Wednesday, June 8, 2011


As I mentioned in my previous post, David and I just got back from Aruba on Sunday night. This was David's award trip for work and it was probably one of the best trips we've been on in a long time. We highly suggest Aruba to anyone that's interested in taking a beach vacation. We left early Wednesday morning and arrived to a beautiful day in Aruba. David and I laughed in the airport on the way there because we kept commenting to each other that we knew we were forgetting something. We didn't have diaper bags, sippy cups, snacks, toys, etc. It felt so strange not carrying all that stuff. Upon arrival, we immediately hit the pool and the swim up bar. What is it about swim up bars? There's something almost magical about them. I don't know of anyone not able to have a good time when a swim up bar is involved. I've decided that if we ever get a swimming pool, I want it to have a swim up bar.

So, the trip was great. We spent lots of time in the pool, lots of time on the beach, and lots of time doing nothing. It was perfect. We got a massage one morning, took naps, slept in as much as we could, which wasn't really that much, and we ordered room service every night after we got in. I have to admit, I miss my 4th meal of the day now that we're back. We also took a banana boat ride with some of the other couples that were down and it was the best. We all laughed so hard the whole time. The resort where we stayed, the Hyatt, conveniently had a casino in the lobby. We gambled every night and were up until the very last night. That's when the wheels came off. Oh well, what can you do? We also discovered a new drink. It's called a Strawberry Diamond Collins. If you ever see it on a menu, order it. You will not be disappointed as it will be the best drink you've ever had. It's strawberry mix, pineapple juice, gin, 7up and little bit of lemon juice. Sounds weird, but it's the best. The food was amazing too. We had a group dinner one night out on this pier and they cooked everything out in the kitchen in the middle of the pier. It was delish. We lived off fish tacos for lunch every day and they were excellent. David's company negotiated the "all inclusive" option for the group and we became big fans of that whole concept. It's just so easy and as someone down there said, if you can't decide between a cheeseburger or a quesadilla, order both. And as much as we missed the girls, it was nice to have a couple of days with David and kind of do things at our own pace.

But, we did miss the girls like crazy and talked about them all the time. However, we didn't call once when we were down there. We didn't want to confuse Ella or make her sad, so we just stayed in touch with their babysitter, Miss Lindsay, via email and text. Miss Lindsay (, who was Ella's preschool teacher this past year, did an absolutely amazing job of taking care of our girls. They did all sorts of fun things and they were worn out at the end of every day. We came home to welcome home signs from Ella. They are so cute. We never worried about them once and knew they were in the best of hands. It took her a minute to figure out who we were when we got home, but after realizing it, she started screaming "mommy, daddy" and came running out to us. Finley was happy to see us too and had a huge grin on her face and she showed off her 2 top teeth that finally popped through.

Here are a few pictures from our trip:

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