get ready for way too many pictures…

we were up at 5am to go to the airport. these are very tired, but very happy eyes! she’s in costume because this was halloween morning.

cousin emilie was an awesome babysitter for my kids.

lily was great on the plane ride there – terrible on the way back. terrible.

feeling like big girls!

silas napping on the beach in the floatie that soon deflated.

big girls again.

warm water was great.

there’s the boy sleeping again in his tent on the beach.

me and j.

our room. loved having the king sized bed! the girls slept well together on the twin couch.

our patio with a kitchen and tub.

left view from our room

center view

right view.

auntie j and charles

what?! is that boy sleeping again?!

snorkeling and swimming with the whole fam.

silas was a champ in the warm water! he liked it when his pacifier would fall in the salt water.

gracie was so happy to fish with daddy.

sleeping. again.

lily throwing some gang signs.


gracie was rockin’ out in the kiddie pool at a hotel we visited. she is an awesome dancer!

the sunset

gracie in her new shirt

we congregated in michael and denise’s kitchen to make our meals.

look at those tan/burn lines!

on our way to our last breakfast.

yes. again. he was a champ. actually, the heat pretty much knocked him out.

thank you mom and dad for a wonderful trip. just 3 more years ’til next time!

silas prepping to hit the surf. sizing up the waves.

beach beauty

gracie got lots more freckles on our trip.

highlights (and lowlights!) from our week:
-seeing my sister (6 months until next time :( )
-having my whole family together
-watching gracie body surf
-silas got his first haircut (from aunt michelle)
-date night with sean (thanks mom, dad, j, and charles!)
-the airline lost our luggage for a few days. thankfully sean and i fit into my siblings’ and in-laws’ clothes. thanks for sharing everyone!
-seeing sea turtles and dolphin fins
-the kids constant excitement to be with their cousins
-swimming in the pool
-making family dinners together
-sean making me slow down to watch the incredible sunset
-geckos everywhere
-mosquitos, too (ouch!)
-warm ocean
-hot and humid weather (90+ degrees) – very sweaty
-shopping with the girls (sisters and mom – so fun!)
-pina coladas – yummm!
-sean getting a couple days of surf
-no tv, no cell phones, no computer – sooo good to be disconnected
-the girls loving speaking spanish – saying “hola” as we pass strangers, saying “gracias” – sean and i both love trying to speak spanish, and we want the girls to do the same – something to work on at home…
-gracie learning to dive – more like belly flops with hands pointed above her head
-cute tan lines on my kids
-fish tacos, guacamole -gained weight, i’m sure!
-silas was a dream
-gracie was a blast to be with! she was so excited about experiencing everything and wanted so much for us to enjoy it all with her!
-lily is 2…. nuff said!
-seeing all my nieces and nephews love on each other (8 all together!)
-doing a lot of nothing
-lots of loving arms to hold my boy
-so much more!



  1. 1

    What a great trip!!! Thanks for sharing all your pictures. I’m curious to hear the story of flying home with Lily…

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    lindsey cheney says:

    lara – lily was screaming once we were on the plane because she hated having her seat belt on. as soon as she could take it off she was fine. she also had missed her regular nap that day and was exhausted. as soon as she was on sean’s lap she fell asleep.

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    Brenda Williams says:

    Welcome back! Looks like a wonderful vacation! Travel with kids is exhausting but so worth it!

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    What a fun trip! I LOVE beach vacations! Thanks for sharing all your pictures – so fun!

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    Lisa Leonard says:

    that seriously looks like paradise. thanks for showing us so many pics. silas looks huge! so, so fun.

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    that looks amazing. what a great memory for gracie. i’m glad you’re back–i’ve missed you! even just knowing you were gone made me miss you.

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    Carrie Haughey says:

    looks like it was a blast! Lovin the pic of Silas snoozin on the floaty!

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    Wow – how fun! And I’m so glad you got to have some sister time and pina coladas!! yeah! That is such a special time and lifetime memories. And I’m so happy for you guys to get some R & R. Love ya, Shan

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    Looks like you guys had a great time-I’m jealous! :) I’m glad you were able to slow down a little and enjoy a sunset and a pina colada-gotta do it every now and then! :) Love you guys and miss you tons! Heath

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    Sarah Markley says:

    Sounds so amazing! Everybody looks tan and tired! Hopefully you all have recovered by now.

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    Hi Lindsey, I love your blog. So inspiring. I was looking thru your past posts and I thought your Zihuatenejo vacation looked amazing. Would you mind telling me where you stayed. I’d love to look into it for this summer’s vacation. Thanks!

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    hi elicia! we actually tried to stay at the place a couple doors down (much higher end) but they messed up our reservations and only had one room for 18 of us! so we ended up at el sol y luna (the sun and moon) and it was perfect. right on the cliff above the beach and best of all, each room had a kitchen, which worked really well with all the small kids. i hope this helps!

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    Thanks so much. I really appreciate it.

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