Being Present

The five-year anniversary vacation is very different from the honeymoon.  On your honeymoon, you talk about the future. “Who will make the coffee?” “Will your 14-year-old cat like me?”  “What time do you get up for work?”  “Your last name is ten letters long – how long ’til I can sign my name fast?” “What will we be like in five years?”  It’s all fast forward.

The five-year trip is all about right now.  Look who we are.  This unit.  Look at how we live day-in and day-out.  Here we are.

Ryan has a book about understanding Zen.  He picks it up from time to time when he feels he needs to center.  Buddhist practice always reminds us to be present.  That’s how Ryan described this trip.  No past, no planning.  Being present.

Here are some pictures.

Here we are at the Riu Palace courtyard …

Here is the view of the Riu Palace grounds ….

Hil taking a nap in the hammock on the beach …

Ryan, reading ….

Hil reading ….

Here is the beach off the hotel ….

Ryan read a Greek mythology book on our trip, so here Ryan is posing as a Greek Sea God ….

Here’s Ryan, relaxing …

Here’s the first thing Ryan did in his 29th year – watched the sun rise over the water ….

For Ryan’s birthday, I had chocolate cake (with a candle) and champagne sent to our room. Room service is included at an all-inclusive resort, by the way.  There is this guilty pleasure about getting room service that I just can’t shake.  I try to be mature about it, but I am not ….

For Valentine’s Day, the hotel set up lovebirds on our bed ….

…. and set up place set up for guests to take promesque pics. Here is the birthday boy!

The last night of our trip was Ryantine’s Day.  Here we are grabbing a cocktail before his birthday dinner.

  1. #1 by Stephanie on February 18, 2009 - 4:06 pm

    Looks like you guys had a fantastic trip!

  2. #2 by Weslie on February 18, 2009 - 7:50 pm

    You two are the cutest! Happy 5th anniversary and Happy Ryantine’s day.

  3. #3 by tarathronson on February 21, 2009 - 4:43 am

    Looks awesome. I’m relaxed just looking at the pics. Love your hat…and looks like a great festival dress!

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