Words and photos by Lindsey and Tegan of Treasures and Travels.
It was the most wonderful vacation. We were blown away by the beauty of Sunset Cliffs, all the wildflowers and the rugged coastline. It reminded me of the time we drove along the Coastal Highway on one of our many family vacations as kids. I remember our mom hating it, mainly because of her fear of heights. That’s one of the many things I got from my mama.
As I’m growing older and stepping further into motherhood, I’m seeing so much more of my mother in myself. The things that used to annoy me or that I was afraid of, I’ve come to love and cherish. Mother’s Day brings up lots of emotions, but it’s such a special time to reflect on all these amazing memories and the gift our mother was and is to us.
Our mom loved going on vacation. California trips with her and our dad and a van full of kids are some of our fondest memories. She loved everything about it, from the small-town shops to restaurants by the water, the long walks together by the ocean.
I love this photo because she always wanted to be in the sun and close to the water, but never in the water. Even though it’s Maui, it looks just like the shore we visited in San Diego. It’s from our parents’ honeymoon in Maui more than 30 years ago. Our dad has a whole book filled with these original film prints.
“She told us about the shorts she had worn on her honeymoon, still tucked away in the back of her closet somewhere. When we went back to Maui, we had to bring them with us.”
It was so amazing going to Maui with our dad this time last year. We saw many of the same places in the photographs and got to hear stories from all of their trips to the island, her favorite place in the world. We spent her birthday on the beach in Hana, where we got our rental Jeep stuck in the sand, soaked up the humidity of the rainforest and enjoyed the most scenic drive.
We always have a conversation about Mom whenever we’re out shopping because it was something she absolutely loved to do. A few hours at the mall with her was the only thing she’d let us skip school for — you know, occasionally. She was always known for her amazing sense of style, her floral skirts and gift for layering and mixing patterns. If we were unsure about an outfit when we were awkward teens, she would tell us that we could pull anything off if we wore it with confidence. One time, Lindsay walked out of her room in very ripped tights and short jean shorts and asked Mom if she looked slutty. Mom looked up and said, “Well, if you do, you can pull it off.”
I can’t believe Mom held onto these shorts all of these years — she pulled them out of her closet a few years ago. I remember buying a pair of super high-waisted shorts and she was laughing about how they came back in style when I showed her. She told us about the shorts she had worn on her honeymoon, still tucked away in the back of her closet somewhere. When we went back to Maui, we had to bring them with us.They fit both of us perfectly.