Saturday, June 27, 2015

Happy Anniversary + A Palm Springs Getaway!!

Fourteen YEARS ago today, Ernesto and I tied the knot! I can't believe it. How could I be married that long already? It doesn't seem that long ago. Our 10 year anniversary video was a nice recap of our fun together...for the first 10 years. But the last four years with our babies have been really special. No, I didn't throw together another video, but I will (maybe for our 15th)! Heck, it will probably take me a year to sort through all of the pictures.
Of course, all I need to do is look at our wedding pictures to know that it was in fact, 14 years ago. We look like children.
We are not together today because the 3 boys in my life are still out in San Diego. (flying home tomorrow morning) I will be celebrating myself with shopping, eating Talenti Sea Salt Caramel gelato, doing some gardening, blogging, going on a run with my music BLARING and watching tv. And you know what? This may change because I don't have ANY responsibilities today!! Oh and I love you mi amor!
We celebrated our anniversary a week early with a little getaway in Palm Springs. (Yes, we needed a getaway from our vacation in San Diego.)

Los ninos stayed with los abuelos and mami y papi had a couple days free. It is only a two hour drive from San Diego, so an easy weekend trip. You know you are getting close when there are hundreds of white windmills.
The destination was inspired by Instagram. Once I saw a few pictures of the resort Parker Palm Springs, I was on a mission. Luckily, when I went to the Parker website, I learned that it is a Le Meridian resort and part of the Starwood hotel group. YES! We could stay using our American Express points! Free!

"Jonathan Adler-designed Palm Springs landmark with a legendary pool scene, sprawling spa and sexy bistro" - Jetsetter

It is a luxurious mid-century resort in the middle of the dessert. With winding dirt paths surrounded by tall plants, there were surprises around every corner.
If you want to lounge around and relax, this is the right place!
I guess the pools here are legendary for filling up quickly. Celebrity spotting abound. During busy season/weekends you need to reserve your chair (by throwing down your towel) at the crack of dawn.
Do you want to take a look at the inside, starting with the most beautiful doors ever. Orange and brass!! Ugh!
The lobby was soooooo awesome, I wanted to take everything home with me.
Ooooh those chairs and that rug!
That sofa! I kept waiting for Don Draper to walk though the door.
That chandelier!
Those pillows! (out of Moroccan wedding blankets)
Drugs! That light!
That chair! That belly! Yes, its starting to stick out now!
The Parker has 144 rooms, a handful of villas and a four bedroom house. (above)
Our room was just half the size of this room (below), but the decor was the same and felt so fresh. The bathroom was a pink, black and white marble...and I loved it!? Definitely vintage, but they made it modern.
This was the view out our plantation shutters. An oasis!
This place is awesome! Once in our room, we looked at eachother and laughed. FREEDOM! We almost didn't know what to do...but we quickly figured it out. (wink, wink)
We strolled over to this "legendary" pool and did not have any trouble getting a chair...nor did I spot any celebrities. Wah wah. (we were there mid-week)
I ordered one of their homemade lemonades (with free refills) and caught up on the latest celebrity gossip.
Who in the hell are these people? Im so out of the loop. Reading this quickly made my sleepy and I dozed off poolside...something I have not done in years. YEARS! What a treat.
Even though the Parker has a couple really nice restaurants, that night we drove into the cute little downtown area for dinner. We were craving something Asian. Ernesto found a Vietnamese place with a tasty menu and great reviews. It was closed on Mondays. UGH! We instead dined at Thai Smile and it was pretty satisfying. We treated ourselves to desert at Great Shakes. Oh my! A milkshake with their homemade salted caramel hit the spot!
Something really interesting about Palm Springs is that none of the buildings are more than two stories. I was LOVING all the mid century architecture and I wanted to take one of the tours around the city, but alas, there wasn't enough time.
Palm Spring has hundreds of golf courses and Ernesto didn't want to miss out on that. He made a tee time before 7am so the heat would be bearable. It was over 100 degrees during the day!
When he returned at 11am, I was enjoying my $25 bowl of fruit & granola/honey and my $8 individual pot of coffee at the outdoor patio of Norma's, one of the onsite restaurants.
Overpriced for what I had? Sure, but it was the experience I was paying for, and it was fabulous! It made me feel special sitting there, and that was worth it!
Ernesto said he would take me on my own private tour of homes. He got a preview of them while golfing and said I was going to LOVE them. He knows me well. Look at these beauties. Oh those doors! The yellow ones kill me!
What a great little getaway! Have you guys been to Palm Springs? Im sure there is more to do there besides lounging at the Parker, but that was exactly what we needed. Our trip up the coast [the week before] was awesome too, but not so relaxing. We were on the move the whole time!
I still have some San Diego pictures to share, so come back for more Espinoza overload!!

