Monday, March 1, 2010

Playa Del Carmen 2010

Last week we were in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico with Davids company. We had an absolute blast! I LOOOOOOVE Mexico. The people were just wonderful, the food and drinks were amazing, and the area we were in was gorgeous!

So here is a quick recap of our wonderfully relaxing week:

When we first got to our resort, Haciendas Tres Rios, our room wasn't ready. So instead of sitting around being bored, we went to a Tequila Tasting event. I will be the first to say, I HATE TEQUILA!!! But, when in Mexico.....

I learned that you are suppose to hold your breath (no problem there...that stuff stinks!), take a drink, and then blow out your nose! I will say that made it easier to get down, but I still don't like it! However, we had a blast trying them and learning about all the different kinds. And lets just say, by the end of the tasting, it was more like a party!!

Here I am with one of the many glasses of tequila I tried:


And here is our room. After the wine tasting we passed out, I mean, took a nap for a good 2 hours!!

That night we went to meet up with all of Davids company, and we got to see a fire show put on by the resort. We called it an early night, we had been up since 4 am!
The next morning was a rainy day.

Not a big deal, Davids company had a mission trip planned that morning to go visit a horse therapy center. We loaded up in buses and went to the ranch. This place is so wonderful for children with disabilities. They use horses to help children with brain problems, down syndrom, and other disabilities. The horse riding helps build muscles in there core. It also helps build self esteem.

The ranch is free to the children who can't afford it, which is most of them. In this area of Mexico the daily wage is about $6 a day! Needless to say it is poverty stricken. So Davids company gathered donations before the trip and presented the ranch with a big check! They were so grateful! Here is David with one of the little boys from the ranch. David gave him this hat....you would have thought he gave him a million dollars with as happy as that kid was! So cute!
After that we went back to the resort for lunch. These trips are like family reunions in a way. Its always the same couples and you really get to know them and their families and look forward to seeing everyone each year. We hang with the same group every year. Here is all of our friends at lunch:


After lunch it was still raining, so we all pilled into a taxi and headed into Playa. They have a huge shopping area called 5th Avenue. When we got there, the guys stayed at the bar and had cervesas and watched the Olympic Hockey game:

The girls shopped for a few hours and then met back up at the bar with the guys.

That night we had an AMAZING dinner in the kitchen of the resort. It was planned especially for us. The chef served us a 6 course dinner and came out with each course to tell us what he was serving. It was very "foody", that is my way of saying fancy.
Again, we were with our favorite couples, t he Betts, McDonalds, and Turners!
Here is Tera, Ian, Me and David:



And here on the other side of the table is Brad, Jonie, Debbie, and Bill. We always laugh alot together!


Here we are with the chef, Oscar...he was amazing!
And then for the next two days I stayed here:


Yes, a BIG COMFY BED ON THE BEACH!!!!!! I slept, read, tanned, ate, and drank in this bed for 8 hours a day. There was no where else in the world I would have rather been...


I love vacation.....


The last night we had a huge dinner out by the pool with Davids company. Here we are on our way down to dinner...
The Turners and the Welborns.....
Me and Tera....
And the next morning it was back to reality....time to go home.....not too bittersweet....I did have my sweet babies to get back too! And I had bought them lots of prizes in Mexico I couldn't wait to give them....
Here they are the very next morning after we got back playing with a few of the things we got them:


And a special thanks to Davids mom who kept them for the first half of our trip, and to my parents who kept them the second half! I know they had a blast and where well taken care of!

9 comments:

Rachel said...

Sounds like a fabulous trip!! Great pictures and I am sooo glad you are home =)!

Tara Gibson said...

love all the pics and so glad you guys had a great time!

it's such a perfect day... said...

ohhhh that bed on the beach!!! I could use that right about now!!

Amanda Rooney said...

Looks like so much fun and relaxing. We went with Michael's company one year to Playa del Carmen and stayed at the Royal Hideaway. We LOVED it!!! And your pics (especially the bed on the beach) are making me want to head down for a mini vacation!!

Glad you had a great trip with your hubby and you're now home safe and sound with the kiddos!

artclaus7 said...

Amazing Pictures!

Jill said...

Thanks for the virtual vacation! Looks like a really good time! I love Mexico!

Christie Huggins said...

looks like the most perfect vacation ever!!! oh, i am dying to go to the beach. kyle looked it up last night, and though it's not mexico, Va beach is only a little over 3 hours from us. as soon as it gets warm enough, I am SO THERE!!! we need a family beach day, and that's safe for our little Blake. yay!!! `

Snoodle Family said...

Ok wow! I want to take that big bed that is on the beach and bring it home to Arkansas and put it in my backyard! Looks like you had a blast! :)
jenn

Alissa said...

Glad ya'll had fun!