Friday, June 20, 2014

Bermuda Cruise

I've been looking forward to this vacation since the moment we booked it!  This school year was particularly rough with heading back to school with a baby and everything that comes along with him.  Todd and I contemplated NOT going on a vacation this year because Ayden isn't going to remember a single thing about it.  BUT...after I thought about it...I REALLY, REALLY deserve a vacation after this school year...so we went!  We left 3 days after school was out.  I packed up the pouches, the swim floaties, the beach tent and toys, the stroller and baby carrier...and lots and lots of diapers.

EXPLORER OF THE SEAS...HERE WE COME!



 


There were so many fun things for Allie to do on the ship.  One of her favorites was "PET-PET" golf (as she called it). 



...and swimming in the hot tub and pools!  This was Allie's first trip using her floaties.  She was so brave!  We were very proud of her watching her swim all on her own!  The kids pool had fun water slides too that Allie took many trips down.

Ayden LOVED the water and crawling around on the pool deck playing with the toys we brought with us.  We spent our sea days mostly at the pool.








Todd and I were quite surprised when Allie decided she wanted to go to Adventure Ocean (the kids area).  We for sure thought she would cry when we left her there...but she jumped right in and read stories, played dress-up and made fun crafts with the staff.



In the evenings there were some fun family activities...we went to Barbie Sing-Along, did a scavenger hunt and made a cruise scrapbook page too!  Allie and Ayden were the big winners of the scavenger hunt.  We had to run around the ship gathering items.  Allie got a super cool Royal Caribbean medal and Ayden got his very own octopus.



All dressed up for dinner.  We ate in the dining room every night.  Ayden was quite the attraction.  He ate more than his big sister (not kidding) and would scream or yell until someone put something in his mouth...the WHOLE dinner!  Ayden's favorites were applesauce, kiwi, pizza, spaghetti and mac 'n cheese...and pretty much anything else we gave him.

 
 









We always make sure to hit up Johnny Rockets on the ships.  This cruise was no exception.  Milkshakes are always a favorite!



This was the best Father's Day EVER!!!  Happy Father's Day to the best daddy on the Explorer of the Seas!!  Todd, we love you so much and appreciate all you do to take care of our family.  This was Ayden's first Father's Day!






Our first and only stop on this cruise was BERMUDA!!!  We headed to Horseshoe Bay Beach for some fun in the sun.  We set up our beach tent and spent a good part of the day there.  Allie built sand castles in the pink sand and swam in the crystal clear turquoise water.  Ayden splashed in the ocean and ate some sand.  After everyone was tired out from the sun, the kiddos took a nap in the tent and Todd and I enjoyed our RUM SWIZZLE.













The second day in Bermuda, we headed to TOBACCO BAY BEACH in St. George.  We took a water ferry there and walked up to the beach.  Another day of sun, beach and swimming before heading back home to the states.








Ayden's first family vacation will forever be a memory in my heart.  He may not remember a thing about it...but I will always remember this precious time we spent together on the beautiful Bermuda beaches with my 9 month old baby boy and 3.5 year old Allie girl.  We are so blessed to have been able to take this trip together as a family of four. 

Next stop...NYC!

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