Ashley and I and the kiddos flew to Orlando a few days early and we just pretty much hung out at the house while the kids swam. The second day Ash and I went shopping. We got so lost because our GPS was sending us to the wrong mall and all of the sudden we were on a toll road and it took us back and around and far away from where we wanted to be. When we finally made it 2.5 hours later we knew we had to hurry and shop because our parents were home with the kids. It didn't go as planned, but we did find some winning items at Kate Spade and also both found an amazing pair of Prada shoes each. After a unfortunate visit to McDonald's ("You need to hurry, my mom is SO mad at me!" is not a line that gets you your food any faster when you can deliver at the window in a minivan.) we made it home.
Brent arrived at 4:45 AM that morning and soon we were off to Fort Lauderdale for our cruise!
That night was formal night. Ashley and Finn were not up for dinner but the rest of us got all dolled up and headed to dinner. The girls were so cute sitting in their pretty dresses and drinking from their water glasses.
Mom wanted to have the girls pose for some pictures. The photographers took lots of pictures of them both. And one of them kept calling them babies. "Babies, try this. Babies, sit over here. Babies, hands like this." The other photographer tried to get Stella to kiss Ava on the cheek. We all know Stella was NOT having it. That night we went to the show which was a singing and dancing show. The girls made us sit on the front row and it was very close to the action. They loved it though so it was great. Sleeping, eating, getting dressed up for dinner, and a show? Our first full day on the cruise was a success.
On our second full day we found ourselves in Costa Maya. It is a funny port that I have been to a few times. There really isn't much there and people mostly go to see some ruins. It does have a fun little port area though. I wasn't really feeling like I had to go, but Brent and I went in later and found the family hanging at the pool. It was fun. One thing that started happening at this point is that I was hearing my Zumba songs everywhere. These are songs that I didn't realize were real songs, I thought they were fake Zumba songs until this trip to Mexico. It was salt in the wound though because the cruise NEVER had any Zumba classes and I had packed all these workout clothes to go to class that just went to waste. BOO.
After that we went to dinner. It was the only night we all made it to the dining room for dinner. The dining room was not great the whole cruise, but I still liked going. Mostly because when I figured out their homemade sorbets were amazing it was worth the long wait to get that sorbet in my belly.
When we got back to the port we did a little bit of shopping. I just wanted some vanilla because that is the only thing that Mexico has that I want. Stella did really want to find another fan since the one that she had from our last visit had broken. We were some of the last people to get back on the ship and while we were waiting in line we saw both Brent and my dad on their balconies. Brent really enjoyed his balcony while we were cruising it up.
Our last full day on the ship was a day at sea . It was insanely windy. Our balcony door was broken and that was seriously annoying, but we didn't want to go out there anyway because of the wind. Grandma and Grandpa took the babies to the pool and after I hung out sleeping or reading (I don't remember) I went out and took some pictures of them. Then I attempted to find a quiet spot outside to read.
One thing that Princess Cruise lines does that I don't really like is play movies on a big screen out by the pool. The movies are SO LOUD and if you aren't watching the movie it is seriously annoying. But my dad loved it, and since he is hard of hearing I think he also liked how loud it was. :)
That night was one of the only nights that the cruise did karaoke. Of course I really wanted to do it, and so did Ashley, and so did the girls. So we all did it, and it was so fun. We are a true family of entertainers, just like the Osmonds! I was so proud of the girls and I was tickled by Finn. He was an amazing background dancer for both his mom and the girls.
We got up early, had something to eat, and then headed off the ship. We dropped off Brent at the airport and headed to Vero Beach for a few days. We were all pretty tired and lazy that day and night.
So that was our amazing adventure. We had a great long trip and I'm starting to really love and look forward to our fall break trips. I am so thankful to my parents for planning this cruise and taking all of us. We had a great time. I just saw a little saying the other day that said: "Life is short. Eat the cake. Take the vacation. Buy the shoes." All of those things I am proud to say I did on our fall break.