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Puerto Escondido

This past weekend we flew to Puerto Escondido in Mexico. David visited this surf town 12 years ago, as a young hopeless romantic gazing into the sunset feeling like Ryan Atwood. So when we decided to move down to Mexico for the fall he said we needed to visit Puerto. We decided it would be a good idea to plan a vacation for ourselves halfway through our 4 month trip. We also came down here to do a photoshoot for a non-profit shop we will be launching soon at a location we booked in the tropical desert.

I thought the beach sounded great but getting there did not! It’s not far the way the crow flies, but there are only small winding mountain roads to get there, about a 7 hour drive that everyone we talked to confirmed your kids will vomit. Soundsssss awesome. But after some digging on the internet we found a pilot that does the flight most days in his little cessna, he books via whatsapp and you pay him cash when you land haha. My fear of small planes also made this option sound terrifying. But after hearing that he’s done this flight roughly 10,000 times (!!!) I felt a little reassured and said yolo. The plane in the photo above, was the “big” one we took home, the way there was a tiny little VW bug in the sky.

We visited the infamous surf beach, Zicatela, one morning and as beautiful as it was it was totally ruined by a little miss Poppy. She was hot, tired, and whining. We realized that our days of laying on the beach watching the waves are better saved for an adult only vacation and that hermiting ourselves at the resort for the weekend by the pool was the way to go when trying to relax with little ones.

Waking up to the sound of waves and beautiful sunrises is probably by favourite thing about the beach! Every morning I went out on the patio before the kids were up and did yoga (thanks to the French man that lent me his yoga mat) with this view, bliss!!! I could do that every day for the rest of my life and not get tired of it. Also nap times spent at a swim up bar happy hour aren’t so bad either, I’ll take those every day too.

The surf was quite rough at the beach we stayed at but that didn’t stop David from diving in. He found an old beach bum lifeguard (that talked exactly like Crush from Nemo) to take him out into the water and learn how the currents work. When he asked him if they should worry about sharks “Crush” responded with “There are plenty of fish in the sea bro…”. David said it was maybe the best 45 minutes of his life (I was slightly offended by that haha….). When we got home, he had already started looking into buying a wetsuit, as he was planning on taking up surfing lessons. As there were a lot of suits to choose from, he came across a review recommending something like the O’Neill wetsuits to buy online. You didn’t have to tell him twice. He was ready to get this and straight onto the phone to book some lessons. He was so serious about it all. I’m glad he was able to find something he loved on our trip.

It was really good to face my fear of small planes, I actually wake self up regularly from dreams of our family going down in a plane. This season of life has been all about overcoming my fears & anxieties each little one at a time, and it really is freeing. I’ve definitely learnt that there is no such thing as chasing safety, so why try.

I’ll post a video soon of more beach shenanigans and releasing baby turtles into the ocean!

Poppy These Days

Poppy is 3.5 on creeping up on 4 years old (in January). I can’t believe she has been around for the majority of our marriage now, It makes sense though, I really can’t remember what life was like before her. She is becoming funnier by the day, I really enjoy seeing her creativity and sense of humor develop. We have one rule though… no lame jokes. If the punch line to your knock knock joke is “bum bum” you will receive no pity laughs from us, try again. If you’re going to be the next Kristen Wigg you need to practice up.

Ten things about Poppy these days:

  1. Her favourite song is Nothing Compares To You by Sinead O’Connor  (yes!)
  2. The longer a dress or skirt is the better; more princess like.
  3. Underwear is usually off for the day by 11am.
  4. She likes to impersonate people while making a face like Jim Carey
  5. She won’t let me cut her hair because she’s going to look like Rapunzel
  6. She is obsessed with the idea of going to Disneyland (ever since her older cousin went)
  7. She keeps mispronouncing “Easter Egg Hunt”… She drops the “egg” all together and replaces the “H” with a “C” (I’ll let you figure that one out) I have some great videos of her saying it that are too explicit for the internet
  8. She speaks gibberish to the kids here in Mexico because she assumes its the same as Spanish
  9. Wakes up every morning yelling “I WANT TO CUDDLE MY BROTHER!!!!”
  10. If I let her dress herself she would wear the most obnoxious pink & purple sparkly dresses every single day

