Waking up Christmas morning in Thailand was definitely different. But as long as the kiddos had gifts in their stockings, they didn’t seem to mind.
After scarfing down the cutest pancakes ever, we all got ready to head out on our final excursion. We took vans into town to Discover Catamaran for their day trip to Phi Phi Islands.At our first stop they unfurled this amazing blow-up water slide that went from the top deck into the ocean. The ride was epic!
We stopped again after lunch for some more snorkeling and the entire fam got in this time. Both of the boys loved being in the ocean and Everett was an expert snorkeler by now!
We docked just off the island and got to spend a little time walking around town. The kids bee-lined to the nearest ice cream stand. Go figure!
Back on board, we started our trek back to Phuket and got to watch the sunset from the upper deck. If you make your way to Thailand, put this day trip on your to-do list!
We had a few days left of our trip and we spent them hanging at the house by the pool and getting spa services. Not too shabby.
The adults even got to go out for dinner on our last night there. It was much needed and the food at The Cosmo was delish!
On our last day at the house, we were shown how to make a few Thai dishes and sides. My favorite was Pad See Ew, obviously.
Our flights home were a little crazy. We left Phuket at 11 p.m. and arrived in Shanghai around 5/6 a.m. Then we had a six hour layover (yeesh!), followed by a 12 hour flight to Chicago. We arrived in the CHI a little before 10 a.m., but then had the LONGEST WAIT EVER for our bags to finally show up. We finally got out of the airport around 1 p.m. and started our long (and very sleep deprived) drive home. All in all, Thailand should definitely be on your travel list. It was absolutely beautiful and we would go back in a heartbeat. Well, maybe after some much needed rest!
[Fitzie celebrated his 100th day of preschool this week]
This week has been awfully cold here in the midwest and I don’t know about you, but I could definitely use a dose of SPRING. And what better way to do that than to head to the Des Moines Home + Garden Show that kicks off next week! Even better, I have four tickets to giveaway. Leave a comment on this post (or comment on my Instagram post) to be entered. I’ll draw a winner on Monday, February 4.
In need of a cute Galentine idea? My sister sent over a link to these Valentine cozy socks this week and I think they would be perfect paired with a nail polish to gift to your friends.
A couple of weeks ago I posted about a few Target swimsuits that I ordered. Well, I’m back to tell you that I loved one of them and can’t wait for warmer weather to be here so I can wear it. Definitely flattering of my mom bod!
[we are confused about the weather over here]
With a sick kid + snow days combined, I feel like I’ve been cooped up in my house for far too long. I am hoping to get out this weekend and finally check out Teddy Maroon’s here in Des Moines. What should I have for brunch? Other than a mimosa, obviously.
Speaking of cooped up, the kids were climbing the walls earlier this weekend when I came across an Instagram story series from Amy Lou Hawthorne of The Ever Co. She was sharing all sorts of cool ideas for indoor play when the weather isn’t cooperating. After viewing I immediately added kinetic sand and water beads to my Amazon cart.
For some reason after the holidays I start to crave podcasts during my commute to/from work. This year is no exception and I’ve been loving these two: Dirty John and Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert.
It’s hard to believe we are already over half way through the month of January. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner now, and I’m seeing heart-laden goodies everywhere these days.
So now is as good as time as any to round up a few of my favorites for the littles so that they can spread the love.
Pippa & Julie Heart Print Skirt // Peek Kind Heart Baseball T-Shirt
Meri Meri Glitter Heart Bag // Old Navy Heart “XO” Sleep Set
Hanna Andersson Swedish Slipper Moccasins
Annie & Pretzel Bow
J.Crew Kids’ x Girls Inc. strong heart T-shirt
H&M Jersey Hat and Tube Scarf // J.Crew cable-heart sweater
H&M skirt with straps
Posted in Holidays, Kids
Tagged Annie & Pretzel, H&M, Hanna Andersson, J. Crew, Little Looks, Meri Meri, Old Navy, Peek, Pippa & Julie, Valentine's Day