Friday, February 23, 2018

Ice Day

We have been waiting all winter for a snow day!  We had our ski bibs, snow boots, gloves and hats ready to be used!  This week we didn't exactly have snow but we had some freezing rain and sleet.  So we took advantage of our "ice day" and spent some time sledding down the Bella Terra hills.  An "ice day" was just what this mama needed!   


For the Love of Pets

The kids loved celebrating National Love Your Pet Day!  J,H and M have a true love for their Maddie and Sadie girls!  And the feeling is mutual.  Sadie especially loves her 3 munchkins and all the attention they constantly give her!


Disney Cruise

We just returned from an amazing 7 night Disney Cruise on the Fantasy ship cruising the eastern Carribean.  Truly the perfect vacation with my crew.  We had a blast and actually relaxed quite a bit (which doesn't usually happen on a kids vacation).  My expectations were high from all of the rave reviews and honestly I was not disappointed at all!  The ship, crew, food, entertainment, kids club were all perfection and to top it off we stopped at three of the most beautiful islands (St. Marteen, St. Thomas and Disney's Castaway).  Can't wait to go back!
We were so excited to say goodbye to the Oklahoma winter for a week . . .
 Love these three backpack carrying travelers!
Landed in Orlando and took the kids first limo ride to Port Canaveral!  No seatbelts, colorful lights and being able to stand up while driving were mind blowing for the kids!

Can't visit Port Canaveral without an astronaut picture . . .
Jackson will use anything to practice his monkey bar skills!  Luggage carrier did the trick!
 Boarding Disney's Fantasy!
 First steps on the boat were so exciting!
 Goofy was the first character we ran into, seems fitting for our family!

The kids were so excited to see their names on our stateroom door, definitely helped us find our room!
Excited for the sail away party and to hit the open seas!
First of many (too many to count) ice-cream cones!

Sail away party turned into swim party!
And Jackson's first ride on the aqua duck water slide that circles the entire ship!
After dinner, Harper had her first princess sighting (Princess Tiana)

Our first morning waking up on the boat started with some relaxing on the balcony.  Perfect start to every morning!

We started the morning with a character breakfast with some of our favorites!  Lots of smiles this morning!

 Day 1 and 2 were full days at sea so we soaked up some sun at the pool while watching Disney movies on the big screen

 "formal" night at dinner . . .

 Day 3 we woke up docked at the sunny and absolutely beautiful St. Marteen!

We took the ferry to the other side of the island for a full day at the beach!

Eyeing the beautiful beach ahead!

We spent an entire day playing in the ocean, building sand castles, searching for the biggest and most beautiful seashells, walking the beaches, banana boating around the bay and drinking our favorite Caribbean beer (Carib)!  Seriously the most perfect day!


Love my crew and love exploring new places with them!


 After a full day in the sun we headed back to the ship for a fun pirate themed night!  The kids really got into character and had a blast celebrating all evening!

Harper said pirates don't smile but I was able to get one smile out of her!

Being a pirate and sailing the open seas is exhausting!

Day 4 we woke up in St. Thomas!  We took a taxi to Mageans Bay which is ranked as one of the top 10 beaches in the world.  Both islands were recovering from the fall hurricanes but still were breath taking
The most breathtaking view overlooking Magaens Bay!

Love this beautiful mermaid!
These three were made for the beach!

We had a little balcony photo session when we returned to the boat! 
Just two boys, the open sea and a storm brewing!

Getting excited for Star Wars day at sea!
 The Storm Troopers are so intense!
Another morning relaxing on the balcony, M felt so free this morning :)
Star Wars day!!! 
Love me some Chewy!
Learning life lessons from Darth Vadar! 

 Learning to love shuffleboard!
 Our last day was spent on Disney's island Castaway Cay in the Bahamas.  We spent the entire day on the beach soaking up our last day of vacation!

All smiles and thumbs up from these two!

 We played multiple rounds of golf our last evening!  Can't beat the views from this golf course!

So thankful for a week at sea with my babies!  Memories for a lifetime.  This family was made for vacations, especially beach vacations!