Day after Thanksgiving in Holiday Island

27 Nov

Denny and I are here to be with Mom for awhile. After being iced in the last 2 years I told my sister that we would no longer come in February. Now we are just having pouring down rain. The sisters left this morning in a downpour heading to Galveston where it looks pretty wet for several days but I hope they will still have a good time. Mom is doing okay, just seems frail but still up with the happenings of the world.
I have been sick since Tuesday night with some kind of achy crud and cold. Today my face hurt so bad it made me cry but that has subsided. Denny is also sick with a congestion bug so we are just staying in for the day.
Wanted to blog about our first family trip with children. It really went well, of course there are always a few incidences, but we were totally impressed with how well the kids traveled and they seemed very savvy with all the plane changes and customs.

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The resort was eXcarta Occidental. It was different because they didn’t cut down the forest and it was very jungly. We walked and walked all week. To the beach, to eat, back to the beach, it was good for all of us to get out and do that.
There were monkeys in the trees, flamingos, lemurs to be seen just as we walked around.

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The beach was a man made set up in a cove. You could see the ocean coming in and there were fish in the swimming area. It was handy to food and drinks so that made it easy to spend the day there.

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I love the photo of Elliott floating. I wish I could do that. I just sink. I was able to lay on a blow mattress on the edge of the water and let the waves roll over me, that is until and bigger wave came up and flipped me over. Believe me, it was not a pretty sight watching me try to maneuver and get up in the shallow water. It was also very difficult to get on the somewhat narrow raft with my back and hip issue and it took me a few tries. I’m sure that wasn’t a pleasant sight from behind. (It is hard to be around beach bodies that are pretty and remember that I used to be pretty in a bikini and not swimsuit shame myself)

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One day while by the pool an iguana ate Billie and Elliott’s lunch. It was an accident but it was distressing watching people feed the iguanas and other animals around. I did get a animal lesson from Cade. We were watching them feed the manatees in the park. I said “look they are eating lettuce, I didn’t know that’s what they survived on”. Cade goes “They’re herbivores”. I said “they don’t eat meat!!” in a snotty tone they said!!! Where are my brains anymore. So of course I had to hear about that a few times.
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There were nightly shows with the Aztec dancers. A couple of them would be around the area to take photos. Cade and I decided to have our pictures taken. Cade looks so cute with his Aztec lady, but I look like I’m afraid he is going to eat me!!
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All in all Billie and the kids enjoyed themselves. There were no cell phones or computer games and we all really interacted. Every night Kyer, Cade, Billie and I would meet up for cards. That was special. KC liked that he wasn’t the shortest guy around. He actually was the same height as most of the employees. It must be the native heritage of not being tall.

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Denny found this lovely bed that looked out at the ocean and had a wonderful breeze. We took about 3 hours and took naps and basked in the beauty. When I got up Denny said “you are all blue!!!” I had on my blue sundress and the bed was really wet under the canvas top and the dye was all over my back and legs. Then he got up and said, “ow my back hurts”. So off we went back to the room for me to scrub the dye off and he to get on heating pad. He ended up being laid up the next day but I gave him muscle relaxers and he had a massage and recovered. So much for our romantic outing.
This resort is great for families who just like to hang in the water. We only did once excursion into the Excarta park. There was a huge foul up regarding our package and if we went there again we would not go there. It is extremely humid of course but none of our clothing would dry and even our bed at night would feel damp. I definitely would bring more summer clothes and my own floats and another swimsuit. Nothing worse than putting on a cold damp suit.
I only had one major setback as a grandma. We had landed in Chicago to change planes for Kansas City. It took an hour to go through customs, check bags and walk to the gate. As we came into our gate area Cade saw Auntie May’s pretzels, (or some famous name) and said “I want a pretzel!!!”. I said “just wait til we get to the seats and put our stuff down and then we’ll get food.” He said “Mom I want a pretzel now!” I turned around and grabbed both of his arms and started shaking him and saying “no pretzels right now I said. We’ll get them in a minute, etc. etc.”He was looking at me and didn’t know whether to laugh or not. OMG. Billie was laughing hysterically and it all ended up okay but definitely not one of my finer moments. It is now known as the Gma Birdie Shakedown!! My niece Marjay said that she has seen that happen at Disneyworld on the last shuttle out for the night and the gkids ask for one more thing, so I don’t feel so bad.
That’s it for now. Wish I was in La Veta with all the snow and walking around in my Alaska mukluks!!

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