Monday, May 24, 2010

Me and My Sister

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Me and my sister Heather.  We are 22 months apart and are best friends.  Aside from a shoe throwing incident, her calling me fat when I was 7, me informing her that she needed to start using deodorant when she was 10, and a bad boyfriend period in our twenties….we have always got along.  We shared a room for 20 years…until Heather got married. And for the past 10 years we have lived in the same state for only one of those.  But, we only grow closer.  I can call her everyday and talk about nothing and laugh about anything…which we do.  We are lucky enough to be able to see each other a couple of times a year.  Either I treat myself to a trip up to Ohio, or our Mom treats Heather to a trip down to Texas. Combine that with our siblings getting married every couple of years in Cali or Holiday family vacations, and we’ve had some fun times.

This past week, Heather enjoyed some “me” time on a trip to visit us in Texas. Her super husband was Mister Mom all week!  It was a pretty low key week…it doesn’t take much to entertain us.  Heather is Queen Crafty so she did all sorts of projects, like make the yellow fabric flower I’m wearing in my hair in the photo above.  We shopped (of course) and I insisted that she get a new snazzy purse.  I insisted my mom get one too.  We went out to lunch, we went out to dinner, watched movies, we made brownies, drank tea as we discussed books we’ve read, I cut and colored her hair, and we worked out at the gym. We even attempted a dance class together. (This white girl cannot dance but I sure had fun).


These are our “social barometer purses”.  Oh, and this was the before I cut and colored Heather’s hair picture, the one above is the after.

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Curious Rylan

This is what he chose to wear today…


…it is 88 degrees out.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Port 3

The Greenery and Scenery of Labadee, Haiti (a private island owned by the cruise ship)

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Port 2

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Port 1

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Refreshing Water

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I loved all the different shades of blue the water was as we cruised through the Caribbean.

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The Love Boat

Sean and I had not been on a vacation alone together without any of our kids since our honeymoon.  So this trip together was very healthy for us and much needed.  We got back to just paying attention to each other and was reminded why we fell in love in the first place. 

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Tooties if by Land and Sea

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Here are many of the places my toes enjoyed stepping, or resting.  There were the blue brick  and cobblestone streets of San Juan,  the speckled carpet on the ship, the chaise on my favorite secluded spot on the ship, the clear water of St Marteen, and the beach of Labadee Haiti.

I was relaxed from the top of my head down to the tips of my toes :)

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Liberty of the Seas

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Here is our ship.  It was so huge I couldn’t even tell we were on water.  I didn’t get motion sickness at all.  Sean and I enjoyed walking around the ship and exploring.  Down the main promenade (top left corner photo) was shops and cafes full of free food, desserts and drinks.  The ship had an ice rink in it, a full size theater, a miniature golf course, a rock wall, a wave rider, and so much more!  Our room had a window with a view of the promenade.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Viewing Pleasure

We were so fortunate to get a dining room table by a gorgeous picturesque round window, by which we took many pictures (much to Sean’s chagrin), and we were blessed with many beautiful sunsets as we dined.  Again, just adding to the perfectness of it all.

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Table for Ten (and a stroller)

It’s hard to say what was my favorite part of the trip because all of it was my favorite. But I sure enjoyed the whole dining experience. Yes, I know I am sounding obsessed with food. However, it was more then that. It was the dressing up (as before shown), the delicious food, AND the wonderful company at our table.

Crusing with us was Sean’s parents, Mark and Chris; Sean’s sister’s family, Dustin, Stacey, Cooper and Madison; Sean’s Grandma Jones; and Sean’s Aunt Lori with her boyfriend Alan.  Dinner started at 6:00 and we never left our table before 8:00, so we enjoyed two hours of swapping stories, laughing, telling jokes (mostly Sean), leaning more about each other, and taking lots of random pictures (mostly me).

My nephew Cooper (3 years old) was such a good boy at dinner. Trucks were a must.  He always came with his clean shirt and combed hair.  He was camera shy but I still was the crazy aunt behind the camera and stole many shots.

