S: Puerto Vallarta-January 2011
FC: Puerto Vallarta-January 2011
1: The Marival Residences and World Spa
2: We tried to go on vacation over Thanksgiving but were denied because we had Passcards for the kids instead of Passports. Passcards are only good for land and sea travel-not air travel. When the limo picked us up this time, we were all cautiously excited. No one wanted to get too excited in case something else went wrong!
3: We got to the airport at 6:00 am and got checked in and through security without any problems. We were FINALLY going to Mexico!! "We're going to Mexico. We're going to Mexico!"
5: We got to the resort Saturday afternoon. After checking in, the kids wanted to go swimming right away! We took a quick tour of each resort so we had an idea of where everything was at, and then we headed to the pool. We played tag and had races. The kids were quite the little fish! We finally had to drag Jeremy and Ella out of the pool to have some dinner!
7: The resort was absolutely AMAZING! We checked into a 3 bedroom suite on the 5th floor. It had a wrap around balcony that looked out to the ocean and the resort. On Wed. we got a phone call asking if we would like to upgrade our room to a 4 bedroom penthouse! It was on the top floor and had it's own private pool that looked out to the ocean. We sat up there watching boats and whales. The food was wonderful too! Every morning we ate breakfast by the pool-with made to order omelets, fresh waffles with whipped cream and caramel sauce, and an assortment of fresh fruit. By far, the best meal was at the tapas restaurant that was on the top floor of the hotel. We enjoyed the evening hearing the ocean waves, laughing, and trying just about everything on the menu!
8: Grandma's dream was to bring Jeremy and Ella to see the ocean-to see their wonder at feeling the sand on their feet, to play in the waves, and enjoy the beauty of God's creation.
9: On Sunday morning we had breakfast and went to the beach to see the ocean for the first time. The kids were amazed by the rolling in and out of the ocean waves and the beautiful sand that sparkled in the sunlight.
10: Our time on the beach was wonderful! The kids made sand castles with Grandma and Grandpa, we played tag, boogie boarded, ran through the ocean, and relaxed! We had our own private section on the beach to set up camp for the day. There we had comfortable lounge chairs, canopies for shade, and wait staff that would bring us food and drinks all day long!
12: We saw tons of wild life! Grandpa, Steve, Daddy and Mommy all took jet skis out to see the humpback whales! It was amazing! Just walking on the beach we found baby sea turtles, star fish, sand dollars, and puffer fish.
14: On Monday we did the Dolphin Swim Experience and the Sea Lion Encounter. We each got the chance to pet a dolphin, have a dolphin kiss us, and we got to swim with a dolphin!
15: After the dolphins we took a boat ride over to the sea lion facility. They were hilarious-"smiling" at us, swimming by us, kissing us, and jumping over us! What an amazing time!
17: We also got to see some other wildlife with the dolphin and sea lion tour. We saw an iguana and some beautiful birds. The Macaw even ate a seed right from Jeremy and Ella's mouths!
18: On Thursday we took a tour of the city. We drove by the Malecan (a place we all agreed we would be going to next time we were in Puerto Vallarta) on our way to some downtown shopping. Ella found lots of beautiful "shiny objects" and Jeremy got a scorpion magnet from a street vendor. We continued on to the Cathedral of Our Lady Guadalupe. From there we took a LONG bus ride up the mountains for lunch and a tequila tour. Unfortunately by the time we got to where we were eating lunch Daddy and Ella felt so sick they couldn't eat. Mommy and Grandma weren't much better, so Grandpa, Uncle Steve, and Jeremy were the only ones that ate lunch. After the break from the rocking of the bus everyone felt better, and we were all able to enjoy the tour of the tequila factory. We saw the agave plants and the whole process they use to make the tequila. We then got to try 5 different tequilas.