August 10, 2017

1st Day of School

Today marks the 1st day of school for my kiddos. 1st grade and 5th grade. I am loving these ages as they are so much more independent this year. I was totally that Mom that just dropped them off in the car rider line this am and yelled, "Have a great 1st day." Then drove away.  I'll walk them in another day.  There was ZERO parking and we were early so I told them they could just go on in by themselves. Surprisingly, my oldest was the one that was the saddest about it. The younger one NEVER skipped a beat.  

So here is a pic from before we left home. It was raining outside so they are in our living room. Luckily, it had about stopped raining when we got to school for all those people going in and out.

  She looks like she's trying to call her friends on Mars. 

I've prayed and prayed for our school and our kids for this year. I will continue to do so. Here's to a great school year.

June 15, 2017

15 Years

15 years of wedding bliss today. Ha. Bliss??  Yeah. It's not always rainbows and sunshine but we are fierce. We fight for each other. We fight against each other. But I wouldn't trade him for anything. Well, maybe.


He's a keeper. I mean, at this point, I can't get rid of him? He knows too much. hahaha

Happy anniversary to the only one that's ever spent this much time with me and wasn't related to me. 

Here's to 60 more!

We spent a lovely weekend in Natchez, MS last weekend. We had a great time with some other friends who were also celebrating their anniversary. 

May 25, 2017

We made it!


We made it friends. I never thought this year was going to end, even thought it FLEW by.

I now officially have a 1st and 5th grader. CRAZINESS.

A few pics from Kindergarten graduation.

 This faces about sums up her thoughts on Kindergarten. HA

And one of my now 5th grader at Awards Day.


January 13, 2017

Cruise Day 5 - Grand Cayman

I'm trying my best to get these cruise posts finished!

Day 5 was my favorite day of the entire trip.  Grand Cayman.  It was also towel animal day (where they make a ton of towel animals and put them all over the Lido deck).  I knew we didn't have anything scheduled and it was just going to be the Hubs and I.

We did know this was a tendered port so we went ahead and got up and ready to go in plenty of time. The water in Grand Cayman was the most beautiful I have EVER seen. I thought it was clear and nice at Grand Turk 2 years ago but this was better.

After navigating the junk at the port, we found a cab driver that would take us for $4 a person to the Royal Palms, along 7 Mile Beach (the island is only 8 miles if that tells you anything!), which is a private resort that has an area people from the cruise ships can come to for food, pool and beach. It only costs us $2 each to enter so that was also a plus. We were worried it would be packed but it was not bad. We found a nice spot in the sand and set up shop. We swam, rented snorkel gear and saw lots of cool fish and just chilled. It was nice to be off the boat and still relaxing. I remember very vividly this day that I was out in that clear blue water, just floating. For a long time. I couldn't hear anything and I couldn't see anything (I closed my eyes). I didn't have a care in the world. This was THE MOST relaxed I think I have honestly ever been. And it was AMAZING. 

The staff here was nice and the bathrooms were super clean. They also had a swim up pool and bar that we never even went to.  Oops. Too much time in the ocean.

 We hopped on a cab back toward the port. As we rode, the driver told us some things about Grand Cayman. It's a very rich place.  A gallon on milk there is like $8, gas was $6 a gallon. Goodness. It was nice but I'm not sure we could ever afford to visit or live there.

I will say that Grand Cayman was beautiful. Everyone we talked to on the cab and later had a pleasant experience. Some people in our cab had done a Carnival excursion where they put a submarine helmet type thing on you and you walk along the ocean floor and get to see all kinds of cool ocean life. She went on and on about how wonderful it was.

We made it back on the ship a little early since we wanted to make sure we grabbed a tender (we didn't want to get left behind, even though it wouldn't have been terrible...).

We showered and got ready for another awesome dinner. We also got to see some amazing scenes as we set sail. 

 Oh, and this is why you take a Carnival excursion and not a private one. They will wait on you if the excursion is late. We had already set sail and stopped for not one, but TWO boats to tender out to us with guests. Yikes! 

