I'm baaaaack. The parents have left the building and I am back in the land of online living. Two weeks away from the internetz was a nice break, but I am ready to jump back into blogging (and Twittering and Facebooking and emailing, etc, etc, etc.). There is just too much to tell you so I thought I would start with a general "Hi, I'm alive and all is good in the hood" post and a general wrap up of my vacay and then dig into photos, hotel reviews, restaurant reviews and tour and location reviews in separate posts.
So, it was fantastic to have my parents here. They are so good to us and excellent guests in our home. My mom turned into a silly little girl with Max, down on the floor playing cars and generally making him laugh and entertaining him every day. My dad was the "tough guy" with Max, hopefully teaching him some lessons about respect and listening and being a good boy. It was great to watch him get down on Max's level, force him to look him in the eye and with a calm, cool and quiet demeanour, give him heck for whatever naughty thing he was doing! Max was surprised, but oh man did he listen, Grandpa's word was law and he really turned his behaviour around. I love that they have such a good relationship with their grandson, even though they live across a continent, there is a closeness and love there that makes me incredibly happy. Of course they love him, but observing Max and hearing him tell me how much he loves them just makes my heart swell.
As it turns out, my folks and I have very different "schedules". I go to bed super early while they prefer to stay up late at night. It all worked out though, when we went to bed, they went out! Not drinking or partying, but late night Walmart shopping and a few nights in the casino. Those casino nights worked out in our favour for sure, they WON every night and thus, we have a big new tent, air mattress, camping chairs and a barbecue. Thanks Mom and Dad and thanks PlayCity! We'll be doing a whole lot more camping now that we've got our own equipment. Xpu Ha, here we come!
I was extremely sad to see them off at the airport, I held in the tears until they were out of sight but then I let'em rip. I sobbed like a baby and spent the rest of the day in bed in a blue funk. I know they'll be back, but it gets harder and harder to see them go. Maybe one day they'll stop talking about moving down here and just do it, we'd love to have them around to be with Max as he grows up. They're next big plan is to rent a place on Isla Mujeres for a month, hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later!
Ok, there's your "I'm back" post, off to edit some photos! I'll have posts this week about the Akumal Beach Resort (fun), Bovino's Restaurant (fabulous) and Rio Secreto (utterly fantastic). See you soon, hope you've all been well!
(Oh, just noticed in my stats that I broke 250 000 visitors, thanks so much to you all, wow!)