Dominican Daze

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This was my view for the last 5 days while I dozed watching Judah make sandcastles in the shade and waiting for my bones to thaw from what has been no less than 6 months of winter!  I would have had a fabulous time anywhere that climbed over 70 degrees, but the palm-thatched umbrellas, crystal blue (warm) ocean water, and silky golden sand made for a spectacular mini-trip. Here are some of the highlights from our short Domican Daze–our first tripto the gorgeous Domican Republic.

1.  Forced Downsizing.  

The airline lost our bags as soon as we arrived in Punta Cana, but I could hardly be upset standing in the tiny open-structure airport under one single, huge palm-thatched roof with the cool warm breezes welcoming us to the Carribean.  The planes land in Punta Cana, line up, and the passengers exit straight onto the tarmac before passing through the two room, open airport en route to their Bali beds.

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We didn’t know when our bags would arrive, so we each bought 1 swimsuit and 1 outfit at the gift shop (I got a cover-up that doubled in the evening as a dress), 1 sunscreen bottle, 1 toothbrush and 1 small toothpaste, and a travel-size face wash for me.  My husband and Judah each got these little speedos (how cute are they); and luckily I had all of our hats and sunglasses in my bag.  Our luggage didn’t come until the evening of the 2nd night (we held out on getting extra diapers as long as we could–until the afternoon of the 2nd day–after my husband had to hand-wash my son’s speedos following a certain incident–if you catch my drift.  Judah’s in the middle of potty-training, and it sort of worked sans diaper on the beach–until it didn’t.)

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Surprisingly, I loved the weightlessness of not having all of our “stuff”, wearing absolutely no make-up each day (which is why there are no pictures of me in this post), or even using the extra mind space thinking about what to wear.  Both of us felt ridiculous when we did get our luggage and realized the superfluousness of all the extras we brought–did I really need a different work-out outfit each day when I have never, EVER, worked out on vacation?

It was refreshingly liberating–with the one exception of what I really do need every day–my La Mer moisturizer–and maybe my Aveda deep conditioner!

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2. Family of 3.

It’s been so entertaining and fun to have a 2 1/2 year old who now understands conversations, makes jokes, and has his own ideas and agendas.  Not to mention super adorable.  Judah played for hours in the sand covering my shoes, making sand castles, and loved feeding the pink flamingos after breakfast.  We met a lovely couple on the trip who had a 5 year old daughter named Maya–the two of them played together everyday, helped each other through phobias, and had a mini-date complete with Ipad watching before and during dinner, dancing, and holding hands.

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dr123. There Are A Dozen Ways to Slice a Coconut.

….And apparently a machete is one of them.  This fellow showed up one morning on our patio, as I opened the curtains first thing in the morning, he was standing there holding a bag of cocunts in one hand and a machete in the other.  Before I could wonder why this fellow was facing me first thing in the morning with a machete, he started carving up one of his coconuts and then handed it to us to drink.  I took these photos on the last day when we started expecting him to come by and Judah would run up to him to get the first sip of the water. They cut down the coconuts every morning to put them fresh into the pina coladas! Yum!

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Especially on the east coast, DR is such a short trip and worth its value for a few days to decompress, slow down, and inhale the peaceful scenery (while smoking a cigar).  We stayed at Paradisius Punta Cana–which is known to be kid-friendly and comprises a huge compound that you commute across via bikes or little trolley cars (another fun aspect for the kiddos).

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Wishing you a blissful week!

xx

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April 8, 2014 - 9:57 pm

Kungphoo - Wow going there would be amazing right now! It’s too bad that the airline lost your bags, but it looks like you guys made the best out of it and had tons of fun anyways! :-)

April 8, 2014 - 11:31 pm

Jim Striegel - Lesson learned by all to pack a few bathing suits and be ready for a fabulous adventure!

April 8, 2014 - 11:35 pm

Casey Garnder - We love going to the beach because it’s so tranquil. Sorry about your luggage, but doesn’t see to have hindered your family time.

