Monday, September 9, 2013

Cabo San Lucas!

Isaac’s parents generously gifted us a free week at any of their time shares (or their affiliates), so we decided to take full advantage and head south – of the border, that is!  We’d hoped to go later in the year, perhaps late October, but baby girl had other plans, meaning we could move our plans up, or move them out.  We decided that a Baby Moon was in order.  I am so thankful we did!  Just two weeks before we left my morning sickness took a serious turn for the better and I was starting to feel genuinely good for days at a time! 

We left on Labor Day to return the following Monday.  An entire week with just my husband!  What a treat!!!  We arrived in Cabo and quickly realized this was not just any resort, it was the resort!  We’re talking 5 Star, 5 Diamond resort.  At least that’s what they kept telling us when we sat through the sales pitch, which was totally worth the 2.5 hours of our lives.  In exchange for telling them “no” for 2 hours straight, we got free snorkeling for both of us, a beautiful Sunset Cruise to the Arch, and a bottle of Tequila.  Still not sure what we’re going to do with the tequila…celebratory shots when the baby is born?  (kidding).

Part of our room and the view:

We spent a couple of afternoons strolling the markets, braved a tropical storm (and were rewarded for our efforts by seeing a sea turtle up close!), swam in several of the pools, drank wayyy too many strawberry lemonades, talked, laughed and generally enjoyed being together whether we were doing something or decidedly doing nothing at all.  

strawberry lemonade! Soooo much strawberry lemonade! 
Thankful for all-inclusive bracelets!

The resort was just beautiful!  And so lush! 

The people of Mexico were one of my favorite memories of the culture. They’re so much more friendly (or perhaps it’s because we were obviously strangers?) than you see in the states!  Everywhere we went we were greeted, Isaac was congratulated (as soon as they saw my belly), and the women would come up and rub my belly.  Being a personal space kind of gal with strangers, it was surprising to me how much I enjoyed the attention.  They were so sweet about it, talking about their own pregnancies and children, and it was obvious that family is paramount in Mexico.  It was all the more beautiful for the people there!!

The Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez right where we were staying! 

Another special moment was picking out a simple wedding band to wear for the duration of my pregnancy.  I knew that my ring would be too tight in the hot climate of Mexico, so I left it safely at home.  We walked around and admired many different rings, but settled on a simple (but not plain in my eyes) silver band.  Not only do I get to show off my marital status (I seriously felt so naked without my ring!), but I have a fun treasure to remind me of our wonderful vacation that I will continue to cherish and wear long after this little one is born and my fingers (hopefully!) return to normal size.

One of many geckos we saw:

Getting ready to snorkel & post-ocean swim (right):

Just for you, mom: 

I mean, really... We're here for the silver, right? ;)

Cabo Wabo! 

One of the only remnants of what was here before the resort:

Our sea turtle buddy: 

That we only got to see because no one wanted to go out in the tropical storm...  Everywhere we went hatches were battened, sandbags were laid, shops were we just wandered and enjoyed the extremity of the weather! 

Paradise in water (Isaac gets full credit for this shot!)

On the sunset cruise: 

Oh, I love him!!  The sunset cruise was incredible! We got to see the arch from all sides, watch the sea lion colony, then went down for the most amazing three course dinner, followed by traditional Mexican entertainment of dancing and singing. It was a blast! 

Thank you, Dave & Judy for the oh-so-generous gift of a once-in-a-lifetime vacation! 
It was a wonderful chance to grow even closer together! 

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