Flirty Sexy Fun Vacations

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We’re about to leave in a couple days for a week long vacation – a much needed family vacation – our first since having our Babymoon over 5 years ago.  We’ll be staying for 7 days on an island, the same one we were at when we were celebrating/mourning the last days of being without kids.  Aside form all the tidying up and packing we’re doing in preparation, it’s hard to contain the excitement we all feel!!!!  This has been a lonnng time coming, and we are so ready.

Planning and packing really got me thinking how we probably approach vacations a little differently than most people.  We go purely to have fun, sightsee, eat weird or new foods, and this is considered “relaxing” for us.  Before we had kids, we tried to have a vacation by staying with family, and it was nice, I loved being able to visit with them, but they were constantly trying to interject what they thought we should be doing – particularly, that we should be actually doing nothing and just “relaxing” there at their house watching TV.  We wanted to go out, we loved participating in the night life of their city – even finding a Salsa bar to dance at, and exploring it’s uniqueness during the day.  They thought we were doing too much LOL.

People can view vacations so differently… but again, for us, we are highly active, crazy people – sure we love down time or laying out at the beach or pool at the condo, and there will be A LOT of that, but we are also going to be boating and having an adventure on an undeveloped island as well.  Maybe we’ve just got ants in our pants, but our vacations are going to be pretty action packed.

Another element that took me by surprise, or rather, took my husband by surprise, was the packing – he temporarily forgot I was a girl, and thought we would be able to somehow share one suitcase.  Um.. yeah.

I tried… I really did.  But a whole 7 days worth of clothes for me, just would not fill up only half a suitcase, I successfully took over the entire thing on my own.  He came back from work, and was shocked then laughed – teased me mercilessly about how much I was bringing, comparing it to those women who have like 7 suitcases for one week.  HELLO!  Unfair!!  Woman here!  I’m not a guy….

He loved giving me a hard time about what clothes I was packing 😉  Until I proved to him how great they look by wearing one of the feminine dresses to show him how it completely changed my everyday look – he loved the feminine snark, his jaw dropped, and I laughed as he was forced to admit he loved seeing me like that.  What better time to pick to look flirty and sexy than on vacation?

Since Summer is coming to an end, this post will be great for next year or even winter vacations… but here are some thoughts on some ideas to really do vacation right.

Here are some things I think are great attitudes for vacation:

1) Make sure you have fun – whether that means staying with family, or going as your own family, vacations are supposed to be about what you both want to do as a couple.  The only problem with staying with family is that it can put a damper on vacation sex.  For some people, it can be hard to lose your inhibition and have fun in bed when your parents or partner’s parents are literally… down the hall form your bedroom.

2) Don’t let your vacation be dictated by your kids’ desires.  Disney world and other kid-destination vacations are great, but you want to make sure there’s enough adult time in order for it not to be all about the kids.  Standing in lines all day, melting in the heat, dealing with tantrumy children, more than likely means you’re gonna need a cold one after being out all day riding rides (ie: standing in lines).  Those kinds of vacations often tend to be super stressful for parents of young children, we’ve even heard a couple we know complain that it was like going to hell for a week.

Vacations should be about joy and having a carefree attitude, so if you are going somewhere predominantly for the kids, try to have a couple of nights where you all go out to eat and dress up nice.  Bring at least one fancy dress and some jewelry to counter the super hot days of sweaty mommyness.  Have one night of relishing looking like a dream, and get pictures together to remember it by!  Appreciate being able to let your kids enjoy a magical vacation, and fall even deeper in love during the down times where you’re able to appreciate having each other as well.  It will help counter the stress of standing in the sweltering heat for hours.

3) Romance your husband on vacation.  No matter where you are, romancing your husband comes from an attitude of loving and enjoying your life together.  Be sure to relax in the hotel pool in the evening, cuddle up in the hot tub together, or enjoy cuddling on the beach at night around the fire while the kids are tucked in. Simply relax and enjoy the closeness of having your soul mate with you on your vacation paradise.  Not many people are lucky to be in a good marriage or relationship like this… appreciate it, with all your heart.

