September 5, 2013

Vacation Time!

A few weeks ago, Patrick and I were able to go on a little getaway to Cancun. It was somewhat of a last minute decision (as are most things in our life) but it worked out and we had a great time! When we realized the timing for a vacation was going to be possible, we debated on a family vacation versus a trip for just Patrick and I. We went back and forth for awhile, but ultimately decided we were overdue for some "just us" time. While we were there, we spent some time in a marriage workbook by Jimmy Evans. He says in it that one of the best things you can give your children is a happy marriage, and I couldn't agree more. Everyday life gets SO busy that sometimes it's hard to keep your spouse a top priority, and they can often suffer because of the more demanding needs of the kids. I've often heard it said that one day the kids will be grown and out of the house, and it will just be you and your spouse again, so you want to make sure to keep "the fire alive", so to speak, so when that time comes you'll still have that strong relationship with your spouse. So we've been trying to be more intentional about that, which as I said, can be hard with small children. But we're doing a lot better about date night type stuff, and knew this vacation with the two of us would be a good idea too. And it was. We had such a great time doing NOTHING, relaxing, and having so much uninterrupted time to talk. A HUGE thanks to my sister Rachael for making this possible by watching the kiddos for us!

We used our same travel agent again and she made everything so easy. We decided on Cancun because it's a fairly quick flight, and our "travel day" wasn't so crazy that we were still able to spend over half the day on the beach when we arrived.

We stayed at the Riu Palace Peninsula in the Adults Only Villas. This picture is from their website - I never really took any pictures of the actual resort. I circled our room in case you're curious. :)
We had a room with a great view and a jacuzzi on the nice! The resort overall was great. It's an all-inclusive and so there was always plenty of food & drinks to be had. :) There was a special restaurant for those staying in the Adults Only Villas, and the food was SO good there...definitely the best restaurant at the resort.
We spent the majority of the time at the beach, but sometimes would go to the pool for a change of pace. It had a great view and it was part of the Adults Only section, so it was perfect. I was able to read 4 books on this trip! Always reminds me how much I love and miss reading a good book.

Here we are at dinner one night. Didn't realize how weird that filter made our faces look til I saw it on the computer. Oh well. :)
Some more pictures from another night at dinner. We were basically huge dorks, but I guess that's what happens when you're kid free for a change. :)  
This was that same night. We had our pictures taken that night by the resort photographer (more on those below) so I decided to actually fix my hair rather than put it in a bun like every other day. Well that was a good idea for all of about 5 seconds. The minute I stepped outside all the curls went to a frizzy mess and I looked like a wet dog. So that was awesome.

We decided not to do any excursions this time but just to relax. One evening we got beach side massages in this little cabana. It was absolutely amazing and I basically could've slept there all night.
This was our final night at dinner.
Like last time we were in Mexico, we took advantage of the resort photographer and had them take some pictures of us. CHEESY doesn't even begin to describe some of these poses. But they're fun memories FOR SURE.

This one was hysterical. When the guy said to lay on Patrick, I thought maybe I was having a hard time understanding his accent or perhaps his vocabulary was poor. Nope, lay on him is exactly what he meant, as he started to demonstrate for me. :) It's like a middle school cheerleading pyramid gone wrong or something.

As much fun as it was, we were ready to get home to our babies! Manny had been telling Rachael just that day that he was ready for mommy to "come off to-cation" so I'd say we came home at the perfect time. They didn't want to let me go for quite some time, which I didn't mind one bit! 


  1. So glad y'all had a great time! I think it's awesome that you've made your marriage/each other a priority and your kids will thank you for that later in life! (My parents always did and I'm very thankful!)

  2. how fun! the photos made my day! along with your commentary!! :)))

  3. glad you guys were able to get some time away (:

  4. Sounds like such a fun getaway! Love the pic of you laying on your hubby. It should be displayed at your 50 year anniversary party. :)

  5. I'm glad you had such a good time! It looks beautiful there!

    The picture of you and Patrick looking at each other (in B&W is amazing)!

  6. Looks like a you had a great time. We stayed at a RIU resort in Aruba for our honeymoon - absolutely LOVED it!

  7. I love that you worked through a marriage workbook during your vacay. Such a good idea! So glad you had a wonderful time!

  8. Lovely! :) So good you guys could get away and spend some quality time! Lovely pics too!


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