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here is one of my favorite memories from our christmas cruise:

in costa maya the whole family(minus mom :() went on the mini rhino excursion through the jungles and beaches of costa maya! we took an open air bus to get to the site and i really loved the drive there , because we got to see “real” mexico and the little houses and farms along the way

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when we pulled up the little restaurant on the beach where we would pick up our rhinos, it was absolutely gorgeous!

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we got suited up to drive the rhinos, which meant helmets, sunglasses and bandanas! we were stylin!

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then it was time to jump in and drive! we started off 4-wheeling through the jungle. matt got so crazy that we actually popped a tire, which kind of slowed us down a little bit 🙂

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after the jungle, and a new tire we drove along the beach. i drove for that part since it was a much smoother ride!

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after the drive we went back to the restaurant on the beach for some snacks in the sun

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homemade pico de gallo! delicious!

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we spent the next hour or so just enjoying the beautiful view and walking on the beach…

iguana!

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i think this guys name was Yaya….or something like that! he was quite the character!

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on the way back to the cruise ship we drove through downtown costa maya. it was so rundown, but still so colorful and sweet. i enjoyed seeing it, and it also made me very thankful!

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when we got back to the port we walked around the shopping center with the boys for a little bit…

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i love all the color in mexico! with pink buildings and turquoise water…its my kind of place!

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here is another favorite memory from our christmas cruise:

when we docked in cozumel, before we went on our excursion, we walked around the shopping center with mom and dad to take some pictures…

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matt and i decided to have a little “date” in cozumel so we chose a cooking class as our excursion on that island. it was SO much fun! we went to this little beach resort and had the class, ate our creations for lunch, and then afterwards we had about an hour to enjoy the beach facilities. it was pretty perfect!

here we are, ready to cook!

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the view from the classroom was BEAUTIFUL!

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first we grilled our own tortillas and made tortas for appetizers!

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these were AWESOME! tortillas, refried beans, lettuce, cheese, potatoes and chorizo. yum!

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then we made our main course… fish (or in my case, chicken) veracruz with tomatoes and olives, wrapped and steamed in a banana leaf…

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then we made dessert! this was SO fun to learn! they taught us how to make rice pudding from scratch, and then we learned how to decorate our plates like a real chef!

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finally we got to eat our finished products! we ate lunch overlooking the beach and i was IN LOVE with the view…

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our masterpieces!

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i REALLY liked matts stick figures 🙂

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and our yummy dessert! it all tasted great! i was so proud of us!

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after our delicious lunch we beelined out to the beach and took naps in the sun…

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i loved these giant board games! ive seen giant checkers alot, but ive never seen giant connect 4! thats my favorite game!

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when we got back to the dock(? pier? what is it called when its so big?) we went shopping at one of the little markets

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i loved the little shopping area because they not only had a huge beautiful tropical Christmas tree, but they also had a nativity scene in the middle of all the stores! i feel like that would never happen in the US!

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at the market we bought some hot sauce and vanilla extract…we sadly did not bring these beauties home though!

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christmas cruise!

as i have mentioned, we went on a 9-day cruise with my dads family for Christmas! we went to the bahamas, cozumel, isla roatan(honduras), belize, and costa maya! it was so much fun seeing all the different islands. it would be impossible to recap everything that we did, but i wanted to share a few of my favorite experiences from the trip! ill be putting a few posts up over the next few days from the cruise, so i hope the sunny photos bring you some warmth in this nasty winter weather!

the carnival dream…

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setting sail!

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our cabin….

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complete with a balcony….

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perfect for watching sunrise/sunset…

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some of my favorite features around the ship:

the animals they left on our bed everynight…

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afternoon tea every day we were at sea…the treats were so yummy!

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the slightly creepy artwork in the cabin hallways…

(mice riding books?)
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(birds flying in outer space?)
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the sushi bar…everynight you just walked up and they handed you a plate of sushi! they also had a “wasabi bar” with the most amazing pickled cucumbers! yum-o! this was the perfect appetizer before dinner each evening!

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the seaside theatre,outside on the pool deck, where they showed films every night! on christmas eve my cousin brandi and i watched “the polar express” with hot chocolate! i love watching movies outdoors!

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going down the waterslides with boys one afternoon…

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on the first day at sea, mom, aunt cathy and i went to cooking demo in the steakhouse. little did we know but they were also serving samples of the food! it was delicious and such a great unexpected surprise!

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watching the “fun force” (i highly doubt thats their real name!) do break dancing at different shows, and taking a hip-hop class with them(mom came too! i was so proud of her!)

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learning the “thriller” dance with mom and all the boys!

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going to the casino with the boys every night, they were high rollers! i just played the penny slots 🙂

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they did some “laser shows/dance parties” on the pool deck at night, and one night we convinced the boys to go with us…
it was really fun, actually, i mean i love any excuse to dance around!
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ricky however, did not think it was so fun. he was totally embarrassed by me getting my groove on! this is an actual photo of what really happened. this is not staged… notice the difference in our excitement levels!

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those are just of my favorite things we did on the ship, next ill write about some of our excursions off the ship!

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