If you are just joining me now for the first time…welcome! Before you continue on, refer to my first blog post The Beginning Pt.1 and start my story from “The Beginning”.
Less than two days after we got married, we got on a plane and headed to Dallas, Texas. Jacob was doing sales there for the whole summer. For those who don’t know what summer sales is, basically it’s when people go door to door and try to sell solar panels, pest control or any other services. Jacob was selling pest control.
When we got to Dallas and headed over to our apartment. We were living in Los Colinas, a city 25 minutes from the city. Our apartment was pretty big…surprisingly, but it smelt like cigarettes and I hate the smell of cigarettes and have mild asthma so I hated our apartment because of that. The first night I got there I went to Target and bought an air freshener for every plug in.
I liked the city of Dallas a lot but Texas was definitely an adjustment for me and Hud. Jacob would leave at 8:00 a.m. and most nights would get home until sometime after 9:00 p.m. So we never really got that “newlywed” phase that most couples have after they get married. It was kind of hard for me not being able to see Jacob everyday.
I would say that I had a love hate relationship with Texas. Some days I would love it and some days I couldn’t wait to leave. My sister McCall lives in Dallas near the city so I would go to hangout with her every week. I would say one of my favorite parts of Dallas was the food. The food was amazing! Especially the queso!
Also the movie theaters were super cool, most of them were luxury theaters and they would have a full service restaurant. So they would serve you dinner while you watched the movie. The food wasn’t ordinary either, it was always super super good. Other than that, there were a few new things that were exciting such as a drag racing. I had never seen different kinds of cars race each other, so that was a fun new experience.
Deciding on a Honeymoon
We decided that we would go on our honeymoon at the end of August so that Jacob could work all summer. Before we got married we didn’t know where we wanted to go on our honeymoon, but we knew we wanted to go out of the country. We looked at so many places. Bali, Thailand, Bora Bora, literally every place you can think of. We were thinking of going on a big exotic honeymoon.
No matter how many destinations we thought of, we kept going back to Cancun, Mexico. I had been to Cancun four years prior and it was so much fun, but Jacob had never been. We both love Mexico and we LOVE Mexican food, especially authentic street tacos. So we decided that we were going to go to Cancun for our honeymoon in August!
A month before Jacob and I went to Cancun my parents actually went. The night before I got married, I surprised them with a trip to Cancun for just being the greatest parents and paying for my amazing wedding and overall just helping me with my journey as a single mom. So, lucky for me, my mom let me borrow all the cute clothes she wore when she went to Cancun. I only had to buy a couple of swimsuits and the rest of my outfits were supplied by my mom. It’s funny because my sisters and I are all around the same size so we can always share shoes and clothes.
Honeymoon in Cancun
We left for Cancun in mid-August! It was only a 2.5 hour flight from Texas to Cancun. We arrived and took a shuttle from the airport to our hotel. We stayed at the Marriott Casa Magna. We had a cute ocean view balcony and our bed had “Happy Honeymoon” written in different colors of rice.
On our first day, we just relaxed for a little bit and then walked down the beach. While we were walking we ran into a guy who did speed boat tours, so we decided that we would do it! It was super fun, each couple takes a little speed boat across the water to this awesome snorkel destination.
We sped around in our boat and snorkeled for a while. The water was so blue and warm, it was so nice to be in paradise with my cute hubby. After we did the speed boats, we showered and then headed out to get some authentic tacos. We left the touristy area and went to the local area. Back when I went to Cancun 4 years prior, there was a great taco place that we went to almost everyday called Tacos el Fagon. So we went there and got some amazing Mexican food.
Then we got dropped off at this local park area where they have little shops and they sell food out of street carts. We spent a little bit of time there, but after a while we headed to a grocery store to get some snacks for our room.
It started to get dark and we needed to catch a cab soon. We were about 50 minutes outside of the hotel zone. To be honest I don’t think it’s a safe area to be after dark when you are a tourist so I told Jacob that we needed to leave ASAP. So we caught a cab and headed back to the hotel.
