Happy 4th anniversary to my husband, Michael. On October 21st, 2010, we carved our names into a tree outside of a courthouse in Vegas:
Perfect for the type B bride who elopes and easily forgets dates!
Ascended the Stratosphere
So high in the air
And said “I do:”
The dress is BCBG and I bought it online without trying it on. It fit perfectly. I get lucky sometimes (in love too! I mean, obviously)
It’s more traditional to do something ‘big’ for five years, but then again, we’re not really traditional people. So we decided to head off, without little Penelope, to Atlantis Resort a couple weeks ago to commemorate our wedding in a big way.
Thanks for the free balcony upgrade, Atlantis! And the amazing trip
As the view above demonstrates better than a thousand words, Paradise Island (Freeport, Bahamas) is an absolutely idyllic locale. The island vibe is happy, serene, and as relaxing as listening to the palm trees on the beach. We enjoyed every minute of our four day, three night stay, although I think that we both agreed that the family friendly nature of the resort meant that the next trip back would definitely be with Penelope present. There are large, clean, kid friendly pools…
…awesome water slides (terrific) super aquariums (sharks! wow), and a really cool looking kids’ club. So yeah, there was some natural parental guilt when I pictured how much P would have enjoyed the pools, being the little water baby that she is:
Seen here enjoying a pool with Daddy on Sanibel Island last Christmas in Florida. Man, that kid was bald back in the day
But – sometimes it’s really nice to have one on one time with someone you love. And if that one on one time happens in paradise? Well, heck, might as well roll with it. So I relaxed, and we thoroughly enjoyed our vacation.
From the beach/grottos (that’s me, manatee style)
To the casino:
Note Mike’s yard long daiquiri please. The man loves his daiquiris
To our off resort field trip to Senor Frogs:
Our first trip to Senor Frogs in 2009
And in 2014! I think Mike wore those same board shorts in 2009. Might be time for a new pair ;)
In addition to the pool, beach, casino, and bar excursions, I went on a food quest: to eat conch in every form I could find it. I had reasonable success but I believe I could have done better and will try to raise the bar next trip:
Conch chowder at Johnny Rockets? Love it
Conch crudo prepared fresh on the sea (literally, in a boat) ceviche style with lime and tomato
Stewed conch in gravy for breakfast (pictured right on that very full brunch plate)
Ok, this is a picture of grouper. But there were conch fritters at the meal. We just ate them all before I could take a picture – it happens – and the grouper was very, very good
In addition to the Conch Quest, I crossed an item off my foodie bucket list and went to Nobu for the first time. Michael and i both loved it, and my favorite items were the lychee martini with elderflower and the salmon wrapped in pear, which is a flavor combination I still fantasize about:
Really masterful pairing, both in flavors and texture
In addition to the pools, the beaches, the really cool water slides, and all the aforementioned eating, there was a nice little cluster of shops on the resort. I believe in duty free whenever possible, and I was very happy to score a travel perfume for myself:
And a Barbie perfume set for P:
Which she absolutely loves because of course she does
And, of course, I wore as much Lilly Pulitzer as possible in a four day period:
Dress from Silkworm!
Also from Silkworm. Come to think of it – most of my Lilly is from Silkworm. Thanks for being a northern outpost for this awesome southern brand, Erica!
We stayed at the Royal Towers at the resort, which is the mid price range option, and very centrally located, which is nice, because as you can probably imagine, the resort itself is friggin’ enormous:
And also, really gorgeous
When we return, I think it will be to the Royal Towers. And it most likely is a question of if, not when, as the entire vacation was really lovely from start to finish, and all the family friendly elements of Atlantis will make it a great destination to return with P in the years to come. So goodbye for now Atlantis:
And goodbye rum cake, which definitely did not survive the plane ride home. Because I ate it.
Until, we hope, very soon! And thanks to all the lovely people we met on the island who helped us to celebrate our four year anniversary in such a wonderful way. And to my husband, if you overcome your hatred of social media long enough to read this – I love you very much, and happy anniversary.