Sunday, May 17, 2009

Viva La Mexico

We've had a summer vacation planned for months. The party: my entire family. The destination: Cancun, Mexico. The problem? Possible drug induced violence and death by Swine Flu.

What problem?

About two days after we secured our 'ocean view villas' and booked our plane tickets to beautiful Cancun, Mexico the nightly news was suddenly full of warnings. Warnings for people to stay away from Mexico because of all of the drug violence taking place. My family discussed this and decided we'd wait and see if things got better before our trip. Things got better and we decided the trip was a go. Many swimsuit purchases later, the nightly news was suddenly full of warnings again. Warnings for people to stay away from Mexico because of the dreaded Swine Flu. This was a bit scary and it really seemed like we were NOT meant to take this vacation. Many e-mails were sent back and forth trying to come up with a consensus on our vacation plans. Basically, the men thought we should still go on the trip, while the women thought otherwise.

Our e-mails went something like this:

Erin: {long e-mail freaking out about Swine Flu...."People are wearing masks, people are dying, I'm not taking my babies to Mexico."}

Brother's reply: "Viva La Mexico!"







Husband's reply:
"Swine Flu be damned. If they close down the border we'll break through. If they put up a wall we'll tunnel under it. If they shut down the airlines we'll hire out a boat. We're going to Mexico baby."

Mom's reply: {long e-mail freaking out about Swine Flu..."People are canceling trips, cruise lines aren't stopping anymore, I'm not taking my grand babies to Mexico."}

Brother's reply: "Viva La Mexico!"







Husband's reply: "I say we throw on a gas mask (and possibly even radiation suits) and party it up. To hell with the flu. Just think how much fun we'll have if we have the whole resort to ourselves. Bonnie, you can drive the boat while I parasail!"

Sister's reply: {long e-mail freaking out about Swine Flu...."We're at a phase 5 Pandemic Disease Alert Level, there are beautiful beaches elsewhere, I'm not taking my baby to Mexico."}

Brother's reply: "Viva La Mexico!"







While this isn't the norm in our family, the men won the argument and we have decided that things have calmed down enough to go ahead and go on our Cancun vacation. Life is short. We'll wash our hands. Face masks make great beach accessories because they take the attention away from not super thin butts and thighs. (my reasoning anyway)

So...Viva La Mexico!!! (happy now Austin?) And happy summer vacationing to you. :)




11 comments:

Dayna said...

Viva la Mexico!!! See you Sunday!

Carly said...

I'm going to buy a T-shirt that reads: "My family went to Mexico and all I got was this stupid Swine Flu." Viva la Mexico indeed. If we're really placing our lives in danger, I'd better come home with one hell of a tan!

Hopie said...

Oh jeesh, thanks for my morning laugh!!!

Shari said...

So freaking funny!!!!!!

Have fun!

Lindsey said...

Totally funny- the whole swine flu thing is just blown out of proportion anyway, right?!

Katy said...

Should we say our goodbye's now, or save them for the funeral?

Kath said...

Caution is so over rated! Have a great time!!

Malea said...

(Not that I think you would do this, but) I heard this somewhere: "Here is one way to prevent the flu by getting your shot, exercising, plenty of rest, fresh air..etc, while in Mexico. When you go
for a shot, what do they do first? Clean your arm with alcohol.. Why? Because alcohol kills germs. So…… I put on my mask, walk to the liquor store (exercise), I put lime in my Corona (fruit), celery in my Bloody Mary (veggies), drink on the bar patio (fresh air), get drunk, tell jokes, and laugh (eliminate stress) and then pass out (rest). The way I see it, if you keep your alcohol levels up flu germs can’t get you!!!!"

-al infierno con drogas y gripe porcino, Vive Mexico!!!

Amber said...

Car--LOVE the t-shirt idea! At least get one that says "Viva la Mexico!" Have fun in mexico...Our cruise to mexico turned into a cruise to Alaska..and now just a trip to seattle. My sister in law is pregnant and apparently the cut-off for pregnant women is like 24 weeks-DUMB! you can fly way later than that. Oh well...another time.

Josie said...

So when is the big trip? I think the whole flu is serious and scary too. But is sounds like the news as of today things are safe.

leave it to the guys to not care at all!

Jessica said...

Glad you are going. I think I would too! Have fun! Tell Car I said hi!