Thursday, April 2, 2009

Our trip.

Here is our trip.

Pictures and stories are included.


Wednesday night we stayed in Amelia Island, FL at my sister-in-law's mom's house. We had a great time. This is me on the beach after a 7 hour car ride from NC. We were all ready to get out of that car.

This was our cruise ship, the Carnival Fascination.

Sitting on the deck with Ashlyn... waiting for the guys to put our luggage in our room... waiting for the ship to leave.

Setting sail. We left out of Jacksonville, FL. Here are two pictures of Ryan and I. We stood at the front of the ship when we left port.

Here is a shot of our family. Ashlyn, Beverly, Ken, Me, Ryan, Kevin. We were having cocktails and sushi before dinner.

This picture was taken during our first dinner. The boat was REALLY rocking. We never felt sick... we just felt weird. Before dinner was over, Ryan looked at me and said, "We are going to bed after this." The rocking made you feel drunk. You couldn't control it and that is what bothered us the most. Thank goodness after the first night, we were use to it. You like Ry's hat head don't you? He always wears visors. He had had one on all day until dinner.

It was my birthday. Our waiters sang happy birthday to me and brought me a black cherry dessert. (FYI: I had three desserts that night.)


We were in Freeport for about 6 hours. This is where I got a really great Coach duffel bag.

This is a picture of us on the ship laying by the pool before docking in Freeport.

Here is the colorful Welcome to Freeport sign.

I found a lizard.

Waiting with Ashlyn. We were ready to get on the beach.

With Ryan on the beach. That is the first blue bathing suit I have ever owned. I liked it. I didn't think I was a blue person.

My feet in the sand. I described the sand as "powdered sugar" at one point. It was so soft.

Me laying on the beach. It was so nice. It was hot but not too hot. I loved it.

You like that this bead lady has on socks don't you? She trying to sale beads. There were lots of these women walking around. There was also guys walking around with shirts. (FYI: You could buy t-shirts, weed, cocaine, and crack all from the same person. Safe. Really safe.)

Kevin, Ashlyn, Ryan, and Hailey before dinner.

Us before dinner.


Don't you love the colors?

This is the Le Grand Bleu. We didn't know what it was until we got home and googled it. We noticed it because of the sailboat beside it and the 68 foot boat on top.

Bay Street. This is where you do all of the fabulous shopping.

This is a picture of a corner on Bay Street. It is Gucci. I wish I had taken a picture of the next corner. It was the slums. You would go from Gucci to slums in less than 2 stores.

This is a picture of part of Atlantis. So pretty.

We spent a few hours at Atlantis. We paid to lay on the beach there.

We were on Cove Beach. They even had chairs and towels for us. So nice.

I made myself get in the water. Do not let the tropical color of the water fool you. It was freezing. It took me at least 2 minutes and 34 seconds to get my full body into the water. As soon as we got in... Ryan said ok, let's get out.

This is a terrible picture of me. Pink is obviously not my color. I would put my hair up so it wouldn't get wet. Once my hair gets wet it is over. Hello frizz. I would have looked like a hot mess.

See me in Ryan's sunglasses? You can also see another tower that was on Paradise Island at Atlantis.

Here are some pretty beach pictures.

See the surfers? They were crazy. The waves were HUGE and they were surfing between rocks. Smart, huh?

After laying on the beach, we walked over to the pool to swim. See our four little heads?

Graycliff. Kevin smokes cigars so we went to Graycliff. They told us that there was a factory. Their "factory" was as follows...

This man was doing something with the tobacco. He showed us "good" and "bad". He had rolls of the leaves that the guys gladly stuck their noses in... as if they aren't from Eastern North Carolina... meaning our whole freaking town smells of tobacco.
PS- You like that this man has a laptop and is watching a movie don't you? Ha!

This lady had a pretty crappy job. She took the rolled cigars, put the label around them and put them in the plastic wrapper. Oh, she packed them in the boxes too.

Here's what she had left to do. Fun, huh? No wonder they are so dang expensive. There is a ton of work put into them. I just pray Ryan doesn't take up smoking them.

Like I said, this was their "factory". There were about 6 people total. 4 were sitting at the little wooden desks, rolling cigars. There was 1 lady putting them in wrappers and then the old man in the back. It was not the factory

Sitting in a palor with Ashlyn at Graycliff while the boys were in the back smelling tobacco. Fun times.

I saw this door at Graycliff and thought it was so pretty. The colors are beautiful.

Here is a sunset view from our window in our room. It was beautiful.

Here is a picture of the whole group.

FRONT: Monica, Carol, Trish, Ashlyn, Hailey, Beverly
BACK: Chris, Namen, Curtis, Kevin, Ryan, Ken

We had a ball.

Up next? Caroline and Emma.

You haven't seen or heard any stories in 2 weeks. I have a book full!


Dana said...

I am really glad you guys had a good time. After Anna Kate gets here and I loose 50pds I want to go on a cruise. You and Ryan should go with us. I am super jealous that you can wear a 2piece and look hot! I can't even stand to look in the mirror clothed much leave the house half naked! I love your long blue dinner dress!

Jamie said...

It looks like you guys had a great time! The pictures are beautiful! Makes me wanna go lay on the beach...too bad its raining and I look like a whale ahha! I love the blue dress you are wearing - so cute!

Jamie said...

And I hope I look as good as you after 1 baby much less 2!!!!

Krystyn said...

Oh, what a blast!

And, I think this is the first time we've seen your picture! You look great!

Welcome back!

Emily said...

I love all your dresses.. esp the blue and purple one and your bathing suits.. you look smoking after having two babies! i think you rock a two piece.. honestly... u do!!
Looks like such a wonderful trip! glad you made it back:)

Kari said...

Sounds like you guys had a blast!! I am sooo jealous! I LOVED the "buy a shirt, beads, cocaine...all from the same person, comment. So funny. And I am sure you were completely right.
ALSO...since I have mastered the 2 children thing..{HA! YEAH RIGHT} we really need to get together. ASAP. It has been WAY too long. I think the last time we hung out, I was in 4th grade, and you in 3rd. WAYYYY to long.

Kari said...

Oh! And I LOOved your dresses. I have the blue version of your orange one. I cannot wait to wear it.

Delightful Dwelling said...

Beautiful photos. We took a Bahamas cruise for our honeymoon. The water and beaches are so pretty.

Erica said...

Hi! I found your blog thru Kelly's Korner. We went to the Bahamas on the Fascination earlier this summer too! We took the one to Key West and Nassau. It was our first cruise and we loved it. I thought it was neat that you guys went on the same ship! Loved reading about your vaca!