A convo with my mom

The epitome of my relationship with my mother is her trying to make me just like her. Maybe this is what all moms do to their daughters (cringe!). Sons seem to want to be just like their dads, while it seems like daughters usually do the opposite of whatever their mom wants.

She always wanted me to become a librarian, so I’ve always done just about anything I had to do never to become a librarian. Bah. Joke’s on her. One of our recent conversations sticks out and made me laugh today (as it does many days) so I had to share:

My mom: “I can’t believe you wear those ridiculous tennis shoes. Those provide absolutely no support for your feet.”

Me:”Mom, these are Vans, which are unisex, so they have a wider toe box which are typically only found in men’s shoes, and they don’t cramp your toes like women’s shoes. Plus, I can wear my insoles with these.”

My mom:”Oh, I’m so thankful that you wear insoles. They are the absolute best thing for your feet. You don’t even know how happy I am to hear that you wear insoles.”

She’s hilariously bipolar. And has no idea about shoes.

Our family trip to El Pescadero, Mexico (pictures like whoa)

We were sooooo lucky to be invited to a destination wedding in the surfing town of El Pescadero, Mexico. It is not very touristy, it is more of a surfer destination, and therefore not a town we would have ever picked on our own, so I’m glad it came onto our radar. I wish I knew how to surf…or had enough time to learn how to surf. The logical part of my brain insists I shouldn’t spend time trying  because we live in Minnesota so it doesn’t make sense as a hobby. I tell myself tennis is more logical – at least it doesn’t involve the ocean which is 1800 miles away.

Beautiful wedding...more beautiful bride

Beautiful wedding…more beautiful bride

Social hour at the wedding venue

Social hour at the wedding venue

The amazing ocean view from the wedding

The amazing ocean view from the wedding

We stayed at an oceanfront home called La Alianza. It was difficult to find in the dark as there are mostly dirt roads in El Pescadero. But watching the sun rise and set over the ocean from this house was amazing. It is a beautiful home in a beautiful location. Luckily, there was a main house with a pool that we were able to use, and this was critical because it was almost always over 90 degrees.

The pool at the main house of La Alianza

The pool at the main house of La Alianza

Sunset view of the beach from La Alianza

Sunset view of the beach from La Alianza

As always, we traveled light. We only brought two carry-on bags and didn’t even bring a stroller – I hauled Julius along in my Moby Wrap (facing outward) and he loved it. A customs lady even stopped me and asked me all about it, to my delight. We had to get a rental car because El Pescadero is about two hours north of Cabo San Lucas and we wanted to be able to explore. We purchased car seats at the Walmart in Cabo…they were more expensive than we expected at $100 USD each….apparently there is a premium on car seats as most locals don’t use them…

A mashup of El Pescadero and Todos Santos videos…

 

We were there four days, and outside of the wedding, we spent most of our time visiting restaurants and swimming in the pool. One afternoon we went to Cerritos Beach, but because it is primarily a surf town, the waves were pretty tremendous therefore it was too rough for us to really swim or build sandcastles. George was knocked down pretty quickly and we only stayed for a few hours. Nothing like the bathtub beach on Isla Mujeres!

Building sandcastles on Cerritos Surf Beach

Building sandcastles on Cerritos Surf Beach

Our most expensive meal was at Rancho Pescadero, but the food and surroundings were amazing. They grow all of their produce and you can walk around to see the plantings. We had an ahi tuna appetizer, seafood pasta (which I scarfed, so there is no picture) and steak (of course – Ross always orders steak).

Rancho Pescadero grew all of their own ingredients next to the restaurant

Rancho Pescadero grew all of their own ingredients next to the restaurant

Ahi tuna appetizer

Ahi tuna appetizer

Ross ordered steak

Ross ordered steak

We ate most of our breakfasts in the nearby town of Todos Santos, where the little streets definitely reminded me of Isla! We first hit Cafelix, which had two levels – the top level of the bar area was about ten degrees cooler for some reason, so we ate up there. We had eggs, banana pancakes and fruit smoothies with our coffee, and everything was delicious.

Cafelix streetfront in Todos Santos

Cafelix streetfront in Todos Santos

The wall menu at Cafelix

The wall menu at Cafelix

Our americano and cappuccino at Cafelix

Our americano and cappuccino at Cafelix

We sat on the second level (bar area) because it was cooler

We sat on the second level (bar area) because it was cooler

The wait was a bit long...for us "impatient rushed" Americans!

The wait was a bit long…for us “impatient rushed” Americans!

A little ways away from our rental house was Baja Bean Company, which was an expansive cafe with a bakery-style breakfast counter. I really wanted to try the almond croissant (okay I just really like saying “kwa-sooown,” en francais) but they only had a few of the menu items left, so we ordered egg quiche and egg avacado sandwich with fresh baked jalapeno bread. Totally delicious as well.

Our delicious breakfast at Baja Bean

Our delicious breakfast at Baja Bean

The dining area at Baja Bean

The dining area at Baja Bean

On our last day we hit up La Esquina in Todos Santos, which was my favorite. The food was amazing, the fresh fruit smoothies were amazing, the coffee was amazing, and the wireless signal was amazing. It was really the only place in the whole region where I could pick up a strong signal. There were a ton of expats there – and/or tourists, but I’m pretty sure they were expats.

Julius just chillin' it at La Esquina

Julius just chillin’ it at La Esquina

The day after the wedding we ate tacos at the beachfront house of one of the wedding guests. We watched the sun set which seriously happens within a matter of minutes. If you take a sip of your drink you will miss this magical moment.

Ross and Julius (and George's hair) eating tacos at the beach house

Ross and Julius (and George’s hair) eating tacos at the beach house

The sun set within 60 seconds...you had to watch carefully

The sun set within 60 seconds…you had to watch carefully

Ross wanted me to share pictures of the dirt roads. They seriously cut between mountains and in some instances require you to scale a mountain to get somewhere. The directions we frequently heard were “go between the two mountains” and “follow the bamboo fence until you get to the stone fence then take a right when you get to the block fence.” It was totally hectic driving around but we love a good adventure! But stay the hell away from Cabo if you can…Cabo traffic…I have no words.

The mostly-dirt roads of El Pescadero

The mostly-dirt roads of El Pescadero

All roads eventually lead to the ocean....

All roads eventually lead to the ocean….

Beachfront home in El Pescadero

Beachfront home in El Pescadero

How to make your own character cake

I wanted to make an edible Thomas the Train birthday cake topper or Thomas the Train cupcake fondant toppers for George’s upcoming birthday but I didn’t want to buy the $uper ex$pensive toppers off of etsy. Thankfully, I found this easy tutorial on how to frost your own professional-looking character and all you really need is a coloring page!

Now, being a crazy planner and scheduler-type of mom, I made this topper a month in advance and stuck it in the chest freezer. I’m not 100 percent certain it is going to go well when I take it out and put in on a cake next month. But I am 100 percent certain I could make this again no problem. It would probably go faster the second time, too.

I started out by tracing all of the black outlines.

I started out by tracing all of the black outlines.

Start adding in your colors!

Start adding in your colors!

Here is the link to the exact image I used for our cake. Now that I know how to make a character cake, you can bet I’m never going to buy another pre-made cake ever again. When your kids are older, I bet they would love to decorate their own cake, and it would be a great birthday activity to do together.