Home Again, Home Again (well almost)...

Okay wow! So there is no possible way that I could write out all of the adventures that we had on our cruise this past week. It was absolutely fantastic, and it was just what I needed to get me out of the boring, repetitive rexburg lifestyle. But before I tell you about the cruise I have to tell you about a new, very unpleasant condition in the life of John and I. Apparently, John's elbow and my body are not getting along very well because in the last couple weeks I have gotten whacked in the nose (which was in the middle of the night, and yes, there was blood), gotten a bruise next to my knee cap, and just now recieved a fat and bloody lip, all courtesy of John's elbow. He feels terrible about the whole thing, but it seems that no matter what we do, his elbow and my body parts keep seeming to collide!

Okay, now that I've unpdated you on that, we can get into the REALLY good stuff!!!!!! Yes, I know that's a lot of exclamation marks, and according to most english professors, you should stay away from them alltogether, but honestly, the trip is worth even more exclamation marks than I put, so just deal with it okay :) Anywho, we arrived at Port Canaveral on Sunday the 7th, said goodbye to Juliann and the kids, and headed into the Royal caribbean terminal--passports in hand. I got my passport about 5 years ago, and I look pretty much the same, how sad is that? Oh and John got his before he left on his mission, and apparently he thought he was a total gangster back then, because that is totally what he looks like in his passport photo--totally like bad boy. It's really funny. We went through all the security and got into the check in line, which was FOREVER long. And it's just our luck that by the time we get up to the front, there is no line left, we got there at like the worst possible time, but during the rest of the cruise, we got really lucky where lines were concerned, in fact it turned out quite the opposite. We didn't mind. Next we headed for the ship.

Freedom of the Seas holds (correct me if I'm wrong) 3,600 people, but it's so big and there is so much going on that you'd never know. The whole time we were on the ship, it didn't ever feel crouded. I got my first icecream cone as we were leaving the port and wow, I have two or three everday after that. They were the delicious soft serve kind and the chocolate ones were fantastic! I may have gained a few pounds just from the icecream :) It was pretty much all you can eat food for whenever you want, even the room service was free. Our first stop was in Haiti. We woke up to some music that was being played live on the beautiful green island. It was a perfect temperature, and the beach was great. Royal Caribbean had it's own private beach and resort, which was nice, but I kind of wish that I'd been able to see more of the island. We rented some cool beach mats that floated on the water, and relaxed while bobbing up and down in the ocean.

Next we went to Jamaica (my personal favorite) where we went to Coyaba River Gardens and Museum, and then to Dunns River Falls. We actually hiked up a waterfall there, and it was absutely amazing! The waterfall was like 600 feet high and the water didn't flow very fast so it wasn't very hard, but I didn't mind having John there with me to help me up the sketchy parts :) We had a lot of fun, and during the trip John got offered mary jay at least 10 times! Either he looks like a pothead, or he's the right age for their target buyers... hopefully the latter... haha.

We were supposed to go to Grand Cayman Islands but the ferries that were supposed to come pick us up from the ship wouldn't come because the water was too choppy, so we had a day at sea instead. We were really dissapointed because we were going to swim with sting rays there, plus that is where we planned to do most of our shopping! Once we got out to sea it was a really nice day though, lots of warm sunshine. I got a lot of tan on that day. Mexico was the final place that we stopped. We took a ferrie ride from the island Cozumel to the mainland.  It took about 40 minutes and it was really rocking back and forth. Quite a few people got sea sick, it was sorta gross. We went to Tulum, which was exciting but not nearly what I was expecting. When we signed up for it online, they made it sound like we would be going inside multiple temples and buildings, but we didn't get to go inside anywhere. I wasn't very satisfied with our tour guide either, but it was still an awesome place. I loved being there and imagining that it was back in the day when the Myans were living there. It was cool to imagine the nephites or lamanites being the ones who built it and lived there, which is very likely.