3) Make sure to bring some cute, feminine dresses or tops – whatever makes you feel beautiful.  Accessories during vacation can make it even more fun for women to enjoy and revel in their femininity!  Look your best as much as is possible depending on where and what you’re doing.  Sure there will more than likely be activities where looking your best is downright impossible, hiking, exploring outdoors, swimming, etc., these are situations where a bare face and beachy wavy hair look earthy and sexy.  Having a carefree attitude is key, but in general, making sure you look good has a mysterious way of making you feel really good… leading to even more enjoyment of even simply activities like exploring the city or area you’re in!

4) Be sure to pack your best lingerie, vacations are about having lots of fun, engaging in wild or uninhibited behaviors!  No matter how long you’ve been married, make the most of this time away – time that only happens usually once a year for most couples, and use it to fulfill all your deepest fantasies about having sex far away.  Lingerie adds an element of purposeful passion and shows that you’ve got seduction on your mind.  Vacation sex is usually adrenaline-fueled.

5) Go with an open, carefree mind and attitude.  My husband is extremely adventurous and particularly in the area of food, he is always eating or trying new things, whereas I’m predictable in that I will order the same thing, at the same restaurant, for years.  There is one meal that I’ve ordered consistently at the same restaurant for 11 years straight.  So for this vacation, we’ve decided to order for each other for every meal… making our eating out a kind of fun, unpredictable game to play with each other.

If you haven’t left already, or are thinking about a Winter vacay, try out these suggestions and let me know what you think!  If you have anything you’ve done in the past to add to making a vacation fun, please comment!

**Note: Blog will be Inactive 08/05 – 08/12.**

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The Summer Party

I love throwing parties.  I get so much joy from planning them, making the party food, decorating cakes, having friends packed into our house and backyard, talking, our kids running back and forth screaming excitedly, playing all kinds of games and getting into mischief.  We had a Summer BBQ & birthday party last night that left us all breathless and filled with the deep satisfaction that comes from being around friends you love.

We had armored duels in the hallway… my son’s friends dressed up in his knight costumes battling away….

Boys and girls splashing in the kiddie pool, or jumping and screaming on the trampoline.

One of the older daughters of our friend’s was playing her latest piece she learned on the piano in the sun room… the melody drifted along with all the squeals and screams of delight, shouting orders and instructions of kids playing together as if it was supposed to there, a kind of background music.  It was so loud inside that when I escaped to feed the baby in silence in our bedroom, I could still hear the muffled joyful noise.

Yes, it was such a joyful noise!

There is nothing that I love more than to have our house filled with people we love, kids we love, and see everyone having so much fun together.  It’s the greatest high there is… to be surrounded by friends that are like family.

There was some excitement of course, one of my vases decided to fall and crash randomly onto the floor (from the top of the bookcase no less), but one of my friends & role models took care of it spectacularly!  She competently knew exactly what needed to be done and delegated out tasks to get all the shattered glass up.  She and a man worked together to get the whole crime scene cleared – it was adorable.

BBQ, birthdays, kids, music, friends, and love and family.

If you haven’t thrown a good party yet this Summer, it’s time.

Joy of Summer – Our Sandy Playground

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We’ve been loving the hot Summer weather these past few weeks… because it means getting out to play in the sand and water!  Sandy feet, relaxing with the baby in a hammock under an umbrella… it really can’t get better than this!!

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I loved this pink bird… pink is my favorite color.

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Come back bird!  LOL He thought I was nuts….

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This bird was a cutie (below) he had an adorable MUSTACHE!  Soooo cute.

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Show that thing off!

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Mr. Peacock.

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You’re gorgeous and you know it….

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It felt like a rain forrest here… like we were exploring in a jungle of some kind!  Exciting adventures!

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This family was adorable, offered to take a picture of them altogether with their phone after I snapped this so the husband could get in.  So sweet.

