I'm Nikki, a creative old soul who loves tea time, tip-toeing through gardens, mounds of books, swaying to records, watercolors, sunset walks with our three yorkies, and star-gazing with Paul. This blog carries snippets of my life with just us two (five with Rusty, Lucy, & Ethel) - I hope it brings you happiness as you snuggle in with something warm and delicious and begin reading. Enjoy, friends!

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Our Anniversary in Mexico | 3 Years

It took awhile, but I think I’ve managed to narrow down my favorites from our trip to Mexico. :) There’s still a lot…just a warning. :)

A quick note before we begin:

We have an amazing group of neighbors. Two of them baby-sat our little love all week long and one of them brought us to and from the airport. It is such a wonderful feeling knowing a. we don’t have to worry about Rusty when we’re gone and b. that we have people/friends we can depend on. So, thank you a MILLION times to Kraig, Bruce, and Traci – we are so glad we moved across the street and next door. :) xoxoxoxoxo

Alrighty, on to our journey!

Welcome to Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun!!

That beautiful romantic-esque building was one of our favorite places to eat. Amazing fajitas.

See that path towards to resort? That’s the one Paulie and I took when we found out it was super close to our room. :)

This is a rare occurrence. There were never any blue floaties available. It’s because there is a storm brewing…

Another lovely path that leads even closer to our room! We didn’t discover this until the end of our trip…:(

It was like clockwork. Everyday around 3pm, the winds picked up, the skies went dark, and everyone went scrambling for shelter.

But before I show you the beach and all its wonders during a storm, follow Paul!

This is as “fall” as it gets.

Look! Paul is so happy he’s doing a dance.

Beautiful inside and out.

Welcome to our home away from home!

Our maids were just lovely. Everyday we had new towel friends. :)

Poor Paul – his slippers didn’t fit him. More for me!

Hello handsome!

Those eyes. My goodness.

I was so excited to bring back Traci this gorgeous hat! I had to get a photo of it before it left me. :)

The bathroom was just amazing. That bathtub needs to be in our house soon. Jets, arm rests…my book and I couldn’t have been happier.

Just me!

When Paul napped, I tried to write. Sometimes with a colorful drink by my side.

So lucky to have had this view!

Okay, enough of our room. Back to the storm. Just follow the grey brick road.

When normal people run away from the storm, Paul and I run towards it.

This guy’s job was 24/7. So much seaweed!

Hello again!

So intimidating, but it only lasts about 20 minutes. 

I might love Paulie even more after seeing this photo of me. All of my favorite things rolled into one photo (except Rusty and my tea).

We’ve been married far too long.

I’m sure people were starting to stare when I tried to croon with the birds.

And when the rain finally hits, we go get food…

And drinks. And more food.

Paulie’s favorite – Riviera Maya.

And the storm has already gone!

At night there was always something to do. On Tuesday night we were picked from the audience of a huge crowd, to be a participant of “The Perfect Couple” game show. Seven couples were chosen to come up on stage but we had to be eliminated to 3 before the next round. So, with all eyes upon us, we had to demonstrate the “perfect kiss”. The audience was our judges and we had to give it all we had. Let’s just say I was a ginormous ball of nerves. On stage? Under bright spotlights? In front of 60+ people? Kissing?? My goodness, I’m surprised I even made it. When it was our turn, we did something like this:

And the whole time I was just picturing a disaster and hoping it didn’t turn out like this:

Surprisingly, it was down to us and one other couple to be the finalists. They won (I think it helped that I kept shaking my head and pointing to the other couple to win) and we were able to enjoy the rest of the show without sweaty palms and nervous breakdowns (Paul was enjoying it all – I was too nervous to speak). On our anniversary, Wednesday, we got all dolled up at night, had a table reserved on the pool side for the resort’s water acrobatic show, and shopped for art at the vendors’ tables. We bought 4 coaster size paintings and one larger print (all gorgeous and hand-painted right in front of us! I’ll show you someday :)).

We had prime seats – everything was right in front of us, including this wonderful jazz player, playing in the middle of the pool!

I do like him. Quite a bit.

Our poor waiter! He kept trying and trying to take our photo until we realized Paul had never turned it on when he gave it to him! Ha!

This whole show was absolutely amazing!

At night, the resort is breathtaking.

And because it was our anniversary…

I vowed I would wake up to watch the sunrise. On Thursday morning (Paul and I were accidentally given tap water at the outdoor dining show so he was already sick and I was in the beginning stages – so thankful I wasn’t too sick to see this!), I woke up to this. I grabbed my camera, lenses, diary, and ran for the beach. 

See my little pile of goodies? That was my spot.

I wasn’t the only one!

And then it started cracking like an egg through the clouds. Amazing.

I know, I’m corny. :)

The people in the water asked another person to take their photo – sneaky me got a photo of a photo being taken. ;)

And it was time for me to go back in and take care of my man friend.

Unfortunately after that morning, we were both out for the count for the rest of our trip. That entire rest of the day was devoted to drinking as much water (bottled) and getting as much rest as we could. We watched a bunch of movies (Dumb & Dumber 2, The Kid – quality movies :)), and as weird as it sounds we still had a great time just being together, cocooned in our hotel room, taking care of each other. :) Needless to say, Friday (our departure day) was a loooong day. Delayed flights, missed connecting flights, being sick, long lines – not so much fun. But, we made it! And we were so grateful to be home, cuddling with Rusty on our couch, cocooned from the cold autumn night. :)

I hope you enjoyed the photos, friends!! And for you photography friends, I just posted a NEW set of skies in The Overlays Collection! They’re on my website, check them out – you will love them. :) Happy Friday, friends! xoxoxo

 The Overlays Collection (<<click here to see the skies!)