A week ago, my husband and I traveled to Cancun, Mexico to celebrate a wedding. The groom is one of my husband's oldest and dearest friends. The boys met in Michigan during college. They lived together for a few years and to this day remain close, even though the two of them live thousands of miles apart. Mike was the first friend to come visit us in New Orleans when we made the move down here 7 years ago, and he gave the most heartfelt speech spoken at our wedding 4 years ago.
Mike's bride is a lovely Michigan native herself, who I took to immediately. We have much in common and I already consider her one of my friends, even though we've only spent a few weekends together over the past few years. She fits in with the girls of the gang like a cashmere glove.
She's a doll.
Thanks to Mike & Katie's destination nuptials, we just wrapped up the first REAL vacation we've ever taken together and, what's more, it was the first vacation I've personally been on in 10 years!
Honestly, at this point, I could have stayed in a Holiday Inn Express in Memphis and been happy as long as it had a pool and limited access to work emails. But Mexico delivered beyond my expectations.
I don't think either of us realized how much we needed this vacation until that first watermelon mojito hit our lips at the Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun Resort. The two of us had so much fun we barely knew what to do except melt in all-inclusive bliss.
-The group that gathered for the wedding remained intimate, consisting only of our closest friends and family of the groom.
-My loving husband upgraded us to a ocean view room. Swoon.
-All inclusive. Really don't need to elaborate on that one. It's for realz.
-Runs on the beach with my husband. Exercise + built-in sight seeing--check.
-A more graceful suntan than the one I get from racer back running tops and Nike shorts. I felt like a lady.
-Nonstop laughter. When you get this group of people together, there's no matching our hilariousness. We're just awesome.
On to the proof...
[Get over here, honey!]
Watermelon mojito x ??
Okay. So the palm trees weren't really a highlight for us since we already spend many weekends controlling them in our own backyard, but the salty breeze making them dance like this was certainly new.
I know. It's just coffee.
But sitting at a beautiful, white table cloth-strewn table every morning being served dark, rich coffee with my husband somehow just made it taste better going down.
Sensational breakfast buffet every morning.
Sorry, mom & dad, but it put GLCC to shame.
Yup. That's a pretty watermelon.
Wife: "I'm ready for dessert. Are you hungry?"
Husband: "Hon! 24 hour room service!"
Wife: "It's really part of the deal?"
Husband: "All inclusive. All. inclusive. Where's the menu? You call."
Wife: "I want this one and this one. Ugh. I can't decide."
Husband: "Cool. Get me one of each of those, too. We're not sharing. And order me a glass of milk."
Wife: "Okay. And I'm getting two of the chocolate cakes."
No, no...please don't leave the pool to come inside to eat.
We'll bring the fresh lunch buffet to you.
And if you even TRY to say you're not hungry, we'll lure you with the smoky scent of BBQ.
The View from the Room
Bachelor-Bachelorette Dinner in a CAVE.
(Hint: Photos on the restaurant's website are much more beautiful. But for real, this place was legit.)
Later, this deck will be transformed into the site of the wedding dinner and reception.
Next time...the WEDDING