Monday, December 10, 2012

Mexico 2012

Well...I'm starting to really get used to this yearly Mexico thing. It's just sort of nice. Well a LOT nice. I'm so grateful to my Aunt and Uncle for inviting us down every year! We LOVE and look forward to this week every year! Anyway...we clearly went to Mexico again this year. Each time is special in it's own way, but this year was fun because we took our kids...and a ton of my cousins were there with their kids. So it was pretty much just solid play time for the kids! We missed my parents though (they are our travel buddies, and discovered that travelling without them is way harder then we'd expected. We were outnumbered by the kids you know).

Anyway...preparations for the trip were slow and LONG. Half of us go the stomach flu, and my parents left on a mission all the week before we left - we stayed pretty busy with all that. So things were definitely put into mad rush mode by the end of the week. BUT we got it all together and made it to Mexico. The girls were angels on the plane. Even Cait - who we were the most worried about. She was about a week into fighting a pretty intense bladder infection and we were worried that she would cry the whole time. Instead she slept the whole time...and was patient in our three hour delay.

Sunday: We arrived in Mexico pretty late Saturday it was fun to take Cait out in the sun on Sunday morning. She LOVED it. But sadly we kept her in the shade the rest of the trip (her antibiotics and sun don't mix too well). We spent Sunday relaxing around the pool, boogie boarding, getting groceries, etc. It was a GREAT first day.

Monday: Another great Beach day. Another great Pool Day. Some Dirty Taco's and an awesome dinner in Punta de Mita. Imagine a restaurant to yourselves (and the 20 other members of your party), live music, a table for the kids to eat at (while watching Nick jr), a waiter to spoon feed your kids because they are too distracted to feed themselves, and the waves crashing on the beach just a few feet away. Seriously, it was awesome!

The kids had a poolside dance contest. So cute!

Tuesday: Ben and Hailey had the stomach flu. Which meant they slept all day...never even saw the sun. So Paige, Cait and I partied at the Beach, and relaxed on our balcony.

Crawling....a favourite for this little girl

iPhone movies during nap time

Post bath pictures with the elephant towel

Reading books during nap time

Wednesday: The day started out GREAT!! We got to witness the hatching of a turtle nest just steps away from our villa. It was AMAZING! We watched well over a hundred baby turtles make their way to the ocean. Seriously....such an awesome thing to be part of. We finished off the day with some shopping at the market in Bucerias and dinner back at the resort.

Look at those little tiny and adorable

Do you see them? The Turtles? I think I see 8 in this picture.

This turtle is just waiting for the surf to take him away

Starting to feel a bit better...I guess dinosaur towels brighten any mood

Already adjusted to the heat....long sleeved shirts!

Thursday: Ben and the girls hung out at the resort and I got to go Zip lining with my cousins. Ben may just be the best hubby ever. He went last year and I couldn't go cause I was he made sure I got to go this year. It was soooo fun! Then Thursday night we took the girls into La Cruz for Dinner at Frescatti's. It's a sweet little Italian Restaurant. It was soooo nice to eat normal food. I really do love Mexican food and all the dirty tacos we ate, but I was craving some tastes from home. And I KNOW Ben and Hailey's stomach's appreciated it as well.

Friday: our last full day! We spent the whole day pool and beach side. Oh wait...I actually spent 2 hours in the spa. Like I wasn't spoiled enough having a day without kids the day before...Ben decided to surprise me with an 85 minute massage and 25 minute facial. Hello husband of the year! I also  had Ben catch a few pictures of me Boogie boarding so I could add them to my '30 by 30' bucket list. One of my goals was to go boogie boarding in mexico...which I have done before, but just wanted to make sure I did again! I also was supposed to eat shrimp and actually like it. AND...I did!! But there are no pictures to document that moment. But I did order three different shrimp dishes while in Mexico...and each time it was delish! Anyway...we ventured back to La Cruz with my cousin Emily and her family for dinner that night. We asked some ladies we saw on the street where they'd recommend we eat for dinner and they pointed us in the direction of Philo's bar. So we headed there and had some great pizza! The place was clearly a tourist spot - meaning only white people were there. But that's sort of what we were looking for..or at least what our weak stomachs wanted. The place was awesome! We were the youngest people there by at least 30 years but loved every second of it. The best part of all was the live band! I think it was the owner and his buddies? Anyway, they played great music for dancing and the kids LOVED every second of it! I'll have to try to upload a video of them dancing! It was a magical evening! The perfect way to end the trip!

Only my kids could be cold in Mexico!

Eating her favourite thing...the beads on my bathing suit

My main man

Me...Boogie Boarding..the waves were weaksauce this day

We always had the BEST sunsets from our room!

Saturday: Check-out, return the rental car, and eat one last Mexican Taco at Marlin Tacos across from the Airport. mmmm. They were yummy! Hailey and Paige were GREAT on the flight home. Cait not so much. She cried on and off for a good 2 hours. And then slept for an hour and was ok the rest of the flight. Everyone was pretty patient with us...but wow, that baby was sad. As it turns out, we all have colds now. That may have explained her extreme crankiness...she probably had a hard time equalizing her ears. I know it took me over 24 hours to equalize after we landed...thanks to my cold.

Anyway...the trip was GREAT! The company was even better! I LOVE this place and hope we get a chance to go back again one day!

p.s. some of these pictures or pretty low quality - we didn't always have a real camera with us, so made due with stills from our video camera or iPhone. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's so nice to hear that you guys had a great time. You write about it in such a fun way that Dad and I almost feel we were with you! Way to go, Ben, you get high fives and all the rest for treating your wife in such a wonderful way!
Love the pictures, even though they weren't taken with a super-duper camera, they were taken with love and that shows! (I wouldn't have known they weren't high res if you hadn't told us.)
Take care and get over the cold and stuff.
Love, G-Ma and G-Pa, in Wyoming -it's cold here and no dirty tacos or beaches ;)