Cozumel Beach and Family Resort

Cozumel Beach and Family Resort

Our first port was Cozumel, Mexico. We decided NOT to do an excursion with the boat for one main reason: Remi girl hasn’t loved sand before this. And by that I mean, she DID NOT WANT TO TOUCH IT AT ALL.  And most of the excursions were beach based (or adventures, which she couldn’t go on anyway).

So I did some digging and found a family-friendly resort called Playa Mia that had beach access but also some nice pool areas in case she was sand averse.

We got off the boat to GORGEOUS weather and blue seas and skies.

This little diva was READY to explore!

We had to take a taxi to get to the resort, which involved finding the taxis. Ha!  The directions I read online were a little foggy once we got on land (there wasn’t really a defined “street” but more of a pedestrian area, so I wasn’t sure)….but ALL the locals were SO HELPFUL. In fact, when we would ask other tour operators, they would just give us information and not press us to use their services at all. It was refreshing.

On the way, Remi found fun things to explore.  She thought this was a ride- she was asking us to put money in it.

Playa Mia was WONDERFUL. The kids area alone was worth it (we only paid for a day pass, we didn’t do any food or beverages).

LOTS of kid-friendly slides and fun stuff.  Two big slides (you can see them behind here) that the grown ups enjoyed!

There was a gorgeous pool and hot tub, too!

And then on the beach in the ocean was the AMAZING floating obstacle course. I didn’t do it, but the moms and Ty did (I stayed on the beach with Remi) and they said it was fun and hard.

I was SO THRILLED to get to sit on the beach and watch my girl PLAY IN THE SAND.

She said “I like beach”  “I like sand” PRAISES!

She loved all the slides. She’s so adventurous and wanted to go down EVERY SINGLE ONE.

At one point, my mom fell (no pictures of that).  She was holding Remi and lost her footing with wet feet and fell. Remi was fine, but mom got pretty banged up (bleeding on ankle, elbow, foot).  The resort handled it WONDERFULLY and had a paramedic come clean her up.  We were thankful she was ok, but it shook us all up.

After we finished up at the resort, we headed back to the boat. On the way back, we did a little shopping.  We tried to avoid these guys because they looked a little scary, but Remi saw them and wanted to go near them. She LOVED them.  She’s so fearless.

That evening, we enjoyed the sunset in our room while we got ready (after a good long nap and lunch), and then headed to dinner.

At dinner, there were always several birthdays around the dining room.  At one point, Nancy said “Oh my goodness, another birthday!” SO everytime “Happy Birthday” would start, Remi would say “Oh my goodness!  Nother birthday!”  A waiter made her a birthday candle from a napkin so she could celebrate, too!

A fun towel animal at bedtime!


Day 1: Sea Day in the Gulf of Mexico

Day 1: Sea Day in the Gulf of Mexico

We had a VERY exciting day at sea!

It was a little breezy, but the weather was GORGEOUS.  In the mornings, we wanted some light long sleeves, but thankfully, by midday, we were swimming!

We wanted to enjoy breakfast in the dining room (since on port days we would hit the quicker buffet), but it didn’t open until like 8:30 or so (and thanks to a little girl, we were up around 6:30/7 most days) so we had a little time to kill.  We walked around the upper decks.

Remi loved splashing in the puddles and attempting shuffleboard.

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One of the funnier moments was we were just hanging out in the lobby area, and in walks Mr. Potato Head! A certain little girl squealed so loud and ran to him! Everyone around saw it and thought it was too funny!

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Breakfast was DELICIOUS.  I had cereal crusted french toast, steak and eggs (you can order whatever you want!)

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After breakfast, we played a little bingo and Remi played with our bingo dobbers.

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After losing playing bingo, we changed into swimwear and went to the Lido deck! The water was a little cool, but it was SO NICE.  Tyler and I had a good system: he stayed in the water for when she wanted to jump and splash, and I stayed out for when she played outside (the design of the pool sort of creates a big puddle around the pool because the water can slosh out of the pool as the boat moves…so she liked to play in the puddle, too).  She also played in the showers outside the pool.

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We returned to our room to see our first towel animal! Remi loved them…and she had to immediately see ours and go into Mimi and Gigi’s room to check if they had one too!

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She took a great nap and then we got dressed for the evening. We stopped at the arcade (since she saw the casino and gladly exclaimed “Chuck E Cheese!”) and played a few games.

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She HAD to have a purse like us. All ready for dinner!

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My sweet girl!

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Another delicious dinner and then our waiters danced! She was VERY intrigued with them being “on the tables” (really, on some columns where they stack plates and such).

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It was Super Bowl Sunday, so instead of shows, we got to watch the game in the main theater. Not a bad way to watch the game!

Later that night, Tyler put Remi to bed and me and the moms watched Bohemian Rhapsody on the big screen in the open air on the Lido deck! Then we crashed from a full day.


BIG BOAT!

BIG BOAT!

For weeks now, we’ve been telling Remi we were going on a family trip (Thanks, Daniel Tiger, for the phrasing and introducing the idea of a road trip to her!) to a big boat.  We split the drive up and left Friday after work and drove halfway.

The hotel stop was a litttttle rough because a certain little girl had slept 2 hours before arriving, so she was WIRED and ready to go and NOT go to bed.  But after we finally went to bed, we got some rest to finish the drive the next morning.

We rolled into New Orleans in time for lunch! PTL! We went to my favorite spot: Mulate’s. Delicious cajun food and geared us up for getting onto the boat. Remi kept saying “BIG BOAT” ha!

I’ll be honest. I screwed up BIG TIME. I grabbed the wrong paperwork for Tyler, and (after proceeding to fully melt down crying when we realized it), we had to make an emergency call back home and have some friends quickly get to our house and send us a copy of his paperwork. But thankfully, we all got on board.

And we got into our rooms, unpacked and taught Remi how to cruise.  First stop: ice cream!

We had our safety drills and then enjoyed the views along the Mississippi river as we left.

A little windy, but ready for vacation!

Remi very quickly found that there’s always fun music playing and dancing is a vacation must!  She found some friends and a stage and went to town.

We enjoyed the big dining room every night.  I was thankful for our placement in the room- sort of tucked into a corner so our toddler could wiggle and giggle during the long 3-course meals.

She LOVED the food. She’s a great eater and loves soup, so every night she got to try the soup appetizer. She was totally into the strawberry soup (she asked for it several nights later). Our waiter couldn’t believe our tiny girl was SO BIG using the big spoons and ordering adult food (they had a kids menu, but she’s not a pizza/nuggets/fries kid).  This night, she ate soup and shared our entrees with a side of veggies.

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We didn’t stay out very late. We took Remi back to the room for bed and all crashed.


The Many Faces of Remi

The Many Faces of Remi

We’ve taken a lot of “emotion” selfies lately where we work through a certain look or feeling. She’s so fun! And I love her silly, funny faces.

“Say Cheese!”

Kissy face!

Be surprised!

Angry?

She thought it was so funny to “touch” daddy’s nose or eyes in the mirror! Ha!

Our time together before bed is so sweet. I love the fun we have while brushing her teeth and hair (most nights, when she’s agreeable and not too tired! ha!)