Tuesday, May 31, 2005

I'm Back!

I really haven't fallen off the face of the earth or disappeared amongst the coral! I was just completely swamped before we left for vacation so I didn't have a chance to say bye! I have tons of blogs to catch up on, so you might be hearing from me soon.

We had a lovely time in the Turks and Caicos. The rest was well deserved, as we have had just the busiest semester in memory. We stayed at Beaches during our week of fun.

We were at this resort about 2 years ago and had a good time, so a return trip seemed appropriate. Beaches is great if you have kids who are active and if you dive. We fit both categories. The daycare is included and nobody seems to blink an eye if your kid throws food on the floor. The scuba diving is amazing--one of the best places in the world. If you use the daycare and dive, then the cost makes more sense.

I do love all inclusive places, as well. It is really nice to never have to get your wallet out or to think about tipping. Drinks, food, daycare, diving, boats--you get the idea.

This time around we decided to stay in the French Village, which is the newest section of the resort. This section was closest to the pool that we used the most (swim up bar too!) as well as our favorite place to get coffee in the morning (and mimosas!).

The place is pretty big--lots of rooms, 9 restaurants, 5 pools, a great beach, a spa, boats, diving, snorkeling... We were able to have one meal alone--they have babysitters that you can hire--to celebrate our (gulp) 5th year anniversary. Wow. Hard to believe that much time has gone by! We were married on a beach in St. Croix, so an anniversary in the Caribbean is really appropriate.

We spent lots of time just hanging out in the pool. Now remember--we are very fair skinned people with red hair. All of us. So sun protection is key if we want to survive the beach. Don't laugh, ok?

Anna became officially know as the pink girl who eats sushi.

I spent most of my time trying to do this:

Of course this is what I actually was doing the entire time--hopping up and down.

Anna spent most of her time jumping in the pool or watering Mommy.

And we ate at all of the different restaurants. The food is good, but not gourmet. The best part is the fresh fruit, smoked fish, cheese, baguettes, crepes, and sushi. Roy (Mr. Sushi man to Anna) was great about preparing huge plates of tuna rolls for Anna and sashimi for the parentals. This was a typical scene:

Oh. Did I mention that Beaches is having Sesame Street year? Yup. Lots of furry muppets were running around. Anna wasn't particular comfortable with being too close to the characters. Bert... well hard to say...

Elmo, on the other hand, was a big favorite:

And who could resist Zoe?

We really needed this vacation! It was great to sleep late and have our biggest worries involving which pool, which restaurant, which drink...

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