Last week, Luke and I were in Aruba for 5 days!
It was a big, exciting trip for us in a lot of ways.
First of all: um...Aruba!
It was also only the second time ever that we’ve been away from our kids together overnight. (My parents came over and stayed with the kids the first 3 days and Luke's sister took care of them for 2 days. They all survived.)
Oh and did I mentioned that this trip was free? Yup, Luke made his numbers at work and the entire vacation was hosted by his company. What's better than a vacation? A FREE vacation :)
We stayed at The Ritz-Carlton for 4 nights. The hotel wasn't as ritzy (pun intended) as I had expected, but the service was top-notch. We were offered ice pops while lounging on the beach and slices of cantaloupe by the pool. Lounge chairs were set up for us. Luggage was delivered to our room. We didn't have to lift a finger. I was unaccustomed to such royal treatment!
I really just wanted to relax on the trip so we spent most of the time doing just that. The company did provide an excursion of our choosing and we picked a catamaran & snorkeling trip. Alas I didn't see much fish, but it was a beautiful day to ride on a catamaran. Our first! There was an open bar (not that we drink) and lunch. Usually when we go on snorkeling excursions, we are lucky if they give us a bottle of water. This was definitely a treat.
We also tried stand up paddle board. Or actually Luke did because I never stood up. We shared one paddle board -- I sat and he paddled :) But the strong wind kept blowing us away! We were later told that the way we did it was the worst possible way to do it. Hmm...something about the center of gravity? It was fun nevertheless. Here is a picture of just Luke on the paddle board:
We ate all our meals at the Ritz except on two occasions. We went on a company-sponsored dinner at Papiamento, a very fancy restaurant in Aruba? The ambiance was great, but I thought the food was just meh. The next night, we ditched the company gala and ventured off on our own. We took a cab to downtown (Oranjestad) and ate at Hung Paradise. You wouldn't think that Chinese food in Aruba would be any good, but it was delicious. We cleaned our plates. Haha, we need our Chinese food wherever we go.
When we couldn't take any more sun, we spent a lot of time in our comfy room -- just relaxing, sleeping, watching TV, browsing. No parenting, no crying kids, no worries about what to make for dinner. It was glorious.
I said I wouldn't miss the kids because they were sooo naughty a few days prior to the trip and I couldn't wait to get away. But of course I missed them. We talked/Skyped every day. Twice. Sometimes three. Sometimes four. Anna was still awake in her bed the night we came back and when I went to say goodnight, I saw her smiling in the dark. She was just as happy to see me as I was to see her. Then I found Will in our bed and I snuggled up to him.
So that was our trip in a nutshell! Overall, it was a trip to remember and the hubs and I enjoyed the time away. But...there is always a but...it's good to be home too.