Saturday, December 14, 2013

Puerto Vallarta: The City

Welcome to PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO! The first week of November 2013, our Family spent a wonderful 7 days on the Pacific Side of Mexico, in Puerto Vallarta. It was fun to have some Family time in some warm weather. I would recommend visiting Puerto Vallarta at least once, if you're a frequent traveler, but to go back again and again? Probably not. This post has pictures from our day spent in the City of Puerto Vallarta. I felt safe taking Thor around, and wasn't too worried about theft. If you're looking to do some shopping in town to get "killer deals" you probably won't find too many inside the City. And the "flea Market" in town, ... I'm pretty sure all the shops are in it together to rip off the tourists. In the less heavily trafficked areas however, you'll actually get to barter! And you'll feel good when you're done because you'll actually get good deals. There are SOME places here and there IN the City where you can actually get good deals, but again, it has to be a less heavily trafficked area.

One great feature of the Greater Puerto Vallarta area is the Rolling Hills/Mountains of Jungle! It really is beautiful. If we didn't have Thor with us, I would have liked to venture out a bit more to explore the more remote areas and get a bit more taste of Culture. And possibly explore a little bit more of the Jungle. But either way, it was still great to view the mountains from our resort and from the beach. There's just something refreshing relaxing about viewing vasts amount of greenery, especially atop Hills and Mountains.
There are many large sculptures dotted along the Ocean in the City of Puerto Vallarta. We decided to Snap a few pics with these fun, beautiful and detailed works of art.
The Cathedral of our Lady of Guadalupe. It is Puerto Vallarta's most recognizable Cathedral due to the large blue crown that sits atop it's bell tower. Above is a shot of the inside of the building, we came during a mass meeting, so I didn't take as many of the photos inside as I would have liked too out of respect to the service going on. But the Cathedral is quite a landmark, and is worth a trip to town just to get a glimpse of it.
Thor was tuckered out by the end of the day in town. Traveling with a toddler is probably the most difficult age to travel with, but it really wasn't too bad in Mexico. I think with Toddlers there are places you can travel and still have a great time, but I definitely wouldn't take them any/everywhere. Having regular nap times in an air-conditioned room is a must when with a toddler. I mean, you can shift naps here and there or skip them a few times, but they should probably stick to the main meat of their nap routine (time) as much as possible, because traveling can cause overstimulation and tucker the little guys out. And I'd rather have a Happy Child rather than a Grumpy one.
Love Always,
Mrs. Fray Fray

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Chore Chart

While James is Away Working, I've been living with with my expectant Sister-in-Law and her two girls. Zoe is 6, and Molly is 2. The Zoe has been sort of going through an "entitlement" stage. So ... to help her realize that she can't just get what she wants, whenever she wants it. And to learn that certain things are Privileges, and not Rights. We decided to make a Chore chart! That way, she learn the value of earning things, rather than getting them just because she wants them.

How it works:
On the chart she can earn points for certain tasks. The everyday tasks that she is expected to do are only worth one point each, and she has to do them without complaint to get the point. And the other tasks, depending on the task, are worth 2 to 3 points each.

We went out and bought items that she and her sister can earn when they earn enough points to receive an item. So ... They can See what it is they are trying to earn, but aren't allowed to get the item until they earn the point value written on the item. Each item is worth a different amount of points depending on wether we wanted it to be more difficult to receive the item, or easier.

Zoe, the 6 year old, recently lost her privileges to go Trick-or-Treating, and she also lost her birthday party privilege. But, we are going to have those privileges returned to her if she earns them back by reaching the designated amount of points.

How It's Built:
We went to Ikea and bought two Magnet boards and put them side by side. Then we wrote on a poster board the designated chores for each girl, The day of the week, and Their names above their section, we let Zoe help color and decorate the board. We made about 30 lines, for approx. 30 days for the month. We then took the poster board and had it laminated at Staples (they sent it out so it took a couple of days). Then we bought miniature magnets at Michaels and had the girls put small stickers on the magnets so that when they complete a task they can put a "sticker" on it! But, we don't have to re-make the poster board month to month, And we don't have to buy stickers All the time either. Re-usable, and cheap! Hooray!

The Prizes:
We decided to not just do Any prize they wanted All the time. I mean, it's ok to get them something "special" to reach every now and then. But we mostly stuck to books and arts and crafts this time. One's that THEY wanted. That way they can still use their creativity, or be excited for learning. Each child is unique, so try to play towards things your child is gifted at, or is interested in.

I hope this was helpful, and I hope my explanation made sense. Write any questions or comments you have below! Have a Pretty day!
Love Always,
Mrs. Fray Fray

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Hoarder : The Cleanup

Well, ... I promised to show the interior of the home, so here it is. Since I feel that I did a lot of explaining in the previous post, I think this post I'll explain photos/go into greater depth with the photographs. Mostly, I'm just giving you a glimpse of what the place looked like when we first walked in (after cleanup had already occurred the weekend before). I don't have a wide angle lens, so the shots aren't as full view as I'd like them to be, but ... you get the picture.

James' Dad had horses, so here are some shots of the room that had all the bridles, ropes, etc. He was also very into leather work, knife making & Music.

We found
various types of musical instruments. Leather, leather, leather and more leather. Some pelts and fur, but mostly leather! And whenever we crossed paths with one of his knives we got a little excited. Mostly because they are pretty amazing knives! Some of his knives, that he made, could sell up to $400! But, ... we like them, not only because of the look and quality of the knives, but the sentimental value, that his Dad Made it. There is no way that we are going to sell, or toss his knives. They're just too awesome!


The fridge wasn't too bad. It was working when we arrived, and looked to have been working. Then we left and returned the next day and the Fridge had pooped out. O'well. I was sort of wanting a new fridge anyway. This one was just a tad bit too old for me. But
 the black and white photos of it does make it look quite good.

Photo to the left is the living Room. Photo to the right is the second bedroom. (Only two bedrooms).

These are just some shots we got of the inside of the dump truck. We had ripped out the carpet in the living room, which had tile underneath.

You will never guess what we found under the tile. HARDWOOD! Not just any hardwood. It's an inch Thick! Literally! Apparently this home was built out of the leftovers of the famous "Prince of Whales Hotel" in Waterton! How cool is that!? A little piece of History right in our own little home. I guess technically, ... our First Home!
Finally! Here are some shots of the house After it had been cleaned out. We still have a lot of work to do to get it in better condition.

There is an addition on the back of the house that needs to be completely torn down. It's the cause of most of the mold/mildew in the air. The roof on it isn't keeping out the water and it's unsalvageable. But, that's ok. James says that we can tear it down and build a larger addition onto the back at a very low cost. He has the best connections ever.
 Photo of Things in Good Condition that we can give away or keep for ourselves.
 There are 5 of these beasts hiding on the property. We found 3.

Photo above is the living Room.

James is just working away. He's such a good hard worker. Love him!
 Kitchen Almost cleaned

 Love Always,
Mrs. Fray Fray