HOLY COW...long time, no updates on my blog! About 2 weeks after we returned from the cruise, we found out that another baby is on the way. :) No due date set in stone yet...they keep changing it around because of a few different factors. I have another ultrasound on the 9th of January and hopefully we'll have a due date set.
Christmas went well. Larry was very sick with stomach flu all day, but Dalton and I had fun with Jamie. He loves getting to see his sister. Everyone loved the presents they received and dinner was yummy at Mom and Dad's. Pretty much everyone has a head cold or the flu though. We didn't stay long because of that. I'm hoping that we'll all feel better since Larry and I are off for a while.
I made marshmallows to go with hot chocolate for Christmas morning. I was very impressed with HOW FREAKING GOOD they were. And relatively simple to make. Plus it's just fun to watch people's reactions when you tell them you're making marshmallows. hehehe
Well, I'm going to go look up my recipe for Mexican Lasagna from Rachael Ray...Jamie has requested it for tomorrow.
Ok, so our trip was phenomenal! So terrific! Hurricane Ike kept us from going to Grand Cayman. The winds were too big for the tender boats (at some ports, the cruise ship can't get into the actual port, so they drop anchor away from shore and smaller boats taxi you in...in case you didn't know). Thanks Ike. :)
So we had an extra day at sea then went straight to Honduras. The extra day at sea was a bit much for me. I was ready to start seeing the world...but I tried to be patient.
Honduras was cool. We went on a "fun bridge"...you'll notice that I am on the "chicken bridge" (so named by Ryan, our tour guide) to take the picture. <--Yep, that's why I went on the safe bridge. :)
We also got to meet two macaws up close and personal. It was fun to know that I had this exotic bird hanging out on my shoulder. :) Larry is so adventurous that this was right up his alley. And, of course, we all loved the monkeys. Ok, honestly, Dalton wasn't crazy about them. He liked them, but not having them ON him.
Dalton was sooooooooooooo excited to go on the waterslide on the ship. This waterslide was on top of the 11th floor of the ship and was 3 stories above that. You went out on the 9th floor, climbed 2 flights of stairs, then climbed the stairs for the slide. And my 3 year old went down it all alone. 5 times. He would have done it more, but we made him stop. :)
Doesn't Larry look extremely relaxed? I can tell you that at this exact moment, he was thinking, "Man, that's a lot of water."
This is a bit of paradise in Belize. This is the pool I got to hang out at during my solo-shore excursion. No one else wanted to go to the eco park I went to visit, so I went on the tour alone. While I did that, Dalton stayed in the daycare on this ship, Larry drank some rum, and Mom & Dad sat with Larry. Then they all went shopping.
Ok, this is long enough, so I will write more about our day in Cozumel another night. :)
Day one of our trip was pretty uneventful. We took off from Indy on time, landed in Tampa on time...got to the hotel and waited for Aunt Nancy to come pick us up. Aunt Nancy and Sally took us to an Italian place called Rick's. Then Aunt Nancy took us on a tour of Tampa. It was a great time. :) We loved seeing Aunt Nancy in her town.
Mom, Dad, and Dalton didn't have the smooth trip that we did. They missed their connecting flight in Atlanta...and didn't get on a plane to Tampa until 7. They managed to make it here and Dalton ate some McDonald's. When we walked in the room from hanging with Aunt Nancy, Mom told us, "We're going to find a bar. You guys have Dalton." :) They did say that Dalton was a trooper on the trip though and he LOVED flying.
We go to the boat today and we're all excited to see Dalton's reaction to the "really big boat."
So Dalton was just now sitting on the floor looking at a book. Larry got out some bubbles to see if Dalton wanted bubbles...and this is a kid who NEVER says no to bubbles. wanna know what Dalton replied when he noticed bubbles floating past his head?
Ok, so today...I'm just about unable to sit still. Do you know what tonight is? I'll give you a hint...it involves 5 rings. Lots of medals. Happens in China...yep, it's the beginning of the OLYMPICS! WOOHOO! I love watching the Olympics...gymnastics, track, swimming, sand volleyball....woohoo! :)
Also, I don't have to work today. And tomorrow? Only have to work for 3 hours! WOOHOO!
And.....I just got an email from Carnival that said, "Hello Guest...your cruise is in just a few weeks. Can't wait to see you." WOOfreakingHOO! I can't wait to see them too!
Excuse me while I go do a happy dance! Trust me, you don't want to see it.