Thursday, June 28, 2018

Beach Beach Beach

Today was absolutely beautiful! We could not have asked for a better day.  This morning we headed to the pools after breakfast. Some swam, others went to the flow rider, and some just watched.  Then around noon we took the shuttle bus into town and went to the Beach Palace.  They have a nice beach there and you can play in the ocean.  Unfortunately, the beach here isn’t that great and you can’t play in the ocean.

We had the buffet lunch then headed out to the beach.  I think the grandkids really enjoyed it. Everyone at least dipped their toes in the ocean.  The Beach also has a water slide.  The littlest Buddy wasn’t so sure about it but after going down it once...... he loved it. I enjoyed the slide until a man was standing right in front of it (for no reason I might add) and when I came down I hit him with my bad foot. I didn’t knock him down but it didn’t move him back a little.  I spent the rest of my time lounging with Art. Princess was a girl after my own heart.  I don’t think she was out of the ocean more than 10 minutes all afternoon.  The kids collected a lot of sea shells.  Poor Dude was in need of some sun glasses so Art got him some from a beach hawker..........sadly while he was wave hopping in the ocean, a big wave hit him and grabbed his glasses off his face and carried them far out to sea. He did dig a huge hole in the sand though. It was awesome.  When say huge I mean huge. It was so big (how big was it?) it was so big he could get in it.

We did see a small accident.  A man was riding a jet ski and going way to fast.  He hit a big wave and flipped upside down and the jet ski hit him.  He cut below his lip all the way through.  Doctor looked at him and told him he definitely needed stitches.

After dinner Mega Man hung out with Art and I.  He knew there was a kid watch playroom here and really really wanted to see Art went back to the room to be with the girls, and we set out to find it.  Keep in mind this place is the largest resort in South America.  We were wandering a while trying to find it. We finally found it.  Mega Man’s curiosity was satisfied so we headed back.  It was a long long way from our room.  All that walking made my foot hurt so I told him we need to sit for little bit ..... just then a worker on a golf cart came by and asked if we wanted a ride.  Whew!!!!

One more day in the books.......and an other venture on tap for tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Family Time Together

Talk about a crazy fun family reunion.  We all arrived yesterday.  We all came in on separate planes but similar times.  The Buddy and his family arrived first then Art and I then Mrs Doctor and her family.  Yes ....all six grandkids.  Woohoo!

This morning, we all had breakfast at varying times depending on when everyone got up.......or woken up.  After breakfast, Honey Bunch, Mega Man, the Dude, Miss R, and MK did the wave rider.  It is harder than it looks.  I think maybe two (if that) in the  bunch liked it. It sure looks hard.  We played at the beach and played in the pool. We met with our hotel rep and got the week planned out.  Doctor, Mrs Doctor, The Buddy, MK and I all had mini massages.  The funny part of that is we all were supposed to have the same type of massage but everyone’s was completely different.  Overall it was a super fun day!!!  The kids and grandkids had fun playing and Grandpa and I had a great time with them.

With all the the time out in the pool and on the beach all the girls look like lobsters.  They got really painful looking sunburns.  They went to bed slathered in aloe.  Hopefully it wont be too painful for them and with turn into tans soon.  Luckily the boys are fine.

We ended the night playing murder.  That is a good family game don’t you think?  Killing each other for fun.    Anyway, we had fun playing.   The award for the best death has to go to Doctor.   It was awesome!  We are so lucky to be a family.  My patriarchal blessing says my family will love to play and be together.  Boy has that blessing ever been present.  I have one awesome family.  The most awesome husband who always humors my hair rained ideas, best kids (I consider my in law kids my kids mine as much as I do my own kids). And best grandkids.  I am not sure how I got so lucky but I sure am grateful.

Tomorrow we are headed to one of the other resorts to play on the beach.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Time to Go

The day has come.  Today was our last full day in Paradise.  The time seemed to go by much to quickly.

