I'm Baaaccckkk!

July 27, 2011

Well, I am Home Sweet Home. Freddie and I had such a wonderful time on our cruise. We've been operating together as "parents" for the past twelve years, I wondered how we'd do functioning strictly as a "couple". Turns out, we've still got it after all these years.

We left for Mobile, AL early Thursday morning. I decided not to wake Aubree up because I didn't want the stress of the actual separation. We said our good-byes to the big kids and we were off! The trip there was really good.

Then, the real fun began...
I snapped this pic and texted it to the kids! Yay!!!!!

We finally boarded the ship and grabbed a bite to eat, meeting up with several of Freddie's high school classmates. I must say, I did not enjoy that first lunch, but, the food certainly improved from that point on. I had over-baked fish and a salad. I ate it. I guess I shouldn't complain. It filled the hole.

We spent the afternoon catching up/meeting with Freddie's friends. I wish I could tell you what I ate at dinner that first night... I think I had the shrimp appetizer.. but, what I ate for my entree escapes me. Maybe the pirate shook me up too badly.

Sorry. I'm not the best "photo scanner person".  Humor me, please.

Freddie ended up taking out the pirate and saving the day...

Friday we spent pretty much the whole day soaking up the sun! It was really nice not having to worry about keeping track of the kids. I was able to relax. 

The next day we pulled into Cozumel. I had been to Cancun several times before, but, this was my first time in Cozumel. The water was absolutely gorgeous! It was the prettiest turquoise you've ever seen!

We took a catamaran to Passion Island where there were all sorts of things to do. We did paddle boats and water trampolines.

We had a lot of fun. Even though by Saturday morning I was crying for my kids. I missed them so much and I constantly kept thinking about how they'd love this or how they'd be doing that if they were with us. I can't wait to bring them on a cruise. I had a much harder time being separated from them than they did from me. Before the cruise, I bought them a present for each day we'd be gone- a craft basket with lots of paint and glue and wiggly eyes, a kit to make sock puppets, brownie mix, sidewalk chalk, and a card game. I also typed them a letter for each day telling them what we'd be doing and how much we missed them and loved them. It must have worked because they had so much fun! They were very excited to see us when we got home though! {Yes, I sobbed like a baby at the mere sight of them!}

I experienced several "firsts" while on this cruise. I went on my very first water slide (Yes, pathetic, I know. I live under a rock.)

I tried sushi for the first time...
I'm just pretending to be enjoying it. I don't love it.
Freddie tried it too...
I don't think he's a big fan either.
The first day of the cruise, Freddie got this lady to airbrush a tattoo of his high school mascot on his shoulder. It was really cute. 

He made sure to get his money's worth...

We had a wonderful vacation. The food was good. The service was excellent. I felt like a queen not having to worry about what to eat, when to eat, if the kids were eating, doing laundry, or cleaning the floors. I loved every minute I got to spend with Freddie. His friends turned out to be so much fun! I haven't laughed that much in a long time. We watched some really funny shows and, somehow, I managed to gain three pounds.  I cannot wait to do it again in five years. In the end, it was the perfect amount of time- long enough for us to relax and enjoy ourselves, but, by the time we pulled back into Mobile, we were ready to come home to our little children!

"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23

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