With all the excitement over my recent engagement, maybe you forgot that I also went to Jamaica over the holidays? 🙂
Yep, the day after Christmas, Fabio and I joined my mom, stepdad Fritz, stepsister Maggie and her boyfriend Nick for a family vacation in Montego Bay, Jamaica! This has become a bit of a yearly tradition for us, and like last year we spent the days in between Christmas and New Years at the Riu Palace hotel in Jamaica.
I was really excited about our trip before, but once Fabio proposed I was even more excited! What a perfect way to celebrate our engagement! I spent a lot of time admiring my ring in the sun. 🙂
(Don’t worry, Fabio had it insured before he gave it to me so I didn’t have to worry about losing it or anything!)
Weirdly enough, Fabio’s best friend Hayden was actually staying at the same hotel as us for the first day and night! Fabio had texted him on Christmas letting him know that we were engaged, and Hayden responded saying he would love to call and congratulate us but he was in Jamaica and the cell phone bill would be too expensive to call. Of course Fabio then asked where in Jamaica Hayden was staying, and it turns out he was in the exact same resort as us! It was so fun seeing him (and his family) for a little while. 🙂
What a nice surprise for Fabio especially!
The rest of our trip was spent lounging in the sunshine and enjoying lots of food and drinks from the all-inclusive hotel.
Most days included lots of lounging in the sun for me, and lots (AND LOTS) of volleyball for Fabio.
One of the days, however, everyone broke off and did something different!
Maggie and my stepdad, Fritz, decided to go on a horseback riding adventure, which they said was a lot of fun.
Meanwhile, Fabio and Maggie’s boyfriend, Nick, decided to go golfing, which they also loved. (No surprise there.)
As for my mom and me? We stayed behind to look at wedding magazines on the beach!
Right before we left for vacation, my mom picked up a few bridal magazines for me and we had so much fun browsing through the images, talking about what we liked, bookmarking pages, and making plans for everything to come. It was so much fun! Plus you couldn’t beat the views – looking out at the gorgeous blue ocean while talking about fun wedding plans was so surreal.
In the evenings we did the usual: get all dressed up and go out to dinner! I’ve mentioned this on the blog before, but I should warn any new readers that my mom’s side of the family likes to get very dressed up for dinner. This is a habit of my stepdad’s that we’ve all sort of followed so we don’t look completely under-dressed standing next to him. I don’t mind of course; it’s fun to get dressed up!
All of our dinners were a ton of fun with great food, lots of wine, and plenty of laughs. 🙂
Surprisingly delicious sushi
Shrimp spring rolls
Shrimp & veggie tempura
After our dinners, we usually headed over to the beach bar to continue the shenanigans. Each night we had fun playing Heads Up (the best iPhone game there is!), drinking too much rum, and dancing the night away. It was such a blast!
There was also a professional photographer on the property who came over to take some pictures of our group two of the nights. I just love the pictures he took!
How cute are those two? 🙂
All in all it was an amazing vacation, and I can’t think of any other way I would have wanted to kick off this year of engagement festivities!
Thank you mom and Fritz for taking us on this incredible vacation!!
Question of the day: Do you like to be active on vacation or rest?
For me it depends on the vacation; when we go to Europe I am go-go-go and want to see and do everything. In the Caribbean I am all about relaxing in the sunshine!