Thursday, December 31, 2015


Just a few pictures of pirate night. Evie's pirate fairy costume is really short. This is probably her last time wearing it. Anyone need one? lol.
The show was pretty much the same as always, though they added more rock music. I was glad to hear some Bon Jovi if even for a few brief seconds.
We had a pretty great place to stand.
It was REALLY windy. about half of deck 10 got a free show when my dress kept blowing up. My purse helped weigh it down, and Ben also helped me hold it down. It was pretty funny. The girls really had to hold onto their hats.
Here comes Mickey to save the day!

The fireworks were longer and better than I remember them being in the past.

Kara and Kiersten danced down by the stage, but came back up before the fireworks. I couldn't see them down there, so I felt more relaxed once they came back up.
Evie and Kiersten made the most of the pool on our last day at sea. Kara was in the Oceaneer Club for almost 5 hours.

After we picked up Kara, we got a message that Kiersten and Evie would be participating in the kids' show.

I didn't get very good shots of Evie. She kept getting behind that boy.
They always like watching the slideshow of themselves.
We were going really fast on the way back, so the water was pretty choppy. Kiersten got a little seasick even with a motion sickness pill. Kara didn't have a problem though.
Ben got me this cute dress in Mexico.
It felt like such a whirlwind trip, but I think we did a great job of getting the most out of every moment! Merry Christmas!


We were in Cozumel, Mexico the day after Christmas. When we were here with my parents, we went to the ruins, and the girls didn't exactly love that. So this time, we got a day pass for a beach resort.
These iguanas were certainly bigger than the ones we saw at the ruins 2 years ago.
The resort was beautiful. There were several pools, but we just wanted to be on the beach.

I wish Missouri was like this!
We were there early, and the girls were the first to hit the beach! We had gorgeous weather instead of the forecasted rain. It was a pleasant surprise, especially since we were prepared for the weather to not be great.
Definitely not a crowded beach. I would love to stay at this resort if we ever go back to Cozumel outside of Disney Cruiselines.

Kara immediately got busy digging a big hole.
Kiersten was eager to get wet.
Evie wanted to swim as well. She started out nervous about the waves, but quickly got more confident.

Kiersten loves to snorkel. She asked about going for days, so we were glad to find it was available.

They had to go out kinda far to find some fish. Ben said they saw a couple fish in a fight to eat each other.

Collecting coral. Isn't life grand?

I went out snorkeling as well, but didn't stay out too long after I accidentally inhaled a huge gulp of sea water. It hurt to breathe for about an hour after, and I was coughing up piles of salt.
Evie decided to try snorkeling as well. She didn't want to go too deep though, so I don't think she saw anything exciting.

Can you see Kara down in her hole? Evie made friends with that boy in the blue shirt. They had a fun time together.
Even I could fit in Kara's hole in the sand.

The girls wanted a picture with one of the iguanas. They were able to get fairly close.
So Ben decided to chase and try to catch it.
We were all surprised when Evie picked up a stick and announced her intention to kill him. Moment ruined...
After lunch we played on the beach for a few hours more.
And we went out on a sail boat.

Ben chased a another iguana, and then we got a ride back to the port.

Evie wanted a picture with the Hooters owl. They wouldn't let her use the bathroom unless we bought something.
Lookin' good Ben!
Ben did a little shopping, and then we headed for the ship.