sweet niece Bella along wiht my little sis, my mom and her husband at an amazing house rented for the holidays (thank you mom and david!!).

Our little slice of paradise

We were secluded from everything and could hear the crashing waves from our window. I slept like a log every night and relished in the serenity, the quiet, the fresh air. It nourished dormant cells in my body.

my girls were free to run and play everyday in the sand and waves. It was sweet to see them enjoy this sacred place especially after living in an apartment for a year. I felt us sink deep into the arms of mother earth.

the rooftop deck was a good place for sweet conversation

I love, love, love my family. There are 5 of us kids and us 2 older sisters have very special mates and delicious daughters. So, all in all we are a herd of 12 and we all stayed under a single roof for two weeks with no yelling and minimal tears. We are all very easy going and appreciate these moments once a year where we get to love on each other. Oh, we have our issues. Don't get me wrong. It is not all peaches. But, we have much love for each other and truly soak in the time we have. It is yummy!

Isabella Grace is my precious 10 year old niece whose imagination is endless and her patience is strong. Aiayana and Bella were lost most days in their own beautiful world of babies, restaurants, fairies....we cried hard tears when we left and Aiyana asked on the plane ride home "does Bella miss me?"

more to come.............


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Anonymous said...

Ah... It was such a lovely time! :)

mark johnston said...


love the photo with ayianna and isabella on the beach.