Friday, July 2, 2010

The definition of relaxation = Vacation without kids!

As I mentioned once or twice, we just went on a fabulous vacation to the Royal in Playa del Carmen for our 10th anniversary. Our sweet friends, Jarred & Angela, have been there for the past 3 years and invited us to go with them. I couldn't understand why someone would want to go to the same old place every summer, but now I do! This place was amazing! The pools, the beach, the food - amazing! I'm already looking forward to going back! The food was excellent in every way! There are regular (nice) restaurants with awesome steaks and giant shrimp (and the grilled lobster, OMG!), and there is a super fancy, gourmet restaurant, with experimental dishes and interesting concepts. Aren't the plates pretty? Don't believe that the food was incredible? Just look at Kevin eating every last bit of his soup!
There were shows (how can you be in Mexico without seeing a Mariachi band?):
Shopping (we all cracked up at the Day of the Dead dolls - this one is Michael Jackson!): Lazy days by the pool:
Lizards to chase (Kevin and a group of boys who just graduated from high school were the only ones who joined in this "fun" - figures!):
Lots of drinks (we came up with a game to try and have a cocktail or shot from every letter of the alphabet - some were much easier than others - Kevin doesn't look too thrilled with his El Jimador shot, but E's were hard to come by):
Poolside card games (You know how we love our Phase 10! When the cards started to blow away, we decided to play dominoes. Then, it started raining, we went inside the coffee shop and played cards again!):
Golf and scuba for the boys, while the girls enjoyed a spa day:
And lots of fun times with our friends!
This was an awesome, much needed break, and I came back as a happier mommy! A week away from the kids was a long time, and by the end of it, I was so ready to be home, but I wouldn't trade it for anything! Kevin and I got some much needed down-time, the kids got some much needed Nana time, and we were all better for it!


Kacee Hogg said...

WOW...looks like you guys had a fantastic time! A week in a place like that is just what I need. :) CONGRATS on 10 years!!!

Cecilia said...

Joanne - That looks like an amazing place and so much fun. Being able to play games with other adults, swim in a pool without blowing up floaties, drink more than one adult beverage at a time, sleep without interruption! WOW!!! Congratulations on 10 wonderful years!