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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 14th 2013

Let me start by saying we're all feeling better! YAY. More to come on our adventure to a big amazing waterpark yesterday. Attached is a hilarious video (in our opinion) of Greg and two local musicians we hired to play us a few songs at dinner last week. They were really good, and the songs they played were very touching but let's just say, Greg was a bit more into the nacho chips than the music! It became funnier when his dad asked him to move out of the way so he could film the musicians. So Greg crouched down but managed to still eat & drink! PS see the look on Greg's face at the very end when I suggested we should "get another song"...! (Greg can do a straight face like nobody's business.) For ... read more

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 13th 2013

Buenas noches guys! It's absolutely glorious today, tres caliente (hot) (I should have that phrase on repeat how hot and beautiful it is!). I think we could skip the stove & fry our eggs on the sidewalk. So after being beat from the feet up from the last few days, I slept all the way through the night. But guess who woke feeling sick? If you guessed "me", pass go and collect $200 . I took one of the anti-nausea pills & felt better in a bit. I decided lying in bed was not going to fix anything, so I went up to the loungers on the roof and I lasted five minutes due to the strong sun. Moving under the shade is now ideal, and the view over the ocean is specky-tacular!! Yesterday Blaine, Greg, ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 12th 2013

"It is not length of life, but depth of life." ~ Ralph Waldo Emmerson Well folks, we are hanging in there. Lara was next in line to get the flu, so it was another evening/night of me tending to someone sick. I am ready to take off the nurse's cap thank you very much. She's not nearly as ill as Rory was in the sense of vomiting and it's 7 am and she's sleeping which is a good sign. I feel queasy but so far no real signs I'm getting it. While I may not be sick, I don't look any hell being up a few nights in a row, but nothing a ball cap & sunglasses can't hide!!. Right now I barely rise when I hear the girls get up because they are feeling sick, ... read more
Greg enjoying the view
Greg in pool
Ava ready for dinner

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 11th 2013

"Why does the ocean rock the moon to sleep every night? So the sun will wake and kiss the beach." ~ Top o' the mornin' to you all! Well, another totally glorious morning to wake up here in Playa. We're grabbing morning by the biscuits everyday here I'll tell ya! However, you can't have a rainbow without a little rain sometimes, and by that I mean we are having the most wonderful time, but the "rain" as it were is that a few of us have the flu. As you know, the flu is being felt all over the world, and it seems to be felt here too. Planes are flying into here everyday with people with flu symptoms and it eventually makes its way to us despite it being a tropical spot. Pat was feeling ... read more
Dos Equix
Margarita at El Pirate
Some of the gang

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 10th 2013

So getting back to our wedding here in Playa del Carmen (after the previous blog!) Yep we tied the old knot here in Playa on Jan. 10, 2008. I will say, it was by far one of THE best days of my life, next to meeting Al in the first place, and then when we found out we were expecting, to the births of each of our great gals, Lara Raquel (13), Rory Charlotte (11) and Ava Carly (7). Because we waited so long to get married, we knew exactly what we wanted (small), and on a beach - HELLO Playa! We wanted to write our own wedding vows, and have the girls in the ceremony. Lara walked me down the beach, Rory was the flower girl, and Ava, the ring bearer(ess)! She was so cute ... read more
Wedding parade
Group shot
Beach walk

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North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 9th 2013

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."~ A. Lincoln Well we've made up our minds to be as happy as we can be, based on the good time we had on our first day here. If I had to use one solid word to convey our first day, it would be -- FANTASTICO! After lunch at Yan Ten's we sat around oceanside for a few hours, laughing, talking, taking in the view, and enjoying some amazing drinks & tasty food! Oh that big first margarita was to die for....ahhhh. 2for1 Corona and margaritas. Some of us had the chicken kebobs with jasmine rice & salad, some had chicken quesadillas, and nachos. It was great, but the best part was being together & finally showing Blaine & Greg Playa in ... read more
Blaine & Ava in the pool
Greg imitating Poncho Villa
Our first dinner together

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 9th 2013

"A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband". ~ Montaigne Happy anniversary honey! How does a couple celebrate almost 11 years of togetherness and three children? Well they head to Playa del Carmen and get married. And that's what we did 5 years ago today, Jan. 10, 2008. (Thank you Cindy for getting the ball rolling on that one!) It's so nice to be back here to celebrate our anniversary. It's also nice to be here with Ray & Pat who were at our wedding and having Blaine here because he couldn't make it but wanted to be there with us & of course the girls who have fond memories of that day, even wee Ava (mind like a steel trap). So here we are, together 16 years and married a ... read more
Sombrero Blaine
The boys in the thong chairs!
Fresh fruit ladies

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 8th 2013

"Weather's here, wish you were beautiful." Jimmy Buffet Buenos Dias!!! (Good morning) We're HERE!!! Oops meant to say weather's beautiful, wish you were here! :D Well this little band of merrymakers arrived in Cancun on Tuesday morning at 9:45 am (10:45 Ottawa time). Our flight left on time at 6 am. Nothing like getting on a plane when it's dark and arriving to sunshine & heat and Playa alive with music with the sounds of birds in the air. We had to be up and at 'em in the wee hours of the night to be at the airport a little after 4 am. As I've said before, there's no reason to ever be dragged out of bed at that hour unless you are going on a tropical vacation. Since most restaurants are closed at the ... read more
Greg on rooftop terrace
View from our condo
Blaine & Greg 2 thumbs up

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen January 5th 2013

"A New Year's resolution is something that goes in one "Year" and out the other" ~ Happy New Year all! SO how are the New Year’s resolutions coming along? We're going to have to put our resolutions on hold temporarily as we are heading back to Playa del Carmen (MX) again in a few days, thanks in good part to Playa Beach Condos & Villas, who I can't believe I've been writing travel articles for almost 2 years now! (Tonya thanks for letting me write my "tongue & cheek" travel blogs for your company!) OK I hear a collective groan; yes another trip to Playa, but hey now, be fair, I did work (er...write for it! :) And for those of you not traveling to warm destinations this winter, you may think it cruel to crow ... read more
Beach shot from penthouse
Canada Day
Ocean views

North America » Mexico » Quintana Roo » Playa del Carmen December 19th 2012

Sorry about the lack of updates over the last few days, it's been pretty hectic since we arrived in Playa Del Carmen. First, a little about the town. As you can imagine, it's pretty touristy and full of Americans. So much so that there are cash machines that dispense dollars everywhere (outnumbering the peso machines by about 3:1). It's quite a nice place to go out for drinks and a good time, however compared to the rest of Mexico it's expensive. Everything is on average 25% more by the sea, although if you move a few roads further back the cost reduces a lot. We managed to find my mother-in-law (always a pleasure!) and arranged to meet Jess (bride to be) later on that afternoon. Typical girls-meet-up-on-the-beach occasion so I made myself scarce and checked out ... read more




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