Slaughters in Mexico Part 1


For our summer vacation we usually head to the white sandy beaches of Florida, but this year we wanted to try something different.  A trip to Mexico is a short plane ride for us Texans, so we decided to trade in Florida for a little Mexican vacation.

These kids are growing up…escalators WITH bags all on their own.

Our flight left late on Tuesday evening.  These cuties were my row companions. 


We knew it’d be late by the time we arrived so we stayed in a hotel by the Cancun airport the first night.  Our car picked us up to drive us to the resort the next morning.

Cheers to a Mexican vacation!

We arrived and instantly checked out the beach.  The beach did not disappoint.  See that obstacle course in the background?  Nixon found his inner-American Ninja Warrior and had the best time on that thing.

This was fun to watch, but I wanted to breathe in a paper bag just thinking about putting on that get up in the HOT sun!

We were so ready to relax, kick back, and enjoy the week with our family.  I try my very best to not be on my phone all the time.  Don’t we all?  In Mexico, I only had wi-fi right inside our room so I was never on my phone unless I was holding it to take a picture.  It was great to unplug for seven days!

We had a suite (with five people in a room for six nights-you need a bit more space) and the two balconies were a perk.

Ready to hit the pool with this guy!

I wish I could explain in words how excited they were at this point.

The entertainment team at our resort was fabulous!  There were games, dancing, and shows going on ALL the time.  On Wednesday, Nixon participated in the soccer challenge.  A goal was set up across the pool and everyone tried to kick it all the way across the pool and into the goal.  I was crazy proud of Nixon for trying!

Bowen was proud too.  Can’t you tell?  🙂

The location behind us was a spot for weddings.  It was gorgeous all decorated at sunset.  Our first night we had Mexican food because duh.  🙂

Thursday-a new day but same pattern.  Eat, pool, beach, repeat.  That afternoon the family pool had a FOAM PARTY!

I was expecting a few suds, but boy was I wrong!  haha!  They kept saying small children needed an adult.  I did not understand it’s because the foam got SO HIGH it would completely cover Ebby Lee’s head!  Crazy, but a blast!  

All the Slaughter guys stayed back and watched, but the girls were into it.  ha!

Bowen was a fan!  As long as he was in this part of the pool where he could touch.

Then we headed to the beach for a while to enjoy the scenery and a WEDDING!  We watched approximately fifteen weddings during our stay.

There’s not much cuter in life than a tanned baby (I know he’s not still a baby, but go with it…) whose bottoms are falling down revealing his tiny hiney.  Check out that tan line!!

We enjoyed our dinner at the Japanese restaurant.  The spring rolls were the bomb!  Seriously, I ordered two extra orders.  They were that good.

We played a TON of rock, paper, scissors while we waited for food.  I’m talking tourneys and we got to watch Bowen go from not-able-to-play-at-all to he’s-almost-not-cheating.  It was a slow change.

Day #2 was a success!

The acrobat show?  Not so much…ha! 

Our third full day we hit up a local waterpark…Xel-Ha.  (pronounced “Shell-ha”)

This park was reefed off from the ocean, so ocean water that’s crazy safe.  There were all kinds of things to do within this park…snorkeling, swimming in caves, zip lines, lazy river, and on and on.

These huge iguanas were everywhere and Nix was into them EVERY SINGLE TIME.  We don’t have those in Texas!

Our first stop was the cave swimming area.  Our kids were so nervous about this.  When they saw a fish, instead of being excited they wanted to swim away as fast as possible.  One problem-there were fish EVERYWHERE.  They all warmed up eventually.

If you look closely, you can see that Bowen had a death grip on my life jacket.

We had to climb these rocks to get out of the water and up to the trail.

Everyone did it!


I was proud of myself as well.  haha!

This day was overcast and eventually had crazy rain storms.  All the trails were shaded and were super cool.  It was such a large park when we were out on a trail we rarely saw other people.

Checking out some fossils in this cave.

Then it was time for the LAZY RIVER.  I love a lazy river, so I couldn’t wait to embark on this little adventure.

Tab got the party started before we even had tubes.

