Tuesday, January 24, 2012

- it was pretty amazing -

The Riviera Maya is pretty amazing. Matt and I have actually traveled there a couple times before, and we thought it would be the perfect place to bring Ellie. And it definitely was! The weather was great...we did get one rainy day, but other than that the temperature was warm and the humidity was low. The water was crystal clear, and the sand was so soft...


Ellie was an absolute angel the entire trip, even on the plane. She is seriously a natural born traveler! We could not have asked for a more well behaved toddler. Not a single fit was thrown, not a single tantrum. The only crying she did the entire week was when she fell and got a "boo boo" (and come on, everyone cries when they get "boo boos" right?). She was so excited the entire vacation and it was so much fun to watch her discover everything. 


Every day was spent playing in the water, and soaking up the sun. While we didn't really leave the resort to explore, there was plenty to do at the hotel to keep us busy. Trying to go out on planned excursions was just too tricky by the time she woke up each morning, and with her long afternoon naps (the sun takes it out of a little toddler, let me tell ya!) But no one was complaining...she was super happy with the pool and the beach at the resort.



There was plenty of quality Daddy time in the water. Dads are just so much more fun than moms playing in the water aren't they??



I absolutely LOVE the way she is holding onto her daddy's pinky in this picture...melts my heart.

We had a very nice suite, that had a separate living room for Ellie to sleep in, and a huge patio complete with a huge outdoor bathtub. Ellie got to take a bath outside every evening! The patio area was nice because when Ellie was napping, Matt and I still got to enjoy the fresh air and didn't have to be cooped up in the room waiting for her to wake up (did I mention how LONG she napped every day? Holy cow! 3.5-4 hours every single afternoon!) 


The food was pretty good at the hotel. Definitely not the best we have had at a resort like this, but not horrible either. It certainly wasn't the healthiest food, and all three of us went on a vegetable and fruit binge when we got back home to cleanse ourselves! The mojitos however, were absolutely delicious and were definitely a staple during the day!


Ellie's favorite place was the lagoon. The water was so shallow and calm, and she spent hours sitting in the water playing with the sand.



After five glorious days, it was time to go home and the flight home was a rough one. After loading the entire plane, they realized there was a mechanical issue, so we all had to de-plane and wait for over an hour for a new plane. Then, once we were finally in the air, there was some pretty gnarly turbulence and the plane actually got hit by lightning! I guess it's fairly common, but it sure scared the heck out of me! You could actually feel the plane vibrate pretty hard when the lightning hit, and all of the lights flickered on and off. By the time we finally landed at home, it was almost 11:00 p.m. and we had a very tired toddler. But even with all of that, she was still so well behaved the entire flight.  We seriously could not ask for a better little girl. She makes doing adventurous things like traveling so easy!

It was an absolutely remarkable trip...definitely one of my favorites because of all the awesome memories we made as a family. 


Ahhh Mexico, we hope to see you again real soon!


15 comments:

Nina said...

This looks amazing!! I love the Riviera Maya. One of my favorite places! And how awesome to have a toddler who travels well!! Our kids do better now that they are older (and we've been flying with them since Max was 4 months old) but our kids are such crazy movers that planes are ROUGH! And I'm LOVING her little legs in those bathing suits! SOO CUTE!

Nicole Marie said...

i want to go!! that water looks amazing!! so glad you had a great time!

Etosia (e-tasha) said...

Wow! Your vacation lookes like so much fun and that location looks beautiful! I love Ellie's little suits & beach attire!

Erica said...

WAVES OF JEALOUSY ARE FLOODING IN ....NO JUST KIDDING! WHAT AN AWESOME VACATION...THOSE PICS ARE GORGEOUS! WE ARE GOING TO VISIT FAMILY IN PUERTO RICO THIS SUMMER WITH OUR 4 AND 2 YR OLDS AND HOPEFULLY THEY WILL BE THAT WELL BEHAVED!

wallacefamilyblog said...

it looks awesome! We have thought about going there but havent made it yet. Maybe one day:)

Candice @ TheNewModernMomma said...

This looks AHHH-MAZING! I think now that G is nearly 15 months old its time to start planning a vacation. This looks like a great place to bring a little one especially with the lagoon. Wonderful pictures. She is just too precious!

Melanie said...

YAYA... pics of your trip!!Ahhhh my friend, these just warmed my heart! What a sweet lil girl you got there mama! OMGosh, Ellie-Bugs must have the best personal shopper on the market... cause she be lookn CUTE in all her fabulous swim suites!! Lol) LOVE the shots of her lounging on the chair, AND her holding daddy's pinky (heart melt FO sure!) ANNNND the the 1st shot of you girls! I Know I say it all the darn time, but... you are just beautiful! (inside & out my friend) LOVE you.....!! Xo

Courtney K. said...

Looks like you guys had a fantastic trip! So slightly jealous of all that sunshine and warmth. :)

Carlie said...

Kyna! That looks like a great trip! Her little swimsuits are so darling! My favorite is the blue, but all look cute on her! I hope I am blessed with a natural born traveler like Ellie. That would be heaven to fly on the plane and have a well-behaved child (I know that is rare because I flew with triplets from Utah to Florida).

Miranda said...

wow looks like an amazing trip! i hope to some where like that someday! glad your daughter was well behaved and she is too cute in her swimsuit and sunglasses!

Amy said...

um, adorable! looks like an amazing trip! I wanna go!

Tori Baldridge said...

SO adroable im dying!!!
And great pictures miss photog ;)

Songbook said...

These pictures are so beautiful!

Andrea said...

Ok. First of all: You are gorgeous!!! And your baby girl is sooooo sweet. Your trip looks so wonderful, i love that you took Ellie with you! What amazing family memories. And also, teach me all your photography tips, your pictures are to die for! xoxo

Courtney B said...

These picture just look magical. Seriously! It looks like you guys had the time of your lives :)
And now I can't wait to go on vacation!!

p.s. What kind of camera did you take? I'm trying to decide what is best to take to Hawaii... I'm scared to lose our nice one but I want the pretty pictures!

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