Sunday, May 01, 2016

Tulips

Gianna's sweet friend, Lily, invited her to go Tulip picking yesterday.  How fun! It was an absolutely gorgeous day...










I love Gianna's friends. She has chosen them well.

Father Daughter Dance

So this was our very last Father Daughter dance.  It was tough convincing Gianna to go this year.  She really hates getting dressed up...especially in dresses. She wanted to wear her sneakers with her dress too! With plenty of convincing, she wore her dress from last year and some simple black flats.  Oh she's a funny little thing. Such a tomboy...but she cleans up nice!





With her friends Sarah and Maggie...


and her friend Kate...


and Mia and Sarah...


I'm so happy she has made such nice new friends this year.  It was a real blessing after all that she switched schools this year.  Oh...and isn't she a tiny thing? Everyone towers over her!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Cancun

We're back from a fabulous vacation!

But let's go back to the beginning...here we are flying into Cancun. Julia took this picture on my phone...unbelievable...


This was the view from our balcony...the ocean...


and the pool...


down on our beach...


Relaxing by the pool...



My view looking up everyday...





They made the most delicious food pool side...


There was even a wedding at the resort one day...



How pretty is that!


The reception was on one of the balcony's below our room...


Gianna watching the reception from our balcony...




Waiting for the shuttle to take us to dinner at one of the sister resorts...


My king and queen...


Oh my aching sunburned feet!!! Ouch!!  The sun was so strong...all of us ended up with sunburns.  Next year (Yes next year! We're going back!) we will be more careful...


And when we return next year...this will be the view from our beach front room!

The girls did pottery by the pool. So many fun activities like that to do...water aerobics, volleyball, DJ with dancing and bingo by the pool everyday at 2:00. The kids loved bingo!


So the girls would paint...and then the people working there would enhance what the they did by adding some pretty details and then glazed them.  Then the next day when they picked them up...they looked like this...



Voila!!  A masterpiece...


Aren't they so pretty?!?!?  






My handsome boy out to dinner one night...not sure who that woman is in the background giving me the evil eye...


We took the bus into town one night to go to the Hard Rock Cafe and the waiters took Nicholas and Gianna up on stage with them to dance...and ironically my little dancer, Julia, wouldn't do it! Too shy I guess...



Our pool at night...beautiful...



Gianna bringing some Cancun sand home in a bottle...



Happy hour was everyday from 3:00 to 7:00 and the kids loved their frozen drinks...


Julia always makes me laugh with her silly faces...and each of her silly faces has a name...this one is her "surprised" look...


Poor girl got a sun burn on her face and shoulders and peeled like crazy.  I felt terrible about that so the next day we went to the store and bought her a hat and swim shirt. She covered up the rest of the week...




The food at our resort was delicious.  My favorite was the breakfast buffet and this fruit platter we ate for lunch a few days by the pool. The waiters worked so hard bringing us all the food and drinks we wanted...








We also did a few day trips too like the adventure park "Xplor".  One of my favorite things was riding in jeeps through the jungles and caves.  

OK so this isn't a picture of me and Nicholas because I didn't bring my camera that day...but it looks like these two people are having as much fun as we did...


Nicholas and Julia did the zip-lining (like this)...you couldn't pay me to do that...I have a tremendous fear of heights...


And we did the paddle boats like this below...and no...there was no current to push you along. I thought my arms were going to fall off after the first two minutes...and it was over a mile long...ya...exactly...


Trust me when I tell you I wasn't smiling like this lady by the end of it...


Nor was I smiling like this lady while swimming over a mile in the underwater caves...or maybe her face is frozen like mine was because the water was freezing cold!!! And again...no current to push you along...all swimming on your own for over a mile....ya...exactly...



Xplor was a little too adventurous for this mom.  

And probably the best activity for me was going on a speedboat jungle/snorkeling tour.  OK...I'm lying...it was ridiculously scary.  Last time I did this Danny was driving the boat and I went along for the ride. We couldn't fit five people in the boats so we had to split up.  And that meant I had to drive one speed boat (yes...me!) with Nicholas (who I took with me for moral support) and then Danny drove a speed boat with the girls.

So obviously this is so not a picture of me and Nicholas...


I wouldn't be hanging off the boat like this crazy woman going over 100 miles an hour.  In reality, I was hanging on to my 14-year-old son that I gave the wheel to because I was having a panic attack!

Ya...this wasn't me...


Now this could have been a picture of me when we arrived at the snorkeling area and I was told to get off the boat into the water after suffering a panic attack driving the speed boat.  This was also the same water where we saw a crocodile just the night before..yes...this is what I looked like...frozen with fear...


Even after that...I'm really looking forward to going back!!  Just maybe not to swim in underwater caves or flying around in a speed boat!



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I took this video first thing in the morning around 6:45 a.m. when it's so peaceful...