Thursday, September 25, 2008

Viva Mexico

Conn and I just got back from the most amazing getaway in Mexico. We stayed at a wonderful resort just outside of Playa del Carmen called the El Dorado Royale. We left last Thursday and got back yesterday (Wednesday). There were no children allowed at the resort, so we actually experienced 6 days of never hearing any crying or whining. It was HEAVENLY! The trip was a gift given by our church as a thank you to Conn for serving there for 10+ years. Crazy that it has been that long!! We spent our days laying out by the pool and our evenings eating at luxurious restaurants within the all-inclusive resort (there were at least 10). We ate things like lobster, mahi-mahi, filet mignon, and duck...just to name a few. We also ate things like nachos, pizza, and candy bars. We ate, we laid out and got REALLY tan, we took naps, and we ate. And we did it all without hearing a single baby/child the entire trip. As the trip got closer to the end though, we did start missing our girls. They are at a fun age... sometimes a totally frustrating age, but a fun one nonetheless. Here are a few pictures from our trip. However, if you read this blog with crying kids in the background, you'll lose the full effect of the pics. :)

Our room

Outside of our front door

Outside of our back door

Conn having fun with our lobster fondue

Towel sculptures that were on our bed everyday
This is what Conn did for 5+ hrs. everyday
Sitting pool-side

Down by the sea

The view as you walked along the sidewalks of the resort

7 months

Eating lunch pool- side

Swinging "beds"

This is what I did for 5+ hrs. everyday

They had the most amazing food and presentations

Conn heading out to snorkel
Cash and I watching Conn :)

28 week baby bump
Playing water polo

These iguanas were all over the resort. They would just pop out of holes and stuff.

We went to the town of Playa one night.

Conn taking some scuba lessons in the pool

Our last night


Lindsay said...

How fun! You look so adorable. How great that you guys got to have one last get-away before the baby. I am jealous of your tan! :)

Janet said...

It looks beautiful. I am so glad you two had a fun getaway! You both deserve it.

I love you,

Julie Marler said...

We missed you! So glad you're back! We loved spending fun time with the girls while you were sunning and eating! It may be awhile before you get to experience this "no-babies allowed" time away again! The resort looks amazing!
Love, Mammy & Pappy

Exum Family said...

Thanks for sharing all of those wonderful pictures. They're great! I love the one of you and Cash watching Conn snorkeling. It's so original! I'm so glad that you had fun and got a chance to relax and spend quality time with Conn. Our 10 year anniversary is coming up in January. This looks like a great place to celebrate!

Amanda said...

So I am insanely jealous of you at this very moment! I LOVE El Dorado Royale! That's where Wes and I went on our honeymoon!! I am so glad you had fun because we want to go back there so bad!

Lorren said...

You guys were in Mexico and you didn't call us?? Just kidding. Looks like you had a fabulous time!!

Jenni said...

I AM JEALOUS! you two deserve it! :)

Rusty and Jennifer said...

Looks like a wonderful trip. I am so glad that you had the opportunity to have this time alone.
You look beautiful as always.

Bethany said...

Hey that's where we went for our honeymoon!!!! Isn't it so amazing?? We loved it and have always said we want to go back for our ten year anniversary. I think we each gained about 10 pounds too from the all inclusive food. :) Your pics brought back good memories, glad you guys had such a good time!!!

fleur said...

We went there for our honeymoon too, but it was right after Hurricane Emily (2005)so lots of stuff was torn up, it was WAAAY crowded w/ people so we could never find anywhere to lounge by the pool and most of the great restaraunts were booked up, and it was BLAZING hot and humid! Wish we had the experience you did. Looks like there weren't too many people there - NICE! Sounds like a great and much-needed getaway. Glad you had fun! :)

Kathryn Aylor said...

Jealous? Yes. What a fantastic "last hoorah" before Cash gets here! Looks like y'all had a wonderful time. So glad you got to get away for a while!

Star Molegraaf said...

ashley you are so cute. i can't wait to see pics of your little cash. your family is precious.

Tara Powell said...

so jealous! Looks like a nice, relaxing time! I think next time I go on a vacation I need to find one of those no kid places!

Toni said...

It looks like y'all had an amzaing time! Glad you were able to have some alone time before Cash's arrival!

Tiffany said...

What a blast!!! I'm so glad you had the opportunity to enjoy a vacation with just the two of you. I'm not much of a beach person, but that looks like my kind of place!

Liz said...

we are supposed to go to this place soon...i am so excited!

i thought i had your email, but i don't... will you email me?
i need the scoop on roundtop!
i am trying to go tomorrow and i know nothing!
i need an "insiders" tips!!