The last week has been fun, relaxing, glorious, and extremely, but happily, exhausting!
This year marks mine and Andrew’s 5th year as a married couple and we wanted to do something special, so about two months ago, we made plans to go on our very first cruise! Neither of us have been before and we were excited! Of course, I started to go a little crazy with the project list and what I was going to pack in my suitcase, and then there was preparing the girls (and myself) for staying with Grammy and Opa while we went on our little getaway.
We decided that for our first cruise, we would go for four days down to Catalina Island and Ensenada. We drove to Andrew’s parents in California on Friday, got a few last minute items on Saturday, attended church Sunday morning, then kissed and hugged our girls goodbye.
Of course, there were some late night stresses involving birth certificates being left at home in a house locked up tight, followed by huge sighs of relief when prayers were answered by a kind, loving, totally AMAZING next-door neighbor.
Catalina was such a colorful town! We loved walking in and out of all the shops on the main street, then exploring the side streets with the most colorful homes! I couldn’t resist snapping some pictures.
We would have loved to take a dip in the water, but it was a little chilly, so we contented ourselves with jumping from rock to rock to the end of the jetty and admiring the beautiful Garibaldi fish in the water and myriad of boats in the bay. I even found a crab scuttling sideways on the rocks, but he was a little shy. Andrew thought it was funny that I was so excited about a little crab, but I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve seen a crab close enough to touch! Besides hermit crabs.
We took it easy at Ensenada, opting out of excursions and choosing instead to visit the vendors and search for some Mexican blankets and something special for our girls. We found some adorable Mexican dresses and could not pass them up! I’ll post pictures of the girls wearing them… As soon as they fit properly.
Going on a cruise was such a great way to celebrate my birthday and five years of marriage to the best guy I know. The destinations were beautiful, the service and food were delicious, the on-board activities were entertaining, and meeting new people and reconnecting unexpectedly with old friends (small. world.) just made it even better!
Here’s to five years down, and an eternity more! There’s no one else I’d rather be stuck with forever than you!
I love you, Andrew!