Slaughters in Mexico-Part 2

Today, I’m sharing Part 2 of our trip to Mexico.

You can read Part 1 here.

We woke up on Saturday to full cloudy skies.  🙁
Right outside one restaurant was this outdoor patio bar.  On this day since it was extra windy the waves were making an even bigger splash than usual on those rocks.

These guys are so handsome.  🙂

Nix was totally into the swings.

Tab and I had spa appointments (which worked out GREAT because it was cloudy and rainy).  Tab had an early appointment and mine was later in the afternoon.  I watched the kiddos do this…

and more of this.  🙂

Bowen would want a break so he’d get out, towel off, and watch the big kids for a while.  Then it’d be time for him to jump in again.

This little mermaid took approximately 7,233 pictures like this.  ha!  If you’re heading on a beach/water vacation, I HIGHLY recommend this underwater cell phone protector.  I saw a friend with one just a couple weeks before our trip, so I ordered one.  It kept my phone safe and dry, but I could use the phone through the protector to take pictures, check messages, etc.

My phone is the 6 plus and Tab’s is a 6 (I think), but the case worked for both.

Saturday afternoon the mermaid participated in the catch-the-water-balloon game.  She was successful!

Then mama had an hour and a half to herself at the spa.  Wahoo!

We got cleaned up for dinner and instead of heading to the theater for a show, we did this…

Watched part of a movie before CRASHING!

On Sunday morning, we had reservations to do the Dolphin Encounter located at our resort.  It was CRAZY fun!  We bought the cd of pictures and I can’t wait to share those with you.  But…both mine and Tab’s computers don’t have the cd capability, so I’m working on getting those pictures downloaded to share asap.  I’ll post next week.  There’s one of Bowen that is ADORABLE!  A dolphin post coming next week!!

After the dolphins, there was a little more swimming…

And then we got ready for dinner.  Ebby Lee was grossed out by wet clothes.  Due to the rain it took our suits/clothes FOREVER to dry out on those two yucky days.

Our last day was spent poolside with these cuties.  Bowen didn’t get the memo that the picture was ABOVE the water.

Bowen missed a little four-year-old girl who has his heart.  Any guesses?  

Speaking of Bowen, he was crazy independent and joined the line for the football toss.  Can you spot the little guy in his goggles and puddle jumper get-up?

Then we headed to the beach to wrap up our last day in the sand.  Ebby Lee found a TON of hermit crabs.  She somehow talked Tab into letting her bring some five home.  SHOCKER!  Slaughters got their first pet!

A couple things…
*Ebby Lee was serious about her hermit crabs.  I’m talking she carried them through security, held them the entire flight, and made sure they were safe.
*I know it doesn’t sound possible, but we did not lie on our customs form.  We marked that we were bringing a live animal into the country, and the officer asked us about it.  He let us through with the hermit crabs.
*We stopped at a Pet Smart before even getting home to buy a fancy home for the hermit crabs, food, and colored sand.
*They enjoyed approximately 12 hours in their fancy crib before one sweet child of mine forgot to close the door and ALL FIVE of them escaped.
*They’re now freely running walking quickly through the house.
*We’ve torn the upstairs apart and they’re MIA.
*And the irony of our first day of having a pet happened to be the ONE day I blogged about PETS that I didn’t have wasn’t lost on me!  haha!

“Did you guys have fun on our vacation?”

Our last night we decided we’d go for Italian again-it was our favorite evening restaurant.  We made reservations for the patio at 9:00 so we could eat AND enjoy the fire show happening on the beach.  Win-win!

We had a FABULOUS time on this vacation.  We made memories we will absolutely never forget, and that’s what it’s all about. 

Tomorrow will be back to my normal Friday Favorites.  Next week, I’ll share the dolphin adventure and answer questions you guys have had.  Several of you guys have asked questions via IG.  Promise I’ll answer them.  If you have any other questions, PLEASE comment and I’ll make sure to include it in the post.  Have a GREAT Thursday! XOXO 

Follow me on Instagram

Leave a Comment


  1. 6.23.16
    Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam said:

    Is it wrong that I'm laughing thinking of 5 Mexican hermit crabs running footloose and fancy free in your house?!? Hahaha. Glad y'all had a great vacay!

