Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

It was a Thanksgiving like no other, with swimming, ham dinner, and Frozen 2 in the theater. The feeling is the same though, so incredibly grateful for this life and the many blessings we experience. 🙏

Cozumel, Mexico

An awesome beach day on the island of Cozumel where we met up with some new friends!

Parque La Ceiba

We’re just on the tail end of rainy season here, and I’ve really enjoyed most of it. The rain comes and goes, most of the time it just depends on which cloud you are under, and then only really lasts 5-15 minutes. Some days have been gray and cold, but they are followed by sunshine the next. It’s been a good lesson on keeping perspective.
Today the kids went to a day camp type if activity at one of the only real parks in town. When I picked them up, the rain came fast and hard while they finished up their activity under the palapa, and by the time they were done so was the rain. 🌧️🌦️🌥️🌞

Xcaret, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Dia de Los Muertos in Xcaret, was probably the “touristy” way to do it. But it was still pretty cool. The show they put on celebrating the culture and history of Mexico was incredible. Truly a must-see if you’re ever in the area. Hopefully we can come back to Mayan country and experience it the more traditional way.

Tulum, Zona Arqueológica & Playa, Rivera Maya

I’ve been working too much. Worked myself sick, actually. But I’m well again and we were overdue for an adventure. We went to Tulum. First some excellent tacos and panuchos for lunch. Then we explored the ruins. Next a boat ride to the reef where Jill and Colter went snorkeling. Finally, fun and chilling on the beach. It’s a truly gorgeous beach. We’ll be going back there. We got hammered by a rainstorm right at the end of the boat ride, but it passed quickly and meant there was hardly anyone on the beach. Days like this are really special. -Tev

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

In case you are getting the wrong idea, most days are pretty normal around here. They include things like raisin math problems and other school work, laundry, dishes, naptimes, computer game time, grocery shopping, poopy diaper blowouts, driving to pick kids up from Spanish immersion school, insisting on showers at least twice a week, taco Tuesday (ok taco everyday for one of the meals), wrestling and fighting, hugging and cuddling.
But it’s the family adventure days that make this place different than suburban life in the US, and that’s the part I love. It’s the dependence on each other that makes the hard things feel worth it. The trick is finding what you love about your current life and letting it take center stage in your mind. -Jill

We enjoyed Akumal beach yesterday. We saw lots of fish and got our legs tickled by some, saw a couple of stingrays, Ezzy chased the birds, and the kids worked together on digging and building a castle and pool. The morning had been rainy, so the beach was fairly bare and relaxing. 🏖️

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

Colter has been doing tennis lessons twice a week. It really wears him out, he gets a dose of Spanglish, and he’s getting some great skills! 🎾

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo

The girls love their weekly swim lessons, and so do I! They have significant progress with every lesson. Thanks @swimwithsuz 🌊🧜‍♀️ #worldschool