Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cruising 2017

Our summer family vacation is in the books. And it was wonderful. I am so thankful our children are each other's best friends, and enjoy spending time together with their old Mom and Dad. We enjoyed a week together aboard The Carnival Pride, a beautiful ship in their line, and sailed from Baltimore to the Bahamas and back, with stops at three beautiful islands. Below are way too many photos of our trip. I apologize for subjecting you to our online scrapbook! Kinda of like the agony of watching a slideshow of your neighbor's summer vacation, right?!

Ready to go!

Reunited with her Nicolas...

A special surprise waiting in the stateroom for our graduate...

Checking out the arcade...

And an ice cold daiquiri while we departed.

On stage with the comedy club's hysterical comedian...

Pictures during our first dinner in the Dining Room...



With dancing too!

Pictures...

Pictures...

And more pictures!

Daddy and his girl loved swimming on board the ship...

And had even more fun playing in the splash zone.
(Throw in a mommy who is forever grateful her husband does all the swimming!)

Afternoon naps.
Because vacation.
And late nights.

Snorkeling...

And Beanbag Toss Tournaments.
Winning!

A day spent at Carnival's beautiful, private island, Half Moon Cay...












And back to find sweet touches waiting for our girl...


Fancy dinners meant getting dressed up...




And taking pictures with a wait staff that quickly became like family...
Alan, who always served with a smile and kind, inspiring words...
And who can really dance...

John, who made sure my little girl had a plastic cup of milk with a straw every single night.
And who has the biggest heart ever...

And Sanjib, who brought Flynn her chicken with fresh broccoli every night without fail.
And who always made us laugh.

The table artist kept us guessing too.

Selfies...

And pictures with Mom...

Watching the ocean go by in the evening...

And in the early morning too.

Did I mention the food???

We loved spending time together...
Away from it all...

With nothing but time and food and drinks and conversation.

And an 80's Dance Party.
With an awesome fluorescent t-shirt that a certain mom got for participating in a competition.
Enough said.
Except that it involved a big screen and Michael Jackson music.

It was hard to say goodbye.
But maybe it isn't goodbye forever.
Maybe it is goodbye. For now.

A cruise is a wonderful way to relax with your people.
To spend time together.
Without technology.
Without anything.
Just you.
Together.

Making memories that will last a lifetime.































Tuesday, June 27, 2017

What I Wore...Embarkation Day, Cruise 2017

Hello, my friends! We are back from our cruise, and it was wonderful! I am sorting through and editing pictures, so in the meantime I am sharing a fashion post with you. Crazy, right? Because if there is one thing I am most uncomfortable with...it's fashion. But my Madison snapped some pictures of me the day we set off on our adventure, and encouraged me to put a post together. So here we go...

I do like to dress nicely on travel days. 
I have found that if I dress better, I tend to feel better.
That being said, I strive to keep it real here, so I must admit, I chose this dress mainly because it is so comfy! I wore the shoes because they are hard to pack, and easy to slip off in the car! : )

The dress can be worn up on the shoulders too.
But I figured, when else would I wear them off the shoulders if not on a cruise?!?!

I love this bag!
It is big enough to carry all my travel necessities, but not bulky at all.
What was inside?
I didn't take a purse, so I had a wristlet with my driver's license and credit cards inside.
I also put some hand wipes, mints, a small makeup bag, my book, our travel documents, my phone and charger, and tissues inside.
You know, all the essentials.

And there you go...
Another fashion post from someone who really has no business doing one. : )

Dress: Tommy Hilfiger from Macy's
Size: Large
(On Sale now for  $34.93!!!)

Shoes: Loft 

Bag: Vintage Addiction from Zulily

Sunglasses: T. J. Maxx

Awkward Pose: Free