Saturday, July 22, 2017

Dinner and a show Mexico part 2

Every evening in Mexico they had a kids show at 8:00 and then a more adult oriented one at 9:30.  This was my favorite part of the day.  Getting dressed up and going to dinner all together and then the shows.  It was such a fun way to spend the evening.  I even tried to dress our family in "themes" some of the nights (another thing I LOVE to do that my family does NOT really enjoy.  LOL

The kids shows were always an interactive thing for the kids.  A game, a contest, a fashion show . . . every night was different but the kids always enjoyed it.  Kids from all over the world, speaking all different languages . . . it was quite the cultural experience.

Some nights they played BINGO between the shows.  This night Andrew won the Bingo game and got on stage.

This night we ate in their Japanese restaurant where they cook in front of you.  A favorite of everyone except that it was quite hot . . . no AC in this restaurant.


Megan and Lakyn happened to own the same dress so we had them wear it the same night.  Too cute.

 Pirate show night . . . give the kids all swords made of pool noodles.

Dad winning Bingo . . . 

Some nights we stayed for the adult show which was really late.  A Magician, Broadway, the history of Mexico . . . . these were some of the ones we stayed for and let the kids stay for.  I believe this was Andrew and Daniel's opinion of the Broadway show . ..  LOL

Dinner at the Mexican restaurant on the beach.

Fashion show night was the girls favorite . . . they got to dress up and were taught how to walk down a real runway and be princesses .  .  . so fun.

On this night Lakyn won the kids game, she was so proud of herself.  It was a "hot potato" style game and she memorized the spot that the music ALWAYS stopped at.  I know that wasn't the way you were supposed to win the game (it's a luck of the draw game) but considering how hard it is for Lakyn to memorize anything .  . I was quite impressed by her ability to figure this out.  

On this night the photographer at the place found Gavin . . . they asked him to model for the camera . . . he was a little too good at it for my liking.  If the pictures didn't cost an arm and a leg we would have bought some, they were adorable.

Don't think the kids had all the fun, I think each of the adults was called on stage to play at least one game the time we were there . . . some of us several times.  Ask Tim about dancing sometime.  LOL . . . here, my sister Marisa is winning a game and Mom, Shannon, Stephanie and Tim are all together in the next one.


Marisa loves the Mexican people . . . she's very drawn to them.  Here, in the middle of a show the singer is singing to her and giving her a rose.   Then she and one of the entertainers pose.

Il Diva mens singing group.  My second favorite show.  (Tim and the kids skipped this one)

 History of Mexican culture show

Kids favorite show was the night they had a pinata (Mexican culture night)  A pinata hanging with a real guy strapped to the rafters to pull it up from their reach . . . very fun.   Getting to try all the Mexican candy that fell from it was fun too . . . for the kids AND the adults.

Our dinner was either a restaurant on site or a buffet on site at 6:00 or 6:30 and then these shows right there by our rooms so this filled our evenings each day.  I LOVED all of us being together and seeing who would get called on stage and what the shows would be.  This is certainly a unique aspect of an all inclusive resort .  The food and entertainment provided at no extra cost.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Mexico--Getting there and the resort

When my grandmother passed away she left behind some money in her estate through some insurance money and other assets she had to her name.  When she passed away she gave everything to my dad (her only child).  He and mom decided that the best way to honor her through that money was to take all the family (all 18 of us) on a trip in her honor.  She loved to travel and loved to spoil her family so she would have loved this.  They did a lot of research and came up with an all inclusive resort in Playa Del Mar, Mexico that fit the bill for everyone.  None of us knew what to expect but I think it far exceeded everyones wildest imagination of what it could be.

Our flight left in the very early hours of the morning (like be at the airport 4 AM early . . . ) so we got a hotel in pittsburgh the night before.  Spent some time in the hotel pool wearing the kids out the night before and then early bedtime.  Two sets of boys with their brothers.

For Gavin and Lakyn this was their first plane ride so they were a little nervous but mostly excited.  The kids were all VERY well behaved for it being 4AM and there being 9 of them.  I'm quite sure the other passengers may have different things to say but I thought they were great.


Why yes, that is Gavin playing with his puke bag as a hand puppet . . . LOL

Then we landed in Cozumel and took a 1hr bus ride to our resort.  It was so nice that we were all on the same bus here.  On the return trip we were split up which wasn't near as fun.

When we got to the resort the pampering began.  We were all immediately served frozen beverages (their signature drink) and got checked in.  (don't break the glasses, don't break the glasses--that was the thought of every parent) 

The grounds were just beautiful.  Here is a map just for perspective.  Shannon and her family and my family and I were all in building 27 overlooking the jungle (in family suites with enough beds for our larger families).  My parents and the rest of the crew were in building 10 overlooking the ocean.  

The hotel was all outdoor just overlooking jungle all around.  It was so beautiful.  Here is a waterfal with the buffet restaurant overlooking it.  

TONS of interesting wildlife!!   We could see these flamingos from our room!

 The jungle walk was my favorite.  The path between our rooms and the beach was just tons of paths through the jungle.  I hiked it a couple afternoons by myself just to enjoy God's amazing creation.

 These "floating" walkways were the path between the theaters, restaurants and lobby areas.

 Our building style and our kids room . . . next to this was the adjoining parents room.

Night time was so beautiful . . . so very romantic.  With tired kids there wasn't any romantic walks through this at night but it was beautiful for the little bit we saw it on the way to our room.

Then the pool and the ocean .  . . I mean seriously . . . we were in paradise!!  (Gavin by the Mexican flag)

The view from the ocean looking back at the resort.

Pool "bed" there were not very many of these and we only got one one day but man, what a comfy way to spend a day!!! 

 The pool, well a small part of it. . . . it was WAY bigger than I could get in one picture.

 Here we can see off in the distance the cruise ships and port at Cozumel.