Thursday, July 28, 2016

Robinson Nature Center

Somehow, when I sat down at my desk last night, it never crossed my mind to blog. Usually, I sit here and make a decision to write or not, but last night, it never even occurred to me. I ended up sitting here working on a scrapbook page while watching episodes of The Good Wife on Amazon Prime. I guess I needed to zone out for a bit...

Yesterday morning we were out of the house and on the road by 8:30 am. My friend Lisa told me she and her boys were going to Robinson Nature Center for one of their Wednesday morning full dome movies. The movie was held in the planetarium and it was called The Little Star That Could. This was a cool new experience for the kids, watching a movie in a planetarium, and Harper loved it! Dakota didn't love it, but she did very well, only squiggling around in her seat a bit. I was thrilled when we were telling Landon about it later and both kids remembered so much of what they'd watched!

Going to the planetarium was the reason we went to the museum, but it was only one small part of our morning. There are lots of things to do out there and we had lots of fun.

We walked down the wildflower path:

Played in the "bee hive":

Had a wonderful time running around Nature Place:

Played in the Discovery Room:

And walked ran through the nature exhibit a few times:

We left around 11:30 and Harper told me he hadn't had enough time and didn't want to go. I loved that he'd enjoyed it so much and promised him a return trip. Dakota enjoyed herself too but she was hungry and could only think about lunch! 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Cruise 2016 Scrapbook Pages

I made two pages about the cruise this weekend. I figure I better share them because they could very well be the only two pages I ever make about the trip! I'm so behind on everything I don't think I'll ever catch up...

Sailing the Day Away (Day 5)

We had two terrific days in Bermuda but the next day was one spent sailing the ocean towards Nassau, Bahamas. We wouldn't be there until around 1 pm the next day so we had LOTS of time to fill.

Every time we'd see a line dancing class Mema would remark on how she wished she could learn line dancing. So, when I noticed a large group of people learning how to do a country line dance, I drug her out on the dance floor. She was very reluctant but I guaranteed her no one would be watching and that no one knew what they were doing, including me! Tony took a few pictures and I'm pretty much laughing my ass off in every one of them! It was really fun but we got in on the dancing right at the end so we hadn't a single clue what was going on!

Once we'd had our "dance lesson" we put on our swim suits and hit the pool deck for awhile. 

We had lunch in the Windjammer and whiled away the day running all over the ship. 

That evening, while the kids were sleeping, Mema offered to sit with them while we went out for a bit. We stumbled upon a silly game everyone was playing in the Centrum called "If You Know It, Dance It". Basically they would play a song and the team who did the corresponding dance first would win points. It was a pretty fun game even though our team lost. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Landon's 15th Birthday in Bermuda

It wasn't exactly the plan but Landon got to celebrate his birthday while we were cruising. We spent the early morning and afternoon at the beach doing fun stuff like paddle boards and kayaking but we had to be back on board by 2:30 pm. We had time to take a little rest and wash all the day's sand away before dinner at 5:30 pm. While we were hanging out I let Landon open the one gift I'd brought for him, cologne. (We'd been at the mall recently and he really liked Eternity by Calvin Klein, so I grabbed him a little cologne gift set. I didn't see any point buying and bringing a video game or something of that nature since he wouldn't be able to use it anyways!) Mema also brought along a birthday card with some money in it, so he did get a couple gifts on his actual birthday (not to mention an incredible day at a beach in BERMUDA!). He received some nice gifts in the mail when he got home so I'd say he had a really nice 15th.

Sometime that afternoon before dinner I ran down to the dining room and asked if they could deliver a cake to our table at dessert time. Of course they said yes and just as we'd finished our main course a small group of people gathered behind him with his cake in hand. He was oblivious to them standing behind him and as soon as they started to sing he looked surprised! 

He had no idea she was standing behind him! He thought I was just taking pictures, as usual!

Still no idea...

Oh! Hi!

Make a Wish!

And yes, his cake did say Happy Birthday, London...but, there was no time to worry about it since the first time I saw it was at the table! :)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Random Bermuda Pictures...

I have just a couple random Bermuda shots to share:

Don't those plants look like giant pineapples coming out of the ground? Zoe and I thought they looked super cool!

Snorkel Park Beach, Bermuda

Our second day in Bermuda began bright and early as our excursion meet time was 8:15 am. We chose to do another day at another beach and this one was walking distance from the ship. We met at the dock and walked about 10 minutes to Snorkel Park Beach, supposedly one of the best snorkeling spots on the island. 

It also happened to be Landon's 15th birthday so it seemed like a wonderful way to spend our time. Clear blue water, family, snorkeling...perfection. I know Landon had a great time out there despite having to get up so early and I'm so glad we were able to do something fun on his special day. It's pretty awesome to get to celebrate your birthday on an amazingly beautiful island!

Harper was terribly disappointed when we got to the beach and there weren't any waves. He'd loved jumping in the waves the day before so this was a huge let down for him. He refused to get in the water for about the first hour we were there, maybe longer. We were able to coax him in though and he ended up having a pretty good day. He can be so darned stubborn sometimes! He's crying in the picture below, but I love how it turned out! Zoe was doing her best to console him but he was just so upset about the lack of waves...poor guy. 

Dakota, on the other hand, got right to work in the sand. She loves playing in the ocean but she's equally happy digging in the sand and making castles and searching for seashells. 

At this beach we were able to use paddle boards and kayaks as well as snorkel gear. I was really looking forward to kayaking because I loved it when I got to do it in Santo Domingo years ago. The water here was a little rougher but I grabbed Harper (who was still sulking) and he and I went on a ride. He and I rode together while Tony took Dakota for a spin. When Harper had had enough he got out and Dakota decided she wanted to go on a ride with me. I asked Mema if she wanted to go on a spin too and she hopped in as well.  (After the kayak ride Harper cheered up a bit and played for the rest of the day.) 

As we were all returning our kayaks, Zoe and Landon headed out to try paddle boarding. They did really good but said the water was just rough enough that it was hard work coming back to shore. I wanted to try it but ended up chickening out...I wasn't sure I could do it in rough waters! Tony ended up giving it a try too and he fell in several times. They all seemed to have enjoyed themselves though.

Once they'd finished paddle boarding they jumped in a kayak for a bit.

Back on the sand, Mema was busy building a sand castle. The kids asked her to help them and then they abandoned her...but she kept on going! 

Snorkel Park was a really fun day and we were pretty wiped out after 4 hours of paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling and playing in the sand and water. Zoe, Landon, Mema and I walked around and did a bit of shopping when our excursion ended while Tony and the two little kids went to get cleaned up and take a break back on the ship. Bermuda is quite pricey so we didn't end up getting much but I wish we'd have had a little more time to browse the shops. We were really rushed and didn't get to see much of what they had to offer. I hope we'll get the chance to go back one day, Bermuda was definitely a winner in my books.