02 December 2008


We arrived in Cancun midday on Friday. By the time we got our bags, found the bus, got to the resort, checked in, met up with everyone, got settled in our room...it was already dark.

So the next morning, we went exploring and discovered that we were mere steps from a gorgeous beach. AHHH....

But wait a minute...what's wrong with this picture?

No, it's not the pelicans.

It's the palm trees. And her hair.

It was extremely windy that first day. Poor princess found herself caught in a sandstorm!

Well, OK, so we didn't hit the beach much those first few days. But we had the pools, right?

Technically, yes. There were three gorgeous pools within a minute of our suite. Unfortunately, the water was FREEZING! It didn't bother the kids much, but as a parent it's hard to watch your child's lips turn blue after only 10 minutes in the water. Not so good.

To make matters worse, Trinh had a terrible breakout of eczema on her face & neck. She's a tough little girl, though; as Mama was putting on suncreen, Trinh said very matter of factly, "Mama, that stings. Owie."

That's all. No tears, no drama. The eczema patches had developed minor lacerations, so we couldn't really put suncreen on the princess. Ouch!

Instead, we did lots of coloring and hanging out by the pool. In the shade.

Believe it or not, we had a few days that we had to drag Trinh out into the sunshine. Why??

Well, our hotel room had a TV. See, our house does not have a TV. Ong Bà's house has a TV, but no cable. Princess was glued to the TV when we were in our room. It was the first time she'd ever seen Dora the Explorer. First time for us, too.

Ah, the wonders of cable television for the (self-)deprived. [sigh]

This is Princess having lunch. What is she eating? Seaweed, of course. We brought a week's supply of seaweed -- along with three bags of diapers, of course. Those two necessities took up half of a suitcase!

For those of you who have read the Cancun entry on Taison's blog, you know that we had a really rough week. Taison was teething and up screaming half of the night. Both kids were completely off of their normal schedules. Trinhity still naps, normally around 1PM; during our vacation, she was taking her naps as late as 3-4PM. That meant she was waking up about the time that Taison needed to be fed, bathed, and put to bed.

We spent a lot of time in our hotel room. Good thing our hotel room was spacious. Well, that was our opinion.

One morning Mama called Ong, and Trinh wanted to talk with him. She told him that our "beach house" in Cancun was really, really small. Hmmm.

Trinh has always associated beaches with the beach house rentals we've gotten in Galveston. They were never so nice as the Moon Palace Grand Resort. I mean, our room had a jacuzzi for two and an in-room booze bar. Nice, eh? Yeah, the kiddos liked it.

The jacuzzi, I mean. None of us really touched the booze.

Anyway, apparently the nice resort, white sand, and that crystal blue water all were lost on our child. She just thought the room was small. Hah.

So it wasn't exactly the most relaxing week. Frankly, it's a ton of work to vacation with two munchkins. We knew that going in, but it didn't make things easier. But Mama did get to sneak away for a few hours and spend two days at the spa. There was no cooking, cleaning, or laundry to do, and Daddy didn't have to wear a tie.

This was our view every morning as we breakfasted at the nearby restaurant.
As with all vacations, the weather was perfect on the last two days. The kids napped on schedule, and we were able to spend some time playing on the beach in the early evening.

Our family on Thanksgiving day 2008 in Cancun, Mexico:

Despite the exhaustion associated with parenting, we have much, much for which to be thankful...

For instance, Daddy has always secretly wanted to be a pirate. Now he is!

We did catch a spectacular sunset on our last night in Cancun, a perfect end to a not-entirely-ideal vacation.
And who are these pretty people with the big smiles and sun-kissed skin?
[L-R] Cousin Trevor, Brittany, Uncle Scott, Aunt Tina, Cousin Rachel, Sammy, Amy & Cousin Jeff
[front center] Gloria, the penguin

Thank you Uncle Scott & Aunt Tina for sharing your vacation with us!!

1 comment:

Janine Evans said...

you guys are my heroes! an international vacation with 2 kids - one of whom was teething. OUCH.
Love your positive spin on all things and oh my GOODNESS those are great shots (all 4 of you and Brian with the munchkins).