Sunday, November 14, 2010

More life on deck...

Seriously there is so much to do on the ship, it really is it's own little city! The crew that works on the ship is amazing! I can't believe how much they pull off in one week and can't even fathom doing it day after day with new people every single week!

Daddy & Ashlyn at the dining room.
Mommy & Gabe at the dining room.

Ashlyn & Daddy all dressed up for formal night.

Our family at formal night.

The kids at Club Hal. It was water splash day.

Ship Life

Here are some various photos of Brian and the kids around the ship. They had little adventures while mommy napped, read, and showered. Aahhhhh! :)

Gabe & Daddy chillin on a bench.
Looking very deep in thought.

Posing like a statue with a statue.

Brian played shuffleboard with the kids. Yes. Shuffleboard.

The kids loved it!

Friday, November 12, 2010


So I wasn't really impressed with Mazatlan. To be honest, it really just reminded me of Tijuana. It seemed kinda run down and I was surprised that anyone would even want to stay at a "resort" in such a place. We didn't stay very long and went back to the ship fairly early. We didn't book any excursions there and maybe that's why we didn't see anything really impressive.

The beach was nice. There were a couple of people
walking around selling their things but they took
no for an answer the first time and left us alone.
Of course the water was beautiful.
We ate at this outdoor restaurant and they had this
map of the US (and one of Europe) up.
They let you put a pin in the location you came from.
Southern California was totally full so I decided to stick
one in Salt Lake and pay homage to my hometown.

Brian & the kids pose with Senior Frog.

Back on the ship...

Brian took this pic of Mazatlan from the ship.

Mexican Riviera Cruise 2010

The whole family went on a cruise to Mexico Oct 30-Nov 6 and we all had such a great time! We sailed on Holland America's Oosterdam, which was a really nice boat. It was definitely different cruising with kids. We had to sort of follow their schedule a little bit, but it wasn't too bad. They had the time of their lives in Club Hal. The club was open every day from 9-11:30am, 1-4pm, and 7-10pm. So plenty of time for mommy & daddy to be kid-free! Our cruise was 7 days and went to Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas. We'd never been to any of those places and in the interest of saving a little moolah by avoiding the need to fly somewhere, we figured why not? Brian & I celebrated our 10 year anniversary in August (wow, really???) and now that the kids are old enough to be more independant, a cruise was a great vacation for us. We did a lot of fun things and took lots of pics so I'll break this up into a few posts to cover it all. This first one is the first couple of days on the ship.

We spent Halloween on the cruise so the kids got all
dressed up for a party at Club Hal. Ashlyn was an evil
faerie. Gabe is a pirate (fitting, we thought!)
Waiting for the door to the club to open...

This was the result most nights on the ship.
We kept nudging him and saying his name but
he was seriously out!!!

Me & Brian. Another passenger was walking
by and saw us taking pics of each other. She
offered to take one of the two of us.
I'm glad she did because it turned out well.

MMMM.... dessert bar!!! (I'll be working off many of
those come New Years!)