I'll let the pictures do most of the talking but here's a little summary of how our girl did on her first vacation:
*We flew First Class there and back (thanks Mom and Dad!!) and Embry did okay. Both flights were during nap and she eventually fell asleep, after fighting it was some crying. It stinks being that person on the plane with the crying baby! Luckily each time it lasted just a few minutes.
*Our rooms were all big and had humongous bathrooms with a big tub and huge shower...so we put the crib in the walk in shower.... (Photo below). Worked out perfectly!
*Embry typically goes to bed at 6:45 or 7:00 pm and dinner reservations weren't until 6:30, and some nights even 7:30. She did great for being up until 9:30 some nights, BUT was quite the early riser. Jacob and I took turns each day of getting up with her and getting out of the room, going on walks, eating an early breakfast, etc.
*Our room was two doors down from my parents room, so our monitor worked there. Each night we were able to put Embry down and play games in their room. One night the girls went to the show at the resort and the guy watched basketball in the room and kept an ear out for Emmy.
*During her two daily naps, one or both of us would go nap with her. It never was an issue of feeling like we had to go back to the room...we both really enjoyed our daily naps =)
*One thing that cracked us all up during the trip was how much all the Mexican men loved Embry. At each meal we had we had male waiters and they always fawned over E and she reciprocated with a lot of flirting back to them. It was pretty cute!
*She has now MASTERED crawling. I left the states with a semi-crawler, and boy has she got the hang of it now!
One really cool thing that happened is I saw some people I knew! I'm sure everyone reading this remembers my YoungLife leader Sara Sullivan who I was very close to passed away 3.5 years ago after giving birth to her first daughter 12 days earlier. Well over the years I got to know her parents and her in-laws (Brady's parents). Once me and my girlfriends even spent a weekend with her in-laws in Granite Shoals, TX at their lake house on LBJ. On Monday of our trip I saw someone that looked like Linda, Brady's mom. I told my family but brushed it off. Tuesday, our last full day, I saw them again at the pool and told my mom and sisters, but again didn't think much of it. Finally we saw them on the beach that afternoon and I finally went up to them and said, "are you guys the Sullivans?" I got a weird look and said again- "is your son Brady?".... "Um Yes...." We spent the afternoon catching up with them! Brady and his new wife, Jenny, were set to arrive there Thursday (today) as Brady's brother is getting married at the resort! It's such a small, small world! We even toasted to our sweet Sara on the beach that day and know that she had a hand in our meeting up! (There's a picture of me with the Sullivan's below).
|On the way to the airport!|
|We made it to the airport!!!|
|Books on the plane|
|Our first meal in Mexico! (The empty ice cream cone became one of E's favorites)|
|Mimi and Emmy|
|The Harts and their desserts|
|First morning in Mexico! Got to climb into bed with Mommy and Daddy for a little bit.|
|Fun in the pool!|
|Tomi and Dad enjoying some drinks poolside|
|Our little family|
|The girls =)|
|E loved all the fruit!|
|Exploring our room...and trash can!|
|Post nap time fun|
|Visiting Mimi and Papa's room|
|Headed to dinner our second night at the Brazilian steakhouse|
|Tiny chicken leg.....or quail leg ;)|
|E and Auntie Tomi|
|Hi Uncle Jon|
|Mimi is so fun!|
|Embry LOVED all the Mexican men the whole trip and they loved her.|
|Dancing with the waiter|
|One morning I was up with her before the buffet opened for breakfast! Early morning beach trip.|
|On the shuttle to the other side of our resort|
|Mimi and Emmy|
|Happy Father's Day Daddy!|
|She just adores Papa and Mimi! Too cute!|
|Walking to dinner on Father's Day! (Jacob taking the pic!)|
|Dad and Tomi on Father's Day evening|
|Jacob's first Father's Day|
|Waiting outside the French Restaurant!|
|Our favorite restaurant at the resort!|
|Embry was OBSESSED with the Lobster Bisque soup!!! Inhaled it!|
|Chocolate boxes for dessert|
|Daddy and Embry on one of their morning adventures (He let her crawl around in puddles hence the filthy PJs!)|
|Lunch time fun!|
|Smooches from Tomi|
|Pool time fun|
|Breakfast with Mama|
|Here cousin, let me share my toys with you!|
|Beach babes =)|
|Mouth full of sand...|
|Mimi collected shells for Embry!!|
|Group beach shot!|
|Cigars on the beach|
|Me, Embry and the Sullivans|
|Dinner our last night|
|Embry's bedroom =)|
|Right at home with her lovey bear =)|
|Our last morning|
|Going through security in Cancun... Hah|
|Look there Daddy!|
|Multi-tasking mama on the plane.|
|Customs back in Texas!|
|Riding the shuttle back to our car|
|Home and playing with her own toys!|
And here's a video of the crawling maniac seeing her toys for the first time at home!