Apr 1, 2013

FINALLY Cruise (Pictures 32 of 500)

Remember back when we planned our cruise and started counting down HERE.

Well a lot of you have been asking, "WHERE ARE YOUR CRUISE PICTURES"?  Well with close to 500 pictures, yes that's right (it's own album/book to create, someday), I was feeling overwhelmed to even start, SO...

...here we go...at least a START and overview anyway....

the MAGIC happened on the Disney Magic to the Caribbean (Cayman Islands and Cozumel) February 2013.

We left port in Galveston Texas to head out to the Caribbean!
The kids were so excited that even the bus ride from our hotel to the ship was fun for them!
When we checked into our tiny room they were beyond excited to check out the Mickey and Goofy pools, complete with water slides and tire shaped mini pools!

Ella even got her hair braided by the cutest gal from the Caribbean (tears in her eyes she didn't complain, NOT what she does with me EVERYDAY, I need a personal braider I tell you!)
The first night of dinner the kids couldn't believe how fancy everything was and the food that they could choose from!  It was Magical!!
We ALL love our Shirley Temples that were always waiting for us before we even sat down with honestly about 20 cherries per cup, it was hilarious! People even asked us, "what in the world are you drinking"?
Ned and I loved the selection of food, probably our favorite thing, I know we are glutenous, but only for a 5lb week...ha ha ha

It's safe to say the kids favorite part of the meals was dessert.  The loved it, but the display of Mickey everything was just beyond heaven for them.
I even ordered dessert off the kids menu a few times as well.  Does that look delicious and perfect in every way!
The kids loved the character breakfast but I think Ned and I loved it more. Since we sat and ate (did NOT wait in a 2 hour line) and the characters came to us to take pictures while we enjoy our nice brunch!
Ella ADORED all the fancy nights and dressing up (probably the only one who loved it SO much!)

 PIRATE NIGHT was a family favorite!
We of course packed costumes so the kids could dress up for the pirate night!

We LOVED LOVED the nightly shows, all family appropriate and so much fun!
 Ned and I also got most of the adult shows (still family appropriate...he he) in because our kids LOVED the Oceaners Club and Oceaner Lab.  More on that later.

 But of course the ports were our favorites.
Ella & I had to muster all our courage to jump in the water and swim (it was FAR!) out to the trampoline and climbing water wall/slide.  It was hard but SO SO SO worth it and one of our favorite excursion experiences.  I was afraid of sharks because the water was so nice and warm.
I kept declaring it was the most beautiful and clear water I had ever seen, it was. The kids asked me, "Why do you keep saying that over and over!?"  But it was just beautiful weather and water the entire time!

Asher loved the LARGE Iguana's (bottom left), Ella NOT so much!!  Another story here that I'd rather forget.
On the trip we lost 2 teeth. 1 wedding ring (Ned's).  1 small wedding ring diamond (mine).  2 hats (mine & Asher's).  1 bathing suit cover up.  But we did gain 2 things...weight and a GRAND experience!


  1. Wonderful post...and, yes, we have been waiting! It all looks so fun (I'm glad you pointed out the iguana).

    Vacations are a wonderful part of life and going new places is the best!

  2. I can't believe how much u look like your mom! Looks like it was so much fun im jealous!


  3. Loved all your pics! Looks like you guys had a blast!

  4. No doubt - you had a great time! So pleased for you.

  5. Oh my goodness Heidi that looks like an AMAZING vacation! So so so fun! My kids would die. What an experience and memories to last a lifetime! Love it.