Yes, I know I have missed a few FFF’s lately. So here is mine FFF for this week-I promise to do better!
We spent some time last weekend with Tommy’s family. The 3 oldest cousins loved spending time together!
WARNING:be prepared for a long post 🙂
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Last month we spent 7 nights on a Disney Cruise!
I only have wonderful things to say about our trip & if I had to use one word to describe it – AMAZING!
When we got the the cruise terminal, Captain Mickey & Cruise ship Minnie were waiting on us
We have all been on several cruises but hands down this was the nicest ship, waitstaff, host, etc. we have ever encountered. The whole staff was super friendly & always helpful.
Here is our wait staff-Annabelle asked at least once a week what we think they are doing. They were a lot of fun & one night asked if they could borrow one of Annabelle’s bows
Every night for dinner we rotated between 3 different restaurants: Royal Court, Enchanted Garden & Animator’s Palate. Our wait staff followed us to each restaurant & some days with saw them at breakfast & lunch too.
Day 1: We left Port Canaveral, explored our boat, went to the Sail Away Party, saw the kids area (it was huge & so much fun-even for us grown up) had a family dance party and played shuffle board.
Day 2: At Sea We decorated our door (did you know Disney cruisers decorated doors?! thanks to Pinterest, I did & we were prepared!) We also hung our Fish Extender (more on that later). Played min golf, swam in the Mickey pool, went to a character dance party, meet lots of characters, saw the Aladdin show(it did not disappoint-& was a wonderful show), dinner-it was formal night (and I did not get a family picture of us. I am really bad at that)
Day 3: At Sea. We had lots of pool time & went to a character dance party, saw Wishes (another awesome Disney show) and visited with a few characters
Anytime Annabelle found a port hole window she had to sit & have her picture made
Day 4: St Maarten- we did a tour under 2 flags. St Maarten is owned partly by the French & Dutch. We learned a lot about it’s history & even visited a true venetian carousel & ate some of the best ice cream I have ever tasted. I got Dulce de leche, Annabelle got strawberry & Tommy got Carousel. Annabelle tried a bite of mine & then decided she no longer like the strawberry- I ended up giving her mine 😦 and eating her strawberry. After our tour we got back on the boat, ate lunch & then Annabelle & I took a nap. Tommy got back off the boat to explore & ride jet ski’s.
We really needed our rest that day because it was PIRATE night! Pirate night was a blast. Parents, kids, characters & crew all dressed as pirates & it was so neat to see the whole boat participate-some a little more piratey than others but all in the spirit.
There was a pirate show on deck before dinner & after dinner by the pool deck Capt Jack Sparrow had a show-after his show they shot fireworks off the boat!
This is my favorite family picture from the whole trip:
These are the funniest pictures of the night. Tommy was still exploring St Maarten when Annabelle & I went out to meet the character in the costumes so we all got ready separately. Tommy & I never take mirror selfies but this night we did & when I looked at the pictures later that night I really LOLed (we had 4 different cameras)
Day 5 : St Thomas- We fell in love with St Thomas! It was georgous & we did not want to leave. I (actually I think WE) have wondered if we could find jobs there & relocate 🙂 We walked off the boat & walked to the sky buckets & rode them to the top of Paradise Point. We stayed on top of Paradise Point for a long time & enjoyed the beauty. We also watched a bird show (birds on roller skates, playing basketball & a bird that could ride a bike on a tight rope) it was impressive. We meet the owners of the restaurant on top of Paradise Point. They were from Alabama & move there full time a few years ago.
Annabelle tried a virgin pina colada. She liked it!
After dinner we meet Aladdin, Jasmine, Gennie & Pinocchio!
Day 6: At Sea & our 10 year Anniversary!- we spent most of the day by the pool, found some port holes so we could take me pictures, acting silly & met Tinkerbell. I am so incredibly blessed to have a wonderful family & an amazing husband who takes care of us & spoils us & still likes to act silly. I love you Tommy more than I can ever express in words or actions to show you. I am so happy that by a chance blind date we met & fell in love. Looking forward to see what the next 50+ years have in store for us.
Day 7: Castaway Cay- We woke up bright & early because Tommy & I did the Castaway Cay 5k. We saw on a few blogs before we left that Disney offered a Run Disney 5K in the Bahamas & immediately we were in! They had a special activity for the kids whose parents were participating in the 5K. Annabelle had a blast & was covered in sand when we picked her up!
We spent the rest of the day on the beach & water slide. Tommy & Annabelle went snorkeling. I was hoping they would make it back in time for me to go to-but it was time to get back on the boat. I will do it next time!
We had an AMAZING time! I hope we can start saving and planning another one soon. Disney does a wonderful job with cruising and we really enjoyed everything about our trip. Until next time Disney Fantasy-See ya real soon!
This week it has been really HOT & we have been busy with VBS. We have found time to cool off & swim 2 days this week and have had a BLAST!
For Mother’s Day I got a point & shoot small digital camera that is waterproof up to 33ft. We, adults & kids had a lot of fun playing with it at the pool.
My little mermaid may not have gone under the sea with me to take a picture but she is getting very brave & she dove it the water after a plastic swim ring & retrieved it. She loves swimming with her puddle jumper for the freedom but she also loves to jump in & swim with out it. I am hoping to get her in swimming lesson later in the summer.
Here are some of my favorite shots from Wednesday
Favorite Foto Friday!
I know I promised vacation pictures but this week has been FULL. I promise I will get them posted very soon.
This week Annabelle & I helped with Fellowship of Christian Athletes camp-ALL IN!
The verse of the week:
We were the hydration, popsicle & snack girls.
Wednesday night as a family, with 60+ other campers & staff we went to see the Savannah Sand Gnats play.
It was Annabelle’s first baseball game & our first time in Historic Grayson Stadium. We all had a great time.
and here is my favorite foto of the week.
Annabelle & her favorite “big kid”
Big kid= one of our youth members. Annabelle & her favorite big kid LOVE each other very much! I am very thankful that we get to spend time with such a wonderful group of “big kids” twice a week. We love them all !
to learn more about FCA camp click here
yeah-yeah-yeah… I know I have missed 2 FFF in a row. Boo on me! We have been busy-busy & on vacation.
This weeks pictures was taken last week & is a little sneak peek to our vacation photos:
As a family we all share a LOVE of the OCEAN! Can you guess where we are?
Unlike the past 3 years, we did not throw Annabelle a BIG birthday bash. We still had a lot of fun & celebrated a LOT!
1st Birthday cake we shared with Tommy’s family on Easter Sunday at the lake. I told her we could make her cake together but she wanted to go to Sam’s & pick one out. She did not pick a traditional birthday cake or cupcakes. She picked a triple chocolate pound cake with chocolate drizzle & shaved milk chocolate on top (can you tell she likes chocolate?! LOL)
The day before her birthday we took a Lalaloopsy cake & a pinata to school, to celebrate with her classmates.
On her actual birthday we had a fun filled day! The Brown’s went to Chick-fila with us for lunch (it is Annabelle’s favorite) We let the girls play for a while in the play area
& then, half of the Phillips’ family meet us at Lovin’ Spoons for Frozen Yogurt.
She knew about of lunch & yogurt plans but what she did not know was that we were going to go bowling too! (her very 1st time)
We came home at 520 on the dot so that she could open her presents from Tommy & I. We gave her a soccer ball & goal and the frozen movie.
Annabelle’s choice for dinner-The Rusty Pig.
After dinner we invited our neighbors down to help us finish up the last of her birthday cake.
Happy birthday sweet girl. We LOVE you!