Every October, the Cope family piles into a motorhome and makes the 16 hour trek down to San Felipe in Mexico. This trip is a lot different than our Cabo trips, because we are roughin' it a little more, which is almost more fun in my opinion! We camped on the beach, slept in hammocks, the town is a lot less touristy and more authentic which is great-, we took cold showers in the local bathrooms, the little girls pranked our tent, and we got revenge by drawing mustaches on them while they slept:), watching the sunrise every morning was absolutely breathtaking, and the Cope's family friends, the Crawfords, came and put on a firework show for us EVERY night! And I can't fail to mention the Cope boys buying behind-the-counter (literally in a hidden door behind the hat rack in some small mexican shop) explosives to blow up on the beach. Boys will be boys, eh?
It was such a fun trip. We missed having Austin, Britt, the Twins, and Conner with us! But they were there in spirit. The Cope's definitely spoil us, and I am so grateful for all that they do for us!
Ellie was a little naughty this trip... It was hard for this girl to take her naps! The only times we could get her to fall asleep was during the car ride into town for lunch, which then resulted in Ryan or I holding her while we ate, or as you see in the bottom left picture, we would just lay her down on a blanket while we ate lunch. I was a little stressed out on this trip, because I had invisioned this trip to be a lot like last year's trip, but this time with Ellie happily playing on the beach with her toys while I got to selfishly lay out and relax while getting a nice tan ;) bbuuuttt traveling with toddlers are definitely not what we want, but what they want! Ellie wanted to stay in the motorhome a lot of the time, rather than get 'dirty' in the sand, and was fussy a lot of the time. But in the end, I realized that I was being too selfish and that this is life, and Ryan and I will get our chance to do what we want to do when we retire ;) Plus... the times that Ellie wasn't fussy....she was SO DARN CUTE! Just check out the video below...her dance moves are pretty impressive. I love this girl, and I strive every day to be a better mother to her.
Nap times looked a little like this:
My birthday happened to be while we were down there, and I sure was spoiled! In the morning of my b-day, Ryan took me on a four-wheeler ride, and I came back to a surprise party in the motorhome! They had decorated it to surprise me while we were gone. I was spoiled with some gifts, a pina colada, and a pie. What an amazing family I have! They are too too good to me.
Instead of posting a billion pictures, I decided to make a video of our trip. This might be my new favorite thing to do! Check it out--
Video music: Michael Franti & Spearhead - "The Sound of Sunshine"