FC: Chad and Melanie Holan Punta Cana, Dominican Republic August 5, 2011 - August 11, 2011
1: After much preparation and overwhelming nervousness to leave our precious Cooper and Gavin for a week - we said, "Goodbye" and left them in the wonderful and loving hands of Grammie and Grandpa Mike for a few days, then Auntie Mall Mall for another couple days and then the amazing Alameda family for the last couple days. Saying goodbye surely wasn't easy! But of course, in the end, the boys did fantastic and we are so lucky to have such wonderful friends and family to care for them while we enjoyed our trip - just the two of us! And SO COOL to leave and celebrate on our 5-year Wedding Anniversary.
2: Punta Cana Airport | foggy lens = instant humidity
3: We left SFO at 10:20pm and landed in Punta Cana at 1:30pm the next day, with a layover in between in North Carolina! We have finally arrived in Punta Cana - paid our $10.00 each fee to visit the Dominican and found a bus to take us to our hotel! Thank goodness we made it safely - the Dominican drivers are CRAZY!!!
4: Grand Palladium Palace Resort Spa and Casino We walked into our room and this is what we saw...so nice! We were just trying to take it all in.
5: We tried to familiarize ourselves with the map and then headed straight to the BEACH!
7: Night one - The Brazillian Restaurant! We were amazed and in the end SO SO FULL!
8: Night TWO Enjoying our time - just the two of us! We also had so much fun hanging out with Chad's work buddies!!! Notice our RED faces...well we spent the entire day at the beach without sunscreen...not too smart but we had fun - that's the important part!
9: Japanese Cuisine Mike and Stephanie, the two of us, Tiffany, Ronny and Jackie and Evan! Each day we were reminded how obsessed we came to be with ALL INCLUSIVE RESORTS!
10: Chad enjoying a Dominican Cigar. | Evan and Tiffany entertaining us all on the dance floor!
12: Miniature golfing at the Sports Complex. We had the course to ourselves and it was a pretty shady course which was perfect since we needed a couple hours OUT of the sun! Final Scores: Mel - 71 Chad - 73 Yup - that's correct! Mel beat Chad!
13: Grand Palladium Resort 13 Restaurants Sports Complex Spa and Casino 5 Pools Truly AMAZING | Lucky for me - I got a massage and pedicure at the Spa!
14: Night three All Inclusive Pina Coladas Our "Brother from another Mother!" so he said! He was working really hard to sell us some jewelry! Loving our time together!
15: MISTER MISTER!!! We thought we were going to the Magic Show...and instead it was the Mister Mister Show...Evan ended up on stage without a shirt with about 30 other guys! In the end he earned himself a 3rd place finish! WOW!
16: After 3 nights at the Grand Palladium we took a taxi over to the Palladisus Palma Real for our last 2 nights in Punta Cana. Talk about 5 STAR! This place was incredible!!!
18: Chad - Northern California Manager! | Mike - San Diego Manager! | It was so fun to be able to meet the people Chad works with and sees when he travels for work. | I also loved meeting Stephanie, Mike's girlfriend! I was sad she had to leave us a day early!
19: Night four - The most delicious buffet ever at Palladisus with more Cintas friends!
20: OUR ROOM at the Palladisus Palma Real After dinner we came back to our room and were pleasantly surprised to see our bed ready to get into with slippers on each side! SO SO FANCY! And SO fun to feel so special!
22: Our last day...
24: Presidents Club 2011 Dinner and Awards Night five
25: Chad and his 2 wonderful Presidents Club 2011 Sales Rep Winners - Blair and Tiffany | Document Management Presidents Club 2011 Winners from across the US!
27: This was such a fabulous way to celebrate our last evening in the Dominican. What a proud moment to hear Chad's named called and see him walk across that stage. He works so hard and now has 3 Presidents Club with Cintas in the 4 years he has worked there!
28: We don't even know... | but we each had to get a picture.
29: The end of a wonderful trip. We had to check out at 9 and our shuttle was not until 12. So we just enjoyed our last 3 hours of quiet and relaxation with the WiFi on our phones. (We hadn't used them in 5 days!) Every single day was so wonderful! We were not looking forward to our 15 hour travel home but we COULD NOT WAIT to get home to our boys!!!