The topic for this week’s Marriage Monday is”Our Honeymoon: Enough Memories to Last a Lifetime“. I really don’t even know where to begin. I am still in awe of that week and yet, I nearly missed out on it.
We got married in September of 2007. I was dead set against going anywhere out of the country. I admit it. I was scared to go anywhere other than the good ol’ US of A. I had already planned a great trip to a bed and breakfast ranch in North Carolina but Ryan was not going for that. He wanted a tropical paradise. We actually fought over this but I gave in because my main goal in all of this was to marry the man I love and spend the rest of my life with him. Arguing over where to begin that life seemed foolish to me. Besides, one of the things that made me fall in love with Ryan is his ability to basically tell me to hush and get over myself long enough to have some enjoyment in life. He didn’t let me stay in my comfort zones. He is constantly challenging me to do new things. Boy am I ever glad he does.
We went to the El Dorado Seaside Suites, an all inclusive resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. It was beautiful; breathtaking; and beyond anything that I could have hoped for. When we arrived there was a large jacuzzi tub full of bubbles waiting for me. I really could have spent the entire honeymoon there and been very happy but there was much more fun and adventure to take in. So, we only spent about an hour or so in the bubbles.
There were lots and crazy things that we experienced while in Mexico. One thing that stands out is the way people drive there. There is only one speed: FAST! I never prayed so much in my life. These guys that were driving the shuttles would only slow down for one of three reasons: to stop, to go over speed bumps (which are in the middle of the highway), or for one of these guys…
Yes, rather than run over the crazy little reptile they would patiently wait for them to cross the road. I still can’t figure out how they could see them at all because of how fast they were driving.
This is the resort. The swimming pool was always just the right temperature and you could actually step off of the room balcony right into the pool. Oh it was heavenly.
Here is my sexy man telling me about all of the adventures we would be going on. We were going to be riding zip lines, taking a hiking adventure, and swimming in a cenote at Selvatica. Then we were going to tour the Mayan ruins at Tulum. We were also going to be snorkeling, tubing, biking, and swimming with the big fishies at Xel-Ha. Now I must say that none, not one, of these things appealed to me. I was afraid to tell Ryan that because he would have called me a wienie but I was dreading all of these activities. Riding a zip line? Ha! Snorkeling? Hmphh. But, I must say that I have never enjoyed myself so much in all of my life as I did during that week and yes, during these activities. Ryan challenged me to get out of my comfort zone and I am so thankful that he did. It was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
Hmm… this is the beginning of another adventure so to speak. Let me just preface this by saying that prior to meeting Ryan there was only about 15-20 different foods that I would eat. In fact, the craziest part is that I refused to try any other food. I live in Louisiana. Cajuns cook here. I have been told one too many times to “just try it” only to find out I was about to be served squirrel, turtle, frogs, or rabbit. I quit trying new foods.
So this is me looking at Ryan and pouting because I have just gone through the menu and I didn’t see any of “my foods” listed on there. I actually resigned to thinking that I was just going to go on the “they don’t have anything I like to eat” diet and call it a week. But nooooooo, do you think Ryan let me do that? Of course, he didn’t and you know what? That was some of the best food I have ever eaten. It was healthy, whole, and just plain delicious. We had something new every day and I now eat hundreds of different foods!
Here is where I tried an abundance of vegetables for the first time ever. I had hakusai, daikon, horenso, gobo, shoga, nasu, and goya all for the first time (points to whoever can leave a comment saying what those veggies are here in America). I loved them and have been cooking them for us here at home ever since. I also tried many other foods for the first time at some of their other restaurants. Wow. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
This is a photo we took at the Tulum ruins. This place has such rich history, character and charm about it. We really would have had to spend all day there to appreciate it’s beauty.
The beaches there were the most beautiful I have ever seen. Oh I am enjoying recalling all of this but I sure do miss the place now. I cannot wait to be able to go back one day.
This is at the Vida Garden Grill inside the resort. The birds would not bother you but if you offered them a snack then they would literally eat out of your hands! It was so neat!
These birds were all over. Gorgeous!
These are some of the dolphins at Xel-Ha.
I have such a fear of water so snorkeling was so not anywhere near the top of my “to do” list on our honeymoon. I mean, I just wasn’t in the mood to drown. Nevertheless, Ryan pushed and I overcame. That was such a new world for me. I think I spent more time underwater than he did. There was so much to see and I was just in awe of the creatures I was exposed to. How can anyone deny there is a God when such complex and beautiful creatures exist?
Even with all of the adventures and new things that we tried, my favorite moments were simply spent in his arms. Gosh, I love that man!
You can check out the rest of our photos on Flickr: Our Honeymoon
What was your honeymoon like? Leave me a link if you posted about it or just leave me a comment and let me know. I’m feeling all romantic now.