Thursday, June 17, 2010

Cruising the Carribean

So this past week was one of the BEST weeks of my life. Well, at least one of the bests. David and I set out last Thursday to drop the kids off in NC with my parents and set sail on the newest Royal Carribean cruise ship...The Oasis of the Seas. It was phenomenal!!! Our first cruise ever but definitly NOT the last. I'll just give a day by day play, and if that's too much, just skip to Wednesday because THAT is a story you don't want to miss. Oh, and most of these days are just emails I sent to the kids each day that we were gone so if it sounds like it was written to a child, that's because it was :)

The Oasis of the Seas

The balcony view off of our room.

SUNDAY: Well, it's day 2 at sea and we are having a wonderful time. This boat is the biggest boat in the world and we are definitly convinced of that. It's a very LONG walk from one end to the other. Today we were in the Bahamas for 1/2 of the day. It was REALLY hot and quite miserable. We shopped around (Chloe, we got you a present) and then headed back to the boat. After getting back and eating, we got into our bathing suits and hit the pools with our friends. They have LOTS of pools on this boat and a really neat kiddie pool where all of the kids are playing and splashing around. Then after that, I came back to read and do my Bible study and daddy went to the game room to play cards. He sat at the same table as Truett Cathy's grandsons!!! (his future bosses). I told him that he better not take their money and he just laughed!

Family band

Just a hysterical sign : especially the No thugs, etc....

This man was cleaning and selling conch shells and starfish from his boat.

The view from our balcony when we docked in Nassau

MONDAY:  Today is day 3 at sea. We have had some rain and distant thunderstorms today so the boat has been rocking a bit. Until this morning, we hadn't felt it at all, but we can tell we are moving today. It's not that bad though...we are just aware of it.
Today has been a great day. We started this morning off by attending a devotion led by Dan Cathy. It was about being a storyteller and was from the book of Joshua. After that, we had individual pictures made with Dan and then I headed to my hair appt. I ended up getting it shaped up and some highlights put in it. I'm going to have to get used to the highlights, but the girls on the boat are loving it and say it brightens my face. I just hope the color tones down a bit :)
After my hair appt, I went shopping a little and then met up with friends and went to the Broadway performance of HAIRSPRAY! It was awesome and I know you would have loved it Chloe. Tons of singing and dancing! After that, I went to watch daddy play in a volleyball tournament with some other CFA guys...namely the Cathy grandsons. While watching, I chatted up their wives and they are truly delightful! LOVED getting to know them.
Now, we are getting ready to go to dinner, then we are going to be going to the game room to play cards and to the theater to watch and/or participate in the Love and Marriage Game that they are hosting.
Oh, daddy won lots more money in the game room this morning!!! He is having so much fun too!
And...I forgot to tell you that they have a store on the boat called The Cupcake Cupboard! It is soooooo yummy (but not like a GiGi's!). I think I am going to take a cupcake decorating class later this week.

We had a formal dinner on this night. Ben Prine, David, and Matt Pennington all dressed up! Aren't they handsome?

Our friends: Ben and Christina Prine, Us, and Brittnye and Matt Pennington

TUESDAY: Today is day 4 at sea. We stopped in St Thomas today and boy was it beautiful! The ocean is the bluest water I have ever seen and speaking of water, daddy and I went on another boat called a catamaran and went snorkeling. We saw the prettiest fish ever! Do you know that we even saw a fish called a trumpet fish and one called a cow fish?!? That's pretty silly, huh? I saw today how absolutely amazing God's imagination is. He didn't just make 10 different kinds of fish, but thousands of different kinds. Pretty neat, huh?

After snorkeling, we went shopping in the downtown markets of the island and had lunch there. We were going to try eating goat, but daddy chickened out. HA! So instead we ate shrimp, fried plantains, and macaroni. It was pretty good. Chloe, there is sooooooo much beautiful jewelry here and perfect pink jewels. Everytime I look at them I think about how much you and I would love to shop here together.

The first thing we saw in St Thomas was this massive iguana just hanging out by the port.

