Wednesday, March 3, 2010

A Little Piece of Heaven

Our long-awaited trip to the Dominican Republic has come and gone, and it was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.! I have never felt so spoiled-relaxed-happy-warm-energized at any other time in my life!! We had quite the trip to actually get to the island...Spokane to Salt Lake, Salt Lake to NYC, NYC to Punta Cana...all in all it was 16 hours of travel- but worth it!! We arrived at the airport and a little tropical band was playing! We arrived at the resort and they greeted us with music, drinks, flowers and clapping! We arrived at the beach (About 2.2 minutes after arriving at the resort) and I was IN HEAVEN!

See, here's the picture to proved my heavenly mood! The turquoise water and white sand was unreal! And it was 85 degrees! Hallelujah!

Kelly was a little worried in days preceding the trip that all of his thoughts and fantasies about the greatness of 'President's Club' couldn't possibly be fulfilled- but guess what? THEY WERE! Kelly was also in TOTAL awe at the amazingness of it all...the smile above is his 'disbelief' smile "How could we possibly be in such an incredible place?"

And now I am dancing for joy!

The first night of our stay was a special welcome dinner on the beach. It was set up very festivly, a live band played, and scores of waiters asked what the could get for you, and would always reply "It is my pleasure to serve you." Seriously? We met lots of new faces and I ate dessert for the first time in 6 weeks! (not counting the York peppermint patty that I had in my carry-on and devoured the minute I could see the D.R. from the plane above!)

The next morning we had a scrumptious breakfast and I tried Passion Fruit for the first time in my life- I L.O.V.E.D it!! So yummy and tart!! and then Kelly and I had a vicious game of tennis, followed by a lap around the resort on roller blades! And of course swim suits after that vigorous morning! We had a great game of beach-volley ball with Kelly's co-workers and cooled off in the ocean blue! WHAT A DAY!

But of course it didn't end there, the awards ceremony was that night, which was what I imagine the grammy's to be like! AMAZING! The decoration was over-the-top, the food was DE-LISH, the entertainment incredible, and they honored each of the employees there for their accomplishments- Way to go Kelly!!

The next morning Kelly had a mini-golf tournament with a bunch of guys from is Kelly and Lyle, one of the TWO other guys that came to President's Club who is still in their 30's. Everyone else is like 50+ (not that that's bad, I'm just glad there were a couple of people our age there!) While the boys golfed, Lyle's wife and I soaked up the rays on the beach (maybe a little too much soaking...I was RED at the end of this day!) It was so relaxing!!

Our trip ended on Sunday. We spent the day with Uncle Mark and aunt Marlene. Uncle Mark has been with NFIB for 16 years, and he was the one who got Kelly an interview. THANKS MARK! It was so fun to get to know them better and spend time together! PLUS, aunt Marlene is a great photographer, so she took A BUNCH of picture for us!

The trip home could have been better...our luggage was still in Punta Cana when we arrived in Atlanta. The Delta lady was very nice and told us that we could get the things we need (up to $50 each) and send the receipt to Delta, and they'd pay us back! Good thing too, cause both of us were in Island clothes still, and Atlanta was 31 degrees!!! So, we found a Walmart (since it was already 10pm) and each bought long pants and hoodies so we could be nice and snuggly on our flight home the next morning.

A H.U.G.E thanks to my mom for staying with the kids- we LOVE YOU!! It was a unbelievable trip and we couldn't have done it without you!!
Here's to next year in Mexico- we can't possible miss out now!


emily a. said...

Hi Annie, This is Emily (Sara's sister). Your trip looks AMAZING indeed and I am quite envious. Glad you got a time away from being parents and relax.

Campbell Family said...

I smiled the whole time while reading your post. Totally jealous and happy for you guys. So fun. And I love all of the dancing for joy on the beach. :)

Ditto Family said...

At last...looks like you certainly did just taste a little slice of heaven. Love you yellow dress! The swimsuit is super cute!!! You look fab! I can't wait to see more pictures when we are there in a couple of weeks. Kelly--way to be awesome!!!

Mary said...

Um hello hot swimsuit body!! You are a babe!!!!! I am glad you guys had a great trip! I love you all!!!

Julia said...


Polly and Nathan said...

Man what beautiful pics! Seriously the beach is out of this world! I am so happy for you and that you were able to get away, be together and be in such a magical place! And Annie your bathing suite is so cute and I loved your yellow dress! I just read all the comments and realized that Annie is getting all the compliments so Kelly you looked great and your blue shirt was super Nice!!!

jaime said...

Wow!! So glad you had such an awesome time... everything looks amazing!

And Annie... I saw your TWIN in Darrenkamp's today! Seriously.. I had to do a double take!!

Rodger said...

I'm going to try to do this in order:
1) Nice flowery shirt Kelly (we're so much alike)
2) Nice hang-time Annie! Impressive. Did you learn that from Kelly?
3) Nice golf-shirt Kelly (we're so much alike)
4) Sweet beach kiss - best pic of the bunch. You guys will remember that forever.
5) I love you both (all). You make me happy.

Mary said...

It looks fabulous. I'm a total beach bum. And I love the yellow dress.

Amberli said...

holy smokes! what a fantatic trip! i'm so glad that you guys got to go! you both look great and it makes me miss the warm beach weather soooo much! so glad you had such a great time!

Amy & Greg said...

So fun!! I love the yellow dress. So cute. Ah, I need a beach vacation before number 3 arrives.