Thursday, February 5, 2015

Our Honeymoon

I keep promises, friends. So, belated as it is, here is a glimpse at our amazing honeymoon!   It was a welcome and necessary getaway after the craziness of pre-wedding/moving/marriage, and we were so thankful to have the opportunity to take such a lovely trip.

This post will be mostly pictures - haven't done one of those in a while.  I'll give commentary, periodically, but feel free to ask any questions I don't answer.  Thanks in advance for your patience with the pictures as they take their own sweet time to load. ☺

Bon voyage!

We spent our first night at the Rogers House Bed & Breakfast.
It was such a cute, quaint place to be - definitely worth checking out if you ever need a place to stay in Lincoln.

The next afternoon and evening were spent at the stunning Magnolia Hotel in Omaha.  We explored the premises a bit, and found their beautiful courtyard (as well as the "milk and cookies" happy hour!).
Room service = yum.
Complimentary honeymoon treat.  ☺
And we're off!

I don't know if I've ever explained Bryant's ring...?  That's my fingerprint engraved on there!  He picked it out himself. ☺
I've always loved Mad Libs - how perfect were there "Just Married" ones for our honeymoon trip?!
We had to document the plastic knives at the steakhouse restaurant in the airport.  Ha!

Goodbye, Texas...
...hello, Mexico!

We stayed at the all-inclusive Riu Hotel & Resort in Cancun.
The view from our balcony!
Every. Day.
Our first wildlife spotting!
Little tiny palm trees! ☺
The buffet was unbelievable.  So much food...such variety and quantity!  And such amazing presentation!
There were people from all over the world at our resort, so food was labeled in a variety of languages.  Apparently, "hot dog" is pretty universal.  Call me a creeper, but one of the most fascinating things, for me, was to watch other people eat.  It's so interesting to see what they chose to eat and how they ate it, depending on their home country!
In addition to the buffet, there were three different "sit down" restaurants.  We tried each one, but I didn't catch pictures of everything.  Here's our meal at the Japanese restaurant:
We like to think that symbol means "congratulations," or something...
Fried ice cream!  Surprisingly similar to the fried shrimp... ☺
And these pics are from the Steakhouse restaurant (real knives at this one...):

How fun to get all gussied up and just walk to dinner each night...along the beach, no less!

One morning, we got up super early to watch the sun rise.  We almost went back to bed when we realized it was raining outside...
We stuck it out, though, and are so glad we did!  (Thank goodness for bottomless coffee drinks, though...)  We basically had the place to ourselves for a few hours that morning.

One of our days was spent on Isle Mujures, an island off the coast of Cancun.
The boat we took over was affiliated with the "dolphin experience."  Though we didn't swim with dolphins, I'd say we still had the experience of a lifetime! ☺
They served us breakfast on the boat on the way there!
Totally worth the wind.
Seriously couldn't get over the water.
That's the boat we rode over on.  We took a bigger one on the way back.

Snorkeling!  Didn't take an underwater camera, but we saw some pretty cool things down there!
Does it get much better?
We took a long walk along the shore and were literally the only ones on that part of the island for an hour or so.  Such valuable time to just be together and take in beautiful scenery!
That's Cancun on the horizon.
We pretended we could pick out our hotel in the line-up.
Lots of wildlife sightings on this day!
He stopped to pose for this picture, and it doesn't do him justice - he was huge!
This was the floor throughout most of the little resort area that was our "home base" for the day.
We took some time to explore the island, do a little shopping (took advantage of the "honeymooners!" discount), and take in the sights, tastes, and sounds of a new place.
ALL the wristbands!
Got to enjoy a sunset from the water on the boat ride back - hooray!

The resort's entertainment staff was phenomenal.  Different activities and shows every night - and they were all so fun!
He almost won the tournament!
Karaoke!  I even got asked back the next night!
Hooray for endless food and any time of day or night!
Moonlit walk along the beach: check.
We were there on Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.  It was so fun and interesting to see the decorations and festivities!

So glad to have been there...
...but not so glad to leave!
Bryant got a kick out of this sign in the Dallas airport.
We made an extended honeymoon trip to the new IKEA store here in KC.  Found a new entertainment center to take home and assemble together!

So, there you have it!  Thanks for reminiscing with us - it was a great trip.

Hope this finds you well and as warm as possible.


Favorites of the day:
fresh-baked-anything smell (right now, brownies)
my sweet husband
the fact that my brother is ENGAGED!!!