Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Our trip to Cancun, Mexico 2015 - part 2

The next day we decided to take the boys to the beach. It was such a beautiful beach but the view of the resort from the beach was even more beautiful. I mean check this out
We of course had to pose right there, love my crew
My hubby looked super cool with his sunglasses with Bean on his arm :)
Our family of 5 all geared up for the beach, this is my whole heart right here
Bean and Jbird discovered the beach for the first time, I don't think that they loved it that much, they just didn't know what to do with themselves
 My mom and Tman hanging out
I tried a series of fun family pictures and this was one of my favorite of everyone touching the water :). My hubby is such a good sport, he is not a fan of all these posed pictures but he still cooperates. I guess happy wife happy life is a true statement :)
My mom and Jbird were attached to the hip
And I just love this sweet picture of hubby and Jbird
After the beach we had breakfast and then it was time for the pool. We spent the whole day hanging out in the pool and Tman loved it. He was a jumping fool and was totally indulging my crazy underwater picture taking
 This kid loved the water so much
 Ahhhh, loving my big boy and his boldness
 We took several breaks to get a few drinks with the rest of the crew in between our jumping
 Me and my big boy, he made me so proud
At some point we enlisted Jbird in our canon ball craziness
 He really got into it and started screaming "canon ball" before jumping :)
 Tman's favorite part was taking breaks to get something to drink at the bar
 Strawberry daiquiry and a glass of wine, don't mind if we do
We got tired of jumping so we moved to ping pong in the small pool. we took turns playing against Tman who was the champion of the hour

 Even grandma gave it a try
Grandma and Jbird are the coolest I know
We enjoyed a late lunch outside with the rest of the crew
After showering, it was time for our afternoon stroll, check out hubby savoring the drink of the day
 The boys passed out soon after, we wore them out
Once they were asleep, hubby and I got ready for our spa time while my mom watched the boys. Happy parents right here
 The fish spa was a strange experience. It tickled like crazy when we put our feet in there for about a minute then we got used to it and it was fine
 It was an interesting 20 minutes

After the fish spa we got to spend an hour relaxing in the private spa area. It was so nice and dreamy and peaceful. Check out this awesome spa area
By the time we came back, it was dinner then off to bed for some much needed rest. The next day we did a photoshoot on the beach as you do. You know how much I love my photoshoots. We got some pretty decent shots. I love this one of us kissing the boys. Tman's face, that kid I tell you
 And I absolutely love this one of my mom with the boys, my new favorite of them
After the photoshoot we were back in the pool for some more underwater fun and crazy jumping

We decided to encourage Jbird to get underwater with us
Surprisingly he really got into it
Then back to jumping we went. I wish this picture wasn't so blurry. My boys were in jumping heaven
 Tman the jumping fool
 And Jbird the other jumping fool
 Come on boys, you can do it :)
Oh yeah, Jbird was a crazy jumper at this point
We had a nice lunch and  we all took a much needed nap. My friend A volunteered to watch all the kids so that we could check out the French restaurant on the resort. It was such a fabulous dinner and so French
 Check out my mom's meal,
We definitely made the most of our last night here in Cancun. The next day we had breakfast and Tman begged us to get some more pool time before we left. We indulged of course. Tman was Mr super confident in the water doing twist jumps and running amok :)
The boys resting on a floater in between jumps
We took a few underwater shots, check out my confident Tman smiling underwater like a boss with his eyes wide open :). He was so comfortable in the water at this point
And of course we got the best picture of the trip
After all the swimming, we had lunch, got cleaned up and packed our bags. It was time to go back to reality. I of course had to take a picture of our crew before we left.
Enjoying our last drink at the airport before we boarded the plane, lava flow is my favorite
It was an awesome end to a superb trip. I love traveling with my kids and I am so happy that they are such good travelers. We didn't do any sightseeing since we had all these kids with us, but when hubby and I go back in July, we'll make sure to go check out Chichen Itza. We love the beach, warm weather and we definitely love Cancun. We will definitely be back. Our first family vacation was a great success, I highly recommend all inclusive family friendly resorts. I hope you enjoyed that trip down memory lane as much as I do.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Our trip to Cancun, Mexico 2015 - part 1

After sifting through more than a thousand pictures, I can finally tell you all about our trip to Cancun. Hubby and I are really big into traveling, we spent the first few years of our relationship traveling the world. We decided that we won't let having kids stop us from continue to enjoy traveling. It's a different kind of travel and we can't travel as often but we'll try to show the world to our kids.

