Friday, February 28, 2014

Bahamas Cruise (part 1) …travel and places we stayed

Okay so here we go…the first of five post that are coming from my trip to the Bahamas. I took over two thousand pictures and sorting them is really hard. If you can imagine=)

So this is pictures all the airports, planes, hotels, places we slept etc. I had my camera around my neck for seven days straight. Definitely a first for me=) It was weird - we’d sit down to eat and I was always looking for a place to set my camera.

It was a great experience.

This was this country girls first time on a plane…I didn’t know what to expect. And Christina was of no help it was her first time as well. We felt so out of place or you could say comfort zone…you can read about my customs experience here. We had pretty small planes on three of our four flights. Our ears popped…Christina’s worse than mine.

We had a guy with “ant in his pants” sitting in front of us on the first flight…seriously this guy couldn't sit still at all. He fell asleep once for a bit, then the stuartist woke him up to ask if he wanted a something to drink….SERIOUSLY! Not him, let him sleep… 

On our second flight from Newark to Miami was three hours…and we have a baby in the back that won’t stop crying (unless he could run in the aisle.) I not particularly fond of children in this phase of my life and a crying one is definitely hard for me to handle.

We didn’t have seats together on our third flight from Miami to Cleveland…that was hard and we couldn’t even text of course. I was seated near the front and Christina was in the very back of the plane. We had a lot of turbulence on that one…I knew she was freaking out, and it made it worse for her that I wasn’t with her. I felt sorry for the person sitting next to her=)

Our fourth flight was amazing…it was over way to fast=)


Both of us Sunday morning before heading to the airport…scared but excited. IMG_5236


Our dad took us to the airport (it started to snow that morning on top of a slight thaw and the roads were super slick) He stayed with us until we had to go through security. It meant a lot to have him there. He was the last person we saw from our family leaving and the first we saw on our return. Gotta love an awesome dad=)IMG_5249

I think she was about as nervous as she looked…=)IMG_5260





That night we stayed in a hotel in Miami…we couldn’t board our ship until noon the next dayIMG_5309

Elevator…and who doesn’t like to take pictures in an elevator?!?!IMG_5313

Over looking Miami from our hotel window. My first view of palm trees…they are amazing! IMG_5318


it was so warm=)IMG_5348




Okay here’s our stateroom on the ship. Yeah we shared a bed… Our temperature was always off. We had come from below zero degree weather to tropical heat. For the first couple of days whenever I was inside I was freezing from the air conditioning. The result Christina was always boiling in our room…sorry girl! Our room was really tiny feeling when we first stepped in, but after a few hours we didn’t feel that way anymore….except for the bathroom that never felt big=)IMG_5414



The first night we couldn’t figure out how to use the hot water… we both took freezing showers. Then the next morning we called and got it all figured out. Such an easy fix, we felt dumb for not figuring it out ourselves. IMG_7086

The precious TY. the only “electronic” we had for the four days on the cruise and half of the cannels were in Spanish. IMG_7092

This is kinda hard to see but that’s the bathroom door to the right of the picture and the closet on the left. And that red door is the door to the hall way. Can you start to get an idea of how tight it was?IMG_5968

On the way home…the airport in Cleveland Ohio had these huge paper airplanes hanging from the celling.IMG_7094


Our flight was canceled due to the weather so after we stood in line for several long hours at the service desk, we claimed our luggage and headed to a hotel for the night.   IMG_7096

It was so nice to sleep in separate beds and in a large room…we just stood there and were like our room on the ship was so small or this is huge=)IMG_7107

We went to the Cleveland mall for fun that night…and ate Thai food, nothing beats that!IMG_7120


No we didn’t buy these…IMG_7126

The next morning. We had service! =)IMG_7140

I loved Cleveland. Such a neat town…couldn’t believe I’d never been there. I think I was just glad to be surrounded with people who spoke the same language as me. In Miami and on the ship we were the minority. IMG_7174

The next day our 12:00 pm flight was delayed twice. I was tired of airport food by this time (more like the price of airport So were sitting there and starting to think that this flight might be cancelled and we might have to wait one more day to get home…

and then over the airport speakers Michael Buble began to sing “Home” …perfect just what we needed. This verse of the song that I had never paid attention to took on a whole new meaning that day.

