Luke, Sam and I were lucky enough to travel to Riviera Maya this January for a week of fun in the sun! We were also lucky enough to have my parents along for the fun!
First of all, I didn't know that it was a 3 and 1/2 hour plane ride to Cancun. Wow. I asked how long the flight was on take off. We took off at Sam's nap time. Sam doesn't nap on planes. It was at that point that I regretted the lack of DVD selection that I brought. We weren't "that family" with "that kid," but we were a close second.
We arrived...to rain. Ok, Ok. We have seven days, right? My prayers were answered! The next day, no rain, and all the days after: sunny and 80 degrees!
No one got burned. Everyone got a little tan. Sam, of course, is the darkest (maybe Dad is darkest) even whilst sporting SPF 70 (no joke) all week.
Mom and Dad were awesome! They took Sam for a day while Luke and I went to Xel-Ha for some snorkeling. We all switched off staying in the room for nap time. We switched around some for dinners as well. For the first few days, meal time was...a challenge to say the least. However, after we got Sam cranking on a schedule and he knew what to expect, he did just fine.
This was Sam's first trip to the ocean and the beach. He was hesitant at first, but eventually LOVED it. He would wake up from his nap, yell for papa, and grab a swim diaper. So fun!
Other things Sam enjoyed: flirting with Canadians (they were EVERYWHERE), drinking strawberry daiquiris (virgin...almost always completely), drinking pina coladas (virgin...again almost always-so maybe I gave him a sip of my VERY weak drink while we waited for his, how else are we supposed to get him to nap?!), feeding the fish (the giggles! oh the giggles!), laying in the sand, dragging around a yellow "caution: wet floor" sign like rolling luggage, yelling for PAPA all the time! and so many other fun firsts and great memories!
It was such a treat and very relaxing.
Sitting on the beach:
It was awesome.