As Rachel mentioned last week, this summer has been extraordinarily busy for us. We worked on our eBook for several months (in addition to our full-time jobs), and my husband is basically out of the country for work until sometime next year. It has been a crazy time, and I saw an advertisement today that Christmas is only 11 weeks away. How in the world is that possible?!? I for one have no idea, but I’m going to save my panic for tomorrow.
In the middle of everything, my little family was able to get away to Cancun, Mexico for a little while. William and I had not seen my husband in over 5 months, which is much too long.
I don’t know if I will ever fly alone with a 2 year old, though. Ever. We talked a lot about planes before we left on our trip, but I think William was expecting a much different experience. For starters, he could not understand why the airport had so many doors, yet we could not go outside. I completely understand the confusion. I did my best to wear him out during layovers, but there is only so much I could do! He seems to have amazing reserves of energy, and he barely napped on the plane ride down to Mexico. Unfortunately, he seemed really scared by all of the noise, and he really, really just wanted to go outside. He cried/screamed “outside” over and over again on the plane. Random people offered me their cellphones for entertainment. That’s how bad it was.
Gathering our luggage and getting through customs both times was no joke because I packed for all three of us. Thankfully, people seemed to take pity on me, and we had help both here in the U.S. and in Mexico. We survived!
Drew met us at the airport. Our shuttle did not have a car seat, so Drew held William on his lap, sort of. Below is William catching a breeze on the ride. It made me nervous, but William loved it!
We stayed at the Westin Lagunamar.
This is the same hotel where we stayed in 2010, but I had forgotten how beautiful the beach here is! We had a mini-kitchen in our room with a full size refrigerator, a microwave, and a stove top. The pool area of the hotel also offered grills, which made it super easy for us to cook everyday.
Based on what we learned from our trip in 2010, Drew took the bus to Wal-Mart to shop for groceries, and then he took a taxi back to the hotel. He had too many groceries to ride back on the bus. The round trip took him about 2 hours. Wal-Mart carried most of the items we needed.
We ate out about four times while we were there, and the food was wonderful and so very fresh. I could live on the guacamole! We purposely limited the number of times we ate out, though, to save money and also because eating out with a 2-year old can be pretty stressful.
To be honest, most of our time was spent at the pool and the beach. With views like this, though, do you blame us? Drew and I were both very tired from the daily grind, and going other places with William, especially in another country, isn’t exactly simple. Almost everything we were interested in doing required a decent amount of travel, and we just were not up for it with our two year old. William is at the age where he could play at the pool or beach all day every day and never tire of it. So, that is what we did!
Almost every day, though, Drew or I went across the street for Starbucks: coffee for him and iced tea for me.
It was an easy walk to the La Isla Shopping Village across the street, where Starbucks was located. This shopping center is an open air mall with a fun mix of stores ranging from Tommy Hilfiger to Carolina Herrera. We didn’t do any major shopping while we were there, but it was really fun to look!
Here is one view of the shopping center from our hotel: it was literally across the street from us.
We did buy some chocolate from a store located in the mall: Ah Cacao. We didn’t try the milk chocolate, but the dark chocolate was wonderful! It was a little “dry.” That’s probably not the best way to describe it, but I’ve had dark chocolate that seems waxy, and this dark chocolate was nice and crumbly. So good!
This mall also had an aquarium in it, and William loved for us to just stop by and let him look at the fish. Every time we walked over to the mall, we saw quite a few buses, both tourist buses and buses for public transportation on the streets right outside our hotel. William is obsessed with buses right now. He’s still talking about seeing all of the buses. He says: “Dada bus.”
Our entire trip could be summed up in three words: pool, beach, mall. It was just perfect for us, though. Here’s a few more family snapshots.
Leaving Mexico was so hard, especially since Drew and I had to go separate ways. Drew left the day after William and I left, so he took us to the airport where we said our goodbyes for another few months.
William did not nap at all on the return trip, and on the return trip, we were hit with a flight delay and a timed-out crew. I wasn’t sure we were actually going to make it home, but fortunately, we did!
During our stay, we had some family photographs made to document William turning 2 years old. He turned two just a few days before our trip. I’ll post some of those next week along with a few more details of our trip!
Thank you for reading, and have a great day!