On our recent trip to Michigan, we spent one morning at a local farm picking strawberries with my grandma. Lyla wore a pair of my old overalls and picked berries like a pro. The sun stayed behind the clouds, leaving us nice and comfortable. We joked, we worked, we tasted sweet berries (shhhh, don’t tell). It really was a special morning and I found myself holding back tears numerous times. My grandma must have felt it too because she kept telling me to make sure I grabbed some photos, so I did. I’ll let them do the rest of the talking…
On our trip to Disneyland last month, Lyla fell in love.
Not with a mouse, or a princess, or a pirate…but with a horse. Actually, 71 horses and one mule (thanks, Wikipedia)
What a magical day.
In the week leading up to our big trip to the mainland we spent a lot of time with my brother (AKA Uncle) cruising the island and hitting all of our favorite spots.
[If you didn’t know, Uncle had been living here on Oahu for the past year but recently decided to go back to the mainland to finish school.]
Waimanalo Beach is one of my favorites on the island. The mountain views are unreal, the water is the bluest of blues and the sand is so nice and soft. Just a little slice of heaven here on earth
On this particular morning, it was pretty windy and we were getting sprinkled on here and there but it was still just as magical as we wanted it to be.
Sprinkles or shine, I take sun protection very seriously, especially for my kids which is one of the reasons I love SwimZip products. Their rash guards have UPF 50+ Sun Protection, have an awesome zipper in the front which makes it super easy to put on (am I the only one who thinks my kids’ heads are huge?!) AND are super cute. What’s not to love, right?
While Uncle and Lyla played in the waves, Simon and I hung out on the beach. And by hung out on the beach, I mean I was an obnoxious mom and put him in the grass for some photos.
Admit it, you wouldn’t have been able to resist either.
(Simon isn’t repping SwimZip here but they do have tons of cute options for boys. Which one do you think would look cutest on him?!)
Before calling it a day, we spent some time on the giant rope swing.
I know that I have a pretty long wish list going…what would be on yours?
Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive a sample for my review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.
Aloha friends! It’s been a while. I’ve missed you.
If you follow along on Instagram or Snapchat (thebyrdwoman) you know that I took the kids on a long trip to the mainland for almost all of July. I didn’t bring my computer with me so, obviously, I didn’t do any blogging while we were gone. Not that I had any time to anyways!
We had a blast visiting friends and family all over the place while Alex stayed home and worked/moved us into our new place. He is a rockstar.
It is SO nice to be together again.
A few weeks ago we hiked Waimea Falls with our friends. It’s such a beautiful trail and it’s perfect for the distracted pace of toddlers 😉
Because I’m feeling nostalgic and Lyla is about to turn two.