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This picture above perfectly describes our experience of a 4 night cruise with three littles:
As much as I loved having all five of us sleep in one room… it is nice to be in our own rooms again;)
I’ve been on a handful of cruises in my life with my family and Andrew and I decided it was time to go on one with our kids. We did this trip for their Christmas present this year (we don’t have Brooke and Knox on Christmas) and it was so much fun. We heard a lot of phrases like, ‘this is the best day of my life’ and ‘I don’t ever want to leave’ from them.
Their days consisted of eating their favorite foods, swimming and exploring. Cruises are the way to go with kids (in our expert opinion now;).
Let’s talk food. I’m not a huge buffet food fan but other than that the ship had some great food…
This soft serve, I lost count how many of these that I had throughout the trip.
Their breakfast burritos were way too good.
And my #1 favorite meal on the cruise—> their hamburger bar. I have a huge love for hamburgers these days. I’m sure I’ll do what I always do with my food of the month and eat way too many of them and get sick of them until I cycle back to them again in a year or so.
Andrew and I lived it up with plenty of Diet Cokes while we were there too (I NEED WATER).
Knox was just thrilled to be able to have pizza at every meal. I’m not joking. He had pizza at every single meal while we were there. Pepperoni pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The first stop we made was to Catalina! We rented a golf cart and took the scenic route around to see the area. It was gorgeous there and I loved looking at all of the homes there! The golf cart had a car seat for us too which was really nice.
The kids played at the beach for a while…
And I had the most amazing cinnamon roll ever. It was from Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co (Andrea Barber sent me the recommendation AHHH).
The next stop on our cruise was to Ensenada. We took a little shuttle to another beach to play and the kids decided that Utah needs a beach.
Then we walked around downtown and let the kids pick out a souvenir.
When we asked the kids what their favorite part of the cruise was they answered, ‘the kid’s club’ followed by ‘spending time as a family’ (I think their second answer was said to to make us happy;).
We took Carnival (the prices were by far the cheapest for when we wanted to go) and the kid’s club was awesome and free. The kid’s made a lot of friends, it was very safe and they had so many activities for them. The kids would go there during Skye’s nap (Andrew and I would go nap with her) and after dinner a few of the nights. Skye would fall asleep for the night after dinner in the stroller and we would get some time just the two of us. We played a lot of games (I won our long ping pong tournament), star gaze from the top, walk around the track…
Or go and get more dessert. Skye snoozing peacefully in the background.
They had a kid’s Halloween scavenger hunt that went around the ship that the kids really loved.
They also offered kid’s club for Skye but it cost extra money so we just took her along with us everywhere because she can still sleep in the stroller in the evenings. She is in that stage where she wants to be moving at all times so the splash pad area was her favorite. The kid’s would go down the water slides while she crawled around right by them.
Skye is just like Brooke when she was a baby… she has zero interest in touching the sand and used that powerful core of hers to keep her legs up in the air. I absolutely could not keep my legs up like this for as long as she did!
By the last day Skye definitely was not happy with going off of her normal schedule of sleep (the two days off the boat her naps were crazy short) but she was a trooper and we are pretty proud of her. Cruises are nice because most areas are pretty loud in the first place so a 10 month old’s screeching isn’t really noticed:)
Andrew got in an upper body workout carrying her in the stroller up and down many flights of stairs because we weren’t patient enough for the elevators.
We got in lots of snuggling by the pool with the kids.
And they felt pretty cool to go out of the country for their first time to Mexico (picture below is Catalina though:).
Here’s to going back to routines, school, working, normal food and less sunshine!
We would definitely recommend going on a cruise if you have little kids and someday we would love to try a Disney cruise but Carnival fit our budget for this trip perfectly so we were very happy with the experience.
PS this was Andrew’s first cruise. He is not a fan of being in places where there are big crowds… he was a little nervous about how much he would like the cruise because of this. He was happy to report that there were only a few circumstances where he felt like the crowds were too much but overall he said it was way better than he expected.
A few more things to talk about before I let you go today:
*SKYE SAID MAMA for the first time while we were on Catalina. Let’s not focus on the fact that she was saying it when she was very upset about something:) She has been saying it a lot ever since then so Andrew and I are hearing both Mama and Dada all day long and it makes me so happy.
*A vacation with kids is kind of like a marathon… it deserves a proper taper/rest before leaving and recovery once you get home because both the marathon and trip with kids expends a lot of energy.
*Today is my second day back to running (my coach said I could go out on Saturday)! Two weeks off after the marathon was exactly what my body needed. Our body goes through a lot during those 26.2 miles and to thank it for what it did that day, I gave it plenty of rest, relaxation and delicious food to say thank you for what it did on 10/6. Post-race= do not feel like you need to jump back into things if it doesn’t feel right for you. I’m wanting to be running through my 90s so taking time off every now and then is not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.
*Being on the cruise ship made it extra easy to not be tempted to run too early ha. I didn’t ever feel sea SICK but I did feel a bit off on the cruise (one of the days it was swaying a lot)… which did not make running sound fun. Plus, I just wanted to soak in the family time (hence why I only jumped online a time or two and the rest of the time my phone was on airplane mode) and continue to let my body recover.
*I’ll probably spend my miles today listening to a good podcast while reliving my favorite miles from the marathon all over again:)
*I had some amazing churros while on this trip and now I’m living with an internal dilemma over if I now like churros more than donuts.
*Fall running is the best. It is absolutely my favorite. Temperatures that call for shorts and a long sleeve jacket and a light pair of gloves = heaven.
*Setting your alarm clock for 5:55 vs 6:05 feels like it is 3 hours earlier even though it is 10 minutes. The 5 vs 6 on the clock makes it so much harder mentally for me… and for those long run days when I would set it for 4:xx… that was extra hard.
*My niece that came down to the marathon with us told me she wants to run a marathon someday now after watching all of the amazing runners out there. Races are quite inspirational.
Ever been on a cruise? Where did you go? Which cruise line did you take?
What’s your food of the month (the thing you have been eating on repeat lately)?
Do you mind being in large crowds or do you try to avoid that as much as possible?
PLEASE SHARE ANY PUMPKIN RECIPES THAT YOU LOVE. I’m in the mood to make something pumpkiny today.
-I normally make these pumpkin cookies with cinnamon chips (they are heavenly) but I really want to try something new!