So, yes, we went to Mexico! We had such an amazing time at a resort outside of Playa del Carmen. It was called El Dorado Seaside Suites and it is the same resort that our sweet friends, the JonesES (I have recently learned how to properly pluralize my own new name and the names of other people that end in an S...thank you fellow grammar policewoman, Beth! I'm so ashamed...you should take my badge away). It was beautiful, filled with British people (which was SO fun), and had the best food we have ever eaten. We just relaxed on the beach all day, ate, ate, and ate. We did go to Chichen-Itza one day which was amazing. The Mayan ruins just astounded us. All of their buildings were so purposeful and designed to keep the people believing that their gods really had power, which in turn helped the government keep them under control. We were also told that every building (and there were HUNDREDS...and even more than that they haven't restored) would have been painted in bright reds, blues, greens, and yellows. It was definitely the history buff in the family's favorite day.
We also had he opportunity to go visit some fantastic friends. A little background here: The Pauls are some of my parents oldest and best friends (as in high school and college) and our families have always been very close. John Paul, who is close to my age, married his new wife on the same day as Justin and I. We couldn't have picked anyone better to share an anniversary with! So when we realized that we were going to the same area of Mexico, we knew we had to meet up. So we both took Mexican taxis (an experience!) to Playa to spend the afternoon together. The new Pauls are going to move to Boston in the next few days and we can't wait to come and visit! Fenway here we come!!! We just loved seeing them and just LOVE them.
When we cam back from Mexico, we immediately went to San Antonio to my sweet Ashley's wedding. Ashley and I have been friends since the VERY beginning of freshman year and have been roommates for two years. She married Ben Carter who is AMAZING and their wedding was beautiful. The Lord was so glorified in the whole day and I know will continue to be glorified throughout their lives together. It was a great way to end the honeymoon because it reunited the Hawktree girls one last time before we spread out all over the country.
Right now, Mr. and Mrs. Nichols are in their apartment in Houston. We officially start working August 14th, and right now we are simply soaking up this time together and with nothing to do. We have our apartment all set up and organized and can't wait to have some visitors. So please...come visit...
Justin and Laura