Monday, May 12, 2008

Some things I learned in Mexico

1. I missed my children more than I thought I would

Does that sound horrible that I considered the thought that I wouldn't miss them? We left Madeline and Jack with their Nana and Pawpaw. Jack usually loves going over there and when we drop him off he never looks back. This time, however, he knew something was different when we packed the trunk with suitcases. That child has never clung to me so hard than he did when we were leaving. I felt like dirt. I had to pry him off of me and watch him screaming as we backed out of the driveway. I did call before we boarded the plane and they said he was fine but you know how grandparents are....they want you to believe they are little angels when they have them. Right......
Anyway, we missed them like crazy but enjoyed our time alone very much!!!!

Thank you Connie and Snuffy! We owe you one.*

*Restrictions apply. HA!

2. Don't drink the water in Mexico

Yes. I did know this before we went and I didn't drink any water that wasn' t on our resort or that wasn't bottled but.......I did drink some ocean water. I have always wanted to snorkel and our last day there we took this little chug boat about a mile out from our resort. I felt a little queasy from the boat ride but once we were there I was fine. We jumped out and everything was fine for a while. First of all, I didn't realize that snorkeling required so much work.

Does this person (not me) look like she is exerting herself? No. She looks like she's having a great time doesn't she???? Well my picture wouldn't look so amazingly tranquil and exotic. This girl is not wearing a life jacket. This is required and without one I would imagine it would be even more work trying to keep yourself afloat. My bulky life jacket was scrubbing my underarms and making it difficult for me to enjoy the barren reef we were looking at. Yes, I said barren. I was thinking where are all the fish???
Finally they started coming around but I started feeling sick. I was having to readjust my mouthpiece and every time I did, I would get a little salt water in my mouth. I finally told my friend Jennifer that I wasn't feeling good and that I was getting back in the boat. I started swimming toward the boat but didn't make it before I started vomiting.
Now, if you've ever vomited in water up to your neck then you know that the vomit doesn't have very far to go other than right around your head. You also cannot wretch forward with a life jacket on so it ends up just cascading off your chin. Jennifer called out to me and asked if I was going to be sick. All it took was one look and she knew. I still had chunks on my chin.
While this is all happening the Mexican on the boat is calling to me. He was saying "you ok. c'mon now. you ok." When I tell this in person my Mexican accent somehow turns to an Asian one. Why I don't know....anywhoooo....
I finally get back on the boat (at least 5 pounds lighter...Judith would have been proud....) and we all start back for the shore. There was a stranger that went with us and he asked me if I puked. (Maybe it was still on my chin?) He said, "Wow, is that why the fish started swimming around us???" I'm glad I could provide them with their dinner!
The boat driver decided to drop us off at the public beach where the local Mexicans swim (just a short walk from our resort) As we approached the shore Jennifer leaned over the side of the boat and barfed right in the water where they were swimming. You don't need to know Spanish to know that they were grossed out!!!! HA!

I think I learned more than not to drink the water in Mexico....I'm pretty sure that I'll never go snorkeling again.

Well I didn't realize it but this is turning into a novel! HA! I will break this down into mini posts. Here are some pictures from our trip!

Our balcony

The view from our balcony

More to come!!!!!!!!!!


The Preacher's Wife said...

This post would be a great tool for all the First Place girls to read before going for that midnite snack.

It just worked for me. :)


Becky said...

That place looks FABULOUS!

I can understand missing the kiddos, though. My oldest didn't even want me to leave to go to the hospital to have his (then) baby brother, lol.

Your 'fish food' puke story reminded me of the story that has kept me from ever, EVER eating Crabs again. It had to do with a guy we knew who worked for the Coast Guard during the late 60's, and had to pull bodies out of the San Francisco Bay because folks were jumping off the Golden Gate bridge. The bodies were bloated...and when they would pull them on the deck, they would split open and crabs would scuttle out.

Not sure why I felt inclined to share that one with you, but there ya go, lol.

Anonymous said...

Hilarious. I was laughing out loud and glad no one walked in my office at that time!! It is beautiful!!!

K. Tilley said...

I have done the snorkeling thing before and it is hard work!!!
Thankfully, I was OK, it was Brian who threw up. Been there, done that, never have to do that again kind of thing. We didn't have a pretty reef and there weren't many fish either. Oh well, next time I get hungry I'll do like Lisa suggested.......visualize!!!!! That works for me! LOL

Heidi said...

Ah, missing your kids on vacation. I always miss mine like mad, and then about two hours after I pick them up again, I'm like, "I need another vacation."

Thanks for you hilarious comment on my blog--it's nice to know I'm not alone!

Irish Coffeehouse said...

I'm like Heidi. I miss them then wonder why I missed the drama. lol

Great pictures! Mexico is one of my favorite destinations. I'm glad you had a good time (aside from the snorkeling).

And I totally stoel your Emma Adaptations Quiz. :)

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