Yes. We went again. And we know, we are insufferably spoiled. That said, it was the freaking time of our lives. Again. This time we got to go with my parents Tom & Judy, my nephew Grant, my brother Tom, his wife Jenni and their three kids Megan, Tommy and little Allie. There was something for everyone to do all the time. We had a blast and will share more pictures in the next few posts.
This is us on deck at the casting off party. Lot's of music (which fondly recalls high school dances... ie: older stuff) that makes little Allie dance her pants off. I need to blog on her and just her, soon. She is the center of our family universe right now.
Prom night! I love Disney for giving me a chance to dress up. And I love Forever 21 for having darling cute dresses for reasonable prices. Are little foreign children making these for pennies a week? Possible, but let's not think of that. I want to think of the amazing bargains I get. And the photo ops on the boat. Isn't Clayton the cutest man alive?
On deck four. We are sitting on the reserve life vest bins/bench. We suckered our 15 year old nephews Tommy and Grant out to take pictures of us, only to turn the cameras on them for a boy band photo shoot. See next blog.
Still not turning photos. Oh well. This is a banyan tree in Key West.
This is the ocean just below the Tulum ruins. Swimming in crystal clear warm water with ancient ruins above you is pretty cool. Just saying.
On the tram at Cataway Cay. It takes you to Serenity Bay. The adults only beach. Ahem. Which is not what it sounds like. It is just a magical beach where there are no children, and barely any people, so it is quiet and secluded and lovely.
Monday, December 31, 2007
We bribed the boys with $5 onboard credit to take their pictures with Peter Pan. They not only did so as soon as possible, but they came up with stories to tell the actor. Like how they have loved Peter Pan since they were kids and were so excited to have their picture taken together. Didn't crack a smile, totally made it believable. I love my nephews. They are so dang funny and were a blast to hang out with all week. They even made cute Wendy scoot so they could get some shots with just the boys. However, she is too adorable to leave out.
We coaxed them into classic cheesy hair band shots. Nothing like a little virgin pina colada to loosen them up.
Oh. Lest anyone thinks I am trying to embarrass my nephews, my husband got into the act far too willingly. Hot.
As two 15 years old boys on a giant ship with moderate supervision, they had explored every nook and cranny by the first night. Amid their travels they found an abandoned stuffed heart toy that said "Happy Anniversary". In the spirit of Peter Pan they presented it to each other lovingly for my camera.
Here they are cleaned up for Prom Night. Aren't they so cute? The teenage girls onboard were soon found hanging around our cabins. Seriously. Oh to be 15.
We signed up for gingerbread house making, and convinced the boys to come along. Tommy and I went into overdrive and Grant did an awesome house as well. Tommy and I are both detailed oriented perfectionists at this kind of project so it was a perfect team-up. We even took it back to our cabin to work on it some more. Can you say dorks? Ya, we don't care.
Here are the boy-warriors trying escargot. As two teenagers that generally prefer burgers or chicken strips, we were excited to see them try about every odd thing on the boat. So brave.
A little more of the rock star action.
Back to back air guitar. They really cater to their fans.
This is my niece Megan. She is a seventeen old cheerleader and all around doll. Here she is with her dad. She was so much fun to have on the boat. Someone who appreciates all of my celebrity gossip, my need to suntan (futile), and watched Enchanted with me twice! (We have been quoting it ever since.)
Here she is walking darling Allie down the stairs. She is so good with her baby sister and is a major help to her parents.
Hot mama in Key West. I avoided any swimsuit shots for fear that perverts might find her pics. But trust me, she is darling and not someone you want to be photographed next to.
Here she is walking Allie on the deck. Mac still wont permanently turn my pictures. I've searched online and it seems to be a very common problem. Grrr.
Ready for sinking.
Tommy actually fell asleep at dinner. (Again, 15 year old boys with an entire boat to explore meant late nights.) Megan prepared to wake him up for dessert.
Megan and Allie on deck 10. Allie tries to do anything Megan does. So do I, but it isn't quite as adorable. More sad really.
This should read adorable sister in law and niece. Here they are at breakfast. Allie would get absurdly excited as they had cottage cheese. She LOVES cottage cheese. I love Disney for having everything you could dream of.
Allie and the happy over sized cookies.
Her life vest was in fact a life suit. I think she was excited by everyone dressing up, it kind of seemed like play time.
On deck with Disney flags to wave.
In the tiny baby pool. The only one she was allowed in as she isn't diaper free yet. (She's only 14 months) She loves the water. She loves the sandy beach even more.
Nibbling on the gingerbread houses. I love her tip-toes.
Our beautiful boat!
Clayton, Grant, Marianne & Megan at the Southernmost Point in Key West.
At the Tulum ruins. These four guys just pop off this pole and start spinning down. It's bizarre and really cool.
Me and Clayton at the Tulum ruins with the ocean in the background. So gorgeous it all looks fake.
Jenni and Tom on deck 10 as we left Castaway Cay. Can you believe a couple this good looking have teenagers?
Mom & Dad (Tom & Judy) on deck for cast off.
Mom and Dad with Percy (Peru) and Dobrinka (Bulgaria). They were our servers all week and they were awesome! The meals were fantastic. PS. Wow my parents can tan. How come I didn't get that gene?
Tom, Allie and Jenni in the life boat drill. Ours was held in a theater. Not sure what that meant for our chances at a boat if we were to sink, but oh well. We are pretty strong swimmers.
Tom, Jenni and Allie at sunset our first night on board. Aaahh. Over too soon.
Pirate Night! Ahrrrrg! Ahoy, avast and so forth. We got free bandannas at dinner. Then they take your picture which we didn't buy. But here it is! Magic!