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 MĂ©xico (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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