Our 10 year anniversary trip to Dominican Republic.
Well, it wasn’t easy for me to leave the sqwearts… serious mom-guilt happening… I had never left them more than 2 nights with both Adam and myself gone…and then no more than 3 nights with just one of us gone… so thanks be to my parents who stayed at our house and took care of all the sqwearts and Miss Nancy for taking them in 2 days, and YaYa taking them all for another day… we are so lucky to have a village to make this trip even happen!
Since it was my brother and sister-in-law’s 10 year anniversary too, we decided to go together to an all-inclusive (because I had never been to one) vacation that was adults-only. We had to go the week after the original plans due to Hurricane Maria, but we were able to go and not lose any money with flights and the stay. The golf course was damaged and there was a portion of the adults-only resort that got damaged so they actually put us in the kids-allowed section, but they made that section adults-only temporarily for us couples wanting to get away from that environment… and noise. We unfortunately were unable to sleep in, but enjoyed watching the sunrise most mornings… and not HAVING to get out of bed… unless we wanted to.
Then we started to get in the groove of relaxing…well, I did… Adam was ready to relax when he boarded that plane… watching movies while I worked on my continuing education courses and crying about missing my babies. We started off the first day with relaxing, but not going to the pool as we were a little late and it was a little chilly and overcast… having dinner and enjoying some drinks! Adam turned into a gremlin the first night… this was the nickname BOTH Adam and I earned after about 10pm, we turned into gremlins with bad attitudes… since, ya know… we are not used to day-drinking… I don’t think I have ever drank before 7pm unless I was at a vineyard…so yeah, I’m not too good at it!
Then the second day was beautiful weather… it was sunny every day after that first half-day when we got there… so it was perfect. Pool football using the same football Zach and Terese bought on their honeymoon, meeting some other couples mostly on their honeymoon, relaxing by the pool (which was crazy to bring only sunscreen, a towel and myself to the pool, and nothing else!!!), playing some pool, then heading out for some dinner to celebrate the anniversary…meeting up with Z&T at the casino. But after some shots that were terrible and a terrible decision, we ended up back at our room by 10pm, after I turned into a gremlin… yep, ooops.
10 years later… still wearing the same dress (insert thumbs up!)
Third day, after a calm and long breakfast with a lot of mimosas, we decided to try the paddle boarding that Adam has done and loved, so we all tried… and none of us were a big fan except for Adam, but hey, we tried…but that was a lot of work! We went to the non-adults-only side for the swim-up bar but decided we liked the adults-only side after that…hahah, just too many people and too many kids. Every day I called the sqwearts (and Grace made me promise to call twice a day – which turned into a terrible decision – one of the sqwearts cried every single time I called – so never again will I promise that many calls a day!). We hit up Hibachi for the night, but couldn’t speak to anyone sitting near us as they all spoke Russian or Spanish… so Adam was the only one responding to the cook, so he got the special award and got to help cook the food. Michael Jackson show after dinner, but Adam turned into the gremlin that night… as you can probably see. But Z&T were way better at controlling their drinking that we were – as you can tell by the cute picture I got. Then getting dolled up and going to dinner at the Mediterranean restaurant and then to play pool… which again, I turned into a gremlin… making it another earlier night… I swear, we couldn’t ever make it to the dance club because it opened at 11pm! I mean, we are losing our game.
Day 4, more games – attempting to teach Terese how to play chess, but she lost interest and went back to the pool… going to the beach when the boys took a nap after all the morning festivities and drinks. After his nap, we went to the kid side and played on the slides and I kissed a frog and got a prince…
We got a massage… pics from 10 years and ago, and now!
Day 5… pool side, relaxing… Adam relaxing a lot with his 3 hour nap, so I took to the beach and then to the market down the beach for getting our sqwearts some souvenirs. Then off to our last date night to the Italian restaurant with Z&T after some fun pictures that only take when you have been drinking all day long… oh, and when you’re married to Adam. We had to stop by the American sports bar to watch the Vikings Thursday night game and we finally made it home without any gremlin activity.
10 years, then and now…
Final day, early morning breakfast, I lost at mini-golf, doing some last minute slides at the pool with me recreating some Ariel on the rocks without the great perky boobs though…and getting some time with my man on the beach for just a little bit longer. Then we were off… back to life and back to the sqwearts.
10 years ago and now…
So that’s a wrap! 10 years of marriage and even though we might become gremlims at 10pm, at least we do it together! I love this man and he loves me… what more can we ask for?