I devoured this trilogy and was ready to move to St. John by the time I finished. If I can, I love to wait until a book series is complete to start reading so I can read straight through and really immerse myself in the plot and characters, which is exactly what I did with these. By the end, I feel as if I know them all personally.
Brainstorming Christmas gifts for Palmer brings me so much joy. Even though she'll only be 18 months this year, I can't wait to see her face Christmas morning as she opens her presents. I just know she'll love everything and I envision all of the memories we'll make with each in their own way. We've taken a pretty frugal stance on toys in our home which makes Christmastime all the more special.
It's hard to believe that the holidays are among us! I don't know about you all but we're in full on holiday mode over here. The house is decorated, we've been listening to "Holiday Jazz at the Coffee Shop" via Spotify on repeat and I've started shopping for gifts. As I've mentioned before, "Gifts" is one of my love languages and I pride myself on giving thoughtful, functional, quality presents.
Another oldie but goodie from the archives! I figured I'd share because it's been exactly almost five years since my three girlfriends and I visited the island of Puerto Rico. Plus, since Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory it's one of the few places open to American tourists right now. Without rereading the post first, the most memorable things from this trip include, the colorful and charming town of Old San Juan, snorkeling with sea turtles and sting rays on Culebra Island, beautiful Flamenco Beach [also on Culebra Island], the strangely good Chinese food at Tayzan and the tasty acai bowls from Bajuice Juice Bar. Read on for more details!
This was our October book club pick. Chosen specifically because we all wanted to read something spooky but not actually scary (LOL). In the end, this book was neither scary or spooky. It reads more of a mystery/suspense but I found most of the plot to be fairly predictable. For me, it started out pretty slow but I stayed engaged because I wanted to get to the heart of the mystery.
My love language is gifts. I have always enjoyed picking out thoughtful and creative gifts for holidays or just because. On the flip side, I've always expected a similar level of effort in return. However, despite all my best efforts and to my utter disappointment, Kevin is not a gift giver.
It's crazy to think we're leaving this schedule behind after almost nine months! I honestly loved the two nap days because it gave me a ton of flexibility to get things done during two significant chunks of the day. Luckily, Palmer has always been a good sleeper and we never had any issues with her napping two plus hours 2x day and still sleeping through the night.
I can't believe it's been four years since I last visited Seattle. For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to live in Seattle. People think I'm crazy because of how gray and rainy Seattle is said to be. Our trip was really no different but I just love the Pacific Northwest. I spot checked and most of our itinerary still seems relevant so hopefully it's useful if you ever find yourself up that way.