Cruise, Day One

(P.S. When my blog broke, I lost most of my archives. It sucks but it is fine. Kate is fantastic and she got some things back (and fixed the blog in the first place) but a lot is gone. Sigh.)

Anyway, we went on a cruise! A Disney Cruise, seven days out of Port Canaveral with a Star Wars Day at Sea. It was our third cruise and I think our best so far. (We did a five day last year and a three day in November as a quick trip before the chaos of the holidays.) Since we live so close to Port Canaveral, we don’t even have to leave our house until about an hour and a half before boarding time. It’s a pretty nice perk.

First view of the ship as we arrive
Ryan went to the bathroom so I took pictures of the girls while we waited
Waiting to board. They like to do group hugs and yell “GROUP HUG!”
Of course I made everyone matching outfits.
Elizabeth ate off the adult menu the whole time, usually steak.
We went immediately to lunch upon boarding, because priorities.
My appetizer. Potato and leek soup and SO GOOD.
If I ever meet who makes the sauces on these cruises, I intend to invite them to live with us.
Kids club. Alex only likes it if we go with her.
This is one of our rooms- we had two with a door between. Both inside staterooms, cheapest category.
This couch flips down into a bed. Alex slept on this one with a bedrail.
Alex swinging the hammer of Thor. Thor himself was instructing them on swinging techniques.
We had a virtual porthole- a fake one but with a live view out of a real one.
First ice cream cone of the cruise!
Double cone, everyone. It keeps it from dripping on their hands.
Alex liked these “throne chairs.”
Ryan had vanilla ice cream with sprinkles every single night after dinner.

Every night there was a new towel animal. And chocolates. I hoarded the chocolates to eat now that I am home and no one brings me fancy desserts every night.

Is This Thing On?

Well, it’s been a long time, hasn’t it? My blog broke for a while and then my dad died and then I got out of the habit of writing and momentum is easy to maintain, especially when it is momentum of not doing something. But three different people have told me lately that they missed my blog so I’m going to try to change this into momentum of posting regularly again. Plus, we recently went on a cruise and I have a really good story to share that is way too long for any other platform.

In the meantime, how are you? What have you been up to? Here are how big my children are now, since I know there are a few of you who don’t do twitter or instagram and probably haven’t seen them since I last posted here.

Friday Night Leftovers- Fairy Garden Edition

•I finally set up the first of the fairy gardens today. I have been waiting for Elizabeth to be old enough for this for YEARS.
•She’s pretty excited. I got two big containers and we put them on either side of the front door. One will be Elizabeth’s and one will be Ryan’s.
•Ryan is clearly not old enough to participate in these things, but Elizabeth likes him to.
•I suspect that fairies may move in tonight and may leave some glitter. Assuming that it doesn’t rain hard enough to wash away glitter tonight.
•The fairies also may leave a tiny thank you note taped to the front door.
•Yes, I will show you pictures of the fairy gardens soon. We are going to finish Ryan’s tomorrow. I think it will be the best, honestly. Elizabeth’s is a pretty standard one but I have some ideas for Ryan’s…
•Matt informed me this evening that he is taking us somewhere on Sunday morning and that it will be a surprise. I am now highly curious.
•All the laundry is clean but it is most definitely NOT folded and put away. I usually do not get such a backlog. (I am far more likely to leave it in the hampers and not wash it in the first place.)
•I washed and scrubbed all the winter’s worth of bugs and grossness out of the water table today.
•We also planted two new strawberry plants and ate the first batch of strawberries from last year’s plants. It is officially summer.


Trin dog was not entirely thrilled about having children added to her life. Trin really likes kids so we thought she would be totally cool when we had a baby. But it turned out that Trin only likes KIDS- she tolerates babies and flat out dislikes toddlers and preschoolers. (Sorry, Trin!) So she’s spent a good amount of the last four years staying away from Elizabeth. It was kind of Trin’s full time job for a while- Avoiding That Baby. We’ve kept all the baby gates up in our house to help Trin out with that (and we do not leave children and dogs together unsupervised regardless).

Anyway, Elizabeth is finally, according to Trin dog, reaching the kid stage. She isn’t scary and annoying any longer and she’s carefully being trained in important Trin tasks such as neck scratching and belly rubbing. And Trin is down with that. So Trin and Elizabeth have finally reached an agreement and Trin’s life can FINALLY go back to the way it was before.

So Trin is now leading the good life. For another week or two, until this one learns to crawl.