Bahama Cruise (Part three)

I don’t love cruising. I get a little seasick even with the patch and it wouldn’t be my first choice of vacations. However, that being said. I enjoyed this cruise and this was probably my favorite spot on the ship. I spent a good amount of time walking the upper decks in the open air and laying on the lounge chairs soaking up the sun.

One of my favorite things to do on vacation is read. However the patch that I wore for seasickness blurred my vision enough that I couldn’t read. It was still nice to just relax and feel the sun on my oh so white skin. I was hoping to come home tan…but no such luck. Looks like I am doomed to embrace my whiteness!

I had fun with my sisters. When I was little I always wished I had a big sister who could show me the ropes and help me through all of the difficulties of growing up and who could talk with me in the ways that only a big sister can. I never got that but I get to be a big sister now and I love it.

Laying in bed in our room, at about 1 o clock in the morning I heard my sister call my name. I pretended like I hadn’t heard since I was so close to being asleep and just didn’t want to answer. She called my name again in a little whisper and then asked “are you awake”

“Yeah whats up?”

“Can I ask you a question?” Her voice sounded so serious I was expecting one of those rare sisterly bonding moments.

“Sure” Silence for just a second and then…

“Do you know the muffin man?” laughed and then I wasnt almost asleep anymore.

We always love seeing the little towel animals that the staff make out of the towels in your rooms.

We went to a few of the shows on board the ship and took full advantage of the soft serve ice cream machine.

I swore I was going to work out every day in their on board gym…I never did quite make it there. I’m sure it was lovely.

I also never tried the rock climbing wall.

Although Hannah did and she almost made it to the top. No one else there would have appreciated the accomplishment that was since we were the only ones that knew that exactly 9 months ago to the day she fell 35 feet and broke her back, her neck, almost all of her ribs, and her femur.

She punctured and collapsed both lungs and badly damaged and bruised her heart, liver, pancreas and bladder. Her intestines were pushed up through the diaphragm and into the thoracic cavity and with bleeding on the brain, a severe brain injury and total paralysis of her left side, she was incredibly lucky just to be alive.

All they saw was a girl who walked with a slight limp climbing a wall. We saw a miracle.

The days we spent in port were my favorite. I’ve never seen water so beautiful and sand so white.

We went para sailing…

And even my mom gave it a try, which is saying a lot for her. She over came some real fears when it came to water on this trip.

We went snorkeling and saw a sunken plane and tons of fish. Hannah and I enjoyed it but Esther thought the fish were slimy and was afraid of them brushing up against her. It was funny to listen to her muffled under water squeals as she struggled to get out of the school of fish that we found ourselves in. It was amazing.

Coco Cay Island was my favorite. We had a BBQ after we finished snorkeling, and laid out on the beach. The hammocks, colorful shacks and palm trees with coconuts was exactly what I pictured the Bahamas being. The trip was fun and I was so glad I went.

I was also so glad when I finally got home. There is nothing like sleeping in your own bed, in your own room surrounded by my things and my friends and things to keep me productive and happy. I am finding a contentment in my life and with where I am at that I havent often felt before.

It’s just good to be home!


Bahama cruising! Day 1

I love to travel, however I have noticed that just before L leave to go somewhere I often feel like I don’t want to go. Thats exactly what happened to me on Thursday night. I was getting ready to head out on my trip  to the Bahamas and I kept feeling like I just didnt really want to go. My roommates finally had to shove me out the door and make me any linespromise to enjoy the trip.

I spent the night at my parents house in Salt lake since I had a very early flight. I hate spending money on food in the airports so I whipped up a couple of snacks and a tunafish sandwich and went to bed. The next morning I arrived at the airport with one hour before my plane left. It was perfect, I didn’t hardly have to wait in any lines, and was able to walk right on the plane. Thats how I like it. I hate waiting in those pesky lines.

I had a layover in Denver and while I sat there eating my sandwich I saw a little bird hoping around between the chairs eating little crumbs that passengers had dropped for it. That poor little bird lost in side an airport was really cute to watch.

I always think its interesting to see what kind of people are going to sit next to me on the plane. This time however it was pretty dull. The first flight was an old man and his wife. They didn’t seem very talkative so I didn’t try to start-up a conversation. The second leg of the trip I was seated next to a younger guy and his girl friend, who when they were sleeping where cuddling as much as those chairs would let them. Needless to say there was no talking happening there either, so I settled for my book and my snacks to keep me company.

Maybe I am strange but I have yet to go on a flight were I dont wonder as we are taking off what I would think and how I would feel about this experience if I were a pioneer who had time traveled to the future.

Once I landed in Orlando i took a shuttle to the Marriott World Center resort.  I met my mom just in time to have dinner at a little buffet where they had the cutest little desserts. I think I had five of them. While we were having dinner I started getting some rather strangest text messages from my sister. Where she gets her sense of humor I will never no. They went like this

” Landed yet? Got your bags yet? Flirted with any hot guys yet? Got a taxi yet? Bought me some pizza yet?

When I didnt answer she continues. Is your flight late? Is your period late? Is your date late? Is your mom late? Did she make your dad wait?

What do you even do with a sister like that?

We went swimming that night in the amazing swimming pool there at the hotel.  It was so much fun.