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linking up my weekly phone pics with jeannett!  i’m thepleatedpoppy on instagram if you want to follow along!

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my friend was hosting a bridal shower and i got to help her with the decor.  yippee!  a couple buckets of roses from my front yard helped out quite a bit!

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silas had a recitation night last week.  the same recitation that he was too nervous to do last year.  thanks to tons of preparation from a good friend of mine, he rocked his poem!  it takes a village to raise and school these kids!

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i had to snap a pic of this little 8 year old.  with ear buds in, she was rocking out to her uncle’s old band and crafting away quietly on a secret birthday gift for her sister.  just a quick peak into what she may look like in years to come…

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this jerk had to turn 11 this week.

ok, she’s actually the sweetest kid ever, but i’m still mad at her for growing up.

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and then we accidentally matched for her birthday dinner!

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the same day she turned “eleventeen”, we celebrated our 14th anniversary.  well, we remembered a couple times throughout the day that it was our anniversary and laughed about how much of a backseat it has taken.  thankfully we had barcelona to celebrate early!

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despite the absolute bored look on their faces, they were actually enjoying watching the sea lions catch fish dropped by the fisherman in morro bay.  we ventured out for an early fish n’ chips dinner with my parents on a really nice day!

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just before dinner we stopped into my mom’s favorite garden store and i spotted one of my favorite plants, string of pearls.

plans for the weekend?  we’re thinking of pulling out the new/old rv and cleaning it up… since we haven’t touched it since we bought it!

 

mallorca!

ok, no more excuses.  its time to get out my projector and share my slideshow with you ;)  sharing traveling photos is always a little tricky because i want to tell you all about our trip, but i don’t want to bore you.  so feel free to skip past this post if this is not your thing.  no hard feelings here ;)

a little background:  sean owns a company that works with a window coverings manufacturer called hunter douglas.  hunter douglas allows their top sellers to earn trips by selling certain products, and a bunch of other stuff i don’t understand ;)  this is our 3rd trip with them (1st was a mediterranean cruise and last year was a french cruise down the seine).  this years top trip was to barcelona!  and as luck would have it, the fc barcelona team was playing just a couple days before we were set to arrive, so we extended our trip on the front end to be able to catch a game.

then as luck would have it,  after we had bumped our airline tickets, the schedule changed and the game was no longer on.  bummer!  we had to figure out what we were going to do for 3 days and we landed on mallorca, an island off the coast of barcelona, just a short flight away.  we were also traveling with sean’s partner/manager and his girlfriend – they were so fun to travel with!

 

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we rented a house in the port town of soller.  it was kind of a roll of the dice in hopes that this place was nice, and it was!  it was even better than i’d hoped!  it was tucked up in the hills a little less than a mile from the port.  it was so peaceful, no sounds of cars or people, just the baaaa-ing of sheep and the jingle of their bells around their necks, and the twittering of birds.

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this was our room,

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with this view!  our doors opened to the patio with a view all the way down to the port.  can you see the tiny lighthouse on the left hill above the port?

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and this is the port of soller – it was just magical!

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 it was a circular bay, lined with restaurants and docks, with nearly vacant beaches all the way around.

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and these were the sunsets we enjoyed!  this was probably at about 9 pm, right about dinner time.  with our initial jet lag, and sleeping in until nearly noon, our bodies set to spanish time pretty quickly and adjusted to the later meal times.

 

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we had a rental car so we were able to drive to other parts of the island.  this was a nearby town of deia, one of the prettiest towns i’ve ever been in.

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we went for a hike from the town of deia to the little cove at the bottom of the hill.

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the hills on the entire island were covered with terraces, and most of the terraces had lemon and orange trees, and lots and lots of olive trees.  at every meal we were served a different type of olives as an appetizer.  i’m so bummed that we didn’t bring back any!

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this was the cove we hiked down to.  we brought a little picnic lunch and our suits and enjoyed the afternoon there.  i have a totally irrational fear of water, but even this was too inviting for me to not go in!

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this was also our first insight into the mallorcan culture and how the topless culture is so bizarre to us americans!  a girl came to the beach with 2 guys, took off her dress and only had on bottoms, sat there and ate her lunch with the guys (now in their undies), smoked a cigarette and read a book. i could maybe imagine doing this with my husband alone in a completely private area, but with his friends?  uh, not a chance!

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regardless, it was a beautiful, breathtaking view and i just want to go back there!

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sean found a great high-end bike shop near our house and rented a mountain bike for a few hours one morning.  he got some amazing pictures from around the island.

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this is another view of the port of soller from his bike.

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and this is back towards deia.

 

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we walked to town a couple times and got to see some amazing homes built on the hills.

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we also went into the main town of soller and had dinner in front of this cathedral that was in the center of town with a huge open square in front of it.

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this town, and really much of barcelona, felt like a mix between spanish, french and italian.  i love the little alleyways!

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another day we went to a town called porto cristo that was known for its caves filled with stalagtites and stalagmites.  we went on this tour that was really cool, and really weird.

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it had some funky videos featuring bach and some random opera singers that we couldn’t quite make sense of… but it made for some good laughs!

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we followed up the caves with a picnic and nap on the beach in porto cristo.

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sean took a nice long swim around the port while i slept like a baby!

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the sunsets just did not quit!

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right outside of our house were several hiking trails.   sean and i went for a little jog to check out the area.

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each day on mallorca we made breakfast at our house, then ate a simple picnic lunch, and then a great dinner.  we ate twice at this great restaurant called ran de mar (in case you ever visit!).

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our last day on the island, we drove through several other towns on our way to the airport and stopped for a snack and coffee.

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this time with sean was so refreshing.  having no responsibilities and total freedom was the best part!

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after mallorca we headed back to barcelona.  those pictures will be coming soon!