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Madison was the sweetest, precious-ist, baby girl.  I could not get enough of her!

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Surrounded by family made it all the better!

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Cruising in Style

I planned my evening dinner apparel for weeks prior to the cruise. I also had myself a little shopping spree (I saved up for it).  As most you know, I LOVE to get “dolled up” and the cruise was a perfect opportunity. I didn’t have to rush to shower and get my hair dry, or apply my makeup with a one year old trying to eat my blush brush, and my three year old  asking me every five seconds if he could put on what I was putting on.  So I think probably one of my most favorite things about the cruise was getting ready for dinner each night.  We had a 6:00 reservation, so come 4:30 I was in my room showing and relaxing as I primped for that hour and a half. 

(Aside from the first night on the boat).  We were so busy exploring and soaking in our new “open seas” experience that Sean and I went to dinner really casual, I even still had my bathing suit on under my sundress.  Everyone was casual so it was okay—plus, we went in the jacuzzi after dinner so it was all good.

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The next night (which was our first whole day at sea) was the first formal night. 

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I loved these staircases.  Sean was my Jack a.k.a Leo :)


The next night, or Day 3, was casual night…so I wore shorts.

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Some would say, I imagine but would ignore, that packing pink sling-back pumps that only go with one outfit is excessive. They were just too perfect so whatever. And FYI, my husband is not one of those people—he’s a smart man that admires a fancy feminine foot :)


Day four was “Color of the Carribean” Night.  So I went tropical.

But, really, I think Sean looked the best between us.



Day five was our second formal night, so I went with a sort of Grecian theme.   

Again, gold strappy stilletos that only match this dress—a definite must.

Sean went with the Nautical look. Very Nice.


Day six was a casual night. We had spent most the day on Labadee, Haiti (which is what we are sailing away from in the background of this photo.)

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It was rather windy that evening. (I’m wearing the headband my sister Melody made me, but you can’t tell)


Day seven--the last night was another casual night but I still went a little fancy with my satin grey blouse and the yellow fabric-flower in my hair (that my sister made for me).

Plus I matched the curtains which was kinda cool.

I was so glad that I wore my “skinnier” clothes earlier in the week, because by the last night my clothes were feeling quite snug. Two desserts a night will do that—but it was so worth it!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cruise Therapy

My husband and I went on a “7 Year Itch Second Honeymoon” cruise (I highly recommend) this past week. So that’s why I’ve been MIA, in case anyone was wondering. But now we are back.  And, so should the posts—once I remember how not to be lazy 24-7.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Cruising to five pounds heavier

And this is why….


All these amazing foods.  Every night we had a table in the dining room reserved for us at 6:00p.m. with our very own waiter (named Avni—he’s from Turkey).  Every night we had six different starter appetizers to choose from (I usually got two), six different main course entree’s (I often got two), and six different desserts to choose from (I always got two, sometimes three).  Plus, after my request the first evening for hot chocolate instead of coffee, he brought me hot chocolate every night thereafter automatically. 

I enjoyed: Shrimp scampi, Lobster, Filet Mignon, Torteloni, Mushroom Cream Sauce Pasta, Crab Cakes, Tiger Shrimp, Mahi Mahi, Shrimp Cocktail, Rasberry Soup, Strawberry Soup, Molten Chocolate Cake, Rasberry Torte, Creme brule, Strawberry Merinque, Coconut Cake, and so much more.

And then, just case two desserts and hot chocolate wasn’t enough, a little cafe on the boat served the most delish cookies.  We ate those multiple times a day. 

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We very much enjoyed the dining/eating experience on the cruise.  I got a kick out of catching random photos of Sean chowing down.


But it wasn’t just the yummy food that I enjoyed about our dining experience but it was getting dressed up every night.

Up next “Cruising in Style”…

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Cruise Teaser

Sean and I got home from our cruise last night. I have HUNDREDS of pictures to organize so it will be some time before I can blog it all. But here’s a preview of how perfect it was. This was one of the Virgin Islands we stopped at called St. Marteen.

More to come…

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