  2. 6.23.16
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Oh Erika! I'm sad the recaps are over! What a fun vacation friend!! I'm still sad about Ebby Lee's crabs. And I'm really pumped to see the dolphin pictures! Let me know if you need to borrow my computer to download them ;).

  3. 6.23.16
    Anonymous said:

    Oh gosh, what a fun trip!! The picture of you with Bowen is precious!! I can't wait to see the dolphin pictures!! And, those crabs, oh my gosh…where did they go?? Crazy!!

  4. 6.23.16
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    The crab story is so sad, yet so funny! So listen to this story….in junior high for my science class we had to raise earthworms. I kept them in a large and very sturdy tupperware (that's what was suggested by the teacher) under my bed (because it was supposed to be very dark). And one morning when my mom came to wake me up for school, like 30 had somehow escaped and were all over the floor in my room!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

  5. 6.23.16
    Andrea Munding said:

    TOO FUNNY about those hermit crabs!

  6. 6.23.16
    Erika Slaughter said:

    Still no sign of those five little crabs. Can you believe it???

  7. 6.23.16
    Sarah Shaneyfelt said:

    That happened to us one time and my mom found them in the laundry room behind the washer and dryer! I hope y'all find them soon!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  8. 6.23.16
    Unknown said:

    Looks like a memorable time in Mexico! …and I am DY.ING. about the hermit crabs!!! I had one when I was little that would eat banana out of my hand…maybe set a banana booby trap?! 😉

  9. 6.23.16
    Brooke Richardson said:

    Those poor crabs and poor Ebby Lee, I'm sure she is so sad! Hope you find them soon! Loved your recaps!!! Looked so fun and unforgettable!!!

  10. 6.23.16
    teleana said:

    Your family is adorable. I love the boys striped swimming trunks. where are they from.

  11. 6.23.16
    Unknown said:

    We have hermit crabs as class pets in my classroom & it is so hard to find them when they escape. Seriously, they could be hiding anywhere. Good luck.

  12. 6.23.16
    Full Time Wife Life said:

    Looks awesome – we live in FL and don't necessarily get TIRED of our beaches, but are always looking for a different beach to explore. Been to mexico a few times but never thought to do it as a family trip – looks like this should be on my list 🙂 I think your vacation posts are some of my favorite posts to read, thanks for sharing!

  13. 6.23.16
    Sierra @ Beautifully Candid said:

    Your family is adorable and this makes me want to be back on our vacation! Family vacations are the best. Hooray for some mommy spa time! I am definitely getting that underwater case! I didn't realize you could still access your phone through it. Beautifully Candid

  14. 6.23.16
    Kelley said:

    How fun! Can you let me know what brand and where you got Tab's striped swim shorts?

  15. 6.23.16
    Megan said:

    I. Am. Dying. Over the hermit crab story. Bahahaha. The vacation looks amazing too. But the hermit crabs stole the show!!!!

  16. 6.23.16
    Unknown said:

    I totally think Ashby and Bowen will get married!

  17. 6.23.16
    Unknown said:

    What a great trip! But I'm sorry, I would have to sell the house now:)

  18. 6.23.16
    Kimberly said:

    Would love to know the name of the resort, sounds like a great destination for our family!

  19. 6.23.16
    Leigh (Balancing By Faith) said:

    Oh the crabs!! I had a hamster in high school that chewed threw its cage…and we never saw it again. Could still be roaming that house!!

  20. 6.23.16
    Lindsay's Sweet World said:

    GAAAAHHHH I would DIE if there were hermit crabs loose in our house. OMG. I can't even hold them because they creep me out. Lol.

  21. 6.23.16
    ProudAuntKaren said:

    Love living your vacation with you through your pictures and stories!! 🙂 And I'm loving having both you and Shay back for my mornings – pre-work blog and tea time! 😉

  22. 6.23.16
    Erin said:

    Favorite blogger again… you're so refreshing and real and entertaining! ha! This trip sounds like my kinda trip!

  23. 6.24.16
    Tanya said:

    Will you share the resort name? And would you recommend it? All inclusive? Guess I'm asking you to play travel agent! 🙂

  24. 3.2.17
    Melissa said:

    What resort is this?