caribbean cruise.

A couple weeks ago, hubby and I were able to put aside the routine of everyday life and take a week for ourselves. We went on a Caribbean cruise. We left Miami and spent two full days at sea, which was just enough time to spend exploring the boat and all 22 bars and restaurants that it had to offer; an ice bar at -11 degrees being one of them.

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Our first port was Jamaica where we spent 8 hours in the beautiful jungle zip-lining, river tubing and climbing Dunn’s River Falls. It was such a fun experience, and really eye-opening to see the Jamaican lifestyle. The very narrow two-lane roads are not big enough for two cars to pass so when that needs to happen, its a matter of playing chicken to see who will give up first, whether or not there is a 200 foot drop on either side of you. We saw a lot of wild cattle, goats and chicken roaming around near the road, all of which are very tasty according to our tour-guide, eek! We also saw many people standing alongside the road and our tour-guide said that when a person needs to go to school, work, or to the village, they stand along side the road until a form of public transportation comes by. It could be minutes or even hours before that happens. Being higher up in the mountain, the amount of traffic that goes by is much less than closer to town, increasing the time for a car to come by. It seemed like a very laid back lifestyle. And no matter what the circumstance, in Jamaica it’s “No problem Mon.”

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The next day we were in Grand Cayman. It was the first beautiful, hot day so we took full advantage of it at Tiki Beach with our toes in the sand, crystal clear waters, a bbq lunch and all you can drink. Many, many Rum & Punch drinks later and a lot of much needed sun, we missed the bus back to the boat and had to catch a taxi to port [all part of the adventure, right?] where we stopped at the local Green Parrot Bar for a signature Green Parrot drink before getting on the small tender to bring us back to the boat.

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The last stop was Cozumel where we went to the Jose Cuervo factory to become tequila aficionados and learn a little of the Mexican culture. We ended the day with an authentic Mexican meal of homemade tortillas, shredded chicken, black beans and rice. And of course, a margarita. Or was it two?

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Look what I found when we got back in town in Cozumel – Starbucks!!

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It was a very fun adventure and so nice to get away, but by the end of the week we were exhausted and so ready to get home to the two little chickies. Here they are wearing official Mexican dresses.

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valentine’s day 2015.

This year we decided to do something a little different – instead of Christmas cards, we sent out Valentine’s Day cards. It was a really fun photoshoot and the wonderful Mandy did our photos once again, which I absolutely love! The girls were total hams during the shoot and you can really see their personalities come out in these photos.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!!