Changing plans on a dime


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February 8th 2012
Published: February 8th 2012EDIT THIS ENTRY

It's hard to believe how fast 2 weeks fly by when you're having fun. Yet though I say that, we enjoyed each and every one of those days with a peaceful laid-back feeling. (finally a serious blog right; none of my antics here, you'll have to read my other blogs for that)

Our accommodations were great being oceanfront with a pool. And the staff helped to make it one of our best holidays ever. We enjoyed swimming in the ocean, shell collecting, reading by the pool, eating delicious food, sipping pina colodas & margs, and sunrises and sunsets. Nights were fun on bustling 5th avenue or on the beach listening to music.

Vacationing with a big group can be tricky; however, everyone was very respectful of each other, and we all agree we had a fabulous time with many laughs and shared moments. The girls thoroughly enjoyed spending every minute with their grandparents. I feel very blessed that Al and I have healthy, willing and involved parents who can come with us on a tropical vacation and share the adventure with us. (And many thanks to Ray for graciously & willingly putting on every hat we threw your way!!!) As the Irish proverb goes, "When I count my blessings, I count you twice". And we do. We hope our kids still like us enough to bring us along on their trip years from now. And with their grandparents in tow too!

The last few days here we've enjoyed great weather. The ocean has been eerily calm; some mornings it looks like glass and the appearance of one huge inviting swimming pool. And on our last night here the moon put on a show when it glistened off the ocean giving us an unforgetable picture to place in our memory bank. We had a lovely light dinner on the town with all of us together. The waiter thought Al & his Dad would look particularly good in his oversized sunglasses (which they did) and the girls had a great laugh over that. We spent the evening doing some last minute shopping for souvenirs and for items we had our eye on. There are endless speciality items to buy here; from the jewellrey, to the arts and crafts, hammocks, lights, candles, clothes, shoes, hats and so forth.

Tuesday we were set to fly home however late Monday a great opportunity for Al and I to stay till Friday presented itself, and we took it. We've never done anything spontaneous like this before, but when things fell into place for us to stay an extra 3 nights we didn't question it. When here in Playa on our honeymoon (2008), Ava & Rory got ear & throat infections, so that put a damper on things. We plan on looking at these extra days as Part 2 of our belated honeymoon! This will be the first time we are here just on our own -well we are with Ava & Rory, Lara went home with nanna & Martha as she has play rehearsals. (however we agree it's more fun with family & friends)

The cost of our extra 3 nights is reasonable thanks to Tonya of Playa Beach Condos and Westjet return flights had dropped so it all came together nicely. We had to pack up and move to another condo, still oceanfront and only two blocks away. Holy crap batman we had a lot of stuff - only 2 blocks away but with 4 suitcases, 5 backpacks, groceries, surf boards, beer, wine...we needed a dang van to get here. Luckily it only cost us 50 pesos - $4 CDN so it was all good.

This place is spectacular; huge, modern, luxurious, and beautifully decorated. We have a 4-piece wicker patio set on our balcony on the 3rd floor with great views of the ocean and the beach bars all set in the busy hubbub. Will send more info later (Mom!!)

Added some pics of the last day or so. Hopefull you will get this notice finally and travel blog has fixed its problems. You can click on the top, "next entry" or "previous entry" in red to see all the entries.

Starting to miss home & our friends! (anyone...anyone miss us??? sniff sniff)

PS sun's out and it's hot with a slight breeze. We're sitting on our balcony with toast and Starbucks coffee. Seeing the boats go out, and the beach come alive. The lifeguards line up every morning and do one swim out in the ocean in formation before their shift starts. It's amazing to see what powerful swimmers they are. Almost as strong as Al...almost ;)

"Times flies when you're having fun, but frogs know times are fun when you're having flies!"

Sal (can one of you kind folks let me know if you got this? Having so much trouble sending blogs) xo


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8th February 2012

travel blog back to normal
Glad to see your relocated OK. Looks like you had another great day after the extra work moving. Anyway, the message for your blog (Changing plans on a dime) was on my email this morning and everything seems to be working as its supposed to. Have another great day, Ray
8th February 2012

Playa blogs
Thanks Ray for letting us know. I think the blog site is finally working again. Will keep in touch. Al had a great dive today, he's hooked line and sinker!!
8th February 2012

Except for this one, I received 2 of the same blogs; I guess once it got fixed, it sent the actual one. By the way, I do miss you, I find that you\'ve been gone to long, I don't like the feeling of have you guys being so far away for a long a time. I hope to see you all soon.
8th February 2012

My blogs
Hey Manon! The blog site has been down for a good part of the trip. I finally see the blogs are moving now and probably coming all at once. Don't worry we are realllly safe & having a great time. Love from the old honeymooners!
8th February 2012

Gotcha
new news.
8th February 2012

What a great opportunity.. enjoy
So happy to hear... you need to be spontaneous in life other wise you miss out... Yes we miss you guys so much... I almost called you today to say hi... I must have sensed you weren't there... Enjoy you last few days in Playa.
8th February 2012

Changing our trip
Hey Danielle we will have to get caught up on both our trips. Having a blast...the "honeymooners"! xo
8th February 2012

Miss ya!
Hey Sal! Got 2 blogs (scuba and wasps/bees) yesterday and 1 today (changing plans). Susan and I can't wait to hear all your stories over lunch. Enjoy your extended honeymoon. Talk to you soon!
8th February 2012

Our trip
I may have no stories left to tell you over lunch but I'm sure I'll come up with somethin'! Thanks for the email!
10th February 2012

Yes We got it....Thanks.xo
How great to hear yo get a part II to tour Honeymoon. Has it been 4 years already??? Incredible. Have a great mini-moon and enjoy your new condo. love and smiles, Zully xo and boys. xo Hi to each one of you. Hugs :D
10th February 2012

Yes We got it....Thanks.xo
How great to hear yo get a part II to tour Honeymoon. Has it been 4 years already??? Incredible. Have a great mini-moon and enjoy your new condo. love and smiles, Zully xo and boys. xo Hi to each one of you. Hugs :D
10th February 2012

Changing plans!
Hola Zully; we've enjoyed our extra days but also looking forward to being back home! Home is where the heart is...xo
8th March 2012

''As the Irish proverb goes, "When I count my blessings, I count you twice".''
I am Irish, but still had to read your blog before I found out about this Irish proverb. ;) Mell(not logged in at the moment)
8th March 2012

When I count my blessings
Hi Mell, Sent you an email directly to your email!

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