Friday, January 30, 2009

Cruzin'


So this is what you get when you go and listen to a sales pitch on a Time Share that you know you are not going to buy.....
A 4 night Carnival Cruise to Catalina and Ensenada! Not Bad!!!!
Kip and I thought this would be the perfect Last Shabang before the baby comes and it was! Super relaxing, super fun, and a ton of time to spend with just one another! We are totally fan's of Cruzin as your form of vacation that is for sure! We really did not do a ton other than Eat, Sleep, Eat, Nap, Eat and Play! So here are some of the pictures we took, Kip talked me into not bringing my nice camera so we did not have to lug it around or take the chance of breaking it so pardon the decent but not great pictures.
First off, this is just so funny and totally random to me, guess what convention was going on on our ship??? A Santa Clause convention, there were 31 Santa's there of all walks of life. We ended up giving them nicknames like Slicked Back Santa (his hair), Tattoo Santa, Classic Santa, Cowboy Santa, Trashy Santa.... and so on! It was super fun and they dressed in Red and White and Green the entire cruise, it was so cute! They even had little business cards and candy canes for those that sat down and talked to them. I decided that Kip has got the Santa Gene in him with the blond hair and eyebrows, he is just going to be my Buff Santa Clause when he is an old man! Super fun! Here are some shots we got, we did not want to bug them too much!

This is my favorite Santa in his Pool Attire!


P.S. Those are Henna Tattoos that he got on the ship, no worries!

So our first stop was Catalina Island, we almost did not get to get off the ship because the sea was pretty dang choppy but we were lucky. We had to take little boats from the ship to the shore and that was pretty rough but fun! When we got on the island we knew we did not want to spend a penny so we walked everywhere. We probably walked AT LEAST 5 miles that day, AT LEAST!!! It was so fun! We even jogged a little. We pretty much covered all the tourist stuff on foot. Here are some of the shots we got there!





This place is called the Wrigly Memorial, it is pretty cool to see, not much to do other than climb all over it, so that is what we did! Kip more than I of course!








The next stop was Ensenada, Mexico, I had been there once and was not too impressed, it reminded me of a Tijuana by the Sea! With all the issues going on in Mexico we decided it would be best to just stay on the ship and play while all the others were out in the nasty city. So we did!
We played a little Mini Golf!
Kip hit up the water slide YEAH IN JANUARY!!! He said it was not that cold??!! I'm a cold wimp!
Kip had the biggest splash every time he went down the slide. The kids were even asking him to coach them on how to get down so fast and how to make such a big entrance! It was so fun to watch and sounds like it was so fun to do as well!
This was SUPPOSED to be a Hairy Chest Contest??? Hairy WHAT??? The things you see on a cruise!
Kip found a new LOVE for Robes!!! He wore this every time we came back to the room for a nap, it was so cute and so funny, I got him to pose for me so I could capture this!
Chillin!! Looking Pregnant here too!
The Formal Dining Night!
This is us with our super cool table group, we had so much fun with them and even hung out at the shows and stuff afterward. One of the couples was just a few doors down from our room so we would constantly harass them by knocking on their door or putting treys of food in front of it for when they walked out. They laughed and knew it was us!


All in all a great trip and perfect Last Shebang! We are still feeling like we are rocking on a boat and at times feel more sea sick on the land than we felt on the sea. I suppose we are Shore Sick??? Anyway it was super fun and we feel totally lucky to have been able to do this!

15 comments:

Liz said...

I am so super jealous!! That looks like so much fun...I think you just talked me into taking a cruise with my hubby!!

Great Santa pics by the way!

Collin and Hilary Hanson said...

wow! im so going on a cruise when collin gets back now! oh by they way, i love the pregant picture of you by the railing! super cute!

Chris and Tammy said...

Wow, looks like you guys had a blast! Definetly enjoy your alone time, and most of all your SLEEP!! Rylee used to sleep so well, then she started getting teeth, and my nights haven't been the same since.

Katie said...

I believe it's referred to as a "baby-moon." The last honey-moon type trip before kids. We went on one. Looks fun.

Heather said...

So awesome, I'm completely jealous!!! :) The Santa Convention cracks me up, must have been so funny to see them everywhere! And yeah the things you see on cruises are sometimes scary! LOL! We witnessed a guy in a nasty banana hammock in this game and we laughed so hard!! Good times!! Things strange people are willing to do when drunk are always super nutso! I'm glad you guys had such a fun time!

Heidi said...

How fun... I didnt know they gave out free cruises. we got the options of Vegas or orlando. We didnt do either one. We would totally have done the cruise though {even though I have done that one twice}. How fun!

Rick Robinson said...

Dang! That looks like so much fun! Next time a sales pitch comes around, let me know!! I could totally use a free vacation!

Anderson Family said...

Looks like a great trip. Good for you guys for getting one last trip in before the baby. The Santa's are hilarious :)

Danny, Laura, Alyssa, and Ashley said...

Laura and I took the exact same cruise right before Alyssa. So we know what you mean about EAT, sleep, EAT, play, EAT, explore, EAT, etc...
Looks like you had a blast! We'll have to let the grandparents babysit down the road a few years and the four of us can do a cruise.

The Gray Family said...

how fun! We went on an Ensenada cruise with my family when I was pregnant with Carson...it's not quite the same when you are chasing after a toddler :>) Enjoy these last few months together!

Wheeler Family said...

Maryn and I took a similar cruise before Robbie was born. I agree with your assessment of Ensenada, Sarah. It looks like you guys had a lot of fun . . . and for free?!

Jessica said...

how fun. i'm glad you guys got a last awesome vacation in! p.s. you were looking a little round in the tummy in that one picture! how exciting!!!

the peine's said...

what a fun trip. I love crusing. Stef, myself & our husbands may go on one in may. I can't wait!

Emily said...

Those Santas are funny! I want to go on a cruise :)

Ryan and Brindi said...

I love cruises, especially when they're dirt cheap! We still down to do one next year?