We were able to get away about 2 weeks ago and take our kids on a cruise and then spend
some time in Florida just relaxing and doing a whole lot of “nothing”!
I hope you are ready for some pictures cause I have lots for ya!!!
Our ship – the Carnival Ecstasy – it is an older boat…
which was cool with us because with 5 in our family,
most of the newer ones make you pay for another room.
Not this one…we crammed all of us into 1 room:-) Hello fold down bunks and extra cot!
Needless to say we didn’t stay in the room very much!
So I have to admit I am a bingo junkie…call me an oldie, but I love to play.
At the last minute my hubby bought me a card for the first jackpot!
We won…along with 2 other people!
I was so excited when I jumped up and yelled Bingo…
then I realized that there were 2 other ladies just as excited.
Oh well, so much for winning the full jackpot!!!
Thank you cruise for paying for all our tips for the week though:-)
Our first port was Nassau, Bahamas.
We walked around just a little bit. Looked at a few things in the Straw Market.
Watched a parade. And then headed to the beach.
Can you believe this is the only picture I got of all of us together??
By the time the guy taking the picture figured out how to work my camera,
the kids were done looking and smiling. Lovely!
We brought some snorkel gear with us and taught the boys how to use it…
well, it didn’t really fit the scrawny one, so he had to stick with plain swimming goggles.
Our oldest didn’t even want to come out of the water.
We were ready to head back to the boat and he was in his own world watching fish.
He didn’t even see the shells that my hubby was tossing at him trying to get his attention:-)
Stop number two…Half Moon Cay island!
It was gorgeous!!! I wish we had more time to spend here!!!
We did some more snorkeling…this time with a barracuda.
Yup, you read that right.
A BARRACUDA…are we nuts or what?
Let me tell you, I was kind of freaked out.
Yes, the thing was just swimming around with about 20 people,
but I thought for sure he was going to take one look at me and think “Lunch”!
Luckily for me and my legs, I got out of the water and we enjoyed a BBQ on the beach!
Want to know something???
Desserts on cruises are actually pretty nasty!
Don’t let all these pretty treats fool you.
Believe me I know, because I tried almost every single one.
I have this theory that if we paid all this money for the cruise,
I had better eat enough to get my moneys worth:-)
And I have the snug pants to prove it!
Apparently my son felt the same way…
he was in awe with the soft serve ice cream machine that was in service 24/7.
I think his total was 17 bowls by the time we left the boat.
He even added bacon to his breakfast bowl.
Maybe a future foodie???
See I told you I tried a lot.
What? It was all for research.
I am a dessert blogger after all…I had to sample each one.
Luckily I did just sample…most of them weren’t even worthy of a second bite.
We figured that they make everything super cheap
because of the amount of food people throw away.
I was guilty of it too!
But if they would have just made it taste a little better, I wouldn’t have to throw it away, right?
The last night of the cruise and we were able to watch an amazing sunset!
It was absolutely breath taking!
Our God has created some amazing things and I am so thankful
we were able to see so many beautiful things this week.
After the cruise we headed to Orlando,
and finished out the rest of the week at the Sheraton Vistana Villages.
We spent our week swimming, playing tennis, shuffle board,
having an UNO competition, and swimming more.
Triple decker chicken fight anyone?
While we were here, this was as close to Disney as we got.
As much as I wanted to make it back to the Harry Potter world,
we decided not to spend the extra money.
So one of the days we headed to Downtown Disney for some shopping.
Although we didn’t actually buy anything.
It started to rain so we headed to the movies
and saw Snow White and the Huntsman. Great movie!
Our last full day we drove down to Tampa to check out the beaches there.
We made it to outside Tampa and all of a sudden it started to down pour.
It wasn’t looking very promising, but we kept going and sure enough in true Florida fashion
the rain stopped and the sun came out for a little bit.
We had about an hour of fun time at the beach, before we headed into town for some seafood.
It was a great start to our summer vacation
and I am so thankful that we were able to spend the time with our kids.
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