Our second hand travel stroller find

Travelling with kids is an art form… It takes planning and equipment. Before we left for Mexico I was a bit of the classic frazzled wife trying to get everything organized with a long do list. One of the things that was most important to me was picking up a stroller that would be convenient for travelling. When looking at strollers it’s important to read reviews and ask people you know who have children who have used them. This is especially the case if you are looking for a specific type of stroller, like one that is good for travelling. A friend of mine told me about this isofix travel system that she got before she went on vacation, and this got me thinking that I too needed a new stroller for the kids. We already have two strollers at home; a single & a double – which I found by searching for the 7 Best Car Seat Strollers for Twins 2020 (although I don’t have twins, this is what came up with the best results for having two kids) – but neither of them fold up small and the double is quite heavy. So I wanted something more compact & light but we really didn’t want to spend money on one more thing for the trip. We were fortunate that we already had our own Stroller Buzz Universal Stroller Rain Cover & Weather Shield which might have been useful if the weather had not been so lovely!

Whenever I’m searching for baby gear I almost always look for used items first. Kijiji is a great resource in Canada for used items for pick up locally, I tend to go for used before new mainly because of the price. When kids outgrow gear so quickly it seems wasteful to spend the extra money on something new when you can likely find it in good enough condition used. It’s also always more environmentally responsible to purchase second hand.

I did my research on the top reviewed travel strollers and decided that the Joovy Caboose would be a perfect fit, and it has been! It folds up like an umbrella stroller, has one forward facing seat with a tray, a back seat for an older child to face forward or backward, and a standing board on the back which is great for Poppy so that she can just get on and off by herself.

I was so relieved when I found this stroller listed on Kijiji for $30 in our area, Score! We called the person and picked it up the next day. When you have a daunting to do list, making the tasks simple like that takes a weight off. I’m so thankful to have Kijiji as an online resource to be able to save money and find what we need because it really does make it more realistic for us to travel as a family. The $150 we saved buying this stroller used means we can spend it on a hotel room orrrr on an excessive amount of tacos.

What we are doing in Mexico

 

The idea of us going to Mexico first came up because we were told that their was a need for teachers at a school for kids of missionary families here. We had already thought we might want to do missions work for 3-4 months this fall so when we found out the semester was from September to December and received a few more nudges from God we realized this was the right direction for us.

We have been in Southern Mexico a little over 3 weeks now and I have been teaching a Photoshop class at a school for missionary children a couple times a week. We have been easing into other roles here so that we can allow time for our family to adjust to a new culture and rhythm of life.

David has started helping with a ministry that translates the bible into indigenous languages from the surrounding villages of where we live. Families dedicate years or decades to learning these languages by moving into the villages so that they can translate the bible audibly for these people who don’t read. They download the books of the bible onto these little devices that are solar powered so that they can hear about Jesus. It’s really an amazing ministry that so much effort and love goes into. Sharing God’s word with people who have never heard it is something that really excites David and I.

It hit me this week what a beautiful & sunny place we are living in. We have always wanted to live in a warmer climate and thats actually the entire reason we initially started looking to spend time away from Canada. But just adjusting to a different culture, language, and way of life in so many ways has been distracting that I hadn’t really paid attention to the sun, palm trees, cacti and heat. We’re starting to get the hang of not being able to consume the water coming out of the taps and are conquering the cockroaches, flies, and scorpion (lets hope that remains singular) that had made our house home before we arrived.

Since arriving we have felt 2 large, 1 medium, and 2 small earthquakes. If God wasn’t already teaching me to trust him enough already he’s really driving that point home. Our home has swayed and shaken but been safe, which we are so thankful for. The city where I teach experienced some more damage, including a collapsed hotel, and a handful of deaths. But there are many areas close by that need a lot of help recovering, so we are praying and doing what we can to provide them with what they need.

There are lots of opportunities to volunteer our time and resources here and we are trying to be intentional with what we do since we have to be careful how much of ourselves we commit when little humans need us. But we are really excited to just be here and to be learning so much from God everyday. Realizing that doing God’s work is of the greatest value to us, and thankful to be away from our hometown for a while, though we love it and especially love the people there is so much distraction living in such a wealthy area of the world. I’m very inspired by the “simplicity” of life here and major sense of community they embrace.



 

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