I was a little concern this morning that it would be a rainy day.  The sky was full of dark clouds.  But they just kept moving across the sky until they disappeared over the horizon.  It became a bluetiful day.  We got in the pool for awhile but mostly just enjoyed the day.  I tried to soak it all up to get me through the dullrums of winter.

It is time to leave  but it is ok because we have so much to go home to.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

All Around Good Day

 Today was just an all around good day. Just one of those relaxing days.  We sat by the pool most of the day.   It was overcast all day but no rain.  It threatened a few times  though.  We were going to get in the pool but is was just a little chilly for that.  I did get a ten minute massage by the pool though.  It was pretty good.  When the therapist saw me she got a big grin and said I remember you.  You were here last year.  I thought wow what a memory.  I couldn’t pick her out in a line up.  I thanked her for remembering me and she said I remembered your eyes.  

The Buddy sent me the link for the Youth Cultural Celebration so I got to watch it.  I really enjoyed it.  Everyone involved should be so pleased........and relieved it is over.

Our days here are winding down.  Can’t believe it’s about time to go back to the real world.

Tonight is the football game.  Hope I am not up as late as I was last week.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Lots to be Thankful For

Do you ever just look around at your surroundings and think wow am I ever lucky.  I did that a lot today.  Maybe it is with Thanksgiving coming up or what but I did a lot of reflecting today and I am one lucky girl and very grateful.  I am here on this fabulous vacation in Paradise with someone who I love and loves me.  He has been and is so good to me.  Every day I say Art scored us some loungers.  But what that means he gets up early and lets me sleep in.  He goes and finds just the right spot for us to be and  lays towels out. Meaning he unrolls them and lays them nicely on the lounger so all I have to do is plop myself down and enjoy.  It is so sweet and thoughtful and I really appreciate it.  I have been lucky to stay off my foot most of the time this week.  It has been nice and it is thanks to Art.  He gets whatever I need with out me having to lift a foot.

We both had massages today.   Neither one of us were impressed.but you know they can’t all be good and they can’t all be bad.  And how lucky are we that we got to do it.

This morning was really overcast with those big dark clouds.  I thought for sure it was going to rain so I was glad to be in the spa.  But you know it never did rain and by this afternoon it was bright blue skies.  The dark clouds had burned off.  We even got in the pool.  The water was pretty chilly so we didn’t stay in a long time.  We also spent some time on the beach.  It was a little difficult walking on the sand with my boot but I made it. Got to love the Advil.  The ocean here really is beautiful.

Before dinner tonight, we went to the lobby lounge to wait for the restaurant to open.  While we were there the entertainment staff set up a 21 table so I convinced Art to play 21 with me.  Because we did that, we were late getting to dinner.  So instead of getting right in when they opened, we had to be on a 50 minute wait list.  I am glad we decided to wait.  We had a really cute waiter.  He was so charming  and fun.  Dinner was delicious and very filling so we decided no dessert.  But he convinced us to stay and have dessert.  Art ordered Myan coffee.  It is fun to watch them make it.  They set it on fire and make a little show out of it.  Anyway I asked the waiter for a poquito (small) scoop of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce.  He got the biggest smile and it was a very mischievous smile.  When he brought my bowl he said you ordered poquito ice cream right?  I said yes.  He started to giggle and gave me a bowl that had an eye dropper size  of ice cream with sauce on it.  It was so funny!!  Then he gave me a real bowl of ice cream.
I think we’ll head to bed early this laying around and relaxing is hard work......... besides we have a game to watch tomorrow night so we need to rest up.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Timing is Everything

Today was all about being at the right place at the right time.  This morning we went to breakfast and we got right in and it just worked out we got our food quickly before the crowd showed up. We went at just the right time. Right after we got our food the line to get in the restaurant began to form and it grew and grew and grew.  We were glad we went when we did.  It took a while for all those folks to get their food.

