Friday, April 15, 2011

punta cana ~ day four

i think this was one of the best days of our family vacation in the dominican republic. not only was it st.patty's day, but it was also my uncle pat's birthday! (if you thought my other vacay posts were long... this might be the longest. sorry kids.)

well the mister and i started our fun by walking to the local shopping center. as you can see, it was another picture perfect day.


when we got to the shops, the mister was definitely the better negotiator. i think it's because i hate trying to bargain with people! i always feel guilty trying to pay less when they seem to need the money more. at the end of it, i walked away with three amazing rings, a few necklaces, a couple bracelets, and a tiki man. (i'll post the pictures in a separate post because i am in ♥ with my rings!)

i know the mister had a great time too because when we first got there, the men whisked him away to take a shot of mama juana, and he left with cigars and a couple free necklaces. not too shabby.

when we got back to the beach, the mister and i had some fun taking pictures with my sis karsen. we took soo many funny ones it was hard to choose which ones to show you.



by the way, while we were playing in the water, i totally saw a stingray behind us ~ yay & eek at the same time! 
(once when i was out surfing in california, i stepped on a stingray... and let me tell you a barb in the foot hurts like bloody hell. so even though i was super excited to see a little one near by ~ i instantly had flashbacks and kept an eye out to not step it!)



after our workout at the beach, most of the family got together and had a delicious lunch at a nearby by hotel. don't you love all of our green? (you can't see mine, but mawma gave me a green scarf i wore as a belt.)


during lunch, grandpa actually realized he lost his camera so after eating we decided to take him and gram to the beach for their own photo shoot. i did the directing while my cousin adam took the pics. i ended up taking a few with my camera just so i'd always have them. ♥ aren't they sweet?!?


oh and i told you the mister bought cigars... well one of them was for the birthday man. (uncle pat's in the middle of my cousin jeremiah & the mister) i think it was a nice dessert for the boys.


even though it had been a long day, we weren't quite done yet because it was banana boat time. a lot of the cousins got together for a hilarious experience that i won't soon forget.


and yes... we were fist pumping. :)


see the driver in the boat... he looks nice right? well he was a little hustler too. :) at one point he took us out to the middle of the water and all the sudden just stopped. he turned around and said if you want to keep going, you have to give me more money! hahaha obviously we agreed since there didn't really seem to be another option. he really was a nice guy... but still. awkward. if we had said no do you think we would have had to swim back?

by the time we finally got back to land, the mister and i had to rush to get ready for dinner. we learned you had to go early to get seats at the good restaurants.


it was nice to finally have our date night on the island, and the food was so delicious! don't you love these romantic sparkly lights? i could stare at them forever. :)


from dinner we went to watch the sunset. so beautiful!!


something about sunsets just seems to make everything feel right. our night ended like all the other nights... drinks & hot tub. perfect.

one more day of vacation fun to recap... and then i will finally show you all the photos from our island photo shoot.

hope you all have an amazing weekend!
all images via jenna ♥ a little blue

41 comments:

Megan said...

what gorgeous photos jenna! it makes me want a vacation ASAP...somewhere in the tropics of course :-)

and the photo of your grandparents is priceless :-) i love it!

hope u have a nice weekend!

Wynne Prasetyo said...

so much fun! lovely photos!

Chrissy said...

Wow! Amazing photos! Love the water...beautiful!!! xxx

jacin {lovely little details} said...

thank you for popping on by the blog today! i LOVE punta cana, where did you stay? we stayed at the majestic colonial a few years back and loved it. happy friday xoxo

Nicole LeLacheur said...

SO JEALOUS! xo

Liesl @ FabulousFashions4SensibleStyle said...

WOW! Your pictures are gorgeous and so vivid...that water is lovely! Still trying to find a place to on my pre-honeymoon next year for a little rest and relaxation after the wedding before we go on a bigger trip to Greece or Italy...this place looks lovely! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and I hope you have a Wonderful Weekend!

Liesl :)

gracey said...

you're a very lovely couple :)
i'm now listing punta cana on my must-visit beaches ;)

GretchTM said...

Looks like so much fun! Great photos! I want to go on a vacation...haha!