You guys… you’re not even going to believe this. The next day we woke up to a family group message with an article saying, “8 bodies found, dismembered in bags.” The bodies were found in the same area that we were in the night before. Two of the bodies were apparently found in the back of a cab as well. SO sketchy! After that happened we decided we probably shouldn’t go that far downtown anymore.
Everyday on our honeymoon we did something so fun. One day we went to Explor, which is like the Mexico version of Disneyland. There are huge ziplines, jeeps to go off-roading in, caves to swim in and more. It’s so much fun!
We also went to Chichen Itza, which is like a 2.5 or more hour drive outside of Cancun. The pyramids in Chichen Itza is one of the wonders of the world. I had already seen them, but Jacob had not and it’s honestly an amazing site. We got there right when the place opened so that we could be there before a ton of people showed up. We literally had to leave the hotel at like 5:00am but it was SO worth it.
Note to all of those who go, you can’t use a tripod there or else they will get SO mad at you haha. Jacob and I got in trouble for taking pictures as a couple on our tripod. The guy looked over our shoulder while we deleted all of them on our camera or else we apparently had to pay like a $1,500.00 fee. Not $1500 pesos but $1,500 American dollars. I don’t even know why they are so weird about this, but just keep that in mind if you ever go!
After we went to the pyramids we had our cab driver take us to a couple of cenotes. Cenotes are so cool, but sometimes they kind of freak me out because they are so dark! The ones we went to were inside caves so in some areas the water is like pitch black! Something about swimming in dark water gives me the heebie-jeebies.
My favorite day on our honeymoon was when we went to Isla Mujeres. Isla Mujeres is a little island about a 30 minute ferry ride from Cancun. When we got to the island we rented a golf cart and we took it all around the island. We would stop in some areas and look around and hangout and then get back in and cruise.
The coolest part was at the end of the island. There is a lookout with a lighthouse, and you have to pay like $5 to go through. At first I was like, “nahh Jacob we don’t need to do this.” But I am so glad we did because we found this amazing little secret beach just down from the lookout. There were only a few people there and the water was crystal blue. We went into the water and there was star fish everywhere in the sand! I found like 6 of them. I was obsessed, they were so beautiful.
Later that day we went and got some good food at one of the cute little places on the side of the street. Honestly the whole island is super cute and colorful! I loved it so much and I didn’t want to leave.
Our honeymoon was seriously amazing! We binge watched Grey’s Anatomy, and just had an amazing time together. But we did miss Hud SO much! We would Facetime him every night!
One more thing I love about cancun is Huayas. The weirdest fruit ever but SO amazing. If you go PLEASE get these huayas. I would get bags of them and just pop them in my mouth all day haha. They taste kind of like starbursts.
We got on a plane back to Texas on the 27th of August. Hudson was in California with my mom during our whole honeymoon. Only two days after our honeymoon I left to New York for a girls trip with my mom and sisters. We went and watched the U.S. Open of tennis and it was so much fun! Spending time with my mom and sisters is like spending time with best friends, we always have the best time.
Then the day I got back from New York, Jacob and I started driving back to Utah. Not long after I got to Utah I started my blog. And this is where “Our Story” ENDS.
Thank you SO much for following me on this journey. I seriously could not have done ANY of this without your love and support. I feel so insanely blessed to have such a positive and uplifting community surround me.
I want to give a shoutout to my amazing husband for supporting me as well. He has read every single one of my blog posts, and it isn’t the easiest thing in the world to hear your partner talk about their exes. He is such a light and positive influence in my life, Jacob I LOVE YOU bb!
I also want to give a shoutout to my amazing friend Frankie. Every single blog post I have written has gone through her first. She edits all of my writing to make sure it all makes sense to someone who has never heard my story before. She has always been such a great friend to me and is a great example of a selfless human! I love you Frank!
But wait… this journey isn’t over my friends. This is only the beginning! I have been working so hard to prepare for “Her Story” and I have never been more excited! Some amazing things are coming soon! If you or someone you know has an inspiring story please reach out to me or submit your story HERE!
I am going to keep blogging before the launch of Her Story, so if you have any topics you would love me to talk about, leave them in the comments below! Once again thank you so much and I love you all!