Wednesday, July 27, 2016


A few weeks ago we took our annual family vacation. Sara and Peter had just arrived from their big cross country trip (they moved to Baltimore!), and wanted to top it off with a little more fun. Since we have two little ones now we tried to make it as easy as possible. We chose a cruise (a family favorite) to Bermuda (a family first!). 

The ship left out of Baltimore, which meant a one hour drive to the terminal, super convenient!! It was a shorter cruise, 5 days, and only stopped in Bermuda. Wow what an island! Probably a close second behind Maui. The bluest water, pristine beaches, and a clean, friendly island. Our two half days there just weren't enough. There were so many things we wanted to do and see, we want to go back as soon as possible! This desire will only increase when winter arrives and we are buried in snow. 

Saturday we left early so we could get on the ship as early as possible.....we were more than ready to start our vacation!! I swear we had been counting down the days for months!!

bye bye!! 

After boarding we explored the ship, grabbed some food, and got settled in our room. With two kiddos and 3 suitcases we had to be smart about where to put stuff and keeping it all organized. We grabbed a few drinks and relaxed on the balcony as we left Baltimore. 

exploring the room


love her. 
Our first day was pretty uneventful. It was really windy and cool, so we just hung out on the ship, I got a massage, and we ate a bit of ice cream. haha. And of course there was bingo.

sadly, not a winner 

The next day we pulled into Bermuda and the real fun started!! The ship didn't dock until 1pm, but that gave us plenty of time to get up, dressed and all our sunscreen on! Once we were off the ship we grabbed a cab and headed for famous Horseshoe Bay. It lived up to all the hype and more!!

feeding her cereal to the fish. 
"stop taking my picture and lets leave!!"

we made it!

family picture :)

first trip to the beach!!!!

happy birthday america!

After a brief mid afternoon rain storm where we hovered under our umbrellas, we took a walk along the beach and discovered there was much more to see just beyond the rocks. And a lot less people too!

my favorite picture from the trip

That night we ate at the beautiful restaurant right next to Horseshoe Bay. Convenient, yes. Expensive, unfortunately. The food was good but not sure it was that good. Lesson learned. But we did get to watch the sunset and enjoy a good meal together on the 4th of July. 

Charlotte didn't want to cooperate in a family photo, just a solo of herself. 
high five america!

After a good nights sleep we were off the boat bright and early so we could soak up as much of Bermuda as possible before we had to leave at 2pm! We really wanted to check out a snorkeling spot, but didn't want to spend too much time in a cab or on the ferry. As we were wondering around we stopped the local pirate ship bar. Best decision ever. 

Charlotte had a great time swimming there too. No jumping off the plank for her. too high!!

Happy Birthday to me!!!

Walking the plank and swimming in that water was the most fun I have had in a long time. And boy was the sea salty!! I could have stayed there all day jumping off and swimming. Sara and I also climbed and slid down their giant floating slide thingy. Thank goodness for some random good samaritan who was helping ladies like us up that slippery slide. Boy was that fun! Great great memories!

norah slept most of the time

our ship

Even though we could have stayed there all day, we decided to go down the street to a nearby beach. The kids played in the water and we got to do a little snorkeling. We had a fun time hanging out until it was time to head back to the ship.

Our last dinner on the ship...

would you like bread with that butter??!

And it wouldn't be a proper cruise without some cheesy and fun cruise photos!!

group photo!

family, yes even giraffe (in his diaper) and birdie made it into the photo

It was Norah's first cruise and considering she isn't a huge fan of being away from home, she did great. No late night partying for us, but that was ok. Most of the time we were tired and happy to just chill next door while they slept (our room was connected to Rachel's). The one night we did sneak away we watched the most talented acapella group, reVoiced. It gave us goosebumps listening to them sing. It was seriously the best show we have ever seen on a cruise ship. Perfect because Bermuda was one of the best stops we have been to. I wish we could have been on one of their newer ships, it seems like there is more for the kids to do, but the convenience of this was ideal. We all had a relaxing and enjoyable trip. Time went by too fast! Can't wait for our next trip together.

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