While we were on the ship there were many activities that range from rock climbing to ice skating to mini golfing to magic shows. Speaking of magic shows--John was chosen out of the audience to be up on stage with the magician, and of course my face turned red for him! It was really cool. We was part of the illusion where they cut a woman in half. He put a leash around the womans neck and held it to make sure that she didn't move around. The show was actually done really well!

If you'd like to see pictures of the trip, they are on another blog. It takes too long to download all of them, so I don't want to do it all over again here. Go to http://www.johnandarascruise.blogspot.com/. They are also on my facebook if you are my friend on there. :)

Adventure #1- I got to add new countries to my places visited list!
Adventure #2- I experienced a little bit of sea sickness for the first time ever.
Adventure #3- I loved the whole thing! Okay, that might not really be an adventure, but who cares!

Happy Friday!!!


Goodbye Idaho, Utah and Florida--Helloooooo Caribbean!!!

This will be short and sweet, because I'm hanging out at my cousins house in Orlando. She will be taking us to the port in about an hour and a half, and I still need to take a shower.  Her kids are my favorite, Little Sara and I have been having tickle wars with John, it has been quite exciting! Our first stop on the cruise will be Haiti, and then Jamaica, Grand Cayman Islands, and Mexico. In the duration of our trip we will be lounging on the beach, shopping at exotic locations, going to museums, hiking waterfalls, swimming with sting rays, and my personal favorite, touring the myan ruins and temples at Tulum! It's going to be the alltime adventure of adventures!!!! Can't wait to experience it so that I can write about it :) Well my favorite maltese (Jack the dog) just joined me on the couch so I'd better go! Happy vacation!


Cheese Cake Anyone?!?

Phase one of our carribbean vacation has begun! At the moment we are enjoying my Utah mountains as we hang out with my family in the new house. The house is built on a lot that is basically on the foothills and it's definitely one of my favorite sights.

We drove here yesterday, the drive was nothing spectacular--John drove the whole way. We got here around four o-clock and chit chatted until everyone was home, then we drove up to Salt Lake to go eat at the Cheesecake factory. Oh my heck, it was absolutely delicious and amazing! We met up with my brother Nate and his girlfriend Erica, and her son Dillon, so the whole family was there which made it extra good. It doesn't happen often that we are all together. I ordered garlic pasta with spaghetti and it was pretty much divine. It had asparagus, tomatoes, mushrooms and chicken in a delicious garlic sauce. Sadly I burnt my tonge on our spinach dip appetizer, so I couldn't enjoy it as much as I would have liked. We got some white chocolate raspberry truffle cheesecake for desert and yes, it was the best cheesecake ever. If you haven't been there, it's a must do before you die.

Sorry if my writing is a little bit boring, I keep getting distracted because my darling (John) and my sister are having a braiding contest on my hair. You can probably guess who won the speed and quality contest, but I think John won the making people laugh while doing the braid contest, so it's all good... :) Apparently I'm wearing John's braid for dinner tonight.

We got up today and ate some leftover cheesecake for breakfast, then some special K cereal which I honestly did not like.  I felt like I was eating air with a little bit of crunch. I understand why they say that you can lose weight from eating it every morning for breakfast.

Then we went to Cabellas because John wanted to use his giftcards to make a great purchase. He's a fisherman at heart and got a sweet new fly fishing rod. The twins came with us and I went with them to look at the "stuffed animals" (as my mom calls them) because John was in fish heaven and he couldn't figure out what he wanted. It was pretty cool. One of my favorite cousins Anna will be over soon, she is bringing a date! So it should be an exciting night.

Adventure #1: We only had to go back to the apartment twice after we left to come to Utah.
Adventure #2: We left Idaho state lines!
Adventure #3: My face turned red in front of my family while I was telling a story (my face is retarted, I'll have to tell you about that one later).

Anyway, thanks for reading! Tomorrow morning we'll be boarding a plane to Florida, and then on Sunday afternoon we board the ship!

