Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Once upon a time in Mexico...

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to post about our trip to Mexico. We had a great time celebrating with Emily and Gabo and their Mexican family. I'll give you the abbreviated version of the trip...
  • Before Mom, Rylan and I got on the plan Sunday the 13th, I had broken my in-law's suitcase that we borrowed.
  • The flight down consisted of 1 hour sitting on the runway (Rylan slept for 45 min of that hour), no air condidtioning and Rylan fussing the entire 4 hours we were in the air but falling asleep the second we landed. We were grateful to be off of the plane. It was easily four of the hardest hours of his life thus far.
  • Emily was sick the first 24 hours were were there. She had a stomach bug. Thankfully she bounced back well.
  • Ryan Kring, Ryan Bastine, and Roger were to fly out of O'hare Wednesday morning at 8:30am. When they arrived at the airport, no one was at the check-in desk, and they learned over the phone with the airline that all morning flights on this airline were canceled for the last three weeks. After many stressful hours and phone calls to Mexico (thank goodness for Skype), Roger flew alone to Mexico at 2:55pm Wednesday and Ryan and Ryan flew first class on a different airline from 2:00-6:00am Thursday.
  • They arrived at 8:15am to the hotel and we left at 9:00am for the civil wedding. This began our tour of Mexico in a big white van with my entire family. (Ryan, Rylan, and I, Mom, Rog, Dad, Trish, Eric, Cindy, Ryan Bastine, and two of Emily's friends)
  • That same day, Ryan (and the boys) watched a Mexico World Cup soccer game with some real fans, I spent way too many hours at a nail salon, cried in a cab, and took Rylan to his first bachelorette party. The nail salon was not that bad, just a very long experience. Everything turned out good, and I spent some good time with my sister.
  • Saturday was the wedding...what a fun day! The hair dressers came to Em's apartment, so we bopped in and out all day. It was so fun being all together. The setting for the wedding was awesome. It started only an hour late, and the rain held most of the ceremony. The funny thing was, Em and Gabo didn't even know it was pouring until the pastor said something. They then turned around and saw all of the umbrellas. Some of us went up under their little tent to finish the ceremony. It was so personal. We then had a great party complete with Mariachi music.
  • The flight home on Sunday was great! We had an extra seat, three extra people, and a big white wedding dress thrown over our shoulders. (To think we barely breathed on it after it was steamed earlier in the week.)

We are so glad we went! It is hard to travel with an almost one year old. He is such a trooper though. He didn't even fuss when he had to go back in a carseat at O'Hare airport. Em and Gabo also had a celebration in South Bend July 2nd. They have been home for the month (part of the reason for my lack of posting) and watching Rylan while I work. They leave next Saturday (boo!). I am so thankful for our time in Mexico, and their time in South Bend!