"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18

Sunday, January 27, 2013

"A" Honor Roll

So proud of you for making straight A's.  

Thanks to my friend, Lora for taking pics.  Sadly, I was at work and missed both boys awards assemblies.  Oliver got the mathematics award for excellence in math.

The Stars

Joel took the bigs to their first Dallas Stars game.  He said they had a blast.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Post Cruise Recovery

First of all, I am so thankful for my Mom, Mother-in-law and Marlene for taking such great care of our kids that all came down with the flu while we were gone.  They got excellent care and we are so blessed to have these woman that love our boys so much!!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We had an amazing time on our cruise.  We relaxed, I read 6 books, Joel read a lot too and did a lot of sermon prep.  We watched the sunset every night.  We ate and ate and ate.  I have 5 pounds to prove it.  That is on top of the weight I already needed to lose. YIKES!!!  So, it is time to refocus.

1.  My body will not stop swaying.  I still feel like I am on a boat and I have to take drammamine to keep me from being nausous.  This is an actual condition called Mal de Debarquement Syndrome.  I have no idea when this will stop but it is crazy.  

2.  You mean I have to make my own bed.  Someone doesn't come twice a day and clean my room and make animals on my bed out of towels?  And leave chocolates on my pillow?  Come on, Joel....

3.  Where's the dessert?  Ice cream?  Cake? after every meal....you mean I can't do that?

4.  I have to get up to an alarm?  The first day frightened me.

5.  No steak and lobster for dinner every night?  You mean to tell me we have to eat grilled chicken and veggies for dinner?

6.  I can't lay on a lounge chair ALL DAY LONG and have people bring me drinks?  SHOCKER!

I am actually really excited to be home!  I am excited to be back with the boys.  I actually cleaned out two closets on my first day home.  I have four bags of clothes to donate.  I have already gone to the doctor with three flu boys and one with a ruptured ear drum.  :(  Back to life, back to reality......

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Last days

The last two days at sea, we did absolutely NOTHING!  That is the beauty of a cruise.  Relax, sleep, eat, read.  The last day, I was actually getting tired from resting too much and tired of eating too much.  That didn't stop me from stuffing my face the last night.  

I was ready to dive back into the real world!  

 The last night, we tried frog legs.  Tasted like chicken!!!

We had such an amazing time.  We don't get out much with just the two of us, so it was great for our marriage.  I highly recommend it!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau was my favorite stop.  Today, the soreness from the jet skiing was kicking in.  I could barely walk.  Crazy.  We ended up booking an excursion for today since we didn't get to go yesterday.  We went on a Catamaran Sail and Snorkel excursion.  It was wonderful.

 The Atlantis

 We are thankful for our underwater camera rental (from our son who is going to grow up to be an amazing businessman)  We rented his camera for $1/day (funny).  But, we were able to get some underwater shots.

 This is Eddie Murphy's Island.  Yes, I said ISLAND!  Unbelievable!
 This is Micheal Jordan's house!  

Such a beautiful place.  Now two days at sea and then home!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Freeport, Bahamas

We spent most of our morning in Freeport on the ship.  It was rainy and overcast.  We had an excursion at 12:30, so we made our way of the ship at 12:15 to find out our excursion had been cancelled due to rough water. :(  There is not a whole lot to do in Freeport right by the ship, so you have to take a cab to get anywhere.  We decided to take a cab to Port Lucaya and go to the beach.  The water was crystal clear, but freezing cold!

Just a relaxing afternoon on the beach!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Key West

We woke up to beautiful Key West.  The water was amazing.

 We spent the day jet skiing all around the islands.  It was fun, and very scary at the same time.  The waves were HUGE!!!

 After jet skiing, we explored the town a bit.  I got a chocolate covered key lime pie.  YUM!!

 There are roosters walking around everywhere.
 I convinced Joel to walk all the way to the southernmost point.  It was about a 30 minute walk.  On the way back, we took a pedi cab.  I have never been on a pedi cab before.

 Then back on the boat for another sunset.  So pretty!!!  I am in awe of God's creation!