Sunday, May 15, 2011

Memories Are Made of This

While gardener bloggers across the world are celebrating what is blooming in their gardens on this May Bloom Day, I have been celebrating another occasion this past week.  I am still coming back down to reality after a week away with family in beautiful Cancun, Mexico. 

No thoughts of weeding or planting, but rather sleeping in or even getting up early, if I chose, to watch the sun rise over the Caribbean.

I could get used to being totally pampered:)  The only work involved was walking to one of the many restaurants for a delicious meal, enjoying the ocean view along the way.

Time moves slowly here, especially when lazing by the pool or in a cozy lounge chair on the beach, reading and listening to the lapping waves.

There was time to leisurely enjoy the flora . . .

. . . and some very different fauna.  The iguanas were frequent visitors outside our room, but there were occasional sightings of lemurs as well.  One lemur even startled my granddaughter by jumping in the golf cart with her!

Not the adventurous sort, I preferred to sit on the sidelines watching others taking risks.  That's my husband floating high above the ocean, while I nervously paced the shoreline wondering if all his affairs were in order.  I also watched my granddaughter swim with the dolphins, but unfortunately cameras were not allowed in the pool area.

One regret I do have is that I didn't join my husband and daughters for a day trip to visit Chichen Itza, the site of Mayan ruins.

I was afraid I wouldn't be able to stand the intense heat of the afternoon, but judging by my husband's accounts and the photos he took, I missed an amazing sight.

But I certainly didn't miss out on the most important event of our stay--my daughter's wedding.  The ceremony was held right on the beach as the sun began to set.  The setting was beautiful, even if my vision was blurred a bit by a few tears.  Tears of happiness, of course, remembering what seems like such a short time ago when she was a pig-tailed little tomboy.  Most of all, we are thrilled that she found such a wonderful man to spend the rest of her life with.

There were lots of laughs during the stay, too, including enjoying Grandson who found playing in the sand the best part of being a ringbearer.

I have many new blooms in my garden to share with you one of these days,
but these are my best "blooms" of all!


  1. Sounds like a wonderful week with many happy memories to cherish. I was also off last week, spent it sweating in the garden in near record heat. I saw your picture on FB, you looked like you were having a great time.

  2. How beautiful, both the wedding and the sights! Congratulations to you and your family!

  3. Two very beautiful ladies! Great place for a wedding. Must have been a bit scary seeing your husband so high in the sky!
    Enjoyed all the photos very much.
    Now you are back to the mundane!
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  4. Oh Rose, what a lovely time for you and your precious family! Love the ringbearer photo!

  5. Many congrats to your daughter and what an awesome place to get married~!

  6. I have been looking forward to this post so much Rose!! How radiant everyone looked, the bride most of all of course.

    What a wonderful setting for such a special occasion! The views look beautiful although unlike your husband I would have preferred to see them from the ground. He was very brave!

    I do hope the delightful ringbearer wasn't hunting in the sand for buried gold ;)

    On a note of curiosity/nosiness, was there not some talk of you hosting the reception in your garden??

    I'm so pleased you all had such a wonderful time Rose and I hope the happy couple will have a long and happy life together :)

  7. Whoops! I forgot to say how much I enjoyed seeing the Iguana too :)

  8. Your daughters are beautiful Rose. The bride looked especially lovely in her gown. All are so happy as I know you are. A wonderful place to celebrate a beginning to a new life.

  9. Dear Rose,

    Welcome home. I am so pleased that everything went well and that you have some lovely memories.

    Your daughters look beautiful in their gowns.....and what a wonderful setting.
    I am sure you got some deservd rest, I know you very much needed it.

    Love seeing the iguana.....and Mr P taking flight. Such fun.

    Lovely post Rose, lifted my spirit......

  10. Congratulations to your whole family! What a beautiful event!

  11. What a lovely place to be.

    I would love to have a lemur jump in for a ride, although I'm sure I'd be just as startled.

  12. I love your 'blooms.' I have been to Chichen Itza, and I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for sharing your daughter's wedding photos.

  13. Congratulations to you, your daughter and her husband...of course such a beautiful couple!
    I love the flowers in their hair. What a nice touch.
    So glad you are enjoying yourself!
    I am a bit jealous, I could use some beach time.

  14. What a joyful occasion in a beautiful setting Rose! I'm so happy for your daughter and her new husband, and for your entire family enjoying such a wonderful, memorable occasion together. Congratulations!

  15. What a perfect location for a wedding! Your daughter is beautiful. Sounds like a perfect gathering all around!

  16. Janet, It was beautiful--everything she had hoped for.

    Carol, I expected to come home to cool temps and was surprised to find it as warm here as in Mexico!

    Sissy, Thank you!

    Maggie, Thank you; yes, it's back to the old routine:)

    Cyndy, Wish I'd gotten a photo of my grandson kicking sand during the ceremony:)

    Tina, This was what my daughter wanted, and I know she was so happy the way everything turned out.

    Songbird, Thank you; yes, we're having a reception for all the family and friends who couldn't make it to the wedding here in early June. Now the stressful part begins:)

    Lisa, My oldest son and his family couldn't make it, which made me sad, but otherwise we had a wonderful time with everyone.

    Heph, Thanks for visiting.

    Cheryl, I did relax a lot the whole time--nice not to have to worry about anything. I couldn't believe how brave Mr. P was; he really enjoyed the flight, but I was scared to death for him:)

    Rose, It was a wedding we'll always remember!

    Renee, I don't think Granddaughter will ever forget her first time golfing either:)

    Sage, I am kicking myself for not going with them to Chichen Itza. My husband and daughters found it fascinating.

    Rosey, Thank you; I think I'm all rested up for the heavy gardening work that awaited me when I got home.

    Linda, It was indeed a beautiful time. Best of all, we're thrilled to have our new son-in-law.

    Beth, Thank you; it was a wonderful week we won't forget.

  17. How wonderful, dear Rose. Congratulations ... you are blessed!

  18. What a handsome couple! Your daughter is a beautiful bride. Such an amazing place for a wedding.

  19. Congratulations to your daughter! She looks gorgeous and so happy. I love the idea of honeymoon-wedding for all. Cancun looks amazing from your fabulous photos.

  20. Such beautiful photos.



  21. Dear Rose,
    A beach wedding is so very romantic.
    Your daughters are gorgeous! I can smell the bouquets...heavenly, the white sand, the music of the waves....yep heaven.

  22. Rose girl ! I have missed so much lately and this wonderful post on your daughter's wedding is so beautiful : ) You must have been so proud and happy ! .. I think you made the right choice about not taking that day trip though .. the ruins would have been magnificent but heat stroke .. not so great ? LOL
    I too would have opted out but you have pictures and personal accounts of what it was like so that is really nice : )
    The para sailing ?? I too would double check on life insurance etc .. before allowing Mr. Rose to go up there ! haha
    It all looks like a fantastic event!
    Joy : )

  23. Hi, Rose!
    Oh, wow, what a lovely spot for a wedding. I sent this post to my daughter -- who chose Oregon for her nuptials, set for next year. While I realize it's not my day... I'd secretly love to talk her into Cancun!

    Looks like everyone had a marvelous time.

  24. Rose, How wonderful for all of you and for your daughter and her new husband to celebrate their marriage in that beautiful setting. I can see how happy they both look~Congratulations to all xxoogail

  25. Rose, after just reading your Bloom Day post, I thought I'd better check out the wedding! Wow, what a lovely setting that was! Congratulations to your daughter and new hubby, and to the proud parents, too! Your daughter looked beautiful:-)


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