in all of my years of blogging this is the longest i have gone without posting on this blog. i have done a little better here, but not that much. it has been a busy Fall. i am working hard to manage my time and not make myself crazy and though it makes me so sad this is an easy place to cut back. my love for instagram and pinterest makes it a bit easier because i feel that at least i have those outlets and they are accessible from my phone as i wait in the pick up line at school. i have high hopes that blogging will be a regular part of 2012....we shall see.
Today I am here to remind you of the Chino's annual Cupcakes for a Cause Cupcake Sale!
it has taken me a while to get to these last pics...the last day....because it just feels like i am closing the book on this amazing adventure.
on the last day alison and i woke up early to see the sun rise and enjoy one last quiet morning on the boat. on the mornings we did this i loved seeing the sun come up over the ocean, the quiet, the beauty, and as the sun rose i loved seeing the ship come to life.
this day we were at sea all day...glorious. we went to a future cruisers meeting, sat at the pool, went to a country dance lesson and heard music at the end of cruise party.
This night was short dress night and we met early on the serenity deck for extra pictures.
i love these women and they will always have such a special place in my heart.
just in case you missed it we took photos every night with the person sitting directly next to us. so glad we did that...they make me smile.
This was a Monday morning. Alison and I woke up at 5am to go up on the deck and watch the sun rise. We laid on the deck and watched as the boat pulled into port in Progreso Mexico. It was a cloudy morning so we didn't get to see a true sunrise, but it was beautiful and as the sun came up we could see the gorgeous blue/green water.
Diane and Rhonda headed out on an excursion to see the ruins and the rest of us took it slow, laid by the pool, and eventually got off the boat to check out the shops on the dock.
We got back on the boat for lunch and spent the afternoon laying on the adult only deck with its beautiful blue chairs.
Monday was hat night....I loved hat night.
progreso. empty boat. serenity. green water. maracas. cigars. sunrise yoga. return cruisers happy hour. hat night. kick'n. coconut cake. 70's night. tommy green jr.
On this day we woke up in the middle of the ocean. I sat in the window of our bedroom and looked out. Amazing. We got coffee in our room at 7:30 and it was dreamy to sit there and stare at the ocean with our coffee. We had breakfast in the dining room and then spent most of the day in our deck chairs overlooking the pool.
At some point in the middle of the day we drove into a little rain storm. It was one of the most beautiful sights and the best part of my day. We found a covered area on the side of the boat where we could sit and watch.
This night our theme was black dresses, tiaras and boas.
steel drums. thriller. rain. right, left, center. lobster dinner. conga line. piano bar. bread pudding. karaoke. hot tub. friend with the dreads. flat millie. monkey heads. father's day. bingo. woop there it is. dance club.
Our morning started at the Hampton Inn in downtown Mobile. We had coffee in bed and lots of laughs. Then headed downstairs for breakfast. When we stepped out the front of the hotel we could see our boat in the distance....the Elation! We got to the boat around 11 and stood in an hour long line to check in. We got our sail and sign cards and walked up the big ramp to board the ship.
Once we were on it was like a big party. We had fruity drinks by the pool. We laid in the sun, laughed and danced as the boat pulled away from shore.
We had a theme for our dinner clothing every night and the first night was feather earring night.
i'm on vacation. spa giveaway. massages. drink tasting. allen. karaoke. steak. comedy show. feathers. front of the boat. shrimp cocktail. baby got back. midnight pizza. towel animals.
It was a beautiful Friday morning when I met up with these eleven lovely ladies to set out on the adventure of a lifetime. This day and the five that followed will forever be some of my fondest memories. These women have taken up permanent residence in my heart. We are the WOO and it was #cruisazy and truly THE MOST FUN!
We left NLR and headed to Mobile, making a lunch stop at Rhoda's Famous Hot Tamales. It was a super fun road trip and some of the best food ever.
It took all day, but we reached Mobile in time for a delicious dinner (there will be a food theme) and lots of laughs before resting up to get on the cruise ship in the morning.