See you later!


This post is for my devoted blog reader (aka my sister Valerie).

I recieved my first comment today! So here is a shout out to my sister Val!!!!!! hahahaha. Okay, yes, that was a little bit cheesy/weird/dumb, but that is why I did it. Because I'm cool like that and this is my blog and I can write whatever I want, and if the only person reading it is my sister then who cares what I write, as long as it pleases her... right? (Sorry for the run on sentence)

Today was quite an adventure! Like I mentioned earlier, my baby cakes (John) was getting sick, and he called in sick this morning because he wasn't feeling peachy at all. I didn't know that though, so when I woke up and he wasn't in bed, I thought that he was gone to work. So I got up, used the facilities, and headed out to take my morning pill. Then BOOM, John was sittin in my usual spot on the couch! The nerve! I gave him a crazy look because it startled me that he was home, but then I was excited.  I got into a cleaning/ disinfecting spree, and I got the apartment looking pretty dang good. I even used the awesome Melaleuca cleaning products which are great for the enviornment! Oh and I even washed our sheets. Meanwhile, John did his taxes, and it looks like we are going to get a pretty good return, which will be nice!

John started feeling a little better as the day progressed, and so we decided it would be a good idea to head to IF to get a new wirless router (ours got all messed up when the power went out a while back). Then I said, well if we are going to be there, we might as well go to Target to find me a new swim suit for the cruise! So we showered and got ready and then we were off! The drive was nothing spectacular, but it was fun because John and I both wore some sweet shades, we may have got some weird looks, seeing as the sun wasn't shining--it was cloudy--but we didn't pay any attention. I did end up finding a swim suit that has some promise, although it will need to be taken in a bit, and I'm hoping my momma can help me out with that in the near future aka when we get there tomorrow evening or on Friday. John hid over in the mens section while I tried everything on, and then we went to Cafe Rio, which was a little bet scary for me. Last time we went I got really naucious (spelled wrong) the same night, for reasons I cannot disclose--but it had nothing to do with the food. Nevertheless, it still ruined my appetite for Cafe Rio, which is quite a shame because it use to be one of my favorites!!!!! It was okay today though, still not as good as it use to be :(

Anyway, we got the wireless router and we saw the best movie ever! Extraordinary Measures is the name and saving kids is the game. Ha.......... Anyway, yeah.... it was a great movie, I highly reccommend it. Then we went to Walmart and bought a few items to make burgers with. Speaking of burgers, John would really like to eat, and he has asked me when we are going to eat about 5 times now, so I guess I'd better go!

Adventure #1: I forgot to write about this one, but John and I danced around the the Black Eyed Peas song "Meet Me Halfway."
Adventure #2: Left Rexburg city limits!
Adventure #3: Spent the day with my Shnukums :)

Well, thanks for reading!
I'll see you tomorrow Val!


Got Milk?

Sorry, you are going to have to hear from me twice today, because that down there was my intro, and this right here is my adventure of the day. Let me tell you in advance, it wasn't that big of an adventure, but the outcome was great!

I got up at about 8:20 to take my pill (apparently I have thyroid problems). An hour later I ate some waffle crisp, and then began to follow my normal day off of work routine--I sat on the couch in my robe and turned on my laptop. Later, I get a text from baby cakes (John) and he asks me to pay rent, so I do, and then he asks me to get him some medicine--he's getting a nasty cold. So, being the sweet wife that I am, I got in the shower, lost a bunch of hair--hopefully the thyroid medicine kicks in soon to stop that--got ready, and headed to Broulims, a local grocery store.

When I got there I found some good cold medicine, and headed for the fudge bars. See, John and I love fudge bars, you know, the frozen Meadow Gold kind? Mmmmm delicious! I still love them even though a few weeks ago I had a terrible experience while eating one. I opened my mouth wide to get a nice big bite and BAM can you guess what happened next? .......................................... (You never will so I'll just tell you). My jaw LOCKED OPEN! Yes, you read that right, I could not close my mouth for at least 15 minutes. It was the pitts, and we almost went to the emergency room, but I finally relaxed and popped it back into place. John said I just looked like I was singing a lot of opera, no big deal.