April 8, 2014 - 11:36 pm

Traci Henegar - I truly love how you made the best of your situation. You little one is so huggable!

April 9, 2014 - 1:56 am

Laurel Bill - Looks and sounds like a good time was had by all. Sometimes less is more …!

April 9, 2014 - 3:30 am

Richard Harer - That must have been a tough and Enjoy Moment!! judah looks so cutee!! Il be waiting for the summer getaways on my family.

April 9, 2014 - 6:11 am

Tom H - What a great vacation! I loved seeing the pictures on how to slice open a coconut!

April 9, 2014 - 3:31 pm

Diane Bester - Thank you for your great story about your trip, and the great pictures. This looks like a great place to vacation! Thanks for sharing!

April 9, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Katrina - Wow! Great photos and thank you for sharing your vacation with us! Looks like I know where I want to go next!

April 9, 2014 - 3:40 pm

Meryl Hershey Beck - What a beautiful, amazing vacation. Sorry about your luggage but knowing you overcame and enjoyed your time anyway is fantastic. What fun and exciting photos you have shared. We should all take more time to just get away. The beach and water is incredible.

April 9, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Alexandra McAllister - WOW! What an experience! Thanks for sharing your beautiful vacation photos! It is incredible how that man cut the coconut! :)

April 9, 2014 - 4:16 pm

veronica - Looks like a nice getaway to the Caribbean. It does remind me of my hometown In Montego Bay Jamaica. Especially the coconut cutting

April 9, 2014 - 4:36 pm

Norma Doiron @Savvy Biz Solutions - What a great story! Nice to see how easily you made do with what you had! True, we have too much… AND the picture of your little guy with Maya walking had me in giggles! How stinking cute is that… I could just pinch these chubby little legs! So cute! Thanks for sharing… :)

April 9, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Pat Moon - Wow, what a great job! You truly made lemonade out of lemons! You made me envious of a you as you described this amazing vacation. Little ones add so much spark to life.. such a cutie is your Judah. His little friend is also adorable. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

April 9, 2014 - 9:30 pm

Dov Shapira - What a great place to visit.
Your husband looks so happy with your kid on his shoulders :)

April 10, 2014 - 1:16 am

Yvonne Brown - The pictures are awesome! Your family will treasure the memories forever. I am glad everything worked out!

April 10, 2014 - 1:39 am

Ashley - Wow this looks absolutely incredible. Your view was amazing. Looks like you had a great time!

April 10, 2014 - 2:40 am

Marielle Altenor - From the beautiful pictures of your family’s smiling faces, I can tell you guys had a wonderful time. Suck they lost your bags when you first landed.

April 10, 2014 - 2:45 am

tina - What a wonderful time you had! I’m jealous of the beach!! What great pictures! I’m so glad you were able to thaw and enjoy this vacation!

April 10, 2014 - 3:20 am

Rhonda - Your family looks like you had the time of your life! Great photos and so many fun shots. Did you even think about the lost bags? :)

April 10, 2014 - 4:24 am

Robin Strohmaier - What a wonderful article, Jessica. It looks like you all had a wonderful time despite the loss of your luggage. What a precious family you have.

April 10, 2014 - 4:25 am

Robin Strohmaier - What a wonderful article, Jessica. It looks like you all had a wonderful time despite the loss of your luggage. What a precious family you have.

April 10, 2014 - 4:35 pm

A. Lynn Jesus - Great post! Not to mention beautiful pics!!! I have recently gone through an experience that showed me where I was carrying around too much ‘stuff’ (in my case it was hiding behind busy work). And you do feel so much lighter! Way to make amazing lemonade out of what most would consider a trip-destroying experience!

April 10, 2014 - 4:42 pm

lucy Lao - Wow great article!

April 13, 2014 - 10:15 pm

Sharon O'Day - The DR is one of those places many people have put at the top of their list for quick getaways! Glad yours was such a “pattern interrupt,” which is what a vacation is supposed to be anyway!

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