Spring Break in Punta Mita 2019

We snuck away from the endless winter in Park City to get warm in Punta Mita.  The days were filled with beach, pool, snacks then repeat.  Johnny couldn’t get enough exploring for sea shells, rocks, and crabs.  Charlotte was in her mermaid element and also enjoyed collecting anything shiny on the beach.  She even set up shop at one point selling or trading her collections.  John and the kids created a new pool game called “Stinky Gorilla” where the kids would attack John and he would throw them across the pool.  I think John looked at it as a way to get some exercise, and the kids just thought it was fun!  I watched from afar and had several moments of a new found freedom with these adventurous, independent kids.

One highlight to remember was our family surf session.  All of us went out to catch a few small waves with surf guides.  John, Charlotte, and I stood up several times.  Johnny still might be a little young to stand up, but at least he got out on a board.  He ended up exploring the beach and was ecstatic to find a live sea urchin.

We were also thrilled to have some friends in Punta Mita at the same time.  One of Johnny’s best friends, Jane, and her family came to visit along with another fun Park City family.  The adults were able to steal away one evening to have a lovely dinner at our favorite spot, Sufi, while the kids stayed home to play.

Punta Mita continues to steal our hearts.  It is truly our happy place where we can completely relax.  There must be something in the air or the margaritas that keeps us coming back.

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Charlotte Turns 7

Charlotte… she’s like the sun, moon, and stars all at the same time.

She enters a room and fills it with light.  At times, I need to find shade but I’m always inspired by her confidence which allows her to see every new experience as an exciting conquest.  To her, this is Charlotte’s world and we’re all lucky to be in it.  She’s inquisitive, smart, creative, outgoing and seems to have endless energy.

When the night comes, Charlotte calms me with her wisdom.  Her favorite book right now is 100 Most Influential People and she asks daddy to read it to her every night.  Her questions are always from a place much older than 7.  Afterward, she asks for snuggles from mama so we can have some girl talk.  She likes to chat about her friends and how to handle recess situations.  For instance, she started a “Girls’ Club” this spring and was insistent on the rules and being chief.  She listens and tries, but ultimately her inner drive takes over which sometimes just doesn’t fit inside a 7-year-old body.

Charlotte fills her days with school and many after-school activities.  She just completed her first year of dual immersion.  She loves Spanish and is always up for more with daddy at dinner or teaching Johnny and I in the car!  She also enjoys ice-skating, skiing, gymnastics, theater, swimming, and (sometimes) piano.  At home, she loves legos, barbies, crafts, making potions, our undivided attention, and playing with Johnny.

Dear Charlotte, I love you beyond measure.  Happy 7th birthday.  Thank you for teaching me and letting me witness you take on the world.   I’m honored to be your mother.

Below are pictures from her actual birthday on April 3rd when we still had two feet of snow outside and then her birthday party in May when we invited all of her friends over for a Harry Potter themed party with a climbing wall.

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