Last summer, after the babies were born, Justin and I decided that once they turned a year old we would take a week long beach vacation. And I am soooo glad we stuck to that promise and actually did it. Justin surprised me on my birthday with a week long vacay to Playa del Carmen in Mexico. He put so much thought and effort into it...what a great fella I have! Thank goodness he gave me a few weeks warning because: a) needed to add a few workouts to get bathing suit ready (if that's really even possible) and b) I had to prepare to leave my little monsters for a whole week. In their little lives, I had only been away from them for ONE full day. Just one day I didn't see their faces at some point during the day. They have had overnights with the grandparents but never any extended stays. There were many, many tears shed in the weeks and days leading up to our trip. I just *might* be a little attached/obsessed with my children. Thankfully the grandma's were absolutely awesome and took amazing care of our sweet babies. I'm not sure they even really missed us. Truth be told...they probably needed the break from us just as much as we needed it from them. Clearly, it was a win-win!
We dropped the boys off with his mom Saturday afternoon so we could run some last minute errands and get to bed early. The 4am wakeup time came pretty early. Our flights were on time and the only hiccup we had was not sitting together for 3 of the 4 flights. I blame the travel agent who shall remain nameless (justin)!! We arrived safely to Cozumel the took a 45 minute ferry ride over to Playa. The weather was gorgeous...humid...but not the sweltering Oklahoma heat we have been having lately. The ferry ride was so fun and the water was beautiful. We made it to Playa and headed over to our resort. We stayed at the Gran Porto Real. It was beautiful and our room was really nice. We had a walkout beach room, so we just had to walk out of our glass door and there was the sand....a short walk and we were at the waters edge. The only bad thing about the walkout part was that you can't lock that door. And if you know anything about our Cabo trip a few years ago (cash and my wedding ring/bands stolen while we were ASLEEP) then you know I was a little leary. But, I was smart this time and left all the good stuff at home. But there was a ton of security walking around so that made us feel better. We used it to go on our morning walks on the beach. trying to a little bit of exercise while we were away. It was definitely a workout...that sand is tough!! We usually walked around 1.5 miles every morning.
We spent our first full day by the pool having some fruity drinks and a cervesa or two. I *might* have been a little anxious to get a tan and only wore a 20 spf the first day. Oops! No real burn, but it was pretty pink...not to mention the big bar from my bathing suit top across my chest. Justin was smart and wore a 30 spf plus he's got all of that Cherokee in him and tans like a little brown berry just thinking about the sun. Not fair, not fair!
We got dressed up to go out to eat every night. I love date nights! With our package we were able to dine at several specialty restaurants at our hotel and their sister hotel across the street. Each place had a dress code for the men...pants and close toed shoes. It was a little warm for that, but the food was divine. The best meals we have had in a long time. Breakfast was wonderful. I am pretty sure my favorite part of breakfast was having refried beans and a little watermelon every morning. Weird combo - yes. But it was delish.
|Date night #1|
We spent Tuesday walking 5th Avenue. It's a long street full of shopping and food. Actually...we spent part of our day walking 5th Ave. The morning was
|a little titi monkey!|
|I wanted to take this little guy home so badly!|
Justin, or maybe I should call him "Meester Weeskers" like they did, was a big hit on 5th Ave with the vendors. Apparently they thought he looked like he smoked "the green bud" and almost everyone asked if he wanted to buy some. Ummm...no thanks man. No.thank.you.
After a long day we headed to another date night... Steak house night. Phenomenal. Did I mention the hotel had a dance group that performed every night? We made sure we went to dinner early enough each night to catch all the shows. A little cheesy...yes, but very entertaining.
|Date Night #2|
Our room had these weird curtain-things hanging on each side of the bed. Pretty much perfect to wrap yourself up in and twirl out of. Which is what I did. Good times, good times!
We ventured out of the hotel to 5th Avenue for dinner at a Mayan restaurant called Yacxche (thx Aub & Katie for telling us about it!). It was absolutely authentic and delish. My only complaint was that I got a different soup than Justin. His soup was phenomenal. The ceviche was divine. I could have eaten a whole plate of ceviche and been perfectly content. The restaurant was just a few blocks from the hotel so we walked. We didn't stay out too long after we saw the police strolling 5th with their machine guns and face masks. I'm sure it's normal...but it's not our normal.
|Date Night #3 (love this dress...one of my faves!)|
On Thursday we took our morning walk on the beach. I made J take my picture on the coolest rocks on the beach in front of our hotel. They were so pretty and the perfect pic setting. I also snapped a good pic of Justin on our walk. While we were out we saw some guys fishing which was pretty neat to watch.
We swam with the dolphins that afternoon. So much fun. So amazing. You realize how amazing God really is when you get up close and personal with his creations. They were beautiful. We spent an hour learning, touching, swimming and kissing on them. J wasn't too excited abou the excursion before we left, but afterwards he couldn't stop smiling. It was so sweet. It was a fun play day for us that's for sure.
We ate at a restaurant next door called Pelicanos. Caribbean food...oh so yummy. Hands down best coconut shrimp I have ever had. It was on the ocean so we got to listen to the waves while we dined. Beautiful night...beautiful food.
|Date Night # 4|
We spent the last day doing a little shopping and vegging at the rooftop pool. I was able to finish reading The Help, which is a fantastic book by the way. I just saw previews for the movie and I can't wait to watch it! I also read a few Chelsea Handler books while at the pool. Not the most sophisticated reads, but hilarious. Love that Chelsea.
We had dinner at Asiana - an Asian restaurant. Sushi rolls and more. It was wonderful. I actually can't remember what I ate but I know it was delish. Just like every meal we had there.
|Date Night #5|