Relax, Relate, We Meet!

The night was long, I woke up bright, early, and sticky from sweat. My roommates were  sleep so I took the opportunity to enjoy the patio and view from our room. To my surprise the patio doors were open. This was a pleasant discovery, because it was so hot that night I thought the air had gone out in our unit. Between the sticky heat and mesquitos I found no comfort outside. So, I took advantage of the soft bedding.

It was great, a dream come true for a working mother. Vacation with the girls and we slept in every day. We stirred around that Friday morning and didn’t actually leave the room until almost noon.

We ate breakfast at the same buffet we dined at the night before. We found out that the dinner options provided true variety but breakfast was pretty universal throughout the resort. We also learned that there was a dress code for entering the food establishments.

After breakfast and on our way to the beach, we stopped off at the travel office to book offsite excursions.
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Even though the humidity was high, once we got to shore the breeze was pleasantly refreshing. The current was strong and the rip tides were at level red but we went out to enjoy the water a bit anyway.
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The most unfortunate part of my first visit to the beach was the fact that I really couldn’t get my mind to settle enough to relax as much as I wanted to. So, I decided to just take in the scenery and enjoy my immediate surroundings.
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We took in some sun for a bit and then decided to have a photo shoot. I’m a little self conscious about sharing pics of myself in swimwear. But, oh well, this is me. “If you see something your mother didn’t have, throw a hat at it!”

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Beach Babes!

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Model, Searching....
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Strike a pose, worry about the shoe later
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Werking that walk
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Sandman dreamin...

As the day progressed the rest of the group slowly trickled in. We decided to meet at the Brazilian Steakhouse themed restaurant on the resort for our meet and greet.

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The gang's all here!

The food was good and the staff was…..entertaining, to say the least.

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He had skills...

After dinner we headed to the main building for drinks and another night of Karaoke.

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We managed to smile in the midst of hunger

And more Mamajuana!!!

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Cheers to VACATION!

The crowd wasn’t as hype as the night before but we managed to turn up in spite of that.

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Hey Ya! "What's cooler than being cool?"

By the end of the night I was beat.

Carried a key…Karaoke

My travel day seemed to take forever, it was wonderful to finally land in Punta Cana.

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We had to sit idle on the runway for maybe 15 minutes. Afterwards we were escorted off the plane and shuttled off to Customs.

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Image the horror that consumed me while standing in line to clear customs, when I realized that I had no cash on hand. Luckily, I’ve traveled enough to know that I had to remain as calm as possible. Becoming frantic in that situation would only have made things worse. But, not having cash actually helped me get through customs with a breeze.  I got to skip past all the lines and was escorted to the Currency Exchange Station.

My next challenge was finding the travel booth with the information for my shuttle ride to the resort. I, again, found myself in a panic. The employees at the airport spoke very little English, add a heavy accent to that and….yeah, I got nothing.

I felt a better when I realized that, even though I don’t speak Spanish, there were people strategically place throughout the air port to ensure we got to the right place.

There were two stops before mine on the shuttle ride to the resort. By the time we got to the Hard Rock I was tired and couldn’t find much excitement. I’m lying, I was excited at the thought of ordering room service, a drink, and laying down for a while.

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The resort was massive and beautiful. My roommates met me in the lobby and took me on a brief tour of the main building. There were bars, clubs, a mini mall, and a variety of eateries to enjoy.

The day of traveling had me pretty beat, my roommates (who arrived about 3 hours before me) were feeling good from cocktails but ready for some rest as well.

We ordered a light meal from room service, took naps, showered and headed out for more drinks and more fun.

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We found ourselves at the Sun (Karaoke) Bar and I was introduced to a drink made with honey, red wine, rum, and herbs. It’s called Mamajuana…. and Mama is one smooth tasting bad girl! After my first three shots I decided to make Mama my drink for the night.

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After my 8th or 10th shot (like seriously, I lost count) the hostess shoved a microphone in my hand and I found myself belting out the lyrics to ‘Someone Like You’, then doubled as the hype man for my fellow karaoke singers.

We had a good time that night!

Vacay, I’m on my way

I was blessed with a last minute invite for 4 fantastic nights and 5 beautiful days in the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana).
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This is my first time traveling without my husband since we’ve been married. I went through a host of emotions the 14 days leading up to the trip.

My day started early. You know it’s early when you can pose for several selfies in the airport restroom, with no interruptions.
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I was afforded the opportunity to sit right next to the ONE baby on board, a 4 month old, she was quite adorable and only had one fall-out, which was prior to take-off.

First stop Charlotte, North Carolina. This trip has made me realize how dependent I am on my husband, especially during travel. But, he makes me this way. Upon landing, at my first stop, I let him know I’d made it and IMMEDIATELY got this text.
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To ease his mind, I simply replied with a photo from the gate.
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As we desended in preparation for landing my stomach got really queasy so I grabbed a (grossly overpriced) bagel sandwich, chips and drink. The total for the meal was $14.36!!

I might be weird, but airports can be quite relaxing for me depending on the circumstances. Especially when headed to the CARIBBEAN!
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The second leg of the trip was nice as well, I took these pictures between naps, believe the pilot said these are the Florida Keys.
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