I can't find the words to describe how good this trip was for us.
Life is busy, and those joyful boys (.k.a. chirpy little balls of never-ending energy) we are raising can be pretty all-consuming. Sometimes you need a reminder of how the other people live. Sometimes you need a reminder that life isn't all dishes and wiping counters and "What do we make for dinner tonight?" and daycare drop-off and long commutes and never enough hours in the day and middle of the night wakings and teaching right and wrong and being asked "why?" over and over and over... Sometimes you need a reminder of how much you actually ENJOY this person you are making a life with.
And the sun. The glorious, warm, life-giving sun. Minnesota has been missing you.
These 4 days in paradise were good for my tired soul. And for my over-stimulated brain. It was able to dial back a little, as the big decisions in Mexico involve making the choice between another margarita or switching to gin and tonics. Or deciding whether to go for a walk on the beach or read a few more chapters.
Oh, and I never needed to warm up my coffee in the microwave.
We woke up each morning way too early, but neither of us seemed to be able to sleep later than 7:00, these children have RUINED us! And then we would go down to the beach and just do this.
And a little of this.
Then we'd hit the pool to cool off a bit.
Or take a stroll down the beach.
It was so QUIET!
The view from our balcony.
Room service breakfast every morning.
Romantic dinners each night.
Sorry about the selfies. We are awkward introverts and just can't stand asking strangers to take our picture.
We ventured outside of the resort just once, on our last night, took a bus to a super touristy spot to go haggle with the locals on souvenirs for the boys. It stressed both of us out and we couldn't wait to get back to our all inclusive safe haven. We are terrible travelers without our guide Lisa! ;)
And then we came home. As we were descending over Minneapolis I was immediately back to mom mode, remembering to take a picture from the plane to show Gus, knowing how thrilled it would make him.
We are so thankful to our incredible parents for taking such great care of the boys, I was worried about leaving them so long, even if 4 nights and 5 days isn't really that long at all. I shouldn't say worried, I knew they'd be in good hands. But nervous and neurotic? Yes. They were both so happy to have us home, and Dan and I both took the next day off of work to spend a day with them at home... get back into our groove. That day was a blessing, however I came to the realization that our time in paradise didn't do quite what I hoped it would do, which was provide us with a nice little break that would allow me to come back to real life with all this bottled up patience and a zen-like approach to parenting.
Instead, I am even more aware how dang LOUD these kids are! Like seriously. We've been back almost a week and I think I'm finally getting used to it again. Crap.
But gosh I love them, and missed them, and am so grateful for them. And I sure do love my husband.