We have just returned from the dreamiest trip. We were not ready to go and I would fly back tomorrow. Wait - I do have three kids. I better stay. I love warm weather, sitting by the pool, drinking pina coladas, eating chips and salsa, listening to the waves, no agenda, no phone calls, no laptop, and really fun company. Our friends invited us to Cancun with them and it was amazing. We stayed at the Aqua Cancun resort. The pools sit right at the ocean. It was unbelievable. Our room faced the ocean and every morning we woke up to the sun rise, the crash of the waves, and the call to tai-chi. Beautiful and peaceful. It just re-opened and everything was amazing. It was our first vacation that was pure relaxation. We did schedule a couple of excursions. One was to Tulum - an Mayan ruin on the ocean. It has a temple that overlooks the ocean. We wished that we had an LDS tour guide at this location. We talked to one LDS tour guide for a minute and we were wanting more. After Tulum we visited Xel-Ha - a natural water park. I learned how to snorkel. I was pretty nervous about it but it was fun until I ran into what I thought was a shark. Turns out it was a good 4 foot tuna that was swimming at my feet. The next day we went to Chichen-Itza - more Mayan ruins that were so impressive. The pyramid there is so huge and incredible, but that part that was so interesting to me was the temple of the warriors. There were 2000 pillars (only 1000 are still standing) that have a different warrior carved on each one. The belief is that it was a tribute to the 2000 stripling warriors. It was an impressive sight. We had an LDS tour guide there. He was funny. He kept saying "take it easy" and "don't worry be happy." I am not sure he really understand the correct contexts for those phrases but oh well. We had amazing food and entertainment from mariachi bands at two Mexican restaurants. We both had a massage and I had a facial. One night we went over to our friends hot tub. It was probably meant for two but we squished in 8. The hilarious part was that the hotel staff thought it would be ok to pour a whole bottle of bubble bath into the hot tub. Needless to say it was a very bubbly hot tub. Kenyon went to an amazing golf course and golfed around the crocodiles that made themselves at home on the golf course.
My mom flew in to take care of the kids and they seemed to have as much fun as us - just with snow. I hear the food was equally amazing and they have every new thing they ever wanted. She is a trooper and hopefully doesn't feel like she got taken advantage of. We were so grateful that she would spend that time with the kids - it definitely made it easy for us to get away.