May 24-31 2009. Just in case you are wondering, Atlantis Resort in Paradise Island, Bahamas is the BEST place to go on vacation. Seriously. If you ever have money to spend on a vacation, I would highly recommend it to anyone--with kids, without kids, young, old...whoever. It is amazing. There is a huge waterpark with several water slides and 2 lazy rivers, LOTS of pools (including 2 kiddie pools with small water slides and shallow water), several beaches on the property, aquariums, movie theater, comedy club, shopping, casino, great restaurants, starbucks... seriously something for everyone. We had a BLAST! (It is hard to say if Elise had a blast, but everyone else did for sure.)
Rob's grandparents, Mona Boo and Papa Boo took us all (45 of us) on this vacation and it was so much fun. Robbie counted down the "sleeps" until we got to fly on the jet to the "Hamas". Our flights were on time, our luggage showed up, the sun shined every day, the waitresses came to our pool and beach chairs to bring us rum drinks....ahhh.
The first day there we took an excursion with Powerboat Tours that Rob's cousin Shawna had found for us all...it was amazing. We got to go to a private island and feed iguanas the size of dogs --which may sound freaky but was actually a really cool experience. Then we went to another private island where we got to feed stringrays from our hands, watch the sharks be fed (small reef sharks), snorkel, play on the white sand beach and in the clear blue water, enjoy the rum punch from the open bar, and they made an amazing lunch for us with fresh grilled fish and steak. It was seriously Paradise.
Rob and Robbie got to swim with the dolfins and feed them, Rob got to golf on Michael Jordan's favorite course (twice), I got to shop and tan.
On the way home from the airport at the end of the trip, Robbie cried for 40 minutes saying, "I want to go to the Hamas....I want to go to the Hamas.....I want to go to the Hamas....I want to see the dolfins....I want to go to the Hamas..." Needless to say, he really enjoyed the trip. What a privileged life we all lead.
Now we are back to the little inflatable pool and the Thomas the Train sprinkler. THANK YOU Mona and Papa Boo!