Memories of Cancun

westinWow…what an absolutely amazing vacation… here is a view from our suite in the beautiful hotel we stayed at.  This was Regan’s first trip with our family and boy was she ever excited. Every night after she said her prayers she would jump in her bed and utter the words in not so perfect English…I’m going to Kaankuun… Caleb of course had been on numerous trips before and was the expert telling her about the sand castles he would help her build and the swimming pools and slides they would be going down. Regan would listen to Caleb intently every night and her eyes would light up as Caleb told her stories of what they would do in Cancun. As parents of 2 adopted children you hope and pray that your kids who have had such different childhood experiences are able to bond and form that strong relationship. Slowly over time – yes we had some major challenges when Regan first joined the family, it warms our hearts to see Caleb taking on the responsibility of being an older brother and coaching his sister.

On the day of our departure to the airport, we were splendidly surprised when we got a call from our parents who told us that they were sending a limo to pick us up and drop us to the airport.  As the stretch limousine pulled into our street the kids could not contain their excitement.  They were out the door with their suitcases in tow ready to hop into the limo.  The limo driver, John was extremely professional and courteous and the limo itself was very luxurious.  I want to give a special shout out to Ajax Limo Service for creating memories even before we got on the plane. Our flight was uneventful except for the 2 little chickadees fighting for the window seat. Mom of course being the perfect negotiator and influencer, convinced Caleb that he could get the window seat on the plane ride back to Toronto.

As we landed in Cancun and walked out of the airport, the heat and humidity hit us right away and we knew we were in paradise. Our check-in to the 5 star hotel was seamless and as soon as we got into the room the kids unpacked their bathing suits and were ready for the pool.  It was definitely a struggle to get the kids to get out of the pool at the end of the day even though they were exhausted. Suffice to say they were both out in an instant as soon as their little heads hit the pillows. Beverley and myself could finally relax on our hotel balcony and take in some alone time before we did it all again the next day.  As we reflected on the days events we were amazed at how the simplest of things excited our little ones.  It was the first time that Regan had seen the huge waves and she could not understand what exactly they were.  The first time we took her into the water, she ran out of the water as soon as the waves crested with the white foam.

So we know Cancun is not really considered a family destination.  With the plethora of clubs like Coco Bongo and Senor Frog’s it is normally considered a destination for young party goers looking for that wild club scene.  However, we were surprised with the number of other points of interest for family excursions.  I would definitely recommend it for a family trip given the number of excursions we were able to enjoy with our kids.  2 of the excursions we went on were:

  • Xel-Há Park- from snorkelling, to the river tour and the exploration of the caves there were so many activities for the kids and adults alike. Definitely, recommend adding the transportation option into the excursion and offer yourself peace of mind.
  • Xcaret Park – again this park offers so many activities for the kids and also adds an added piece of helping the kids learn about the history of the Mayan archaeological culture.

Beyond the memories that were created on this amazing vacation one of the biggest memory for both myself and my wife was on the last day as we were packing to leave for the airport, Regan stopped for a second and turned to us and said “thank you mummy and daddy for taking me on a plane not back to India and for playing with me in the pool”.  This statement brought tears to our eyes and melted our hearts to see our baby girl growing up.  This trip to Cancun will certainly be etched in our memory for all the wonderful moments that were created.

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Another School Year In the Books

So another school year has come to an end. I was blessed this school year to take an active role in both my little chickadee’s school activities and day trips as I was a stay at home dad for seven months on parental leave. The experience was absolutely phenomenal  as it opened my world to what other possibilities exist when you have the time freedom with a guaranteed income.

Simple activities like walking the kids to school with the two of them holding my hands and chatting about Barbie and The Avengers, and waiting for them at the end of the school day as the school bell rings and watching their eyes light up as they see me in the school yard as they run towards me with open arms are forever embedded in my memories.  These small nuggets of their daily lives mean so much to me as a dad.

Time surely flies and I am surprised that another school year has come to an end. My two little crafty chickadees are filled with new lessons both academically and basic life lessons. I stand in amazement as to how much their little brains absorb and retain new information. Our little Regan, who actually only started junior kindergarten in 2016 has completely transformed. Not speaking a word of English, and as protective parents we were hesitant to send her to school, thinking that she would not fit in and have a really hard time communicating with the other kids.  To our amazement, she proved us wrong – within the 6 month span to the end of the school year she progressively got stronger in her communication skills.  She now scolds me in full sentences and lectures me on how and what I should be doing.  Her favourite phrase is “seriously daddy” – with her hands akimbo.

Kids are like sponges and have absolutely no fear of the unknown. As adults we try and teach them to be cautious.  She again has taught me a life lesson of taking imperfect action as opposed to no action at all. Her appetite to explore and absorb as much as life throws her way makes me stand in amazement as to her character and resilience.

Learning to let go will always be a challenge, be it their first day at school, when they are off to university or on the day they get married.  Every one of these milestones will help both our kids and we as parents grow.

With the end of the school year now the planning starts around the summer camps, day care schedules and leaning on our parents to look after our little chickadees during the next 8 weeks.  We are also off on a much needed vacation in the next week and after a lot of planning we have decided to travel to Cancun and stay at the fabulous Westin Cancun.  Will provide updates on the shenanigans of my two little ones when we return.