We spent the morning at the poolside and then we cleaned up and went to another resort complex that is owned be the same company that owns the hotel we are currently staying at.  We rode the resort bus.  We are coming back in June with our kids and grandkids so we wanted to get it arranged and the rooms figured out.   The resort we went to has three different hotels on the property.  It is one of the biggest resorts in North America.  We first asked one of the employees if we could check out the suites and he told us they didn’t do that so we went to the next resort.  We happened to get a supervisor and she was super accommodating.  She even took us around and showed us different rooms.  She gave us her personal email and told us she would help us get the rooms together.  Sadly the rooms aren’t big enough to accommodate our needs and we don’t think we have rights to that hotel.  But she was super nice and helpful.  We went to the next hotel and found someone who hooked us up looking at the rooms. I knew he would be a big help because he was a Green Bay Packer fan.  Go Pack GO!!  They didn’t have the rooms that we needed so decided to give the first place another shot.  We found a supervisor this time and she was helpful and hooked us up so we could see the rooms.  It is all in asking the right person.

The resort complex is so big they have a big bus that transports you from lobby to lobby.  While we were waiting for the bus at the second hotel an employee came out saw us waiting and asked if we had an appointment or tour and we said no we were waiting for the lobby bus.  He said oh I can take you come on.  He walked us to a golf cart and away we went.  OH MY GOSH it was a scary ride.  It was like the taxi rides here.  I think he was an ex-taxi driver.  I bet we went over 35 miles an hour and didn’t slow down much for the curves and turns.  For a couple minutes we were behind a horse and carriage so we had to go slow but the minute we could shake them we did..........quickly.  I told Art, when we went around a couple curves, I was expecting us to end up on two wheels.  Anyway, it did save us a lot of time.  There are two times to take the bus back to our hotel.  We really wanted to take the first one but didn’t think we would have enough time but thanks to Speedy Gonzales driving the cart we saved so much time that were able to check out the last of the rooms and then walk out of the hotel and get right on the first bus.  The timing couldn’t have worked out any better if we completely planned it.

Tonight we were to the Oriental restaurant.  We could not have asked for a better more attentive waiter.  He was the best.  Our food was served quickly and it was delicious.  I ordered sushi for an appetizer and it was so good but wow was it spicy hot.  It cleaned my sinuses right out and burned all the way up behind my eyeballs.  Every one of then was like that,  I would tell Art how much it burned my sinuses and eyeballs every time I ate one.  I am telling you it was spicy HOT...... It burned my sinuses all the way up to my eyeballs.

What a great day we had.  Everything just fell into place... couldn’t have planned things any better.

Looking forward to tomorrow.  Hot stone massage day for me and regular massage for Art..........awwww..

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Today was a Ten

Today was great all the way around. The weather was great..... no rain and no wind.  We even got in the pool.  It was really refreshing.  All the food was great from breakfast all the way to dinner.   The chefs had a barbecue by the pool.  We got some ribs.....yummy!  Tonight we had a romantic dinner right on the beach.  It was awesome,  We had a 5 course meal.  The main entree was steak and lobster.  The steak was big but the lobster was gigantic.  We topped it off with red velvet cake.  The whole meal was deliciouso!  The dad and his daughters played their guitars and sang romantic songs. It was well worth going!

A crazy today....... Art scored us some loungers in the pool area.  Same ones we have sat in the whole time we’ve been here.  Art was sitting in the covered area playing his game and was in my lounger engrossed in my crossword puzzle and not paying much attention to what was going on around me when the waitress brought us our lunch and  there was a man standing by Art’s lounger.  It looked like he was folding a towel.  He jokingly said oh good food how’d you know I was hungry?  I laughed it off and made some silly reply.  Then I realized he wasn’t folding a towel he was taking Art’s towel.  He said someone had reserved the lounger for him. And I told him it wasn’t that one  because that one was my husbands and he had been in it all day.  He pointed at the ones next to us and said well it can’t be one of those because they have wet towels.  I told him it was because they were occupied.  I showed him they left their stuff.  He said no that one was reserved for him.  He took the towel off one of them and got a new one (because the old one was wet) and settled in.  The couple came back to their loungers and kicked him out. I think he must have had to much tequila.

I broke down today and took Advil for my foot.  It helped immensely!

So looking forward to see what fun adventure tomorrow brings.