Sunday, September 17, 2017

Spring Break 2017: Palm Springs Part I

Alright, baby boy is asleep, and I have had zero motivation to day anything today, but I finally decided I should try to do a blog post because I've been neglecting it! I'm feeling lazy so I didn't put a ton of time into arranging photos for this post. It's just quick and dirty.
My summer was consumed with taking care of baby and figuring out how to be parents so we really didn't do anything this summer--so I'm going back to share the last big trip we took before the baby: Spring Break in Palm Springs :)
It's going to take a few posts, so here's the first one!
We were so glad to get away, because as you can see below, the weather at home was gloomy and the weather in Palm Springs was beautiful!
Palm Springs is my in-law's favorite place to vacation and we were so grateful they invited us along with them for their vacation. Below is the view from the parking lot of the condo we stayed in.
We drove through the night non-stop with the guys taking turns driving to get there. Let me tell you, being 6, almost 7 months pregnant and trying to sleep in the backseat of a car crammed full of luggage and groceries is NOT comfortable!! I ended up with swollen feet for the first time during my pregnancy due to not being able to stretch out! And when you send a picture of your swollen feet to your family at home, your little brother sends you back this:
The condo we stayed in was a nice gated condo community in Cathedral City, I would share the link but the listing is currently unavailable. We enjoyed coffee and daily devotions out on one of the three patios.
And we had views of beautiful palm trees!
Our first day there we didn't do much because we were so tired from driving, but we did get out and about on a Sunday! We started out by attending The Rock Church in Palm Desert. If you're looking for a church to attend while vacationing in the area check it out!
After church, Joel wanted to watch a basketball game so we just looked on google for a sports bar place to eat, and we randomly picked a place called "The Tack Room Tavern" in Indo.
The restaurant was just okay, but lucky for us, we found a gem because it was located on beautiful Empire Polo Club grounds!
There were tons of beautiful flowers and fountains and sculptures!
The next morning, my father in law took us on his favorite hike in Palm Desert called the "Bump and Grind". I usually love hiking, but hiking in the desert heat at almost 7 months pregnant, guys, I wussed out big time. I was extremely thirsty for my entire pregnancy and had to pee all the time and hiking in the desert heat when my feet were still swollen was not a good combination. I did not make it far, so my mother in law walked back to the car with me while the guys finished up.
We a lot of time by the pool, which we pretty much had to ourselves the entire time.
My mother in law and I got pedicures and did some shopping...
While the guys did a lot of golfing.
I took my first bump pic!
And we enjoyed some cool places for happy hour, this one was called Wangs.
It was a pretty cool restaurant, but happy hour was dead, and still pretty expensive--we learned that the best time to go is for "taco tuesday"--of course!
More on our trip to come, but for now, cheers and happy Sunday!

Monday, August 14, 2017

The First Official "How to be a Wildflower Club" meeting; Exploring Lincoln City

I started a club this summer with my mom, grandma, aunt and a family friend, called "How to be a Wildflower Club" where we have outings and create things using Katie Daisy's "How to be a Wildflower" as our inspiration. We all  adore this book, and we decided that anyone who loves this  book as much as we do, is a wildflower, and may join our club.
For our first club meeting, we decided to go explore Lincoln City, and we painted rocks to take with us and hide for unsuspecting people to find.
Our first stop, of course, was lunch at the Wildflower Grill.
We hid rock number 1 here.
We got a much later start to our day than I had intended, as I am learning that is just life when you have a baby! This was our first time visiting the Wildflower Grill and I was surprised to see how busy it was even for a late lunch on a week day, on a not-so-sunny day!
 We were fortunate to be seated in the back covered patio with a beautiful view.
We adored the handmade floral print napkins.
Each of us had the beautiful bay shrimp salad.
I had envisioned us having a leisurely lunch where we sat around discussing our favorite page in the book and picking our "wildflower spirit names", however, my baby boy was being fussy and we ended up taking turns holding him so I could eat! I was very worried and stressed about him crying int the restaurant and disturbing other customer's lunch, but our waiter was
 very kind about it and put me at ease. My mom just laughed at me for having "first time mom nerves".
You might notice, that we are all wearing something floral. 
It is a rule that when participating in a club meeting, one must wear flowers.
After lunch, our next stop was the Connie Hansen Garden.
This is a hidden little gem! I just googled "things to do in Lincoln City" and this came up.
A perfect discovery for the wild flower club! It's right off of highway 101 tucked away in a neighborhood street. It is free to tour; they accept donations and there is a gift shop as well.
We were in heaven!!
Get ready for flower overload!
I think I've decided that Cosmos are my favorite flower at the moment.
We saw several large bumble bees enjoying the flowers as well.
We found a painted rock & left one of ours in it's place!
Oh my, I didn't even post all of the beautiful pictures we took at the garden, but if you get a chance to visit Lincoln City, make sure to stop by and see it!
Our next little pit stop was to the "Christmas Cottage".
This is one of my favorite little shops to visit whenever I am in Lincoln City--I mean who doesn't love Christmas all year round?! 
I purchased a lovely little beehive & flower ornament to commemorate our trip as well as some wildflower playing cards! My aunt bought each a different little wildflower and animal card and surprised us with them at the end of our night. I got a fox sitting next to foxgloves.
Once we finally made it out to the beach, the fog had set in, and the weather got a little gloomier, which is to be expected on the Oregon coast.
Saltwater taffy is a must whenever you visit the coast.
 We stopped in a one of my favorite little hole in the wall cafes "Eleanor's Undertow" to have ice cream with a mermaid. This is where my mom left her rock.
Then we went down to the beach to sit on a log and enjoy some snacks.
After being a mom for 2 months, I finally breastfed in public for the first time.
It wasn't very easy, but I had some help from the other wildflowers with burping and such :)
Our last little rendezvous before heading home, was to stop and hide the rest of our rocks. 
I hope that it brought a smile to whoever found them!
I am so blessed to have family and friends who not only participate in my crazy ideas, but embrace them! We are already planning our next wildflower club outing.
Now I just need to find the time to paint all those lovely flowers!