Sunday, May 06, 2007

Return to Normal

We returned a few days ago from a week of free food, beautiful ocean, tropical scenery, sleeping in, lots of laughing, and time to relax. We had a great time, it was a wonderful experience. I missed my boy's hugs, and loved seeing their excited faces when we walked through the door.
The week on board the cruise ship was an exciting experience, that was a first time experience for Brody, Cooper and I. It felt like I was inside a casino, or fancy hotel, until I looked out the window occasionally to the vast ocean. We walked out on the deck at night to see the moon on the water, and experience the strange stillness of the night in the middle of the sea.
The day we spent in Jamaica was memorable, and fantastic. With Cooper strapped to me, by a sling we rode in a shuttle down to the beach. We recieved a lot of "ya mans", and "do you smoke?" (yes even to me holding a baby). I couldn't resist swimming in the ocean, and dipping Cooper's feet in. We took pictures with a rooster crowing Jamaican who adorned each of our heads with bright red flowers. We shopped at a street mart, searching for something memorable to bring back our boys, and were "encouraged" feverishly by each person to visit their shop, and to buy their things. As we ended the day, we were greeted with a warm tropical rain, where we stood under a tarp as the shops around us gathered their things quickly out of the rain, and pushed the pooling water out with the back of a broom. The drive back our extravagant cruise ship was beautiful, with the ocean on one side and a dense grouping of tropical trees and green.

As our ship headed home, we enjoyed the music, the relaxation, our new friends and old friends, and spending time alone with our last baby.

The trip was memorable, and wonderful, and I am happy to be home in my normal once again.


Blogger Steven M. Russell said...

Looks like a good time was had by all.

I went on a cruise in college and have been itching to go back on one.

Gotta love life on a boat.

Glad it went well and you returned safely.

...and as you sit wondering who they heck I am...I found you through the daily readings of Brody through the daily readings of Shaun.

10:11 PM

Blogger Lisa H said...

What great pictures! Looks like a beautiful place. And I love the one of your baby sound asleep--so sweet!

Glad you had a nice relaxing time on your vacation!

11:52 PM

Blogger Just Mom said...

Your trip sounds relaxing.

Like Lisa, I love your pictures but am especially fond of the one of your little angel sleeping.

Welcome back to blogging.

10:49 AM

Blogger Beth said...

It was great to finally get to meet you Kristen. Cooper is just adorable! Thanks for posting this photo here. The girls loved seeing the outfit they picked out for him posted here. Such a little cutie!


2:23 PM

Blogger urban mama said...

so glad you had a good trip. it does always feel good to b home

3:07 PM

Blogger Grace said...

Beautiful pictures! Cooper is so adorable!

I'm glad you had a fun and relaxing trip! Welcome back!

6:51 PM

Blogger kddub said...

Steven~ I've seen you around Brody's blog, so I know who you are. Welcome here! We are glad we got back safely too, and glad we had a good time.

Thank you everyone, I agree that picture of Cooper sleeping is the sweetest!

6:22 AM

Blogger FancyPants said...

Welcome back! Would you recommend a cruise for a vacation? We've never been on a cruise, but I'd like to do that sometime, sooner than later.

12:16 PM

Blogger kddub said...

Fancy~ there were upsides and downsides to it. We were treated "special" because Brody was working, Shaun was playing etc. so we got to board first, and had special dining privledges, so I am not sure if the waits are longer otherwise. Also, I got a little sea sick, but once I got wristbands I was okay. It was really fun, like being in a constant party for 5 days, and we got to see another country, so that was fun. Personally if I were to pay to go on a vacation, I'd go to a place that I could get out and explore a little more.

8:19 PM

Blogger Seth Ward said...

I can honestly say that when I look at you and Brody's kids, it makes me want to have some.

... but then, I go spend about 3 hours in the Church nursery...

12:32 AM


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