So we danced on table tops and we drank too many shots...
As most people know neither Chris or I drink. So when we planned going to Cancun and I would ask my friends what did they do when they went. Their answer normally was "all inclusive: endless drinks/food/ and an oceanside cabana". Since we didn't drink I decided to do only breakfast inclusive at our resort so I wouldn't be charged for alcohol I wasn't planning on drinking. Well the day we did the dolphin swim and went to Isla Mujeres it was an all-inclusive event. By this point I hadn't slept very much for the past couple of days and I was tired. I figured the beer was pouring like wine so I might as well keep the Coca-Cola coming. In one day I drank 7 cokes (probably not smart for a girl w/a heart murmur) but heck I wanted to get at least some of our money back ;)
It was a fun day swimming with dolphins, driving around the island in a golf cart, snorkeling, etc. So on the boat ride home (cokes still flowing) I started dancing. Chris almost died. He can't dance and so he was embarrassed but by that point the entire upper deck of the boat was chanting for him to dance with me and clapping. He took the advice from the movie "Hitch" and tried to stay in the zone but he wanted to die of total embarrassment. Than the crew wanted to start dancing with me. The couple we had been hanging out with agreed: if I drank alcohol I probably would have been the craziest one in the group. As it was I was still one of the liveliest according to the crew even w/o alcohol... Life is too short and man Chris needs to learn to dance!!!
Yo Hablo Espanol Americana...
My husband lived in Mexico City for 2 yrs and so despite the fact that he is as Anglo-Saxon as they come he speaks native Chilango (a fun nick-name for Mexico City dialect). Everybody adored him because while Chris is charming in English he is even more charming in Spanish. He got this Chicharito jersey (famous Mexican soccer player) and so everyone was calling out his name "Hey Chicharito!!!"
The sad thing for me is that even though I'm Puerto Rican I am 3rd generation (my grandparents never learned English, my mom is perectly bilingual, and of course I struggle) and so everything was a challenge. But I'm proud of myself. I forced myself to listen and fully converse rather than lean on Chris to do all of the talking. I did well... when people would ask if I speak the language I would always say Mi esposo hablo perfecto Chilango and yo hablo perfecto Espanol Americana ;) Last year he learned more about me visiting Puerto Rico and this time I learned much more about him visiting Mexico.
A romantic night: me, Chris, and a Crocodile!
Coastal Mexican is just amazing. We we went from street Carne tacos to great fish to Lobster Tacos to shrimp, etc. The best night was our final dinner though. Not just the food but the circumstances. We travel off season so we can get good deals and places will not be crowded. Our final dinner was this amazing fine sea food restaurant out of the way of the bustle. We sat in a private cabana at the end of the dock. We danced in the moon light and just fell a little back in love.
As our night was winding down the waiter asked us if we had noticed the huge crocodile. Chris didn't think it was real so the waiter livened him up... it was real. After that Chris was so flipping scared. He thought we would be eaten at any moment. As we were returning home I told him if he went back to be a dork I was going to take him back and feed him to that crocodile.
My Happy Place...
Recently I read a Summer Fun article telling ladies they need to find their happy place. For me that is hard. I never stop! I'm always dealing with kids, business, family, etc. etc. I feel like my mind doesn't stop. It is difficult b/c I used to love just being by myself and having time to think or better yet not think! Chris kept asking me why I was so quiet this week... I was quiet b/c for the first time in a long time I could just catch up with myself. It was nice. I treasured my swims alone... I would just swimming for as long as I could (swimming is the last real exercise I am allowed to do with my condition). I would watch the water, trees, and the sky. Maybe in the future I will share some of my quiet revelation so I don't forget what I learned. Most notably I just was humbled seeing God's loving hand guide my life. Yes, I have challenges and hardships; but it is during these quiet moments of reflection that I truly understand how greatly blessed I am.
I feel bad having left my kids for so long but it did me good just to rest and get in touch with myself. It also did "us" good! Chris and I need to constantly take some time for ourselves. We forget what being "in love" is like. For this I think us leaving the little ones help them in the long run because it helps us be better parents. But we do look forward to one day taking our kids with us! I can't wait to see Rachel with the dolphins, Harmon para-sailing, and Cally dancing on a boat.