We had a great time in Tulum Mexico ( Riviera Maya area). The weather was flawless - sunny and mid to high 80s everyday and we followed a schedule we kept on our last two beachy trips - breakfast, long morning beach walk, bake in the sun and read and drink diet coke until lunch time, eat lunch at a different place each day, go on an adventure all afternoon until dinner time and then pick out a different place to eat each night. We stayed at a place called Viento de Mar along the jungle road where eco-hotels are built cheek by jowl on the ocean side of the narrow road and shops and restaurants line the other side. I say they are cheek by jowl close but they don't feel that way because each boutique hotel is quite small, 8-20 rooms, most with thatched palapa style roofs, and open floor restaurants and bars. We loved it. Here are some pics of that trip.
Below are both of them hanging in the hall way on the second floor.
Last Wednesday, for the 175th anniversary of the Relief Society, my church's women's organization, we put together a "birthday party" with cake, ice cream, a "let's make a deal" game and a service project. My second counselor and I each made a few homemade cakes, different kinds, and homemade ice cream. My first counselor went out and bought a bunch of fun and silly prizes for the game. My secretary put together a beautiful flower arrangement and our friend Bobby H emceed the game. Each woman from our congregation/ward was asked to bring two purses - a used one to give away (don't we all have old purses we'll never use again?) and to be filled with items to donate to a local shelter for abused women and children and then our own purse to be filled with a bunch of non pursey objects found around one's house for the game. We had a great turnout with dozens of donated, filled purses and the game was a blast. The cakes were yummy too.
Taryn made a killer chocolate mousse cake in the back there next to a delicious carrot cake. We were all in a cake coma afterwards (Taryn's words).
A couple days ago, Dan and I went to NYC to see a play and peruse more bakeries. We also met up with our friends Carly and Jesse for lunch. Details below.
Here's a painted rendering of the place that was near our table - you can see its names and address - the corner of 9th and 21st in the Chelsea neighborhood.
Super super tender and delicious crullers from Daily Provisions at 103 E. 19th St. in the "furniture store district". The hot chocolate was fabulous too - very very rich and not too sweet.
On the train ride home from NYC to Boston, Dan and I ate from our bakery purchases the whole way. We felt pretty sick by the time we got home. Next week I am going to be in a bathing suit for most of the time and it's not gonna be pretty. Well, I think that's the last few weeks in the life of cheery and cheer. We have another blizzard coming on Tuesday and Wednesday here in New England which we are going to miss but I wouldn't complain at all if I were here for it. I love snow! I am not tired of winter by any means because we have barely had one - maybe two weeks worth if you add all the snowy and cold days together. And spring is always sitting on the kitchen counter no matter what.
Oh! And I'm going to be a Gran! My daughter is pregnant with the first grandchild of my three kids. Here she is with her teeny tiny baby bump. Hooray!!!
One more thing - Heath was just here and received his Scotty portrait!