After snorkeling all morning, we went to a local restaurant to try to local food. This was me trying to beg and sweet talk David into trying Mutton - aka goat! It didn't work :(

WEDNESDAY: Well, today (Wed) is day 5 at sea. It has definitly been THE most interesting day so far and soooooo not my type of day. We docked in St. Maarten this morning and started our day off by going to do the Laramie Tree Top Tour. Basically, we got strapped into harnesses, climbed trees, went across scary rope bridges, scary high wire things, and zip lines. We had no guide so daddy took the lead and he is really good! I on the other hand was scared out of my mind. I kept telling myself our verse "do not be afraid for I am with you." I finished about 95% of the course and then found a ladder and got the heck out of those trees. It took about 2 hours.
After that, we went into downtown and the beach front. That was fun. Daddy bought me a 14 Karat white gold ring with a 2 karat peridot and 1/4 Karat diamonds. It is beautiful and exactly what I have been wanting since we went to Mexico last year. Lots of cheap amazing jewels here Chloe. When you get big, you will have to come here with me...girls' trip!!!
While me and my friend Christina were shopping, Daddy and his friend Ben went to rest. They told us where they would be BUT when we went to find them (about 45 minutes later) they were NOT there!!! We searched ALL over that dang island for those boys! We ran up and down the street yelling their names and trying to find them. We had to be on the boat in 1 hour and still had to take a water taxi to get back to the boat. So this continued for 45 minutes and we finally just got on the water taxi without them and prayed that they would do the same and meet us at security. BUT THEN I realized that daddy had MY passport and MY cruise ID so I wasn't going to be able to get back on the ship unless I found him. I was scared out of my mind...again. So i started praying like crazy! We got back to our dock and we saw Ben, but not daddy! He said daddy had gotten on the boat to look for us and had no idea that he had my ID's. So I started crying and sobbing so the security guard let me through the first security gate and told me to just tell my story to the other 2 security gates. After I got through the first gate and rounded the corner, there stood daddy!!!!! I have never been more happy to see him. I just knew I was going to be stranded on St Maarten with no ID and no way to get back to you and Brody. Thankfully, we are now on the boat and won't get off again until we get to Florida on Saturday morning.

St Maarten - this was the French side of the island. Look at that amazing blue water.

And this was some of the homes on the dutch side of the island. So wish I had one!

THURSDAY and FRIDAY: these were days we were at sea and spent them just relaxing by the pools, shopping on the boat, and hanging out with our friends.  We docked back in Florida on Saturday morning and were reunited with our kids that evening. We were not able to talk to them on the phone at all while we were gone and that was SO hard! However, on the 11 hour ride back to TN on Sunday, we had plenty of talk time and made up for the week of being apart ;)

On the boardwalk of the ship.

My handsome hubbs

The water show in the Aqua Theater

Carousel on the boardwalk

Our group again on the farewell reception night

And because I think he is totally last pic of David

Here are a few facts about the Oasis - VERY INTERESTING -
Ship Highlights
Guest Capacity: 5,400 double occupancy
Gross Tonnage: 220,000
Staterooms: 2,700
Decks: 16 high
7 distinctly designed neighborhoods including:
Vitality at Sea Spa and Fitness
Sports Zone
H2O Zone aqua park for kids
4 pools and 10 whirlpools
tranquil poolside Solarium area
2 Flowriders®, sports courts, mini-golf and Zip line
Entertainment Place
Casino Royale
Studio B, featuring ice shows
Opal Theater - 1,380-seat venue
Blaze Nightclub, Jazz on 4, Comedy Live
Dazzles, featuring musical spectacles ranging from big band to disco
Youth Zone
Play - open gym and activity area
Adventure Ocean Theater and Science Lab
The Workshop - includes activities such as jewelry making & scrapbooking
Royal Babies & Royal Tots - nursery service
Teen Areas including Fuel disco, The Living Room lounge, the Back Deck and more

1 comment:

6L's said...

amazing boat! hair looks fab...not too bright at all! :)