March 27, 2018

Friends, Fun, Food, And Sun

And naps. Lots of naps. We returned from our family time spent together aboard our favorite cruise ship ever, The Carnival Pride, rested and full of memories to last a lifetime. The amazing thing about cruising is that you are all together for an entire week with nothing to do but spend quality together. And of course, make new friends.

Here are way too many photos of the week we spent cruising together...

On our way...

And there she is!

We spent our mornings eating Brunch and special breakfasts...

Afternoons found us in the game room playing Shuffleboard, Foosball and Scrabble, while drinking special Strawberry Daiquiris made just for little ladies, and amazing Mocha Lattes made just for Mommy...

After lunch and naps, we dressed for dinner.
I am seriously considering implementing this into our daily schedule.
Ok. Maybe not. But it was really nice.
We ate dinner in the main dining room every night.
And it was wonderful!
We ate delicious food, enjoyed amazing entertainment, and made wonderful new friends...


We had beautiful weather...

But best of all, we were able to spend time with our dear family friend Alan.
Alan was the head waiter on our last cruise, and we knew the minute we met him he would become part of our family and a forever friend.
We are so blessed to know him as well as his beautiful wife and children back in the Philippines.

We spent one day at the beautiful resort of Atlantis in the Bahamas, and were thrilled Alan was able to join us! We all enjoyed the slides and the Rapid River. I even jumped out of my comfort zone and beach chair and went down the slides too!
There is no photographic evidence to prove it, but trust happened. : )

It was an amazing week, filled with sooo many happy moments.
If you have ever considered taking a cruise, I encourage you to look into it.
We love the time we spend together, and have made so many amazing memories.
We eat together every night, we visit in each other's cabins, we laugh at the comedy shows, and order grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from room service just because.
In addition, we met someone very special who we otherwise would never have had the pleasure of knowing.
And now, we are full of happy memories to carry with us in our very happy hearts.

Oh. And look who was waiting for me to snuggle as soon as we got home...

Thanks for visiting, my friends!


  1. Oh I am so glad you had such a wonderful trip!! These memories you make are so important! We would love to cruise, just waiting for the kids to get a little older.

  2. I so enjoyed your pictures, thanks for posting. I cannot get over how grown Rhett looks and is....time flies. I have been on a cruise too, and it is well worth the money and time.

  3. Yaaaay! Welcome home! I was thinking of you all week, hoping you were having a fabulous time! I was right! So glad you enjoyed! And your pictures are beautiful! Welcome home! On to the next adventure! ♥♥♥ PS love your new format! : )

  4. I have been waiting to hear all about your trip! First of all, did you go down that BIG water slide?? Kudos to you if you did. That is amazing.
    I cruised back in 1993 with friends but would love to do it with my family now. You're tempting me.
    Love how happy everyone looks. And when exactly did everyone grow up so big? Tell Peyton I love her Gilligan's Island tshirt. Classic.
    Thanks for sharing. Good luck with the busy week ahead. *hugs*

    1. Ok! Not THAT slide... But I did go down one in the dark that went through a shark tank! Lol

  5. Wow, it looks so wonderful. I've never been on a cruise but I would love to go someday. My husband isn't too enthusiastic about the idea, so I'm trying to work on him. :)

  6. Oh, goodness! Looks like a wonderful and relaxing trip! What is that chocolate looking dessert drink? You all look so happy and loved. :)

    Love your new blog layout, too!!

    1. Heather,
      You must try it!
      It is a Mocha Frappe!
      I ordered so many, the sweet lady told me how to make them.
      You can get the Ghirardelli Mocha Frappe Mix on Amazon.
      Just add ice and water!

  7. It looks like such a wonderful vacation!!!
    And Rhett with a beard??? Oh my goodness!! He looks so grown up!!

    1. I know, right??
      I always say it is a good thing we don't have a dress code here at our homeschool!!!! lol

  8. I've been waiting for this post and was definitely not disappointed. When I checked last evening and saw that the format here has changed a bit I knew it wouldn't be long. ~wink~ I love the new look here...but I was just so happy that you shared some of your very special moments with us. Loved seeing everyone relaxed and happy! xx

  9. What a wonderful vacation and thank you for sharing it with us! I can't believe it's over already, why do vacations go by so fast anyway?? Everyone looks so happy and healthy and grown up, sheesh, don't let Flynn in on the news though, she has to stay just the way she is.
    Glad you had a great time!!

  10. Looks like you all had a wonderful time. Great pictures.

  11. Looks like an amazing trip! Loved seeing all your photos although I admit the water slide one terrified me a bit. Hope you have a wonderful and relaxing rest of your week.

  12. So happy you had a good time. I have not gone on a cruise. I am afraid I would be bored and have nothing to do but eat. But it looks like you had fun.

  13. What a great week you all had!! Our one and only cruising experience was not pleasant so we haven't ventured out again. That ship looks amazing though!

  14. Great pictures! It looks like you had an amazing time. We love cruising as well.

  15. I'm so glad you had a wonderful time, Billie Jo. We always say if you don't have fun on a cruise, there's something wrong with you! Seriously, you guys looks great enjoying precious memories. Welcome home! ♥

  16. Oh, I forgot to mention your blog's new look is fabulous! ♥

  17. Look at your new ** slick ** blog set up! I'm so impressed!!!

  18. What a wonderful post, Billie Jo--full of memories you will cherish in the years to come. How great that you were able to all go together and get such great photos to remember the time!
    Happy Blessed Easter to you- xo Diana

  19. I absolutely loved this post, sweet friend. Oh, the smiles on your faces are contagious and speak of the fun you had together. Thank you for sharing your special moments with us.

    Hugs to you!

  20. The best vacation we ever had was a few yrs back and 14 of our family members cruised with us. Oh, was soooo much fun
    Then, our kids and grands gave Mr. Sweet and I a cruise to Alaska for our 50th anniversary...he loved every minute of it and it was #1 on his Bucket List...he had always wanted to go. I am a sea, sun and sand girl so I loved our trip to warmer lands...

    So glad ya'll had a great looks like a lovely ship..

  21. Billie Jo, I've never been on a cruise before but your pictures show what a magical time you had. I may have to look into this! xo

  22. Eek! Another cruise! How exciting for y'all! And Alan... what can I say. What an amazing connection you made and were able to connect once again - and in a leisurely way as well. What a blessing you are to him and his family! Okay... now for your son's facial hair?? When did he grow up into a young man?? What a good looking crew you have :)


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Billie Jo