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

omg SO fun!! everyone is SOOOO tan!! craziness :) thanks so much for sharing these.. i really need a tropical vaca soon :) have a great weekend! xoxo jcd:: cornflake dreams

kimbirdy said...

oh wow, this didn't make me any less jealous of your big family vacay. :) beautiful, beautiful! and i would be a little freaked out by a stingray too. and jelly fish {which i've been stung by - ouch!}.

{av} | {long distance loving} said...

INCREDIBLE photos, my dear! could the water have been any more blue!? I'm so so jealous! looks like you all had a fabulous time :) have an fantastic weekend! xoxo {av}

Ashley and Carli Jo said...

What an amazing day during your fabulous vacation! It makes it all the more special that you and Cam got to spend so much time in paradise surrounded by family.

Ashleigh said...

This seriously looks like the best trip ever!!

Courtney B said...

Amazing pictures!! So so pretty there! You are a lucky girl!! Can't wait to see more pictures!

Jenna said...

oh my goodness i love these photos! how pretty! thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog. i'm so happy to have you as a follower and friend! :)

Nikki said...

Look at those tans...I would look like a ghost next to you guys. So much fuN!

la petite coquine said...

Such a tan, gorgeous family! Your vacation is still blowing my mind, and getting me so excited for ours come July!

Hello Again Vintage said...

Oooh beautiful photos, Jenna! Looks like everyone had so much fun. I truly need a vacay.


Grace

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Michelle said...

wow these pictures are gorgeoussss! looks like a great vacation! I need a tropical vacation soon now! :)

Thanks for following me on twitter! I'm now following you back and your beautiful blog! So happy to have found it! :)

Have a great weekend!

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Jocelyn Ng said...

Great pics! Seems like so much fun!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Love the pictures - the colors, your family, the food!

Have a fab weekend dear!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

S and O said...

Now this looks like a lot of fun ;)
lovely photos!
I hope you have a great weekend!
xoxo
Olivia

Pearl Maple said...

Fabulous holiday snaps, looks like a wonderful place to relax and have fun. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog earlier.

Signe said...

Whoa, this really does seem like a dream vacation! So jealous :)

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Brittany H. said...

This looks like an absolutely wonderful time. I love the beach. Cute bikini!!

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Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Oh my gosh the water is SOOOO blue! I'm jealous!

Hannah said...

I am so happy to be your 200th follower! Your trip looks AMAZING! I am living vicariously through them as I am in major need of a vacation! xoxo

Megan said...

Oh my gosh, what gorgeous pictures! I love the ones of y'all jumping! That water is SO BLUE!!

Lisa - Fine Sweet Life said...

Amazing photos. I was checking them out at work and fantasizing about being on vacay! Leaving for Cancun in two weeks! Yay!!!!!

Melly said...

Amazings pics.

Laura-Bear said...

what fun and gorgeous pics!
How strange of the banana boat driver!? :)

ChinkyGirLMeL said...

Oh wow! What an amazing vacay and awesome pictures! Vacay with the whole family is always a blast. I'm jealous. I've been so busy lately, I think I need to talk to my mom about having a little family vacay too. =)

Lindsay With An "A" said...

How amazing this trip looks!! Makes me miss the island my hubbie and I went to on our honeymoon this past November! Great pics! Thank you for visiting my blog :)

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

oh my goodness that water and beach look heavenly!! Love it. xo

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Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I SUCK at bargaining, too! Just can't do it lol! Love your pic. I miss that gorgeous water so badly.

Aron said...

Looks so fun!

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Jennifer said...

cutest. photoshoot. ever!

ahhhh looks like you guys had a total blast! so jealous =)

Things to Do said...

Your pictures are amazing. I love the inset picture at the top right in the fifth one flying backwards. Incredible!

And I hate when drivers and tour people require additional money halfway through. Eek!

Nicole-Lynn said...

Super fun! Looks like all of ya'll had a nice time! Love the bright blue water, and the sunshine! ;)

Marz said...

I love every single one of your photos! You are so beautiful! Love the ones of your grandparents - too precious :) I will have to visit the Dominican Republic one day - it looks like paradise! I love being on the coast of somewhere beautiful!