We walked up to the beginning of the river and DOWN POUR.  I’m talking raining cats and dogs kind of rain.  We waited for it to pass hoping it’d slide right over, but after about fifteen minutes and a thirty minute walk to something else to do in the park we took a change.

Oh my goodness!!  That river was COLD and WINDY!  At one point, I thought we’d never make it to the end.  We had to walk over these crazy shallow rocks IN THE RAIN WITH THREE KIDS ALL ON TUBES WITH FLIPPERS ON OUR FEET.  If you’ve tried to do anything with flippers on then you totally understand how difficult that was.  A random stranger could see the shock on my face and offered to carry Bowen over for me. 

But after about forty-five minutes of pure torture, we were doing this…
Wrapped up in warm towels and eating nachos.  

There was an awesome children’s playground area.

It was super sturdy so Tab and I joined the party.

We watched a group feed the manatees.

And then we lost our mind and tried the lazy river ONE MORE TIME.  

For a couple reasons:
1.  The rain had stopped.
2.  We didn’t enjoy it on trip number one because we were just trying to survive.
3. The shuttle dropped us off at 8:00 a.m. and wasn’t picking us up until 6:00 so we had LOTS of time.

The beginning started off like this…covered in trees and roots.

The second time around was WAY better!

On the first trip-there was a man in his forties floating along with us (in the rain and cold remember).  His tube flipped over in the middle of this covered tree/root area and he LOST his mind.  Like I mean LOST his mind.  He was flailing around like he was drowning but he was wearing a life jacket.   We offered to help, but he quickly got on his tube (I think he was embarrassed) and got ahead of us.  We came around the corner and that same guy was jumping off a cliff!!  I couldn’t believe it.  He swam over to us and told us he was just petrified of all those roots!!  haha! 

This girl thought about jumping off the cliff for a second and then had a change of heart.  #idontblameher

I did a little ziplining of my own.  I posted a video of Ebby Lee ziplining on my IG.  She LOVED it.  I think she went about four times before we convinced her to move on.

It was a GREAT excursion.  If you’re in the area, I highly recommend your family going to Xel-Ha.  The only thing I’d say is Bowen was almost too young.  He is a pretty independent three-year-old so he hung in there pretty well, but I’d recommend the park for probably six and up.

On our way to dinner.  At this point we were all SO tired!  We scored dinner reservations at 9:00 (YES…SO LATE but vacation) at the Italian restaurant.

Love this guy…even if he makes silly faces during my selfie.

Pasta was on the menu!

Another successful day of vacation in the books!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I’m so glad to be back.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow for Part 2!

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  1. 6.22.16
    Renee said:

    So much fun. Last year, we really enjoyed Xel Ha. Our youngest was 4 1/2 and he loved it. We even talked him into doing the zip lines. The kids still talk about how much fun they had there. When we go back to Cancun, we will have to go again.

    • 6.22.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      We asked about Bowen doing the zip line and they told me he had to be six! Maybe it's a new rule or it all depends on who is in charge at the moment?? There were plenty of other things for him to do but I think if he was a little older he'd have had even more fun. We'll definitely hit up that park again!

  2. 6.22.16
    Meredith said:

    On our honeymoon, we went to Xel-Ha's sister park, X Plor. Maybe something for older ones. Zip lines throughout, Off road cars, rafting and swimming in caves. We loved it! It was also cool because you wore a helmet around the entire park that had a chip that would alert the cameras around you, so you never had to worry about taking pictures in all the water and on zip lines!

    • 6.22.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      That's awesome!! We had a little scanner on our wristband that would take pictures for us but a chip would have been way easier.

  3. 6.22.16
    Anonymous said:

    That water park looks like a blast!! Also, love all of the pics of the beach–so pretty!!! Glad you had fun, friend!! Xo

    • 6.22.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Thank you!!

  4. 6.22.16
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Oh my gosh! Too much to say! Your balcony view was spectacular! Absolutely gorgeous! The foam party looked like something we should do this summer. Zip lining, beach time, food…I can't stop…SO MUCH GOOD STUFF!

