A year seems to have flown. I had begun writing a blurb of the year, but got as far as September before running out of characters. It highlighted a few things though - a lot has happened in just 12 months; Mr Hayes usually ends up having to look after me; and I spend so much time with my head in the clouds that I take it all for granted. In 12 months we have travelled around 8 countries together, more than 10 between us, fallen pregnant twice, had our first dance, bought our first home, argued in b&q more times than I care to remember, scared eachother: him by climbing ridiculous spaces for the perfect photo (as pictured) and me being ill in dramatic style (thankfully, not pictured). He has made sure that I am looked after, ensured I saw one of my closest friend's wedding in Morocco, made certain there were rolls and corned beef a plenty when morning sickness forbade any other foods from being consumed. In short, he has supported me. I am not one to shove my private life down other peoples throats, but I would like to think I show my gratitude ocassionally and make notes for my future self to find whilst procrastinating, and this is one. Its also a reminder to my future self that I definitely cram a lot into a short period of time and should probably not be so harsh on myself, the naps - in my opinion - are deffo well earned. Love you bub, I cannae believe Croatia was over a year ago, and Rome two years...thank you for looking after me. #gratitude#mumtobe#growingfamily#travel#travellingcouple#wanderlust#love @krisjhayes
Robert's parents have a holiday home in the France Alps, which means we are there quite often. In the winter it's of course all about skiing, but in the summer you can hike, mountainbike, enjoy the amazingly green environment and partake in water related activities.
And it's actually very close to this amazing view! You get the real on top of the world feeling from standing here 😍 Anddd you can get here in winter and in summer!
Have you ever visited the France Alps?
C&C at the seaside staat voor een stralende dag aan de zee, zoals we het allebei zo graag wouden. Het staat symbool voor een jaar waarin we elkaar door en door leerden kennen en waarin ik beseft heb dat ik perfect genoeg heb aan hem en mij, wij onder ons getweetjes. Het staat voor op dezelfde golflengte zitten, samen groeien, samen zoeken en samen vechten. Dat het een onmogelijke opgave zou zijn om ooit te stoppen met van hem te houden, dat weet ik 100% zeker. 🌊
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We never actually intended to get legally married, but in our own way, on our own time, we decided we wanted to. We thought of doing a beautiful dinner with family and friends in Montana, we thought of getting everyone together on the beach in Costa Rica, and we thought about renting out a trendy hotel in Austin. ⠀
We threw around ideas for a few months until we realized that the planning was taking us away from the original intention of why we wanted to get married in the first place – to celebrate a sacred union between him and I.⠀
Not to impress people with pretty lights and beautiful flowers, not so I could put on a ton of makeup and buy an expensive dress, and most definitely not to throw a wild party….we simply wanted to celebrate each other’s love. “What if we just go to the courthouse,” we said, sort of unsure about how that would play out with our families. YES! Each of us 100% said yes.⠀
I found my wedding dress at the second hand shop next to my apartment and it was only $5.18.⠀
Our friend Sarah, a professional wedding photographer came as our witness & loving support, and offered to take photos.⠀
My family heard the news and sent us a beautiful bouquet of flowers to hold while the judge had us say our vows at 11:30am on Tuesday, April 12th. We were then officially married by the Justice of the Peace at the courthouse in downtown Austin.⠀
We had our first dance in our living room that morning and pizza for lunch at our favorite pizza place in Austin.
Has anyone else opted for a courthouse wedding? 🏫
Do you prefer City Breaks or Off-the-Track adventures? 🐳 We love this seriously awesome photo of Hong Kong, captured by @jacob - make sure you check out his page! 📸😃 Hope you’re all enjoying your Sunday 💚
We visited our first Cenote in Mexico and it was magical... Greens and blues of all shades, lush green and beautiful lighting 💦 Never have we seen such clear water and amazing colours! It was the perfect morning, apart from getting eaten alive by mosquitoes!
A few tips about going to Cenotes...
1. Arrive when they open if you want them to yourself usually 8-8.30am, literally 20 mins after this one opened a mini bus of people turned up!
2. You can’t wear any sun cream or insect repellant as it is really bad for the water and fish - so pls don’t put it on before you go.
3. There are thousands of these cool pools of water in Mexico and all should cost you around 100 pesos, some parks have multiple Cenotes so may cost more.
4. Most of them in the Rivera Maya area are off of the main road so the best way to get there is rent a car.
Think you’re going to be seeing a lot more of these ☺️
I can’t get over all the amazing fresh produce here. Imagine having all this organised goodness on your doorstep. Hanoi seems to have designated areas for different produce. There are a few streets in a row that sell just shoes, another selling just flowers, fans, bamboo, cleaning products, bags, you name it. They seem to take great pride in having everything really well organised too which I love. 💙💚💛🧡❤️🇻🇳 Side note: Look at the size of the cinnamon rolls in the picture with the PUPPY. It’s absolutely huge. It was up to my waist.