I'm back. All is well. The wedding and honeymoon in Cancun are all part of the past. Pics and stories will be told at a later time when most of you won't care anymore....haha. I'm guessing we won't have "professional" pictures for a few weeks, but many people took some shots of their own.
A few things:
1) Thanks to all who were in or helped with making the wedding run smoothly.
2) My favorite parts of the wedding festivities included seeing old friends (my buddy Riley from IU comes to mind), smashing cake in Michelle's face (she had told me for months not to do it...but hey you only get one shot, opportunity comes just once in a lifetime (insert Eminem Lose Yourself music)), the three cute little flower girl nieces, Josh Sabo leading worship of "Made to Worship" by Chris Tomlin, and plenty more.
3) Cancun memories:
-Swimming in the figure eight shaped pool.
-Playing Mexican Pool Volleyball, which essentially means there are no rules, which is kind of annoying, until you learn how to cheat better than the Mexicans. There were so many random people from Indiana that we played Indiana vs. The World. Of course, the Hoosiers pulled through in dominating fashion, which led to cheers of the Indiana fight song by yours truly.
-Playing on the one tennis court the Resort had. Michelle hit several tennis balls over the fence (one into the parking lot, one into bushes, one at the American Steakhouse, and one that is still in orbit, haha).
-Watching the World Series on ESPN Deportes (there was an English and a Spanish speaking ESPN Deportes). Very entertaining.
-Eating at high class restaurants that were included in the all-inclusive package (japanese, ultra high class, seafood, etc) only to go straight to the American Steakhouse to fill up because apparently squid, swordfish, etc can not be served in large doses. That's ok...I love a good New York Strip Steak.
-Carribean Sea body surfing (big waves...big enough to fear Michelle into thinking I might drown).
-Walks on the Beach.
-Aquarium. Michelle had never seen live dolphins before or a live dolphin show. Needless to say, they are now her favorite animal. Her smile was bigger than several mexican children. They also had sharks that you could pay to feed. They drop you under water in a tank and you stick out a little metal pole with meat on the end and sharks come by and tear it up.
Kinda cool...we have pics of it. We also got to touch a nurse shark, which apparently are some of the laziest sharks around according to the aquarium workers. They only move when they are hungry. I quickly envisioned analogies in my mind about nurses and nurse sharks, but wisely kept them to myself. (On a personal note I think it would be way cooler to have a Hippo aquarium, maybe that's a business adventure in the future for me!)
-Kayaking in the Carribean (the Lagoon side).
-All the waiters at all the restaurants. Most were very friendly and upbeat.
-All you can eat breakfast. Omelets, Bacon, French Toast, and unfortunately warm milk. I had to add ice, of course. This was a daily highlight beacuse if you know me, then you know I love breakfast.
-Putt-putt. They had an indoor miniature golf course that had two major flaws. The holes were extremely small (barely larger than the ball) and barricades that were "impossible to get through" according to Michelle. We played it once in the first day or two. I wanted to play again, kind of, and I knew Michelle didn't. However, the course was right next to our elevator so we passed it every time we were going back to our room, which led me to ask the simple question "putt-putt?" to Michelle every single time we went to the elevator. I never knew you could respond with so many different ways of "no." Sometimes it was a laughing no, a frustrated no, a sighing no, an annoyed no, etc. Anyways, this managed to keep me entertained the entire week. I imagine I said "putt-putt?" a total of 25 or more times in that 5 day period.
-Leaving at 5am to get to the airport to return home.
-7 hour layover in Atlanta....we somehow survived rather well. Until the plane was delayed and we left over 45 minutes later.
-I'm sure there was plenty more.....
Either way it's good to be back in Indiana.