Sunday, November 13, 2011

What I missed (the cruise re-cap)

Okay, the cruise. 
5 days, no kids. 
I napped everyday. Long, dead-to-the-world naps.
You know you're a mom when sleep is the most luxurious thing you can think of. Aw, sleep, glorious sleep. The cruise director invited us to eat til we were tired and sleep til we were hungry. And we followed directions. 

Man did we eat!  

Mmmm, desserts!!!!

Yummy dinners every night
Our waiter was great, whenever he presented our entree, he'd say "Oo. la, la"

Unlimited hot chocolate on tap!
And unlimited sushi (only Ben was excited about that)

That pineapple salsa was amazing!
All you can eat Mexican buffet, from 11-1

The cruise stopped two places. Catalina Island, just off the California coast. There were all these little golf carts you could rent to drive around, but Ben and I rented electric bikes instad...way cooler!!! Little throttle and your going 20 miles/hour. At one point we were following this little golf cart up a pretty steep hill and this little old lady was nudging her husband, saying look at her! She's barley pedalling!

see the cruise ship? ( I think aviator pics are so fun!)
There was this super cute house with all these painted pots, and I just wanted to take pictures of them all day!
Our second stop was in Ensenada, Mexico. 

We took a bus to the famous "blow hole", which wasn't as blowy as the posters claimed, but there were fun little shops. Ben bought I hat (cuz he needs another one, just like I need another purse, which I also bought) so I wore his cowboy hat he bought in Mexico two years ago. Man was I a target, "Hey cowgirl!! Hey cowgirl, come see my shop!" Man, Vivint should do their sales training down there!

It's always nice to get some time with the hubby. We did a cruise two years ago, but we had friends with us. Being just with Ben always reminds me how much I love (and like) him.

Ben and I actually realized we have NEVER flown together just us. And  just sitting together on our lay overs, or snuggling on the plane (reading the first hunger games book...Ben would skim the lovey parts and get annoyed cuz I'd slow down and enjoy them) It was nice.

But the overall feeling of the cruise. Was it relaxing? yes. 
Was it fun? sure. But I missed. Not only did I miss my kids , but I missed...growing. I felt like I was the exact same person that got on the boat as got off (maybe a little less tired!) A week of being a mom on the other hand? It just constantly stretches and challenges you. Just everyday forces you to progress, and learn. I missed that. 

Man I missed my kids! (One of the reasons I'm so converted to the concept of kidless vacations, is because it really does make me aware of how deeply I love em, how even after just a few days, I ache to hold them, instead of shooing them away, so I can "get something done") The last hour of our flight we just watched videos of the kids of our phones.

I didn't' miss laundry though. And just as I was about to get all stressed Saturday thinking I had so much to do, not wanting to get miserably behind with Ben going out of town next week, and  I find this in the kids' suitcase....

Both the babysitters had washed all my kids clothes and all I had to do was put them was such a treat! Seriously though, the two friends I left my kids with (Levi and Aaron one place and McKye at another, so he wouldn't torture the other two) my kids are probably better off at their houses! McKye did start calling our one friend "Daddy!" along with the other kids. And I think Levi just ate up all the extra attention from the "little mamas", and their son excited to have "little brothers" for a change.  This was the note in ther suitcase:
Amazing. Didn't worry about the kids at all.

The cruise was full of people trying to have fun and be happy.
"Everywhere you look today, you will find promises of happiness. Ads in magazines promise total bliss if you will only buy a certain outfit, shampoo, or makeup [or cruise vacation]...
We all search for happiness, and we all try to find our own “happily ever after.” The truth is, God knows how to get there! And He has created a map for you; He knows the way. He is your beloved Heavenly Father, who seeks your good, your happiness. He desires with all the love of a perfect and pure Father that you reach your supernal destination. The map is available to all. It gives explicit directions of what to do and where to go to everyone who is striving to come unto Christ...All you have to do is trust your Heavenly Father. Trust Him enough to follow His plan." Pres Uchtdorf "Your Happily Ever After"
And the plan means growth, and trials and everyday endurance. Hourly developing just a little more patience, a little more love. The plan involves opposition in all things. 
The cruise, (the carefreeness, the laziness) was an "opposite" from my day to day, and it helped me appreciate the enduring. 

Annnnnnnnd it's back to life. Back to growing. 
Ask me how I feel about that Monday, around 4:30ish...


Crystal HW said...Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for this post, Chels......I needed the reminder.

cc said...Best Blogger Tips

Sounds like you guys had an awesome time!! I love all of the pics:) We'll have to catch up this week:)

Barb said...Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for the pics...we enjoyed Catalina just a few weeks ago, and I probably was one of those old lady on the golf cart admiring you young'uns 'hardly peddling'!

Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft said...Best Blogger Tips

Hey, I am friends with Neisa and saw you on Facebook. Cute blog! I added you to my Google Reader. :)

Marie said...Best Blogger Tips

What a great holiday! You look mighty foxy in a cowboy hat!

I'm glad that the boys did so well at their sitter's houses. And what a treat to find washed clothes in their bags!

Amy said...Best Blogger Tips

Ooooh fun, I didn't know you went on another cruise! Yay! Catalina Island is on my want to see list, now you've made me even more curious about it.

Chelsea Belle said...Best Blogger Tips

Love Neisa! any friend of hers...
CC yup we sure do, before your off to the tropic (for much longer than my 5 days too)
Amy, it was fun...we'd pick Royal Caribbean again over Carnival though...can you believe it's been two years!

Amy said...Best Blogger Tips

No, I can't believe it. Ben reminds me of Aubey. He spends hours looking at travel, only to hear me say "No, not this year, we can't afford it." He's so anxious to go on another cruise. Good to know about Carnival, we've considered it even though we've heard it's not as good. But, St. Marie's swear by Carnival when you're taking the kids. Cheaper, and they have lots for kids to do. Hmmm, we'll see. I'd love to take the whole family on a cruise someday, but I see that about a decade away. In the meantime, I want a few more vacations sans children (I like both, travel with and without the kids), and maybe an all inclusive trip. Waaaay cheaper and more relaxing. Oh, and did the ship rock you to sleep? My best sleep in years was on the ship. Love it.

Chelsea Belle said...Best Blogger Tips

Amy...yes there were LOTS of kids on Carnival (I woke up to a baby crying a cross the hall every morning...the irony..but it was all good cuz it wasn't MY baby and I could go back to sleep!)
Because we were so last minute we had a room with a window, I liked the interior cabins, when you could lay down for an afternoon nap and it might as well be midnight. I love being "rocked" to sleep...I also sleep really good on the train this summer too...airplanes though? the worst