Cancun was our big family trip this year. We convinced my mom to come with us and that was the best idea ever. We will totally convinced hubby's parents and my brothers to come with us on the next trip because it was totally worth  having the tribe with us.While the kids are young, we'll focus on relaxing vacations, once they get older, I want it to be more adventurous.

We stayed at the Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort and we loved everything about it. Our criteria were: family friendly, all inclusive, close to the airport, lots of kids amenity and sun :). The Dreams resort delivered above and beyond what we expected. Everyone was so attentive and nice, no one gave us the side eye with kids running around, there were 4 kid friendly pools and we could go everywhere with our stroller. I swear, I have nothing negative to say about this place, it was just so dreamy and perfect (I am totally not getting paid to say this either we just really enjoyed our time at Dreams).

We took a direct flight to Cancun and booked a Shuttle that picked us up at the airport and drove us straight to the hotel.

We were greeted at the reception with champagne and this awesome drink called sunset. You guys, dreamy :). We booked 2 rooms, each with two double beds. The rooms were huge and so well put together.

Check out Bean smiling away as he checks out our new digs
The weather was excellent, 82 degrees and sunny the whole time. It was a bit cloudy the last day but it was still nice and warm

Check out hubby and Tman enjoying the sun
My friend A and her daughter M joined us on this trip, they were such great travel partners. We loved having them.
The first night we had hibachi grill. The kids did so well sitting at the dinner table for about 30 minutes then they were done.
After dinner we took a stroll around the resort, it was just so nice to walk around this resort

We slept like babies that night. I woke up early with my Tman around 7:30. Since the other two boys were still asleep, we went for a walk around the resort

I got a mimosa to start my day right :)
Feet pictures just because our feet look good ;)
They were still getting the pool area ready
Tman testing the chair, so he said, this kid I tell you
By the time we were done with our drinks and tour, it was time to go wake everyone up for breakfast. We just went to breakfast in our pajamas

You know I matched my boys the entire trip, I am pretty crazy like that. Check out Tman and his crazy self
We sat outside and enjoyed a really nice breakfast
My mom and Bean eating breakfast
I took Bean and Jbird for a walk because they were getting bored

Bean loved walking all over the place
While Jbird was the run away toddler
My little handsome 2-year old
Then we packed them up and went for a quick walk before getting ready for the pool. Before we knew it, we were ready to get in the water, Tman was so giddy with excitement

My mom and I with the boys

We were being playful and tried a jump picture :). It was a total failure but we cracked up so much about it
Tman couldn't wait to get in the water
I of course had to get a few pictures in the water before things got crazy. Check out this beautiful sight we had for a week
My mom and I reveled in the fact that we could drink poolside and ordered some pina coladas :)
I totally had to show off my bikini body holding my Bean ;). I am not where I used to be but I feel pretty good about the progress I've made.
My mom looks amazing too
Tman and Jbird loved hanging out together in the water
Tman especially loved jumping in the big pool and didn't want to stop
My mom got to relax a bit during this vacation too ;)
After spending hours in the pool and eating lunch, we would take the boys for a walk to get them to nap. Chilling by the bar in the lobby with one kid down
Before we knew it all 3 kids were down :)
We all took a great nap and got load of rest that first day. Once everyone was awake, we took an early evening stroll
Then headed to dinner
The next day was another awesome day. Woke up had breakfast then headed to the pool.
Before lunch, my mom, Jbird, Bean and I took a stroll to the bar so that we could enjoy some strawberry daiquiries.

Then we met the met with the rest of the crew for a late lunch by the beach
Tman was so happy to get his own strawberry daiquiry
Our afternoon hang out at the bar

This was our view during our late hang out
Once everyone was asleep, we took them back to the room and left them with hubby
My mom and I went and got chocolate wrapped during that time. It was so awesome to get some adult fun time too
After nap time, we took our usual pre dinner walk around the resort, this place was so beautiful it never got old

My mom and Jbird are so cute together
That night we enjoyed a nice Mexican dinner and pizza for the boys :)
There was a band singing Mexican tunes and when they got to our table, they passed around this huge sombrero and we went crazy with it, my family I tell you

It was another awesome night of vacation. I decided to break down this recap into two parts because I have way too many pictures to put in one post. The next days is when we really got into diving and spent countless hours in the pool.