Monday, February 10, 2014

Take me back to Cabo

We took our baby to Mexico and survived! The week leading up to our vacation was a rough mom week for me and after little sleep, I was weary of how the trip would go. My worries were cast aside because we had such a fabulous time as a family of 3 and really enjoyed out getaway! If you can remember a while back me posting about Jon qualifying for his company’s club trip and us going to Costa Rica in February. Well fast forward to right after Christmas and us freaking out about Ford not taking a bottle. The plan was to leave him with my parents while we took an all expenses paid, luxurious trip to the Four Seasons in Costa Rica. God had a different plan. People always joke that if a baby is hungry enough they will eat a bottle. Yeah those people never had bottle strike babies! There was no way we could leave him so after much prayer and discussion, we expedited a passport for our little guy and booked a family trip to Cabo. It couldn’t have worked out better…we would be taking Ford to the city we honeymooned and celebrate our 3 year wedding anniversary there!








Jon and I joked that the trip was exhausting yet very relaxing. Ford slept great but a few mornings graced us with his presence at 5:30am thanks to the time change. Taking a baby on a vacation is actually a great idea because when the baby naps, mom and dad nap too! Being away allowed us to spend quality time together as a family not focusing on our phones, TV, work stress, etc. We had long 2 hour dinners and strolled along the beach at night. Jon and I had some incredible conversations and spent so much time reflecting on the blessings the Lord has bestowed on us this year. A couple of months ago we had listened to a sermon (I think it was Matt Chandler, but maybe Marc Driscoll), where the topic of vacations came up. Sometimes Christians feel guilty for taking vacations and wonder if their money is better spent being donated to charities or their time being used to go out on mission. But God wants us to enjoy his wonderful creations, travel the world, and vacation with our family….as long as we are giving Him the glory. This really helped us set the precedence for our trip and with each new morning we praying in thanksgiving for the beautiful mountains, delicious food, hospitable service, INCREDIBLE whale sightings on our whale watching tours, empty flights that allowed us to have a row to ourselves, and so much more. We so easy forget that the luxury and beauty of vacations has been created by His hand and meant to be used for His own glory. 

"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Cor 10:31




We stayed at Villa La Estancia and did the all inclusive package and are basically ready to book our next trip there! Vacations for us are a lot about the food and Jon did extensive research to find the perfect place for us to stay (we stayed at Hacienda Encantada when we honeymooned but it was booked). There were 3 Villa resorts right in a row and we were able to eat at those restaurants as well as the ones in our hotel. The food was out.of.this.world. All inclusives are pretty hit or miss but we enjoyed gormeut, fresh, organic, delicious steaks, sandwiches, drinks, and of course desserts. Breakfasts overlooking the arc and candlelight dinners outside by the fire were enjoyed everyday and Ford was a great 3rd wheel. The waitstaff (and pretty much everyone at the resort) told us how beautiful and happy he was. And he is! Even in his crabbiest of moments he flashes his dimpled smile. 







Ford swam for the first time but the pool was a tad chilly so we only swam once but he was hilarious kicking around. Oh and he looked so stinkin' cute in his swim trunks and shirt. 
He also got his first sand experience and LOVED it. He always had a fistful of sand and surprisingly it never went into his mouth. 





One major highlight of our trip was going on a whale watching boat tour. We went on 2 while we honeymooned and loved it, so knew we wanted to go back. You have a limited selection of excursions with a baby so whale watching it was. We took a big boat out early one morning with about 15 other people and witnessed some of the most amazing whale encounters ever. Seriously once in a lifetime. We would have been excited about blow holes and humps showing but we saw blue and gray whales breeching, playing, showing off their flukes, and diving into the water. These pictures won't do it justice...we only had my non zoom 50mm lens and an iPhone. We just couldn't stop saying how cool God is? Seriously! These giant creatures he created for us to stand in awe of. 








Ford loved the wind in his face but then fell asleep for most of the tour :)

Thank you for another great trip Cabo, we will be back. 


31 comments:

Meagan Wied said...

I'm so happy that y'all enjoyed your trip and took Ford!

"B" said...

This looks like SO much fun. The whale watching looks amazing. Cabo here we come:)

Tiffany said...

This looks like it was the most amazing trip! I love that you took him with you and will always have these memories!

Lauren H Edmondson said...

so glad that y'all had a good time on your well-deserved vacay! He is just too precious in his little hat and swim stuff!

Amanda said...

Y'all got so many great photos!! So glad you had so much fun and Ford just looks over the moon happy.. all the time!! Haha I seriously envy how much you guys travel and I want to so bad!! We are just about to the point in our rewards that we can cash in and go somewhere and I cannot WAIT!! :) xo

Gina said...

