I admit, I have more than one dream vacation floating around in my head. And I have been lucky enough to have already taken one of them. About 2 years ago my in laws took us to Cancun. All 40 something of us. And it was probably the best week of my life. I have never been to a more gorgeous beach in my entire life, nor have I ever experienced such perfect weather. Now, I think the absolute best part of this trip was the opportunity to experience paradise with family. My husband's entire family--all 9 kids, spouses, grandkids--everyone was there. Where ever I went there was someone I knew. If I wanted to go do something sans children there was always someone to watch them, and if I wanted someone for my children to play with I didn't have to go far to find them.
There was one major disappointment about the experience. I was pregnant. Only about 5 months, but it was enough. You see, just down the road from our resort was kind of a sea life park. And the main attraction at this venue was the opportunity to swim with dolphins. Fully funded by the in laws. I was thrilled. I have never wanted to do something so much in my entire life. We loaded everyone up. Got there. Unloaded. Went in to by tickets. And was told that pregnant women were NOT allowed in the tank with the dolphins. I was crushed. I was devastated. I took my daughter to the bathroom so I would have an excuse to go in there and cry. And I became the official photographer for the outing. I took literally hundreds of pictures of my husband and my girls getting to pet, feed, hug and even kiss the dolphins. (Although I have to say that even if I had been in the water, I don't think I would have participated in the kissing.) And it was hard to watch, while being wonderful at the same time.
And since that day I have had a goal: someday I will go back to Cancun. And I will not be pregnant when I go. And I WILL swim with the dolphins.