Monday, April 30, 2012

Cruising

Where do I even begin? Best week of my life. I have been in a little mini-depression ever since we've been home. I miss the rocking of the boat as I fell asleep. I miss the constant food and constant napping. I miss being with Landon all day every day. I miss being served. I miss not having to make my bed. I miss feeling fancy.

Everyone probably thinks we're crazy. Most people go on a cruise to some exotic location, but we go on a cruise for the experience of the cruise itself. Our ship went from San Diego to British Columbia, Canada. It was basically a "repositioning" of the ship so the tickets were WAY cheap... less than $50 a night! Awesome and totally worth every single penny.

So Saturday morning, we woke up at the crack of dawn and hopped on a flight to San Diego. My brother and sister-in-law live in Coronado Island so I always love when cruises leave out of San Diego because we get to spend time with them. They are just the cutest and were SO nice for picking us up from the airport, hanging out with us all day, and taking us to the ship the next day. It was especially great to see my brother Nick because he is in the Navy and I hardly ever get to see him. We just had a blast spending time with this cute family.

Seriously, I don't think kids come any cuter! 






Sunday afternoon we boarded the boat and went right to our stateroom to check it out. When we booked our cruise, we paid for an inside room without a window but they told us we may be eligible for an upgrade. I thought we might get a window and was pretty stoked. Well we walked into our room and saw this:




I just about died. We were at the very back of the boat and had our own BALCONY! We honestly felt like royalty. It was seriously amazing. As we were pulling out of San Diego we even saw dolphins. We definitely got very lucky to be upgraded!



Landon was so excited to watch all the sailboats :)

Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday were days at sea. Our days basically went something like this: Wake up, breakfast, read on our balcony, nap, lunch, movie (you could order movies to your room), room service cookies, nap, dinner, nightly entertainment show, midnight snack, sleep. It was perfect. This was our first time on Holland America and we were very impressed. 



my favorite dessert... Watermelon pie! Raspberry, lemon, and lime sherbet with cookie crust and chocolate "seeds." So cute!











I also became a little addicted to Chess. I really am not good at all, but I just want to play all the time for some reason





Our balcony is the one right below where those men are standing :)
Formal night

Wednesday we docked in Port Angeles, WA. Apparently we are the first cruise ship to dock there in 2 years and it was pretty big news!





We actually loved Port Angeles and want to go back soon! We walked about 3 miles to the Olympic National Forest Visitor's Center and went on a gorgeous hike. It went right along a little creek and we were the only ones on the trail. So fun!






Thursday we arrived in British Columbia and it was GORGEOUS. We really want to go back there too. Unfortunately we didn't get to spend much time there because we had a bus to catch. It was really fun walking through downtown though. We met a few interesting people :)



We thought this sign was so funny. Pretty graphic! Haha.

 So... we decided to be cheap and take the Greyhound bus home from B.C. to Portland. Yep... never doing that again EVER. Let's just say we felt like we were on the prison bus. I have never heard so much about needles, alcohol, drugs, fighting, jail, etc. One lady even freaked out at a baby for making a tiny noise. I have never heard so many swear words in one sentence in my life. And of course she was sitting RIGHT behind us. And there happened to be a worker sitting right in front of us... so we were basically sandwiched in the middle when the worker stood up and freaked out at HER for freaking out at a baby. Yeah it was a little bit out of control. I basically kept my headphones in and watched Tangled on the IPAD. I think it was such a shock coming from such luxury to basically feeling like the scum of the earth. But, hey now we know and we will never take a bus again.


We have already been looking for our next cruise and are planning on going on another one this year. We're just a little bit obsessed. Being stuck on a boat with nothing to do but eat, sleep, relax, and spend time with each other... that's our idea of fun!


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Jen and Dave Visit Oregon

We LOVE having visitors and especially loved having Jen and Dave come visit us from Utah!

Jen and I met at BYU and were paired together for student teaching. I could not have made it through my senior year without her and our little chats carpooling every day. I just love her! Landon and I went on a double date with Jen and Dave right before we moved to Oregon and I was so happy to see how much Landon and Dave got along too! I just wish we would have had more double dates before moving... But now it just means they have to come visit us more often :)

Their first trip here was definitely a success. They got to our house on Friday afternoon and left Sunday morning, so it was a whirlwind of a weekend and we tried to live up every moment together! What great friends to drive 12 hours to be with us for less than TWO days! :)

First we gave them a tour of our house and just spent an hour catching up. We went to dinner at Black Bear Diner, which is one of our favorite places to go out. It's just SO cute and reasonably priced. And for all of my Utah friends... they have on in Sandy! Seriously, how did I not know about this place sooner?



After dinner we played some games and introduced them to Killer Bunnies. Oh my, that game is out of CONTROL but it's just so funny and we love it. I was glad Jen and Dave didn't think we were crazy after playing!!




The next day it was gorgeous weather so we got to take them flying! It was so fun seeing how excited they were--especially Dave who took over the controls for a bit and got to be co-pilot in the front seat!





Of course we flew to Newport, hopped in our free car, and explored at the beach.




We had such a blast spending time with Jen and Dave and were SO happy they came to visit! Come back again SOON!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Playing Catch Up

Well I guess you can say the past few weeks have been crazy... hence the lack of blogging! It has almost been a MONTH which is very abnormal for me. So I definitely have a lot to catch up on.

Friday March 30th was one of the hardest days of my life. And I know I'm a very dramatic person, but I'm not exaggerating. What happened that night will probably never make a debut on this blog or facebook or anything like that, but it's part of the reason why I haven't blogged in awhile. I definitely have so much gratitude in my heart because I KNOW for a fact that miracles happen and that Heavenly Father is watching over Landon and me. I am so grateful for the power of prayer and fasting. I am so grateful to have a husband who has such an amazing, positive attitude. He is such an example to me of being happy despite circumstances. President Uctdorf says it best... "It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life's story will develop."

Anyway, we are fine and I'll continue to say life is good, because it is :)

In other news, I started my new job as a nanny and absolutely LOVE it. I have never been able to say that I love my job before but I really do. It doesn't even feel like I'm going to "work" every day because I just get to go hang out with two cuties all day. They really are so much fun! So far we have gone to the park about a billion times, dyed Easter eggs, made and decorated sugar cookies, gone to sushi twice, and the mall once. We go to Disney World in June--wohoo! I'm obsessed with Disneyland so I can't even imagine how much I'll love Disney World! I love having a job where I feel like I'm making a difference and having a positive impact on kid's lives. It's so nice getting to finally do what I love. Plus I think it's great practice...it'll be a smooth transition from nanny to stay-at-home mom one day!

We also had visitors this month! Our friends Jen and Dave came to visit from Utah! Oh, we just love them and I'll have to do a whole separate blog post about our adventure. It was SO much fun having them here!

And last but not least, we just got back from a CRUISE. Of course there is going to be a blog post about that too! It was perfect.

So it's been a crazy month, but a good month. And I have a LOT of catching up to do on here, but there's a little taste for now. Time to go snuggle with my love and soak up the last few moments of the weekend :)

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