This was by far my absolute favorite part of our entire trip. I don't even remember what we ate or what we did that night but I remember that beach and water like I was just there yesterday. Soooooo relaxing.

This one was for Lisa.

Hopefully, I can wrap up these posts soon. No promises. Ha.
Next up, Cozumel!

December 13, 2016

Cruise Day 4 - Montego Bay

We had the BEST weather all week on this cruise.

After 2 amazing sea days, we arrived at Montego Bay, Jamaica. I have never been here before so I was excited to see some new things. We booked an excursion for a Jeep ride and hidden waterfall tour. I wasn't sure what to expect but we really enjoyed it. I wish it had been a little longer but we had plenty of time to get back on the ship and hit up the waterslides (well, I was the only one in our group that did but it was fun!).

We had the BEST tour guide named Earl. He was a local and had never been off the island. He was so passionate about his home and wanted everyone to know all about it. We did get to see some rather poor areas of Jamaica though. 

This was the view when we docked. Not too bad.

I will say this. It's HOT there. Felt like about June in Mississippi. And that's year round. But it's beautiful! 

We met Earl and started our excursion.

 First, he took us to the ritzy neighborhood on the top of the island. The views were out of this world.

After that, we rode through some of the poorer parts of Montego Bay. We went to this old church.

The base of this tree is used as a shelter when hurricanes and other storms come. Crazy.


This is a school just below the church. You could see the kids all playing outside. Their education system is pretty good there, if you can get into the private schools.

They open these windows for ventilation. I can't imagine.

The next leg of the trip was interesting. Earl drove us down some rough terrain toward what they call "butt crack mountain."  If you look at it from far away, it looks like a heart but they say guests keep saying it looks like a butt crack.

Earl would stop along the way and tell us more history about the island.
In this overgrown stuff, something important happened but I don't remember what. I'm terrible at remembering anything historical. 

After a fun yet bumpy ride, we arrived at the hidden water fall. There is a pretty famous waterfall in Jamaica called Dunns River Falls. I wanted to go there but the hubby did not. He said everyone would be there. Which might be true but I'll never know. 

However, this hidden waterfall was pretty amazing. It was much smaller than what I've seen of Dunns River Falls.  The water was COLD. So very refreshing. 

I brought my swimsuit but no one else in our group brought theirs so I didn't put mine on. I kind of wish I had once I stepped off into that cold water. It felt sooo good after being all hot and sweaty.

PS - I didn't know hubby was taking this pic. Or I would have looked at him and smiled.

After the hidden waterfall and an orange to eat, we headed back toward the place we were eating. They had a little gift shop and jerk chicken to eat. 

They have some of the largest bamboo in the world here. Some were over 100 feet tall. And the stalks were pretty thick too.

 Earl also showed us some more places along the way. This one used to be a bank. Well, it was a house and they owner started a bank beside his house. I think. 

This was the view we had while we ate lunch.


Riding through the streets of Jamaica in the back of the Jeep. They are terrible, crazy drivers there.

The view on the way back to the boat.

Hubby met a friend on the way back on the ship. We had to check our pockets to make sure our 'friend' didn't slip us something! I bought a Christmas present here for a co-worker and was given some $2 bills. We gave this guy one of them. 

Since we got back on the ship pretty early and a lot were still off, I decided it was time to try the water slides. Plus, I was HOT. Nobody wanted to do them with me. So I found some kids and asked them about which was their favorite. And I went down them both and had a blast. And got cooled off. So then I continued on to my favorite reading spot, in the sun.

We were out on the top decks when we left, which is one of my favorite things to do. You can watch the guy that comes on board to help park the boat, jump off onto a small boat to whisk him away.  Plus, it's just amazing to watch that HUGE boat navigate some of those small spaces.

After we departed, we came back and showered and got ready for dinner.

More singing and dancing!

Then we went to the nightly show and then to the Comedy show. We had a great time and I was kind of tired after all that heat and sun.

Day 5 is Grand Cayman, my absolute most favorite day of the entire cruise!