We always said we wanted to do something big for our 10-year anniversary. Our good friends, Marcus and Keshia, got married a few months before us and we talked a long time ago about planning something in between our anniversaries and going together. Several times when we talked about it I thought to myself that it would never happen...we would just keep talking about it but never do it. Well we did it!! Keshia and I made sure it happened. We started looking at vacations months in advance and decided on a cruise. We booked it as soon as we could so that we could not back out....and it seemed like eternity before it was time, but yet it came SO fast.
As the days approached, I started getting nervous, as any mom would do I am sure. I did not want to leave my littles for one whole week, even though I knew they would be ok with grandma.
I made these little gift boxes up for them that had a toy, some candy and a letter with the kids' schedule for each day we were gone. They loved it. Grandma said it was the highlight of their morning.
On Sunday, March 2, at about noon, Marcus and Keshia got to our house. We said our goodbyes to the kids. I teared up but when I saw how sad Channer was, I tried to be strong and act like it was no big deal we were leaving. The kids usually never get sad when we leave, but I think Channer actually understood the concept that it was a whole week. I told the kids I needed a cute picture of them that I could look at while we were gone...this is what I got....
Chestyn all grins! He can't wait for us to leave and have grandma spoil him rotten....
Waiting at the airport...
We arrived in Miami at 6 in the morning on Monday, March 3, and could not really do anything with our cruise transportation or anything until around 9. So we hung out at the airport, ate some breakfast and tried to sleep (that didn't happen either).
Like I say, we learned lots this vacation. If we were to do it again, we would have went to Miami a day early. All we saw of Miami was the short drive from the airport to our ship and back again. It would have been nice to see more and to have had a good nights' sleep in a motel.
We went to the entertainment in the theater and the comedy in the comedy club which was hilarious, then we were all so tired that we didn't stay out much longer than that and went back to our cabin for some sleep. I didn't take any pictures of our room but I was actually quite impressed with the size. I had gone on a cruise with my mom right after high school and I remembered our room being TINY and the bathroom barely moveable in. Well this one was much better...three times the size of our bedroom lol and our bathroom was about the same size as ours at home....so no complaints.
I love the little towel animals our awesome maid would leave us. We had an awesome maid too. He did awesome. I don't know how he spelled his name but his name was Kodak. He did, however, turn down several of Marcus's invitations to go sing karaoke together haha!
We had a full day at sea, so we just explored the ship and enjoyed the entertainment. We watched this guy carve an ice sculpture in about 15 minutes...
They had some kind of NASA exhibit and I don't remember the history behind this, but something to do with a capsule splashing down in Grand Turk or something, so they had replicas of the astronaut and space capsule.
We met up with Marcus and Keshia after their excursion and spent the rest of the day on the beach together.
We went and watched the game show and even participated in one and it was so fun....they would tell us an item and we had to run up with our number and the item to get points. Chantry and Marcus even had to run up holding hands and skipping once. We were laughing pretty hard.
Friday, March 6th, we ported at Nassau. As we were pulling into port, they came on the speaker with a ...not to alarm you, but security has been raised high in Nassau against tourists, so stay close to the boat blah blah blah...ya not gonna alarm me at all. lol.
It was not a very clean or beautiful island.
We got off the boat and started walking the tourist streets. They scared me. Mostly because there was not a lot of people from our boat around. Either people were on an excursion or had not gotten off the boat yet.
We headed back to the boat and right when we were getting on, I said maybe we should look into an excursion. We found one that toured the island and took you over to Paradise Beach and Atlantas resort. I am so glad we decided to do the tour. It was actually one of my favorite parts of the whole trip. I love history and it was full of history. They took us from the poor to rich sides of town.
This is the pink house...kind of like our white house.
After we got to Vegas I started getting knots in my stomach because I was so excited to get home to the kids. Marcus and Keshia stayed in Vegas another night, but we grabbed some Subway and rushed home.
We had such a fantastic vacation. We missed the kids terribly and they were our topic of conversation A LOT. I loved my time with Chantry though. Sometimes we just have to take time for US. The kids loved it too. Grandma spoiled them rotten. We spent the next day as a family hauling grandma's car home for her in Antimony....I looked in the back seat a million times and I swear to you my kids grew 5 inches each while we were gone. Randilyn really did get 3 new teeth while we were gone (poor grandma).
Next on the list...Disney cruise with the kids ;)