I am back in the Bay area, and as the night gets darker, the reality hits harder that my spring break is over and Mexico has already come and gone! And all that I brought back from the vacation are these darn bug bites that get itchier every minute!
(Can you tell that the Sunday teacher stress has set in and I have become Mrs. Grumpypants?)
In reality, this trip has got to be one of the best, most memorable trips I’ve taken with my family.
The staff at The Beloved Hotel was absolutely phenomenal; everyone was so friendly and so accommodating. There was not a single person there that did not go out of their way to help us out. They went above and beyond their responsibilities to ensure that our family was well taken care of and that we had special memories from our trip together.
I cannot recommend them enough. If you are looking for an all inclusive experience, I highly recommend checking out Excellence Resorts.
The remainder of our time there (after we daytripped to Tulum) was spent relaxing. Before getting to Mexico, I had every intention to read all the books I brought with me. After Molokai, I planned to read this one:
…but it’s still pretty impossible for me to move on from Molokai. Instead, I spent my time researching more about the history of Hawaii and leprosy and then re-reading parts of Molokai to tie it all together. It is safe to say that Molokai is one of my favorite books ever. Maybe I’ll be able to move on after our book club meets next weekend. It will be a nice farewell party.
On our last night at the resort, we all spent a few hours in the pool together (which is actually a bigger deal than it seems. My mom didn’t go in the water at all before then and hasn’t been swimming in years). It reminded me of when we all used to go swimming in our backyard over 20 years ago. My dad was extremely giddy and wrapped up in the moment while he plotted ways to push my aunt into the pool. I love when adults act like children. It makes my heart so happy.
We had so much fun doing handstands and racing up and down the pool. Needless to say, we were all pretty exhausted during dinner. I think my mom may have fallen asleep before her food even arrived.
The next morning, we packed up our things, ate our last lunch, and said goodbye to some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met! It was such a pleasure getting to know the staff there – they were all so wonderful.
We all went to the airport together (minus my aunt and uncle from NY who flew out earlier that morning) since our flights were somewhat close together. I got offered 500 dollars and business class seats if I would give up my seats and fly out on a different flight that stopped in LA. Which, to any normal person, sounds like an awesome deal since it only added on 2 hours overall. But, it also meant that I would have to take off and land TWICE. And I already didn’t want to do it once. So I turned it down and boarded my own flight.
Right after I left, my parents ran into Jen and Juan who were in Tulum this week and were catching a flight to Texas. I missed them by a few minutes!
I ended up landing earlier than expected, but the customs line was SO long and it took forever getting home. So I didn’t end up reaching my apartment until midnight. Which was completely fine because I had today to get my life in order.
I woke up this morning and threw in a few loads of laundry since my entire LIFE smelled like chlorine.
I went to Starbs (I missed my iced coffee!!), got a few things from the Farmer’s Market, picked Jen and Juan up from the airport, and spent the rest of the day trying to get some work done. “Trying” being the key word.
I’ll probably work for another hour and then head to bed. I can’t wait to see my kiddos tomorrow! One of them went to Disneyland for the first time (and flew on a plane for the first time!) so I’m sure there are plenty of stories to be heard.
My little munchkins. So excited. 🙂
Let’s Chat! 🙂
- What’s the last vacation you took with your family?
- Last book you read?