One day while driving along with the kiddos, we passed two women running together on the sidewalk. Evelyn was all excited and yelled, "Look mommy, cool runner girls like you!!" :)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Vacation to Remember

Well -- we survived our first family beach vacation... barely :) Ha ha -- seriously though... this trip was full of highs and lows -- and it will definitely be a trip we will remember! (Snapfish pics here if interested)

It started out with us trying to check into our resort and discovering they were over-booked. UGH!! So -- after much complaining/negotiating (and almost a few tears -- I was pretty tired from the day of travel), they sent us down the road to a different resort (actually a nicer, higher rated resort) for the first few days. They promised us a room upgrade and two free massages when we returned -- that helped to sweeten the deal :)

Here are the kids the next day -- ready to hit the pool!! They had a blast -- the resort had a designated kids area... a shallow kids pool, a kids club, and a big splash park full of sprinkler-like equipment. Very cool!!
Playing in the pool at the first resort: This picture was taken Thursday night before dinner -- at this point, Noah was starting to feel under the weather :(

Well -- he went downhill pretty fast. He spiked a fever that night, was coughing a ton, couldn't fall asleep, and started breathing heavy/wheezing. We decided at around midnight to call the resort doctor.
He diagnosed him with two ear infections, tonsilitis, and fluid in his airways (not quite down in his lungs thankfully) He gave us three different medications and the worst part was he told us to keep Noah away from water for the remainder of the trip. Not only was he worried about water in the ears and Noah swallowing water -- he didn't even want Noah to be breathing the chlorine, or salt-water, or being around the moisture/humidity of the water. UGH!!!!
I felt SO sorry for Noah -- we pretty much had to divide up during the day a lot for the remainder of the trip. Evelyn and I played at the pool while Travis and Noah would walk around, visit the kids club, etc. The kids were able to play together when they wanted to play in the sand, but we kept Evelyn out of the water when Noah was around so that he wouldn't get too sad :( It was all pretty heartbreaking. He is a trooper though -- and had a great time anyway :)
Evelyn seemed to come out of her shell a lot this vacation -- she was approaching little kids left and right and becoming their friend, playing with them in the pool, dancing with them, etc. It was pretty cute :)
Here she is at the pool at our second resort:
So -- regardless of the trials we were put up against, our family came together and had a wonderful vacation together. Was it the picture-perfect vacation I had hoped? No. But the weather was beautiful, the resorts were top-notch, everyone we met was ultra-friendly, and we were all able to get away, relax and have fun together for seven days. A success in my book :)


Brianne said...

Crazy trip! I'm impressed that you were only "almost crying". I would have been in tears. That is so sad that Noah got so sick! How is he doing now?

Melissa said...

Ah man....quite an adventure. Noah sounds like quite a trooper. And it sounds like Evie really came out of her shell. It sounds like you had good quality family time, which is the most important thing. And at least you had some SUNSHINE because you didn't miss out on anything here.

michelle ahn said...

i was waiting to hear how yer trip went! so sorry to hear that noah was sick during the trip - poor lil guy. but sounds like you guys made the best of it and still had a fun time :) besides being over-booked (yeesh), how was the melia? and what resort did they send you to? would you recommend either one for a fam w/ kids?

Kara said...

I am SOOOO glad you are back. I missed you :) I am so sorry to hear about all the unfortunate adventures you had. It still looks like the kids had a great time. I love the photos!!! Can't wait to catch up some more!

alanna rose said...

Poor Noah :(
I know he was sick, but he is so cute! Would you recommend the resorts?

AJ said...

Glad you had a great time despite Noah getting sick. Poor little man!

It looks so warm and beautiful, there!