Monday, March 01, 2010

{Mexico 2010}

So I went the whole month of February without posting....that is a record!

On February 5th, Troy and I headed down to SLC.
The next day we attended my nieces baptism. Later that night I said good bye to my babies.....for a whole week. It was so hard and it was the longest I have ever left them.
The week gone could have never happened if my brother and sister in law weren't the wonderful people that they are and take care of the kids while we were gone.....{Thanks Jeff & Cindy!}


Designated travel day. We left for the airport bright and early (too early!) and arrived in Cancun by mid-afternoon. Then took a van ride to our hotel: Dreams Puerto Aventuras
Since it was Superbowl Sunday, that night on the beach we ate and watched the game on some major big screens on the beach.


Tour the area day. We walked to the local shops to check out where we were. The Marina could be seen from our hotel balcony. The Dolphin Discovery was also located there also. I think swimming with the dolphins would have been fun, but I would only really want to have the dolphins come and push my feet, and to do that you had to buy the 'best' package which was $179-ish a person! Wowza! :) That night we went to Playa del Carmen, toured there, walked the beach and visited a Mexico Wal-Mart. That was quite the experience! As we were leaving we stopped at a booth to look at some adventure activities....more about that on Wednesday :)

Picture Above:From our hotel balcony.....The 'adults only' pool. The smaller one on the left had a swim up bar. How lazy that you can just swim up to the bar to get yourself a drink.... Even farther to the left was the marina.

Picture Below: Better angle of the Marina

Trip to Chichen Itza. It was at least a 3 hour bus ride, but on the way there we made a few stops.
First, a stop to an underground cenote.
They only gave us 30 minutes there, so Troy and I opted not to get in and swim. But it was huge, and the ropes strung every where and one wrapped around a rock as an anchor were quite humorous. ;0)

The ruins were great. Don't know if I would ever go see them again, but at least I can say we saw them :) The details were amazing!


Remember Monday night when we stopped at the Wal-Mart adventure booth?!?!? Well we got roped into doing a time share presentation. Only because we got two tickets to an adventure of our choice, both tickets for 50 bucks. Without going we would have spent $120 a piece!

We were told it would be a 90 minute presentation.
FOUR hours later Troy is banging his head on the wall, shooting himself in the head telling them NO and that we are DONE! Let us go!!

Maybe we should have paid the extra money..... :)


Our Adventure day, that we sat through 4 hours of people trying to convince us to buy their time share.... We chose Xcaret.

It was at this park, we went snuba diving. I did not spell that wrong. It was really sNuba diving. I was totally fine with the whole idea of snuba diving.

Until, they strapped the weighted belt to my waist, put the regulator harness to me and dropped us off the side of the boat.
I freaked! I was so worked up that I was grinding my teeth so hard, I locked my jaw up and could barely open my mouth to put the regulator in! After trying to get me to go down a few times, the instructor let me take the belt off and just skim across the top of the water. After a little while of this another instructor came along, grabbed my hand and pulled me under.

I, then, was okay with all of it :)

After all the snuba fun we had an 'authentic' Mexican dinner. The restaurant was LITERALLY attached to the horse stables! You could smell the manure while you were eating.....gross.

Before we left for home, they had a show. The first half was amazing! The costumes were unbelievable and the whole thing was great.

Walking into the show most of the characters were standing all over, so you can get pictures with them.
I have some videos of some of the performances. I will get those uploaded and posted into a new post....hopefully soon :)


They were so authentic, this guy had a REAL snake wrapped around his wrist!


One of my favorite days....
We took a ferry to Cozumel island. Once there, we rented a scooter and headed out of all the hustle and bustle of people. (It was super windy!)

After about 30 or 40 minutes we stopped and walked around some of the beach.

The water was hitting the rocks so hard, and there were blow holes everywhere.

Right as Troy was looking into come up WAY higher than before.....


If you have ever lost a shoe while in the ocean, it could have washed up to the shore. There was so many shoes and trash along the shore.

A little farther down the road, we found a great spot to play in the water. Beach was pretty clean, only about 10 other people playing there.
It was a blast! Well, until one time I came up from a big wave to find my swimsuit top down WAY farther then it should be and a little after that I came down again onto a rock and cut my toe open :) I was a little wounded. Physically and mentally. LOL

Shortly after our ride back in, some lunch, wondering of the streets we headed back to catch the ferry.
There was a HUGE down pour! The rain was coming down so hard, it was ridiculous!
On the ferry ride back there was a band there that played for us. They were great and their first song was "Have you ever seen the rain" That song has officially been sung MANY MANY times in our home in the last two weeks. Mostly by Troy and now Taylor. :)


Relax at the hotel day. This was our first day we didn't leave the resort. I lounged by the shore and read (while Troy sat there next to me BORED!) then left to take out the kayak.
Shortly after I moved to the adults only side (quieter and less wind) Troy comes strolling in telling me I had to come snorkeling with him.

Just off the shore of our hotel we saw more fish (and was just as close) as when we went snuba diving! It was amazing. And then I hit my shin against some coral....and yet again I become wounded. That one hurt! ;)
I got cold so I bailed out a little before Troy and went straight to the hot tub....ahhhhh heaven :)


Travel day again. The only bad thing was we didn't get on our first flight until 12:30 and had a 4 HOUR lay over in Chicago. We didn't get into Utah until 11:30-ish, then had an hour drive to my brother's house.

I was so excited to see the kids that I was up at 6:00, grabbing Parker (which was awake crying and would probably went back to sleep) giving him hugs. He wouldn't look at me at first. But Laid on me for a long time :) When Taylor saw us she got all choked up and almost started crying....Mommy too :)

It was such a much needed vacation. After almost 7 years of marriage we took our first real vacation. I could definitely get use to taking vacations!

Thanks again Jeff & Cindy!


Melissa said...

Wow! Looks like you guys had fun! I am jealous. Going on 11 years here without a vacation together.

Troy said...

Who is the fat guy???

The Goldade's said...

Looks like so much fun...I wish I could go on vacation!!

SAYDA said...

Wow! Love all the pics! That is so neat that you got to get away.

Robnz Fam said...

Oh my goodness. I'm totally jealous. How much FUN! I bet you were wishing it would never end...except missing the kids part, I know that is so hard to be away that long from your babies!! I'm so glad you posted this. I'm totally planning a trip for Seth and I. Even a weekend get-a-way. Every couple needs that!! Especially after 7 years of marriage!

Bradbury Bunch said...

WE LOVE MEXICO!! That is where we went on our honeymoon-and we'll definitely go back!!! Sounds like an awesome vacation-and Happy 7 Years of Marriage to you and Troy too!!!

P-S And your kiddos in those rainboots = ADORABLE!