Monday, October 25, 2010

Cruising! Back to the real world

We're back! We've survived a week at sea with the 6 of us in two tiny cabins. Things went as well as they could, I think - we made these plans 7 months ago hoping for the best, but it's always a gamble. Jason was starting a runny nose when we left last week, and Sarah had some tummy troubles, so the Kid's Club was off limits to them for most of the week. Jason insisted on either holding my hand or being carried most everywhere, and due to the fact that we had 3 shore days in a row, the little two missed naps 3 days in a row, other than what they caught here and there when they just passed out. Sarah finally had a meltdown yesterday in the car when we were about 30 minutes from our house, and I really couldn't blame her.

The ship was amazing, and I know Evie and William had a fantastic time. Evie really enjoyed her birthday on Saturday - and honestly, how could she not? Tomorrow, I will spend my 40th trying to finish costumes, catching up on laundry and trying to get ready for Halloween - such is life :)

I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed my week at sea, even with the fussy little people. I didn't lift a finger to cook a meal, wash a dish, clean a bathroom or make a bed for an entire week. It probably would have been better to wait until S&J were a bit older, but hindsight is always 20/20. Our week could have gone better, but it also could have been a lot worse - no one was sea sick, and nothing happened that would have required us to fly home - good thing, as our passports are still MIA.

I'll leave you with this lovely picture I snapped Friday evening while crossing the balcony from my cabin to Matt's (yes, we split up and shared with the kids - all the adjoining ones were booked so we used the balcony to cross between the rooms & the little people couldn't open the doors - not that I'd have wanted them to...)

I have probably hundreds more pictures & will post them at some point, but for the moment real life is calling and I must answer. Now if only my head would figure out that we're not on a ship anymore and my house would stop rocking. Srsly - it's a bit unnerving :)


  1. Glad you had a good time. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!

  2. Hey Jen, Happy Early Birthday! :) And it looks and sounds like you had a blast on your cruise. We are thinking about taking a cruise in May to Alaska. I have never been on a cruise before. Can't wait to see more of your pictures. Oh and hope you find your passports soon!

  3. Hope you have an awesome birthday!
    Also, okay, we all know that it's always better to wait until the kids are "older" to go anywhere practically...but if you keep saying that and doing it, pretty soon you end up with 20 year old kids and never taking them anywhere!

  4. Beautiful picture!!

    Glad you had fun and Happy Birthday!!

  5. Oooo, I never thought of that...that you might still feel like you're on a boat. That must be weird. Well, I'm so glad that you had a great time...despite tired kiddos and a little sickness. Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a wonderful day, even though you'll be busy catching up. LOVE the picture. Can't wait to see more!

  6. Great way to think about it, things could always be worse. Glad you are back! Hope you are having a wonderful Birthday :)

  7. I think you're amazing for taking your family out on a family cruise vacation. I guess if we always wait until the "perfect" time, life would pass us by (if you don't have young kids, you may have sulky teenagers, if you don't have sulky teenagers, you may joints that hurt cause your too old and your too sleepy to enjoy the vacation...hold on, I think feeling sleepy is something that happens to us with our first child, and then continues to stay with us until we are grammies...hehehe)

    Hope you have a fab birthday, and get spoilt!

  8. Glad you had a safe trip! Happy Birthday!!!!!!

  9. Happy birthday! I am so glad you had a good time. We took a cruise a couple of years ago and split up in two cabins. It was fun.


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