We stayed on Virgin Gorda at Nail Bay Resort which put us on the North end of the island, a bit away from the traffic of our fellow tourists. Nail Bay has their own beach which was beautiful, but really rough and if I had scared Harlow Jude already with the ocean the day before, this beach really ensured her fright. The upside were the chairs and umbrellas provided on the beach so Jacob and I could take turns hiding out with our girl and enjoy the ocean a bit for ourselves.
Thank you Nicholl for these swimsuits and sun hats. Thank you Krista for the sunglasses, she enjoyed chewing them much more than wearing them.
Jacob, Harlow Jude, and I recently returned home from a 9-day vacation in the British Virgin Islands. I so desperately want to rant and rave about how beautiful it was (it really was) and how we cannot wait to go back (we will most likely never go back) and how ideal it is there (I arrived home with 40 mosquito bites). It was relaxing and quiet and every single person (not an exaggeration) was incredibly kind. We ate breakfast and dinner on our patio overlooking the ocean, it was truly gorgeous.
Our first morning breakfast taking in our view.
Harlow Jude’s first time in the ocean. By day 2, she was terrified of it clenching onto me. I have never seen her truly terrified, it was really sad. She actually cried in the bath the next few nights; I thought I had ruined her forever. By the end of the trip I found a shallow bath of water hidden in a cave that she and I sat in without having to worry about waves or the sun. Safe to say she is back to loving bath time.
The excitement of it all clearly wore her out, and not so secretly, it wore me out too.
On our first day I relinquished my hopes of coming back with a tan. With such a fair baby, I had to take cover as often as possible.
As I sit here writing about how we are in the midst of Fall, the first snow of the season is dropping outside. We so badly wanted to wake Harlow Jude and show her the snow, but realizing she won’t remember or care, we thought better of it and enjoyed the morning with just the two of us (so rare these days).
Harlow Jude and I have been jogging about four times per week; it has been incredible to watch the leaves change from their Summer green to Autumn colors. Soon enough the trees will be bare at a time I am positive will be far too cold for us to be jogging outside anyhow. I thought for those of you in California it would be nice to see the beautiful Fall colors, I love the seasons and this is absolutely one of the reasons.
Our girl is all bundled up inside of Jacob’s jacket. She fell asleep like this for twenty minutes, it was really sweet.
When I visit home there are several places I have to go and certain restaurants that must be dined in. Our first night we ordered Z Pizza, no matter how many times I try to replicate their Tuscan Mushroom Pizza, nothing compares. Miyako Sushi, for their baked mussels, which we visited with Mara and her new boyfriend, Noah. Las Golondrinas is hands down my favorite Taco Tuesday place, the chicken tacos remind me of my mom, they also have the best tortilla chips. This is where we are below.
Harlow Jude loving smooshing her feet into the sand.
I don’t have to go here, but it is one of my favorite places, the San Juan Capistrano Mission. I am a huge nerd for missions, when Jacob visited me for the first time in California, I took him to the Santa Barbara Mission (and he still wanted to move across country and marry me).
For some reason throughout our trip I stopped taking pictures of everyone Harlow Jude met. Luckily, I captured a few. We surprised Grandpa & Grandma Casas. I love and miss them so much.
My adorable niece Sabrina, and even though she’s 18 I feel like she’s still my baby girl.
Sabrina’s son, Iziah. Harlow Jude and Iziah were so sweet together.
Cousins Erica and Tyler Stoney, the sweetest boy that picked out this adorable onesie for Harlow Jude. Landon was taking a nap.
Emerson Clark Casas, who is only 9 weeks older than Harlow Jude. I am glad these two best friends were finally able to meet.
One of my best friends, Austin.
We were at Jessica’s daughter’s soccer game (again I stopped taking pictures). I am so grateful we were able to see the both of them, they are one of my favorite families. In fact, Austin is my only friend from high school that I regularly still talk to.
I am so sorry I do not have pictures with everyone else, but if you have some, please send them to me. Seeing all of you was incredibly special.