…”Another aeroplane
Another sunny place
I’m lucky, I know
But I wanna go home
Mmmm, I’ve got to go home”

On our fourth and final flight=) HOMEWARD BOUND!!! This was a very short flight, we ate chocolates, talked and laughed.IMG_7195

Traded phones and listened to each others play list…so fun=)IMG_7199

From the wind window…Indy never looked so good.IMG_7201


IMG_7210Just traveling was a big part of the trip and if we’d had done nothing more than this I would have still enjoyed this trip very much! Christina is an awesome travel companion and I can’t thank her enough for taking off work to join me. As my best friend it was awesome to get to share these experiences together.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

~Photo-a-day~ Feb. 19-25

Hey everyone!
It’s Wednesday! I love Wednesdays because I finally get into the swing of the work week, after getting off my normal schedule from the weekend. I try my best not to stay up late over the weekend but living in the same house with all these “night hawks” makes it kinda hard…=) I take all the blame though I could easily go to bed but it’s always funner (I know that’s not a word=) hanging out with all my awesome siblings and or friends.
Enjoy the pictures below and don’t forget to tell me which photo is your favorite=) And I promise my Bahama cruise pictures are coming…soon…

Day 50
~lights~ IMG_7302-001

Day 51
~in a pocket~
Christina ready for work…right before she walked out the door I noticed her pocket and was like STOP I gotta get a picture of IMG_7315-001

Day 52
My baby’s eyes…they’re beautiful!IMG_7333-001

Day 53
My diary…see what you get to see with this photo-a-day thing?!?! and not one gets to read my diary…=)IMG_7354-001

Day 54
~favorite thing~
My favorite thing are “fat baby” boots…they are so comfortable. I would wear them over any shoe if I could.IMG_7388-001

Day 55
~listening to…~
Listening to my sister talking…I have to remember to enjoy this time while were young and our lives allow us to be together someday I will look back and really miss these days.IMG_7420-001

Day 56
~every day I…~
Every day I brush my teeth three times=) With braces brushing your teeth is something you cannot and won’t forget to do. IMG_7437-001

Happy Wednesday!!!
Let me know what you think=)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

~Photo-a-day~ Feb. 12-18

It’s late, but I wanted to get this post up before tomorrow. Life has been super crazy the past few days. This weekend was spent with family. Jonathan and his boys stopped in Saturday night. Grace came out for the weekend. And then my oldest sister came by for lunch on Sunday and Joseph showed up Sunday night…just to hang out. So it was a fun weekend just didn’t get a lot of stuff like this post done. Also on Saturday I attended the The Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show…so many people were there…and if you weren’t in camo you were out of place=) I didn’t take my camera along, just used my phone camera for a few pictures I felt I needed to get. It was actually nice not having it for once. I think I kinda get wrapped up in taking the pictures I forget to just relax and have a good time.

Day 43


one of the many things for sale on the capital island of the Bahamas…IMG_6296-001

Day 44


looks so good!!!! Cheese cake is there anything better? I’ll answer that=) Nope!IMG_7032-001

Day 45

~love is…~

love is…calling my mom as soon as we reach Miami Florida after visiting the Bahamas. We had to turn our phones off due to data roaming. We hadn’t talked to anyone back home since we left. I woke up Friday morning looked out the window and woke Christina up and we both turned our phones on. I had to wait on my to quit buzzing for a bit…I had a lot of text and emails that were just now coming through. IMG_7064-001

Day 46

~I dislike…~

I dislike snow when I cancels our flight home. Our flight was cancelled on Friday due to the snow and on Saturday it was delayed twice. We had to spend the night in Cleveland Ohio Friday night. Talk about getting so close to home and then not being able to go…don’t worry we made the best of it and went to the mall=)IMG_7171-001

Day 47

~around town~IMG_7258-001

Day 48

~what I wore~

Not the best looking outfit…now looking at it this picture I’m wondering why I left my jacket on…IMG_7265-001

Day 49


sunshine coming through my window at work. I was very fortunate that the day I had this word the sun was actually shining.IMG_7283-001

Happy Tuesday everyone=)