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Hill Country Escapism

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This week we spent a day at our lake out in the hill country… it was peaceful, so quiet, and hot!  Relaxing on a blanket in the shade, looking out over the water and reading a book… getting into the water with my son only to find ourselves surrounded by colorful dragonflies zig-zagging by over the water – it was a wonderful escape.

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Even though I grew up in the hill country, driving through is still breathtaking.

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The sky was so bright, the clouds so billowy….

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Adored these bright pink flowers on the hot rocks.

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Just grillin’

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New meaning to sparkling water….  ❤

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Hot dogs off the grill

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How to skip rocks…

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Yesterday we went out as a family… it was a nice break from being cooped up inside for weeks from the rain and flooding, Texas has been in a vicious cycle of floods and thunderstorms now for weeks, with even a tornado that almost touched down in our city, only a few miles from us.

Getting out to experience the sunshine and water was a welcome change!  Finally some Summer!

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Turkey, Cheese, Tomato Lettuce Wrap… cold and fresh tasting in the hot sun

We always pack lunches and snacks… cold sandwiches, or wraps, salads, cups of cold applesauce, pudding or yogurt.  Anything really cold… it tastes even better in the heat & humidity.

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One tuckered out little guy!

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Where we usually eat lunch and snacks… over the lake water

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Someone loved the lake breeze when he woke up!

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It was the most beautiful day yesterday to be outside!  We spent a lot of time during the afternoon in the garden, getting dirty, removing more weeds, putting down some top soil in places that needed it. We’ve had a couple of weeks of rainy days off and on, sometimes with the occasional flood warning.  When it rains… it pours here, so we were more than happy to experience a bright, sunny day.  Even as I write looking out into our patio & backyard, the rain has returned yet again overnight, bringing with it a deep gray color, as everything looks damp and darkened, with only the greenery of the grass and plants heightened – the silver lining to the dark clouds.  It is incredible how diverse one day can be from another.

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Another rainy day… at least it makes the sunny days all the more bright.

Inspiration

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I swear I can smell Fall in the air when I go out early in the morning on our patio.  I truly have a love for all the seasons – I appreciate the changes in each – but I think I love Fall a little bit better.  Summer has been wonderful, yes, even while pregnant and over-heating from just being outside for 5 minutes in the afternoon.  But thankfully, we live very close to a huge waterpark, and that’s been our playground all summer long.  The best feeling is walking barefoot in sand!

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Or for a kid, playing in it!

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The summer has been incredible also in that we got to see our son involved in sports – his first ever season playing soccer, and he’s already really good.  His last game he scored 3 goals, and played really well!  He’s athletic like his daddy and I were.

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He’s the one in the middle, they are all so adorable!

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He’s throwing the ball in, I’m behind him sitting down.

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It was wonderful going to his games every Saturday… love this little boy so much!

Ready for Fall!

I’m addicted to all the wonderful Fall foods to cook… just some from last year that I posted recipes to are the Mini Apple Turnovers, the Creamy Potato Soup with Sausage, and the decadent Traditional Chocolate Tart that has changed Christmas dessert for me forever now.  All recipes can be found here

There will be many more delicious recipes this coming season to look forward to!

Some links that are awesome:

Pregnant Mommy Rant (Things you really wish you could say to people when you’re pregnant… but you can’t)

An interview with the gorgeous Gigi Hadid on her beauty routine

Miranda Kerr’s 7 Rules for Adulthood (See if you’re stuck in immaturity or are really growing up)

Inspiration

IMG_8230I was looking through our pictures from last year to get a feel for how much has changed… my son’s grown so much!  The past almost 4 years of his life have gone by so fast!  These are some pictures of a hike we went on together last year.  Soooo hot, but fun!

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I can still carry him on my back – he’s still my little monkey.

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And these are some pics of last spring

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He’s so much more baby-ish looking in these pics… it goes by too fast!

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Here’s to many more days of Summer this year to explore, play, and have lots of fun!  Excited for Summer 2014!

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