My son was on a bottle strike for 8 months. Now he is almost 1.5 years old and is so independent, enjoy the time where he actually wants you. Looks like it was a great trip.

Megan R. said...

How awesome! I want to go to Cabo so bad! Glad you had such a great time!

Cara said...

So fun! We are planning a girls' trip to Cabo in May and I will look into both of these resorts. We have been looking for all in packages too- I definitely think it is the best way to go!

Carolyn said...

So awesome!!! :) Looks like a fabulous trip! I need your tips! HAHA Jake and I are "thinking" about booking a trip somewhere, but I'm nervous about Weston! Did you just hang out in the room when Ford went to bed & naptimes? What tips do you have for me??

Carly said...

This looks AMAZING! We had some bottle issues around here for a couple days, it scared the daylights out of me since I am going back to work in a few weeks….luckily it seems to have passed!

Carly
www.lipglossandcrayons.com

Brianne Bracco said...

How fun!! So glad Ford was able to go and enjoy it with you guys. A first of many great family vacations to come. :)

Susan said...

Looks like you had such a wonderful time Ruthie!! It's funny that you mention Christians feeling guilty about vacations, that is something I have really struggled with. Last year, after many years of 1 or no trips, we went on 4 vacations. I had felt so guilty, but I realized we needed those trips, we need to get away for our marriage...........and also to be the people God wants us to be!

Nikki said...

We got married in Cabo and we are already planning to go back in 2015! We were gonna go back this year but with us expecting our first in May that is just not an option this year! We can't wait to go back!

Sarah Tucker said...

So precious! Yay for a fun and relaxing family vacay :)

Heather Leigh @ Like a Morning cup of coffee said...

Ahhhh love it!!! I'm glad you had a great trip!!! :) Love your photos :)

Stephanie Wilson said...

How fun !!! He is a lucky little guy to be able to travel with his Mommy and Daddy and have such amazing experiences !! He is just adorable !!! Thanks for sharing, loved seeing all your family pictures of your trip !!!

Chandelle Foote said...

Oh my goodness! Looks like you had the greatest trip! Your pictures are adorable and Ford is just the cutest, most stylish little guy :) Makes me so excited for summer and trips to the beach with Christian!! Go away winter!
Chandelle
www.mommysfirstyear.com

Annie One Can Cook! said...

Umm, girl, you did NOT just have a baby--you look amazing!! What a fun family vacation! I can't get over how cute and happy little Ford is--I just love his little outfits!

allison wall said...

My son went on a bottle strike, too! I was never able to get him to take one...never! Until I bought the Adiri Natural Nurser bottle. Even then, it wasn't his favorite thing ;) But we were finally able to leave him with a baby sitter for at least one feeding. I recommended it to a friend and it was the only bottle her little one would take, too! Might be worth a shot :) Also, your pictures are beautiful! What a fun vacation! We're taking our little man to Florida next month and I can't wait to play with him on the beach!

It's Sooo Fluffy said...

My best friend and her husband just got back from Cabo. I would love to be able to go someday!

myfullcup said...

Now I want to go too!

Leslie said...

Looks like such a FUN trip! :-)

Angie's Angle said...

It looks and sounds like you had such an amazing time!

Jess said...

Could your little family be ANY cuter?!! So sweet Ruthie, so glad you had such a great time! :)

jen said...

where is your swimsuit from? it's so cute but i love the coverage it provides!

Carly Bradshaw said...

so fun!!! who was taking all of those beautiful pictures?! we are debating going on a trip to California when B will be 10 months… I have a few questions I might DM you, but I'm interested in what all you took for Ford! car seat? etc.!

Peach State of Mind said...

I just can't get over how adorable Ford is! So glad he did so well on such an awesome trip! :)

Dana said...

Ford is too cute for words! I just want to squeeze him! Glad you had a nice vacation...Cabo looks amazing.

Heather said...

That looks like such an awesome trip! I'm so glad Ford cooperated and you got to relax.

Sarah said...

THIS IS SO GREAT!!!! we just booked a cruise for the end of march and i have gotten A LOT of horrible negative feedback about how awful it is to take a baby and a "vacation" with a baby is not a vacation. but thats not true!!! and every baby is different! i really hope C will be as happy as he is here at home and enjoy it. we can't wait to take him and experience more firsts! i love what you said too about soaking up the time as the 3 of you without work and phones etc! oh i can't wait.
your photos are FABULOUS. fab fab fab. love the one of you and ford in the sand and the one of jon just a few feet away from him in the sand. i need to buy one of those water floaties i think!

Molly said...

Looks like you all had a lovely time! Love all the photos. It makes me wish for warmth!!!

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