S: 2011 Trip to Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
FC: 2011 Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico | 2011 Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico | 2011 Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico | 2011 Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico
1: It's 4 AM and we've arrived at SeaTac... So Sleepy, but so excited! This is DJ's first flight ever. Mexico here we come! | A little interactive pinball game to pass the time till our flight leaves.
2: Sunrise over Mt. St. Helens A beautiful sight that we don't see too often.
3: Not a lot of room to stretch out and get comfy so we all lean on each other to catch some zzzz's. | Two short flights , about two hours each. First flight takes us to Arizona and then we arrive in Nuevo Vallarta. | Dreaming of warm sunshine and sandy beaches
4: The Grand Mayan | The resort we stayed at...
5: Nuevo Vallarta | The suite we stayed in...
6: Welcome to The Grand Mayan in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico! We're all rested from the flight and there is plenty of time to order some lunch and go for a swim before the sun sets!
8: This is the life! Nothing to do all day but play in the pool! Jason and Kelsey practce their under water acrobatics!
9: DJ and Emma play hide and seek in the wave pool! Who says you're too old to play games!
10: Kelsey, Dean and Kathy head for the lazy river. I think Kelsey is in heaven!
11: The waterslide was lots of fun! Plenty of opportunity for some funny pictures too! The day was not complete without at least one or two trips down the waterslide. | DJ and Emma take their first trip down the waterslide! Hold on to your shades and your inner tube!
12: Meet Emma's new friend... can you spot him?
13: Go Kelsey!! Woo Hoo! | Splash!!
15: Playing in the pool, Kelsey figured out she could aim the water from the fountain to try and hit DJ. The water fight is on!!
17: After playing in the pool all day, we headed to the beach to watch the sun set. The waves were incredible! They were huge! We had to really stand strong to keep the water from knocking us off our feet. Dean tried to jump over one wave like we do here at home and that did not work so well! We stuck pretty close to the beach to be safe and just watched the waves as they crashed onto the shore.
21: We woke the kids up bright and early for our free breakfast meeting at the resort. It always takes some time out of our day, but the food is good and the discount we get for the week makes it worth it! DJ and Emma were good sports about it and even managed to look cheerful!
22: This is a good day! How could it not be? Sunshine, warm weather, a pool to play in all day and someone sweet to spend the time with!
23: This is our daytime hang out! We (meaning Kathy) wake up early each morning to stake out our Cabana before they are all taken - they fill up quick and shade is very important! | Kelsey shows off her newly painted mask | She painted this all on her own! (With just a tiny bit of help)
24: Are you ready for this!?! DJ and Emma, Kathy, Jason and Kelsey get ready to head out on the Jet Skies. It's gonna be a crazy ride! | Buckling in | Drive carefully DJ! | And they're off!
25: Hang on Emma!
26: Kelsey, Kathy and Jason wait for the right time to head out. There are some BIG waves right by the beach.... Hang On!!! | Somehow they always managed to send us out right into a huge wave! That was enough for Kelsey! | Yeahhhh!
27: Jason and Kathy are ready to go again | Jason had a total blast! Who is the coolest mom ever!?! | Face full of water! | Oh My God!!!
28: We survived the jet skies! Time to play at the beach for a bit. | Jason tries to write in the sand but the waves don't give him much time!
30: Playing in the Kiddie Pool!
31: and then in our pool on the deck! We're so spoiled! | DJ shows off his sexy sunburned legs!!
33: Waiting at the "bus stop" for a ride out to the Taco Break restaurant. Mmmm! yummy tacos, ice cream and grape gatorade (Uva!)
35: Ema | Emma thought she would take a few minutes to take some photos of the cool statues around the entry and reception area of the resort.. Kelsey decided she was taking too long and started dragging her down the hallway. Don't want to miss the sunset!!
39: It may look like Emma and DJ are standing in front of a fake background, but this really is the real thing behind them! Beautiful sunsets every night!
41: July 12th Kelsey's 10th Birthday. Today Kelsey's choice is room service for breakfast, swimming with the dolphins and dinner at a nice restaurant! Ready for the adventure! | Heading Out!
42: We arrived at Vallarta Adventures, ready to jump in with the dolphins! We got the added bonus of meeting some of the largest iguanas we have ever seen!
43: This is taking recycling a little too seriously! | Let me just nibble on your ankles.! | Mmmmm!! Yummy Garbage!
44: Dolphins!! | It's so cool to see the baby dolphins up close! Kelsey is soooo excited and can't wait to jump in the water with them!
45: A quick boat ride to the swimming area shows us some of the local wildlife!
46: Heading up to the changing area to get "suited up"! The sea lion wants to come too! | Kelsey gets all buckled in... can we jump in yet!?!
47: 1.... 2.... 3.... Jump! | Ready or not, DJ pulls Emma in too!
48: The dolphins were so cool! They'd swim through everyone and just glide along your back. | You couldn't help but smile as you ran your hand along their backs as they swam by. Can we take one home?
52: Kelsey gets a special birthday serenade from the dolphins and then they gave her a ride around the pool. How cool is that!?!
53: Jason and Kelsey could not stop smiling! These dolphins are pretty amazing. They are so playful and fun!
54: Family Fun!!
62: Getting ready for dinner | Mmmm! What to order? It all looks good
63: Our waiter was so nice to bring Kelsey a tirasmisu and they sang Happy Birthday! Good thing Emma and DJ like coffee - the got to eat it!
64: A few family pictures after dinner.... then Kelsey and Dean take a sunset walk while the rest of us hide Kelsey's birthday presents in the room.
66: The cake looked great but let's just say it tasted... interesting,...
67: We hid Kelsey's presents all over the room and patio. She had fun searching for them all!
68: Road Trip | Heading Out! | This is a local cemetery
69: After a quick stop at a grocery store for snacks, we started our day trip to Sayulita. The towns are not like here at home. It's a very different lifestyle in Mexico. | Lots of Jungle! | The local church was the nicest building in this village | Isn't San Quintin a prison in the states??? | Villages emerge from the jungle.
70: How much do you think a little Mexican hacienda would cost?? I could see myself here! | It was a beautiful day to spend at the beach. The water was so warm and the waves were perfect! | Sayulita
71: We were planning to have lunch here but we were so busy having fun in the water we never got around to it! | We rented a few boogie boards and Dean was off to teach the teenagers how to ride the waves! | Mexico
72: Our home away from home for the day! and apparently it comes with a couple of dogs! (They are under the chairs! - just great for those with allergies!)
73: "Ummm, Uncle Dean... what do I do!?!"
74: The boys are all out catchin' waves! | Jason shoots the curl
75: DJ not bad for a newbie | Dean rides it all the way in
76: Love the Beach!
77: Don't leave me hangin!
78: So much Fun! | Splash Down!
79: With a little push Kelsey makes it all the way in to the beach! | Jason waits to catch the next wave. | Me and mom! | Say Queso!!
82: Time to head home, DJ's eyes can't take the salt water anymore! | Cleaning up | Adios Perrito
85: There was a huge storm on the way back. Thunder, lightening and tons of rain!! It even knocked out the power
86: Last Day....
87: Time to finish up all our painting projects.