Valentine’s Day Love

Valentine’s Day Love

We had a fun Valentine’s Day! It was a little more exciting because Remi understood it was a special day!

At church the night before, they decorated balloons, so she was ready to pose with her special balloon before school.  Her adorable holiday outfit is one I’ve been saving for MONTHS (I got it on clearance in the summer).

I got a SWEET surprise at work when a friend texted me that she was stopping by.  Rachel brought me a few flowers and a sweet card. (And I think our receptionist thought we were “together” since she brought me flowers on Valentine’s Day! ha!)


Tyler and I don’t usually do much on the actual day, but he planned a nice dinner out since Nancy was going to pick Remi up from school.  We went to Rolando’s and had a wonderful dinner.  I got him a heated toilet seat (true story! He thought it was neat and it’s a “luxury” item he wouldn’t buy himself) and he gave me a certificate for a spa treatment when we go on our anniversary trip in March.


We hope you felt the love on V-Day!

Professional Pictures from the Boat

Professional Pictures from the Boat

They take your photo at every turn on the boat. I’ve heard some other ships have digital galleries where you can purchase downloads.  Our boat didn’t have that.  Instead, they had walls and walls and walls of printed photos for purchase.  And we were suckered in to the memories.

We got pictures of….

Remi meeting Thing 1 and Thing 2!

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Her love for the giant towel elephant.

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Her excitement for the Cat in the Hat (though it looks a little like she’s scared here…she wasn’t scared! She was pumped!)

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Mom and I at formal night in the dining room.


Our beautiful family!

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Me and my love.

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Our messy girl with her grandmas…

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Our big girl at dinner one evening.

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And then our beautiful mommas took some pictures, too.  We all loved how gorgeous they looked!

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Last Day at Sea

Last Day at Sea

We had one more day at sea to get back home- and we lived it UP!

We started with a visit to the Lido deck and a little snack while we waited for our main event- the Dr. Seuss brunch!

Remi looked ADORABLE in her dress that I had made and her Cat in the Hat hat from Autnie Paula.


Remi caught a view of the fun water slide (which Mimi and Gigi did, but me and Tyler never did)…but she’s too small for it. SO we let her play in the baby area on these little slides for a bit.


She also played some cornhole. There’s fun stuff at every turn!


After some playtime, it was time to head to the dining room. They TOTALLY transformed it into a fun space for kids. Our table looked ADORABLE.

and the menus looked like books! The food was themed as well (more on that below).


These THINGS were ready for some fun!


But the MOST fun came after ordering our food when they did a surprise entrance of Thing 1 and Thing 2. She was SO STINKING EXCITED that she squealed.


She got to meet and hug the Things.


And then we enjoyed our breakfast!  She got green eggs and ham….

And I had these fun berry waffles! There was also french toast, pancakes and other goodies.


And I’m totally making these at home- these berry yogurt parfaits with yummy strawberry sauce.

After our meal The Cat in the Hat appeared! She was so excited to meet him and show him her hat!


There was an awesome ice sculpture, too!


And the waiters sang a fun song.  Sam I Am was also there (coming down the stairs behind the waiters), but she wasn’t into him, so we didn’t wait to meet him.

After brunch, we changed into our swimsuits and hit the pool. This beach babe was READY.


We splashed and then also came up to play putt putt.  She mostly just threw the ball in the holes, but she had fun.


Tyler got into a friendly game of ping pong, too.

She played SO HARD that she passed out poolside. THIS NEVER HAPPENS.


We were trying to get her to hang on until the dance party at noon, so we gave her some lunch….


And we took her to meet the steel drum player!


But poor sister couldn’t hang.  She and I went back to nap (or rather, she napped and I packed up our bags).


That evening, we enjoyed dinner and then Mimi and Gigi took her back to the room to sleep while Tyler and I got a little date to the comedy club. It was really fun!

Progresso Beach Day

Progresso Beach Day

We got up for our second port day and headed to the Lido deck for breakfast. We were greeted to a fun surprise- TONS of towel animals!  Every chair in the center area had one. Remi LOVED seeing them all (and to be honest, we did too!)


There were also some HUGE ones including this fun Octopus…


And a ginormous alligator!


We ate breakfast and got off the boat as soon as we could.  We got suckered  to take our picture with these two men. Remi loves the fun costumes, so I guess it’s all good.

The port of Progresso is interesting.  It’s REALLLY long- like a 5 minute drive- to get from the port area to town.  So when you get off the boat and wait for your excursion, you don’t have much places to go.  You have a few shops and some benches.  We did a little shopping and Remi played.

We called her over to take a picture with this sign…and then she said

R FOR REMI!  She had to stand by her R!


Once it was time for our excursion, we took a quick bus ride to town to a beachside restaurant right by the pier.  It was SO NICE outside.  They said that this tour can accommodate 150 people, but we only had 40 that day- so it wasn’t busy and was perfect.  We all grabbed beach chairs and the waiters started bringing us chips, pico de gallo and drinks.

And Remi jumped RIGHT into the sand!


Tyler and the moms walked down the beach and I stayed with Remi.  The only downside to this beach were all the people walking and hawking their wares. However, we bought a few things, including this DELICIOUS mango with chili sauce.  The best mango I’ve ever eaten!


Remi LOVED the chips and pico. And her virgin pina colada!

This excursion was labeled a “Beach Party” day- and I was worried everyone was going to be there getting drunk since it came with an open bar.  Quite the opposite.  It was calm and fun.  They hosted games under a tent- and we got in on the action. Tyler played Jenga and I did some trivia.


And we did belly up to the bar for a bit (even thought they would bring you drinks to the chairs) because the bar stools were swings!

Since we were at a restaurant, we got some food to try.  The empanadas were WONDERFUL but the enchiladas were different. They were local Yucatan Mayan recipe (said our host) and were like chopped hardboiled eggs inside?  I don’t love eggs, so I didn’t love them.


We also bought some local sweets from a man carrying them on his head!


He initially hooked me with churros, but they weren’t like ours here, and I didn’t love them.  We got a tamarind candy- sweet and sour! But my fave were these coconut pralines full of yummy fresh coconut.

We loved playing all day together!

Remi got a big blue sucker from the pastry man and she enjoyed it. It wasn’t hard candy like we have, but a little softer.


We got back on board (with a sleepy little girl!) to a fun towel animal.


That evening was formal night, so after nap, we all got dressed up.

We LOVED how sweet Remi was being and enjoyed taking pictures together.


On our way to dinner, Tyler remembered that it was half price in the arcade, so we stopped to play a few more games.

She was being so funny at dinner. LOVING life!


After a delicious dinner, the waiters danced again. And our waiter, Igor, came and took her to dance.

She thought she was a cool kid and LOVED this.


We attempted the magic show after dinner, but a combination of it being WAY past her bedtime (it didn’t start until 9! and she’s usually out by 8!) and there being loud fireworks pops at each ta-da…and she was asking for bedtime by 9:20.


That’s ok, sister. We were tired too!