Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Spain: Marbella, Gibraltar, Ronda and Seville

The highlight of this summer was definitely our trip to Spain.  It was our first trip to Europe with the girls and things could not have gone smoother.  The flight was a breeze and while they never fully adjusted to the time change (they went to sleep at midnight every night!) that actually worked in our favor as Spanish people only sit down for dinner at 10 pm.  We swam, relaxed, hiked and explored different cities (with minimal whining when they had to do a lot of walking).  

View from our room in Marbella. (each lounge chair had a button that you press and someone magically appears to get you drinks, food, towels, etc.)
 Ape's Den in Gibraltar (Violet was the only one brave enough to pet them)
 Best tomatoes I've ever tried (Ronda, Spain)
 Palacio de Mondragon
 Alcazar of Seville

 The real reason why Spain was amazing: gelato!!!
 Plaza de Espana in Seville

Summer in the City

With our summer house rented, we took the opportunity to take lots of local mini trips.  We picked peaches at Alstede Farm, rode roller coasters at Dutch Wonderland, explored Storybook Land, ate out, went to shows, and enjoyed our wonderful city.

Getting ready for back to school

Ivy is 5!

I can't believe that I am no longer a mom to a baby or a toddler or even a pre-schooler.  I am a full on mom to school age children.  How and when did this happen?  I am still 29, surely this can't be!  
Ivy is now 5 and about to start kindergarten.  Her Birthday was filled with celebrations (3 to be exact!), a show, and tons of presents.  She's only 5 yet I can already see that she shares her mom's odd sense of humor and the lack of sensitivity.  But it's not all bad: she's funny, makes friends easily, loves to play win games, adores outdoor activities (especially hiking), loves to come up with solutions for life's small challenges, and is more determined than anyone I've ever met.  Ivy, you're our little firecracker and may you keep on sparkling!