  5. 6.22.16
    sarah said:

    Just curious what resort you stayed at. It looks beautiful

  6. 6.22.16
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    SO MUCH FUN! I'm with that guy. I think the roots would have freaked me out. But I might have had a panic attack watching him have a panic attack! Excited to see the rest of the trip!

  7. 6.22.16
    Aja said:

    That's my kind of vacation. Even living in Florida, I can't get enough of beach vacations. Every time my husband and I plan a trip we're like, "Should we go to Europe? Skiing? No, let's go to _____ (some island)!"

  8. 6.22.16
    Kimm said:

    What a fun trip! We have manatee in our backyard and then kids love feeding them!!

  9. 6.22.16
    Sarah K said:

    Wow, your kids are adventurous and brave!

  10. 6.22.16
    Kara said:

    Oh man that looks like so much fun! And I'm with Bowen, I would of had a death grip on your life jacket too!

  11. 6.22.16
    Elaine Welte said:

    Looks like so much fun!!!

  12. 6.22.16
    Danielle Mcdermott said:

    Where'd you stay?

  13. 6.22.16
    beaner said:

    It looks like so much fun. What was the name of the resort?

    • 6.22.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      We stayed at the Dreams Puerto Aventuras resort. We had an awesome time! 🙂

  14. 6.22.16
    Danielle Mcdermott said:

    Do you think it would be good for couples-only or is it more a family thing? I'm a teacher so happy children don't bother us 🙂

    • 6.22.16
      Erika Slaughter said:

      There was an adult only pool as well, but we always had our kiddos with us. I didn't even take a peek. There were lots of people there without children but this was family friendly. As long as you're good with kiddos-you'd be fine!

  15. 6.22.16
    brookerichardson said:

    Yay looks like so much fun!!!! The sunset picture is gorgeous!!! Can't wait to see the rest!

  16. 6.22.16
    Sarah Shaneyfelt said:

    I love your recap of this trip–especially of the rain at the waterpark. It was hilarious! Glad y'all had a great time!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  17. 6.22.16
    Carrie said:

    Looks beautiful! That foam pool is hilarious!

  18. 6.22.16
    Unknown said:

    I ABSOLUTLEY love xel ha! Where did you get those tassel shorts paired with the green t-shirt??

  19. 6.22.16
    Keisha Dawson said:

    What a fun trip! We are planning to take our kiddos somewhere beachy next year. I'll have to check this place out!

  20. 6.22.16
    Lindsay Wagner said:

    So fun! Is your cute bag on the escalator on wheels??? If so will you share what it is??? We have 2 trips coming up and I would love a rolling bag for a carry on…one that's cute! 🙂

  21. 6.22.16
    Amanda said:

    Is the resort all inclusive?

  22. 6.22.16
    Unknown said:

    Now that looks like a great family vacation!!!!! It looks like the adults and the kids had a blast!

  23. 6.22.16
    Lindsay's Sweet World said:

    What an amazing time you guys had! I can't wait to see more!

  24. 6.22.16
    Jennifer said:

    We love Riviera Maya. We are always looking for a new place to stay. What resort were you at?

  25. 6.22.16
    Megan said:

    We went to Xel-ha when I was about 16, sooooo much fun. I remembered jumping off the cliffs and doing the lazy river. Loved it. Looks like your family had a blast!!!!

  26. 6.22.16
    Jennifer said:

    I see you answered regarding the hotel, Dreams are great!

  27. 6.23.16
    Full Time Wife Life said:

    Baby hiney tan lines are my favorite haha! My husband thinks it's the WEIRDEST thing that I snap a pic of my toddlers behind every time he's in the water but I can't help it!! So darn cute!

  28. 6.23.16
    Alisha said:

    Looks like so much fun! Wanted to ask what kind of phone case or sleeve you used- We are heading to the beach next week and wasn't sure if there was something out there that would protect from the sand and water but still let me take clear pictures.

  29. 6.23.16
    Sweet Simplicity said:

    I love your fedora hat with the striped band! Where is it from?

  30. 6.28.16
    Dianna said:

    Your resort looks awesome for kids! I couldn't stop laughing when I read the story about the guy flipping out of his tube….that would be me!