Catch of a lifetime.

So I’d like to think that I’m Michael’s lifetime catch, but he might say the 110 inch, 220lb blue marlin he just caught earlier in the day is. Oh and just to add – he fought him for just over an hour; and now, in two months time, we will have a full fiberglass mount of the fish as his trophy.

Happy belated Mid-Autumn Festival everyone! Full moon and high tides might have had something to do with it 😉

We booked a family photo session tonight; it’s dress-up time in an hour, yay!

Week Dos

Our second week is flying by.

Yesterday I attempted trapeze for the first and last time in my life. I was scared just climbing up the ladder! The second time was a lot less intimidating, but I will never do it again haha.

Today I played in the tennis singles tournament and lost.

Iguanas are still out and about while it’s sunny during the day.

They released about 100 baby sea turtles yesterday evening. We got to see them being taken out.

 

Kai played ping pong for the first time!

We also put him to work while we are vacation.

Kai has been successful at swimming with his floaties!

He enjoys playing at the playground!

And on the beach!

Fresh flowers are used for our room towel animals, and he likes to play with them.

Tomorrow Michael is going on a five-hour fishing excursion with four other people. I’ll be hanging with Kai.

Almost one week.

It’s Monday.

The weekend rush is over. There are significantly less people at the resort today compared to Friday-Sunday. It was like a wave of people just came and went. Club Med Ixtapa is rather small, but there’s still a lot of things to do.

The weather here has been hot and humid. We have been taking it semi-easy our first week here.

Every morning either Michael or I would attend the 9:30am (intermediate) or 10:30am (beginner) tennis session. A few of the days, we were fortunate to get our own private lesson! When one of us plays tennis, the other would watch and play with Kai. We didn’t bring our own rackets or tennis shoes, but they have ones we can borrow here. Those are two of the things we wish we brought.

We considered putting Kai in the Baby Club Med, but there are so few kids here that it wouldn’t be too much fun for him. This week, there are a handful of kids in the Mini Club Med, which is from 4-10 years old.

Iguanas 🦎 are out and about when the sun is out:) Kai likes to search for them and call out: “Dinos where are you?” And he even goes “shhhhh” when we are near them.

When Kai naps in the afternoon, we have been able to go head to head at archery, ping pong, and bocce ball. We have also had chances to play tennis with each other, which is nice.

In the evening, we typically go to the beach to watch the sunset. Since we are on the west coast, we wanted to take advantage of seeing them every night we are here. Since it’s rainy season, some nights have been a little misty. But overall we have been pretty lucky. We don’t mind overcast skies since we are used to the heat here.

Yesterday we ended up taking a taxi 🚕 into Ixtapa City Center, which was only ten minutes away, to check out the outdoor market for some souvenirs. We just ended up getting Kai crocodile and iguana toys and just walked around. We stayed for about an hour and got a taxi back to the resort. Kai was tired afterwards, but he enjoyed seeing all of the vendors and saying hi to everyone.

This afternoon, Michael is on a fishing excursion while I’m hanging with Kai. He’s been getting some much needed shut-eye.

Food has been delicious so far; no complaints in that department.

In the evening we have been staying up to watch the show at 9:15pm. Each night has been different so far. Kai really enjoyed the singing and dancing. He loves to clap during the shows. Last night’s performance was pretty cool too.

More to come…

First Days

Ixtapa, Mexico

We are here in Ixtapa for two whole weeks. When we booked this vacation back in May, we were supposed to be back on Michael’s birthday, but now we are coming back one day prior because AeroMexico ended up canceling one of our returning flights.

Let’s Celebrate

So, we are celebrating two things: Michael’s birthday and my one-year anniversary of being a stay-at-home mom.

Missing our dog

One thing I did not anticipate feeling was my longing for our pup Stanley! Ever since we added our Cairn to our family, we have pretty much been inseparable. It has been tough not being with him these few days, and it’s the first time we are boarding him. Luckily we have been getting daily texts with updates and pictures from the owners so that has been helpful. I guess that is one of the trade-offs when you have a passion for travel. We were seriously considering bringing him along, but we have done research about flying with a dog and then read about the possible challenges with coming back into the country with him…and we just figured we would see how he likes getting boarded.

All-inclusive

Other than missing Stanley, our trip has been such a delight! This is only my second time staying at an all-inclusive resort, and boy is it fabulous not to think about cooking for each meal.We arrived here on a Tuesday evening, and it was rather secluded. It felt like we were the only ones at the resort; a few families in the pools a few babies and toddlers here and there.

It’s Saturday. Yesterday, it felt more lively and today it’s a completed different feeling. Our assumption is there is an overlap of guests on the weekend. Our tennis instructor and a few other G.O.’s here informed us that it is low-season, with 50-80 guests, whereas the resort capacity is 800!

We have been taking it easy this week. Michael is thinking about chartering a fishing boat with a captain and a fishing guide for a few hours. I’m thinking about getting a massage or two 😉

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Getting here.

Getting Here

Three days ago, we made it here in one piece.

Our driver picked us up at 4:45am, and Michael installed the carseat into the Lincoln MKX. We were on our way, assuming Kai would continue to sleep. Wrong. He stood up the whole time…guess he was as excited as we were for VACATION.

If you ever have a toddler and you are waiting for your flight at Boston Logan Airport, you should check out the Kidport. Kai met another boy who was also 17 months old, and they played for about a half an hour before our flight.

Our Flight

Since we flew on Delta, our flight departed at 8:30am to its hub, the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Of course, with minutes to landing the aircraft Kai decides to fall asleep. So Michael carried Kai to our gate. Upon scanning our tickets to board, Kai wakes up from his nap. He then stays awake until we have 16 minutes to land in Mexico City.

Upon landing we had to go through Customs, which took a really long time. Kai ends up waking up the entire time, and From Mexico City, we had to check in with AeroMexico after picking up our large suitcases and putting them back on the belt for the connection.

In the Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México (Mexico City International Airport), we got Starbucks sandwiches. Boy, were they good! They had really tasty options with a Mexican flair. Kai loved the everything. We also had enough money on our Starbucks card, so we didn’t even have to use our credit card.

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Ixtapa, Mexico

Upon landing in Ixtapa, we grabbed our checked luggage and proceeded to search for the Club Med transportation to the resort. The folks here are very helpful and the taxi drivers directed us to the lady who wrote us a slip. The three of us and a couple who was on the same flight as us all shared an SUV taxi to the resort.

We were greeted by some friendly faces when we arrived to Club Med Ixtapa, and we checked in without a hitch.

More sunsets and adventures to come!

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