Monday, December 8, 2008

Back from the cruise, back to the snow!

We had such a great time on our cruise with Nate's family. First we flew to WA for Thanksgiving & to leave the kids with my parents. Then we flew to Tampa, FL where we left for our cruise. I could go on and on about the fun we had, but here are a few highlights of our trip.

**COZUMEL: Definitely the funnest day of the week. We rented 2 scooters and 2 VW bug convertibles and drove around the island beach-hopping. We spent most of the time at a park where we snorkeled and a few people (not us) swam with dolphins.

**ROATAN: Wow! This island is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, and by far the saddest, most poverty-stricken places I have ever been. School was out for vacation so we had a group of kids following us around town trying to get money. They were cute, but so dirty. We found a great guy to drive us all around the island and see the beach, the LDS church, and the views. He also drove us through the ghetto. I have never experienced anything like this before, it's hard to even explain how I felt. I felt grateful for what I have, but sad that poverty like this exists in the world.



**LATE NIGHT TRICKS with Chantell & Jarem. We stayed up together most nights and one night had the idea to take napkins from the dining deck and tie them together to make a rope to tie shut Tiff & Blake's room. It was hilarious!! We even got the room-service guy to knock and say "room service" to get them to try and open it. We had so much fun that we did the same thing to Christal & Chelsie's room the next morning. **THE FOOD. I should have taken a before and after shot of the belly, but I am positive my belly grew exponentially within the 7 days we were there. Some food memories to cherish: filet mignon steak, salmon, and crab cakes. Not to mention the chocolate melting cake we ate every night! I am trying not to think about the weight gain, it's all for the baby right? :)



** KARAOKE night. Boys sang Boys to Men and the girls sang Shania Twain. We weren't drunk (obviously) but it didn't hurt that 90% of the audience was.


**BELIZE. I didn't get any good pictures because we were too busy snorkeling on the reef. Amazing fish!

13 comments:

Brittany said...

Oh my gosh!!! It looks like you had soooo much fun! I'm insanely jealous!!!

Julie Lewis said...

This looks so fun! And your little belly just makes me laugh! I can't believe how little you are! I am glad you guys had a good time though, that just looks fun, and that food sounds good!

Julie Lewis said...

This looks so fun! And your little belly just makes me laugh! I can't believe how little you are! I am glad you guys had a good time though, that just looks fun, and that food sounds good!

Liza said...

That sound like so much fun!! We did the same cruise to those same places a few years ago, and we loved it too!!

Jessica said...

Sounds like so much fun. I need in laws that take me on a cruise too :) Okay and honestly I feel like I am bigger than you and I am only 9 weeks along!

Lisa said...

It sounds like you guys had an unforgettable trip! I am sure Sadie and Carson didn't mind getting spoiled by Grandma and Grandpa either.

Glad to have you home safe and sound!

Kelly said...

Did you go to Chakkanab in Cozumel? It looks like the place we went a few years ago. How fun to go with such a big, fun group.

ciara said...

Your trip sounds like a ton of fun, it's great that you get along with family so well and have fun together! You are finally showing still little but showing. I can't wait for this little girl to come out and play.

Jenn said...

wow! what a fun trip you guys had! i love the pic with the hat on your belly :)
i'm getting excited to be able to see you guys soon! it's nice that i'm dating someone from utah so i get to spend time with you! and i already told him we're having a girls day at gardener village (if you can:) love ya!

Lisa said...

Fun!! I know what you mean about the poverty. To get to our excursion in Belize on our cruise, we drove through some pretty poverty stricken areas. It makes it a little harder to enjoy the luxurious vacation.

Anyway, cruises are awesome, and I'm glad to see you all had so much fun! And now, you have Christmas to look forward to!

Jared and Stephanie said...

That looks so fun. It makes me want to go somewhere warm.
Stephanie

Jenn said...

So glad to hear you had a fabulous time. Crusin is the way to vacation I tell ya. Looks like a fun family to vacation with as well. Do you have your next one in the planning stages?

amy jo said...

Was Jarem in charge of all the boys' hairdos?
Looks like so much fun!