Wednesday, July 27, 2016

a little R&R in Mexico

GT and I celebrated our 6th anniversary with a trip to Cancun at the beginning of July!
We had not really planned on a big trip for this year, but it just kind of fell in our lap.
let me tell you the ditty of how we ended up in Mexico...

GT started a mens group in Huntsville last year.
once a month he travels back to lead this group on the designated Monday night.
a few guys from this group started a similar group for couples.
they meet once a month on a Friday night.
earlier in the summer, GT and I attended one of the groups when we were in Huntsville.
I only knew one other couple there out of the (roughly) 15 others
It was a great group and we were so encouraged.

I got to talking to the wife of the host couple and she was great!
we were talking about summer plans for our families and she mentioned that they were going to Cancun with 2 other couples (of which I knew the husbands, who were childhood friends of GT)
after we had talked for a bit, they said, "y'all should go with us to Cancun!"
we asked the dates and it happened to be on our anniversary
they talked a bit more about it and we kind of brushed it off (or so GT thought)

after we got in the car, I looked at GT and told him that I actually was serious about going with them. after learning that both of our parents were available to keep the kids and that it wasn't a huge monetary sacrifice, we realized that it might actually be a possibility that we could go
so, we booked our flights!
at that point I had didn't really know any of the other couples, but knew I could spend time on a beach at an all-inclusive resort with just about anybody...

all of the couples live in Huntsville, so we dropped the boys off at GTs parents and carpooled with the others to DFW for our flight
by the time we were at our gate, I had not stopped laughing since we left Huntsville at 630 that morning and knew it would be a wonderful and entertaining trip!
the first view of the ocean when we arrived at the resort

We had 3 full days and did not waste a one of 'em
the first morning, after a stellar breakfast buffett, we all had a spa experience
i am certainly glad that we did not have our cameras/phones, since we were all (men and women) given the same size robes... don't think too long on that one
no really, it was super fun and we laughed a lot
we spent most of the days at the beach and the pool then a delicious dinner followed by the resort entertainment (a glow-show one night, Mayan dancers the next)
our balcony view
paradise, right?

one night-after spending the next day at the pool and beach, we went on an excursion to Xplor
swam in caves, boated in caves, drove their off-road vehicles (John Deere gators with lawn mower engines), and zip-lined in the dark.
it was all a blast and we don't have pictures because our phones were not water proof, but it was memorable for sure! 
the zip-lining would've been slightly terrifying had we done it in the day time, but i felt super tough not knowing how far the drop was under me

two of the afternoons were spent playing beach volleyball versus a group from Ohio
we were probably a bit competitive and probably a bit sore the following day
while waiting for our opponents to show up for our 3 o'oclock match time (not serious at all), a big ole storm rolled in over the ocean
we all camped out at the grill on the beach and enjoyed the cool breeze and awesome storm
the guys after the storm

the morning before we left, we ventured into the town of Cancun for some touristing and souvenir buying. supporting the local economy, ya know?
we were also all pretty sunburned, so a morning out of the sun was welcomed by all skins

I absolutely loved the group that we went with
the guys are hilarious and I laughed until my cheeks hurt every day
the girls and I all hit it off and never really ran out of things to talk about

most of all, i loved being with GT
we have never really celebrated our anniversary in a big way, so we were super excited about this trip!
on July 3rd, our 6th anniversary, we played tennis, worked out, ate a slow breakfast then joined the group
later that day, we were surprised to find that the resort had added to our celebration by decorating our room!
i'm super thankful for this little getaway with my man
he is still my best friend and my favorite person to vacation with, hands down
we both really appreciated this time away with one another and might find a way to make it happen every year. i'm serious
one last look from our room.....

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