We were given the advice to take some time to ourselves and vacation, just us, before this baby comes into this world. And great advice it was! It was about time for Lance and I to take a vacation together anyways. The past couple "vacations" had been him flying out to visit while I was away dancing, which you can't really call a vacation anyways. So it was a much needed vacation.
We started out with plans to go to the Dominican Republic, where lance served a mission for our church. We were both quite excited about this. It was a little last minute planning, making the arrangements about 2 weeks before departure. We scrambled to get all the shots needed and didn't realize till then that it was a little risky taking a pregnant lady to some parts of the country that I was hoping to go with Lance and see the places and people he had served while living there. But, we just decided that we would stay in the more touristy parts and Lance could go and visit some of the people he had contacted. We would be careful about the food I ate, and pack on the mosquito repellent to lessen the risks of getting malaria and dengue fever.
We were one night away from leaving when lance said, "you checked my passport right?" Ummm.... I was hesitant to answer cause I had checked mine, but not his. I went to our files and pulled out his passport, finding out it was expired. NO!!! What were we going to do?! We had one more full day to try and get a renewed passport here. We researched all night only to find the bad news that it would cost us around $350-$500 big ones to get it here. Definitely not worth it. So we canceled our flights. We were both pretty discouraged. I'll admit, I almost threw in the towel on the whole thing. But I'm so glad we didn't!
We rescheduled our flights to Puerto Rico, a place we both hadn't been and still seemed a bit foreign with out having to use our passports. It couldn't have been more enjoyable. The weather was warm and invited us right onto the sand to lay in the sun. The beaches might be my favorite beaches yet, mostly because of the warm water that didn't even make you hesitate to dive in. We were still careful about water and I stayed away from uncooked veggies and fruit, but that didn't stop us from enjoying the food. We toured the city, went to movies with the locals, ate some nice dinners, and enjoyed many hours at the beach. We even made a list of some boy names we liked. It was a successful trip indeed. So glad we took the advice to "baby moon"
Returning home, I was motivated to get rid of all the unnecessary "stuff" in our apt. So I first started with our files, clearing out all the papers we didn't need. As I came across some of Lance's files, I picked up a brand new passport of his, expiring in 2019..... Whoops!! I had looked at his mission passport and passed over this one. We both got a good laugh at it, it was a good thing we had a wonderful time else we would've been sad. And I wouldn't be surprised if God had a hand in switching our plans around. Maybe Dominican would've been too dangerous for me and this little one I carry. It'll just be another trip we'll have to take another time, a better time for us to go.