Friday, June 12, 2015

San Diego Wrap Up!

I left SD last week so I could be in Atlanta for my jewelry show at Virginia Highlands Summerfest (which was awesome by the way!)
I picked up my boys at the airport Wednesday morning. SIX days after me!! They took the red-eye flight home from San Diego and arrived at 530 am. I guess that will be our flight from now on with the boys. Ernesto said they slept the whole way. I had fun living the single life, but boy did I miss them!

We have enjoyed being at home sweet home again, but our time in San Diego was pure Summer. Sun and mild temperatures, family and cookouts, beach and bike rides! (welcome back to Atlanta- where it is already in the 90's and you want to stayin the air conditioning!)

I wanted to post another batch of photos from our time there, mainly because I love looking back on our trips and how all the little ones change.

On most Sunday afternoons in San Diego the whole family gathers at Ernesto's padres house for delicious food and fun. One Sunday Erin and I planned a beach outing in Del Mar instead and it was perfect. Everyone had a blast and we were there until 8pm.
We got a family pic, which we haven't captured in a while. (Jerry, why did you leave so early!?)
Let me give you a closer up of the newest Espinoza, little Zack.
He is three months old and a little chunker. Such a happy baby too. Being around him and holding him made me excited for this little baby coming our way! And here is my baby, just as independant as he can be.
He must have scooted down this hill and climbed back up at least 15 times. Im not sure what the facination was, but it kept him busy for a long time.
These four little cousins had a blast on the beach together. They would run into the water, but only get up to their thighs before screaming and running back out. San Diego, your water is just. Too. Cold.

Are these girls crazy adorable or what? Those bikinis!!
At some point the boys and girls split. Girls went to the swings, and all of the boys spent over an hour digging for treasures. They each had a rock in hand and were excited to show eachother what they had found.

Which was? More rocks!! Oh the things that entertain kid s, right? Needless to say they were dirty and tired. It took just 5 minutes in the car for them to fall asleep. (My favorite kind of bedtime!)
Although we only got to the top once on this trip, we did hike Cowles Mountain. Whew! Mateo was not into that day, and Marcelo really tried, but it is a hard hike with lots of loose rocks. Ill just say it was a great workout for Ernesto and I because we mostly looked like this.
Adding 23 pounds (Marcelo) to the 10 pounds I have gained being prego is no joke. .
A workout is our main reason of going to Cowles anyway, so...mission completed. We have seen the view from the top SOOOOOOO many times, but it is still a nice litte [windy] reward.
Tata and Marcelo took a break together.
More sweetness with these little cousins.
Ernesto bought a firepit for his parents while we were out there and we made use of it a few nights.
A whole bag of marshmallows disappeared in less than 15 minutes!
One day I met Erin and Tavo at Birch Aquarium with the kids. (Ernesto was golfing!)
They enjoys seeing all the fish, running with their cousins and the outdoor activity area was a hit too!
As usual the food in San Diego, particularly at mi suegras house, is always to die for. I know I am gaining weight because I am pregnant but I feel like there is some correlation to my belly popping out while we were out there eating delicious food for 3 weeks.
Mi suegra makes THE BEST Menudo. Do you think cows stomach lining is fattening? I have often wondered, but never looked into it. I really don't want to know.
A trip to tia Vero's house would not be the same without a piƱata. It's now becoming a tadition, and these kids love it!
I'm ending with my gorgeous niece Cariza. Her papa owns Lucky Lu's, a delicious upscale chinese restaurant in downtown San Diego. She is a server there and insists that her tips are better when she is all made up. I wanted to do a before and after (this 30-minute process).
Of course she looks great either way. She is also a make-up artist, and has a way of transforming you. Last year while she was visiting us at Christmas time, she did my eyes and gave me eyebrows like hers and I looked like a transvestite. I do not have a picture, and I'm not sure if I would share it online anyway. Ha!
Ok I am done! We are working on the back yard full force over here with a goal of completion for Marcelo's birthday June 28th. My baby is going to be TWO! Check back for updates!


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