Anyway, after I grabbed the fudge bars I saw some double stuffed Oreos and I couldn't resist, so I grabbed some of those. I also grabbed some Hersheys Chocolate Syrup because lately I'm obssessed with chocolate milk. But I like to put a bunch of chocolate in my milk and then eat it with a spoon without mixing it in. You might think it's gross, but I think it's heavenly. Plus it could possible help me gain weight! Back to the story, so then I put my blinders on so that I wouldn't grab anything else, and I headed for the check outs.

When I was halfway through buying my delicious products, oh and the Zicam, a random memory hit me: we were in Montana at John's sisters house. We sat down to eat and Emily asked us what we wanted to drink. John and I are both milk hounds and so we both wanted some. Emily is all about the healthy organic stuff, so when she pulled the milk out I was a little confused. It was in one of those containers that they usually sell soy milk in. Anyway, I took a skeptical sip and WOW, it was like.... AMAZING. Soooooo creamy! So I'm dreaming about that milk while I make my purchase and my eyes drift over to the health foods section of the store. The cashier gave me my reciept and I couldn't help myself, I went straight for the organic milk. I just had a glass, and it's too good to be true. I don't know if I'll ever go back to regular milk.... for $3 it's just soooo worth it!

Adventure #1: I drove on the snow covered roads to the store without slipping around.
Adventure #2: I bought lots of goodies at the store.
Adventure #3: I brought my honey bunches (John) some of the medicine I bought for him.
Adventure #4: I found some organic milk, and it made my day!

Well, you probably stopped reading quite a while ago, but just in case you are still reading I'll tell you what I'm about to do. John gets home from work in twenty minutes, and then we are going to go tanning in preperation for our Carribbean cruise next week :) Now that's going to be a real adventure!

My First Blog

I know, I know, everybody is getting a blog now-a-days. But that is not why I'm making one. Lately, life in Rexburg has been getting a little bit boring. My sweet cheeks (also known as John) works fulltime 8-5 Monday through Friday and I work sparatically and randomly. This leaves me at home all alone for long periods of time, which wouldn't be so bad except that we live in Rexburg and it's winter. Most of my friends are away for the semester, and the ones who are here are usually busy with school. Therefore I have nothing to do! For a while, I was satisfied with CSI, Law and Order SVU, America's Funniest Home Videos, and Ashton Kutchers Punk'd series on TV Guide, but the time has come for me to find something more productive to do with my time. This is where the blog idea came into play.

Facebook was another activity that was taking up a lot of my time and in course of browsing random friends pages, I started noticing the many of them have blogs. Some for family news, others for business or photography, and I thought, "Hey, why don't I have a blog?" I decided to get one, So I went to blogspot.com and started on the process. Then I got to the screen that asks you to choose a title for your blog and i panicked (Okay maybe I didn't panic, but I did sit there staring blankly at the screen for about 5 minutes). I was frantically trying to come up with something that I could write that would be somewhat interesting.

And then it came to me--Life. Yes sometimes my life seems mundane, and boring and repetitive, but that doesn't mean that it's not an adventure. So I'm going to write about what is going on in my life as often as I can, to prove to myself, and the world--not that I think much of the world will ever read it--that yes, my life is an adventure. In conclusion, this blog will not only help me to see why my life is amazing and fun, but it will be a sort of journal. Plus, I've been told since I was in third grade that I'm a fantastic writer. My 5th grade teacher, Miss Coray, was convinced that someday I would publish an exciting book that would make me famous. Come to think of it, I did get a 98/100 on my final upper level english paper last semester. Maybe my writing is worth something... I guess we'll find out won't we?