We arrived just in time to check into our room and get ready for the company dinner party taking place down by the beach.
The beautiful views did not disappoint.
Loved the time for uninterrupted conversations.
This was what we saw as we began our walk one of the mornings.
After our morning walks, we worked up an appetite for breakfast.
Our little pool side friend.One of the highlights of the trip was spending time with friends from Northwestern that we know well and love. Meeting new friends was the icing on the cake. Sitting by the pool and chatting with friends...it's just a lovely time.
Here's a group shot of those that were at the pool with us on that day.On Tuesday night, we took a bus to the town of Old San Juan with a group of friends.
I loved all the beautiful tall buildings in town.
So fun to explore the town, do some shopping & grab some Puerto Rican food.This was a fun little restaurant with outdoor seating we found. Loved what the waitress was wearing!
The tiny town tour group. :)
One fellow from our group was taking charge and leading with the map. That just happened to be my husband. It seemed we walked and walked, trying to find more shopping...trekked up a steep hill and walked some more. I needed to go, if you know what I mean...and it seemed we were never finding our coveted destination. So we finally asked an officer for some direction to the shopping and he pointed the opposite direction of where we were headed. Thanks, honey. :)I was so glad we took this little detour though because when we turned the corner there was this beautiful site. This historic fort provided the keystone to protection of the Spanish Empire that spread across the Caribbean. I wish we could have gotten a closer look, but it was getting dark and soon it would've been time to catch our bus back to the hotel.Lucky me, there was a Starbucks right on site at our hotel. I'll have a caramel frappachino lite with light whip everyday please. :)On Wednesday afternoon, we took an hour bus trip to Fajardo to go kayaking. This wasn't just any kayak trip. We first kayaked through a beautiful canal with trees on both sides and saw green tree iguana's and beautiful birds. If you look really closely in this picture, you'll see a dolphin fin in the background. :) Then we entered the Bio Bay...a huge open bay surrounded by nature. It was a bit scary, kayaking at night...but the stars and moon were so bright. It was gorgeous. The main reason for kayaking there at night was to see an amazingly beautiful hidden creation....when you stir the waters after dark, millions of glowing plankton emit luminescent sparks and flashes. When I brought my hand up out of the water, the water glowed and sparkled as it ran down my arm and onto my lap. It was unreal! What a special treat from our Creator! I'm repeatedly amazed at how creative our God is!
On our bus trip back to the hotel, we stopped at a tiny little restaurant right on the water. Our group was basically the only customers there. The owner was our waiter, he also was the fisherman that caught the fish that he served us that night. I wish I would have gotten pictures from that night, but we didn't take our camera because of the kayaking. It was a special night though with amazing food and great company.On our last night, I wanted to take some pictures around our hotel and on the beach since we didn't have the opportunity yet.The gateway to the beach.Our last dinner in Puerto Rico was at a Japanese restaurant with others from our group. This is a fun experience when they prepare your food and do a little show right in front of you. Our first date was at a restaurant like this. Our dinner group.On Friday, our flight wasn't until 1:30pm. It was nice to take one last walk on the beach and have breakfast one last time, but I was ready to get back to my babies. :) It was midnight when we finally arrived home and of course the kids were tucked sweetly in their beds already. I immediately went into their rooms...I just had to touch them. Our sweet babysitter helped the kids make this welcome home sign.So fun to wake up on Saturday morning and have kids in jammies slowly creep into our room and cuddle with us in bed. So fun to give them the gifts we had brought back. Somehow, we didn't get a picture of Deacon with his maracas. :)So blessed for the opportunity! I'm refreshed, energized and ready to be a mommy again.