Fresh Face Friday: A great trip.

I’m linking up with We Took the Road Less Traveled for her Fresh Face Friday link-up.

She gave us a prompt last week to write about the greatest trip of our life, so that is what I’m doing today…

You’re probably expecting me to write about my honeymoon, right? Because that was probably one of my most favorite vacations ever. It was so very much needed after all that wedding planning stress, but no that is not the trip I’m writing about.

In February of 2012 Steve and I took a cruise with my parents. It is now the cruise we lovingly refer to as “the Sydney cruise”… because, well… we came home with the best little souvenir we could have ever imagined.

We sailed aboard the Carnival Pride and visited Cape Canaveral, Florida, Grand Cayman, and Freeport.

Our first two days were spent at sea since we sailed out of Baltimore. And what did we do?

Well, duh.

Well, duh.

My dad and I enjoyed some fruity drinks… and ate as much as we could (thank you buffet!)

Relaxing.

Relaxing.

We also spent some time relaxing in these hammocks. It was a little colder until we got further south so there wasn’t a whole lot of sun tanning going on but these were still a nice place to relax and let the day pass by.

Our first port was Cape Canaveral. My mom was super excited about this port because of the Kennedy Space Center. So that is where we went that day. It was actually a bit of a chillier day so I’m glad we didn’t plan any water activities or we probably would have been a little cold.

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Obviously, I was excited. (and I think it took us like five tries to get that photo…. they’re not easy that’s for sure!)

Inside a pod

Inside a pod

Mom and I hanging out inside a pod… they were definitely small AND rather difficult to get in and out of.

We spent our second day at the beach in the Cayman Islands. It ended up being the nicest day we had for any of our ports of call so it was the perfect day to spend at the beach!

Beach day!

Beach day!

Our third port of call was in Freeport. We were supposed to go deep sea fishing (my dad’s excursion choice…) but the weather was really uncooperative and the seas were apparently too rough to go out so they canceled it. Instead we spent our day at the Freeport straw market and spent all the money we saved by not going on the excursion!

Yay shopping!

Yay shopping!

We had 2 more sea days on the return trip and it was a nice way to end the trip. Relax on the front end, fun in the middle, relax on the way back.

Plus this.

Martini tasting!

Martini tasting!

A martini tasting? Why don’t mind if I do! And I did. And they were delicious. And now I want a martini.

We also enjoyed some wonderful dinners. I think my favorite is the fancy dinner because it’s usually the one with the lobster. And, as it turns out, you can really order as much food as you want at dinner. Like 2 entrees? Get them both. Thankfully we learned that early in the trip so we could really maximize the whole free food aspect of the cruise. (I’m all about free especially when it comes to delicious food!)

Mom and Dad.

Mom and Dad.

Aren’t they cute?!

and so are we…

Love

Love.

And there you have it folks. The vacation that I will never forget and will always be glad we took.

We Took the Road Less Traveled

Advertisements

I’m from the country…

…and I like it that way.

I love that song. Anyway… last Friday night we did what any family would do when the fair is in town. We went to the rodeo. Because it is awesome. I wish we had stayed later but no one we were with seemed interested and we had to get home to get Sydney to bed, but next year? I’m going. And I’m going early so I can actually get a seat in the stands so I can actually see much better.

We got there a little before the rodeo so that we could eat (fried oreos, obviously)

Red velvet fried oreos.

Red velvet fried oreos.

Those were basically the best thing I have ever had. I love fried oreos, but this year. Oh this year. Regular fried oreos were out done by these little bites of heaven topped with cream cheese and powdered sugar. If you ever see these you should really do yourself a huge favor and get them.

After eating we went to see the animals! Sydney loved the horses…but only after we walked away from them. She wanted nothing to do with them while we were up next to a horse, but walk away and she would freak her little freak out because hor(se!)

horse!

horse!

That horse was SUPER friendly. He (?) loved the attention he was getting from all the fair goers. He also was showing off his ribbons by grabbing them and waving them around. It was funny.

There are all kinds of animals – cows, sheep, goats, pigs, and a variety of chickens/ducks/etc. We wandered through the animals as we waited for the rodeo and I think this was my favorite sheep.

sheep trying to be a zebra

sheep trying to be a zebra

We walked through the Young McDonalds Farm, which basically just has some baby animals but I really just like taking our picture with this. I think it’s going to be an annual thing to see how we change from year to year. And it’s cute.

IMG_6611

Top is 2014. Bottom is 2013.

We also took a photo opp with the John Deere tractors. She loved being up on this. Grandpa has a riding lawn mower and she loves riding it with him and apparently being up on this tractor was just as much fun for her. She didn’t want to get down.

Nothin runs like a Deere.

Nothin runs like a Deere.

And then one last photo. Because it melts my heart.

These two. <3

These two. ❤

And that was basically our Friday night. It’s nice living out here.

My man

This is Steven. He’s my love.

April 2014.

April 2014.

We’ve been together for 10 years this year (married for 6). Which… just wow. We’ve had some ups and downs (because if someone tells you they haven’t they are lying big fat lies). I can’t say I’ve honestly enjoyed every second of it, and maybe there are some things I would change, but overall he’s the one my heart wants and I’m so glad I’m the one his heart wants.

His second love (behind his family, at least I hope it’s behind us!!) is baseball.

ALL THINGS BASEBALL.

The baseball field. His happy place.

The baseball field. His happy place.

He coaches; he watches; he’ll play if he gets the chance. Spring and summer we live and breathe baseball around here. And then in the fall too, because duh. Oh and winter? Lessons and winter workouts. Look at that. He manages to get baseball in all year… how clever of him.

He’s passionate though. I have to give him that. He’s trying very hard to make a career out of it (not by playing… he had to give that up many moons ago though I’m sure if someone gave him the opportunity he’d still try to make that happen).

When he’s not doing something baseball related he’s so very much in to this girl.

She stole his heart.

She stole his heart.

And then maybe a little less in to this girl now that some other girl stole her thunder. (I’m cool with it. I wouldn’t have it any other way)

Our wedding day.

Our wedding day.

He loves us and he doesn’t let us forget it.

And we are so very lucky to be able to love him back.

Thirty.

Over the weekend my favorite guy turned 30.

THIRTY. 

I can’t even believe we’re old enough to be doing that. But then again, I sometimes can’t believe we think we’re old enough to start making tiny humans. Guess it’s too late to change our minds on that one haha.

But seriously. This guy, I’ve known him since high school – even though we weren’t really friends back then. And we were 21 when we started dating. We had just entered our 20’s and life was full of fun and not full of adult responsibilities. This coming February we’ll celebrate 9 years of being an us and that seems like a really long time, but at the same time our life together is still so young.

I do have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that we’re entering a whole new decade. Well, he is… I’ve decided that I’ll just follow in my Mom’s footsteps and stay 29 until my daughter catches on that there is no way that I can STILL be 29m

Either way, he’s 30 and I’ll always be 29.

Happy birthday baby. 
I love you to the moon and back!