Saturday, March 2, 2013

Janie's 1st Birthday

Look at our little sweetheart! It seems like yesterday we brought her home from the hospital. She is such a good baby. Today was the first time she threw a tantrum and it was when I took my phone away from her. It was really cute, actually. She loves to climb the stairs, wrinkle her nose, suck on her blankies and chew on her crib. Tomorrow, we are having cookies and milk to celebrate. We got her her first baby and her very own talking phone. Every tiny ounce of my being is so in love with this darling baby! I love her! Oh how I love her! Happy Happy Birthday Janie Mae!




























Thursday, February 28, 2013

Crazy Cruise to the Caribbean

We had the best time! We took a 7 day cruise to the Southern Caribbean with the Petersons and it was a beautiful vacation! We did it all! Bud and I each gained 4 pounds from all of the food, played a lot of cards, laughed a lot, rode in a lot of taxis and best of all...relaxed! It was a blast!

First stop...St. Thomas. We took a ferry and went to St. John's instead. St. Thomas was pretty run down, but St John's was beautiful! We started the day off on a hike to this beach...

 We also started off with some pasty white Utah winter skin...
 Angie and Natalie....
 On the hike...
Chris and Jamie...
 The beautiful beach at the bottom. We swam, snorkeled, played a little football and Jamie said she saw a "shark"... Hahaha. Just kidding, Jamie. I believe you!
Not happy about this picture, but she was MIA most of the trip, so this is one of the only pictures I got of my momma...

 Just chillin...
 Rinsing off...
 Taking the taxi back to the port..

 We stopped to enjoy some chips and salsa that tasted like it was straight from a Pace bottle and enjoyed some local culture...




 We enjoyed a few evenings at the comedy club...


Mikey and I also found our way to the top of the ship the first night for a little somethin somethin...JK  JK
 A little shuffle board on our second day which was our only day at sea...


 Formal night...

 Josh showing off his moves...
Our whole group. Jake, Angie, Sam, Mary, Josh, Jess, Ben, Nat, Jamie, Chris, Bud, Mom, Dad, Me...
 Our next stop, my favorite, Barbados. We took a catamaran and went snorkeling with some turtles and at a shipwreck. It was so relaxing and fun! A great day!...
 Supermodels...
 America's Next Top Model...
 Sweet bros...
 Gettin frisky...
 Gettin friskier...
 I love you, Jack. Don't ever let go!...
 This is the life!...
 Mary, Some creeper, Jamie and Chris...
 Kye was great! Him and Natalie...
 Zoolander...
 The beach we got dropped off to...
 Chris and Jamie...
 Ben and Natalie...
 Next stop, St. Lucia. It was the most lush, green and beautiful island! It was a long ride in the squishy van, but I'm glad we saw all that we did...
 Shout out to you, Del!...
The Pitons...

 We also stopped for a mud bath that came from the volcano above. The mud was HOT HOT HOT! He's sexy and he knows it...
 Hahahahahahahaha...
 Nice...
 Hulk...
 Gettin frisky too...
 It was a bad day to wear a white suit...
 Mud...
 After the mud bath, we went to some beautiful botanical gardens and walked to a waterfall. The waterfall was pretty lame, but it's surroundings were beautiful!...


You can only imagine how ticked Sam was to be going to some botanical gardens...
Best friends forever...
 In our walk through the gardens, I saw a baby that reminded me so much of Janie. This was probably my hardest day being away from the kids. It made me cry to see that baby!
 For our last hour, we took a short ferry to a nice beach with a rope swing. We ate some fresh coconut and poor Jake cut his foot. This is where we collected a bunch of seashells to bring home to Claire. She loves them!...


 Our friend climbed this tree for us...

 That night, we enjoyed dinner and watched the sunset outside our window. We had the best waiter! We'll never forget our good friend, Ernesto!
 Is this how you do a duck face? So awkward...
 Next, we loved going to St. Kitts! We went to a beach and relaxed all day and ate some delicious local food...
 We went paddle boarding, too which was one of my favorite things that we did. So fun!... I have to brag that Mikey fell about 100 times and I did not fall once. Woop! Here's Bud...
 Here I am starting out...
 Like a pro...

 I will admit, I totally lost control and the waves took me to the beach and I ran into a bunch of people. I couldn't stop laughing...
 Relaxing under our cabana. That sand was HOT HOT HOT!

 Our last stop was St. Maarten. Such a beautiful place!
 We went sailing and did a Regatta Race. It was awesome and I'm so glad we did it! Riding the ferry to the boat...
 That's the sail boat we raced...
 Mikey getting in trouble, but too distracted by his awesomeness to notice...
 The crew...
 Rita and Jess...
 Ben, watch that hand...
 Steering the boat...
 Next, we went to a beach that was right by the airport. You can stand here and when the planes take off, you better hold on for dear life or it will blow you away!...

 I stood back to take pictures...
 Can you spot Mary out there?...
 The planes fly right above you before landing. This was a beautiful beach and the water felt so good to swim in. We also saw a topless lady which Josh and Ben just LOVED!...
 Stopped to grab a burger and people watch...
 Hey look! We got a tan...
I would recommend going on this cruise to anyone! We went with Carnival Cruise Lines where the entertainment was a bit cheap, but we didn't care. We had a great time as a family. The trip was a bit long to be away from the kids, but they survived and so did we thank heavens. I had never left Caleb or Janie before, so it was a happy reunion to come home to them and Claire! We woke them up at around midnight and Claire gave me the biggest hug she has ever given me. Caleb woke up and looked at me and didn't say a word, just gave me a big kiss and Janie was ticked I woke her up. I love my family so much and a long vacation being away like this is such a great reminder of the great life that we have. I feel rejuvenated and it was so great having Bud all to myself for 8 days with no distractions. I can't wait for our next vacation already!