November 11, 2011

Wow....seems like yesterday!

I can hardly believe that next week will be one whole year since Shawn and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary with a cruise. I also can't believe that I never took the time to blog about our wonderful experience.

I always thought that I would never be able to go on vacation for a whole week without my kids. And I never dreamed that vacation would put me "off the grid" and unreachable to my family for a whole week. I'm not going to lie, I was extremely nervous about it. Just ask my Mom and Mother-in-law who had a good 3 pages of notes. However, I'm thankful that they were in very loving, and capable hands in our absence. We could not have done it without the support of our parents!! 

One very early morning, we packed our van and headed to Columbus to catch out flight. After a few layovers and planes changes we arrived in Ft. Lauderdale to board our ship.

Here we are with the beautiful Florida sunset in the background.

Bye Bye Florida


We spent a day at sea on our way to our first destination. I can't even begin to describe the amazing beauty of floating out in the middle of the ocean with water as far as the eye can sea. What a relaxing time!

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The first island that we visited was Princess Cruise Line's private island called Princess Cay. For this adventure we had to board the smaller boats that ferried us to the island.

Ruby Princess


The day started off a little overcast and rain threatened to dampen our plans. Thankfully it blew over and it turned out to be a gorgeous day of relaxing under the clamshell we rented


Silly pics from Princess Cay


and just simply basking in the sun.


Princess Cay

We took another day resting and lounging pool side with a day at sea. The next island that we visited was St.Maarten where we hopped on another boat to take us to the beach.
 Talk about the perfect introduction to the Islands, check out this video. 





Here we enjoyed walking around and looking in all the shops and doing some swimming. We then dried off and hopped into a taxi cab that took us to Dawn Beach on the Dutch side of this island. It was beautiful and a bit more secluded.


St.Maarten

The next island we visited was St.Thomas. We had heard that on St.Thomas....going to Megen's Bay is a must. So that's what we did. We boarded a taxi bus that took us up and over St. Thomas. Talk about some amazing views from the tippy top!

Heading to Megens Bay

Megen's Bay is sort of like a gated community. We had to pay admission to get in. It was very secluded. Absolutely breathtakingly beautiful!! We got there early in the morning so we were pretty much the first people on the beach. Scenery that will be in my memory forever!

Megens Bay St.Thomas


One evening we were up on the top deck watching the glorious sunset and taking some pictures when a lady asked if we would like to have our picture taken together. We said sure and then she made us kiss for one of the pictures! :)

Sunset at sea

Our last stop was the Island of Grand Turk. Here, we collected some really beautiful sea glass on this beach. Gorgeous shades of blues and greens.

Grand Turk


Rather than hang out at the big party at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville we opted for a guided dune buggy ride. Shawn drove of course because that thing scared me!


Dune Buggy

I can't think of a better excursion to pick. We drove all over that tiny island. Saw views that the majority of those on the cruise never got to see. 

Above Grand Turk

including a beautiful sunset view of the lighthouse

Grand Turk Lighthouse


and driving back to the ship as we watched the sun completely sink into the ocean.

Grand Turk Dune Buggy

Spectacular!

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Ever since we got home from that trip...we have said that we can not wait to do it again. We missed our kids intensely but I have to tell you...it was so nice to be able to reconnect with my husband and have fun together without a worry in the world! 


I love you so much Shawn and I'm so thankful that we got to spend that time together!




November 7, 2011

We're rollin'

on two wheels now! 
Learning how to ride a bike in the country


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without paved roads and driveways can be difficult!


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 Thank goodness for her Aunt & Uncle's (our neighbors) concrete.


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She will be an old pro before long.


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Oh, and pay no attention to her Lightning McQueen helmet. 
Daddy couldn't find her princess helmet so she had to wear Bubs :)


November 6, 2011

Halloween Fun

Faces designed by little ones. Meticulously sketched & carved by Daddy and Papaw
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Insides bravely scooped out
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and lit up for all to see.
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Cousins gathered

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decked out in costume

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to parade the streets
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in the hunt

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for sweet delicious

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candy and treats
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We even ran into some familiar friends dressed up for the festivities

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We had a fun Halloween and hope you did too!
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