Tuesday, June 18, 2013


We have been counting down to this vacation for 200+ days and when the time finally came it was wonderful! Just a warning in advance this post is going to be a picture overload-- consider yourself warned!

We were lucky enough to fly out of the Provo airport to Arizona where we were staying with Matt's uncle and his family for a few days before we started our long journey to Texas with some friends of ours via driving which means 17 long hours in a car. (What were we thinking?!?) It was a long drive, but it wasn't as miserable as we were expecting. We had a lot of long conversations, silly moments, mini sing along sessions, and pit stops/potty breaks. Eric and Brenley were a blast and we were glad to have someone to share the trip with. 
First day on the ship-- better believe
we hit up the soft serve ice cream first!

Shopping in Jamaica

Kind of blurry.. But fun!
Beautiful beach in Jamaica
Toes in the sand-- Wish we were back there!
"Jamaican Jerk" chicken, pork, and shrimp
SO good!

Beautiful beach in Jamaica-- So pretty!
Beach in Jamaica again
Matt and Eric playing with the Jamaican guys
On the tender boat to Cayman Island
On our way to "Stingray City", Starfish cove, and a reef to snorkel
My cutie :)
He dove and got this one off the bottom of the ocean
Goofy snorkel gear.. I know  
Amazing Race in Cozumel--Such a fun excursion! 

The finish line of the Amazing Race

Beach/shore in Cozumel

Eric and Brenley enjoying the hammock after
all our walking in the Amazing Race
They loved being back in Mexico getting to use their Spanish again

The ship in Cozumel

The trip was so much fun and it was such a needed break for us. We hadn't taken more than a weekend get away since our honeymoon 2 years ago. I am so glad that we booked the trip when we did and that we went. I would most definitely go back on this same cruise, there was so much that we could have done but did not have the time at each of the ports. 

A big thank you to my parents who "doggy sat" while we were gone. I know how big of a pain they can be and they didn't complain at all! (Mya has decided that she has to eat breakfast by 5:50 AM each morning-- high maintenance???)  

Oh and how could I forget this.... I got my first EVER speeding ticket while driving through Texas. They say everything is bigger in Texas, and I guess that includes their speeding tickets... $250 dollars later... Yay me!

(Excuse the pictures at the end and the way they do not line up with the rest.. I cannot figure out how to fix them)

Playing Major Catch Up

Wow do I have a lot to catch up on! Since the last time I wrote I have had surgery, I graduated from school, Matt finished another semester of school, we went on vacation, I celebrated my 22nd birthday, we celebrated our 2nd anniversary, and many more things I am sure I am forgetting. 

In March we got a new bedroom set and I helped Matt move all of our old stuff into the guest room the night before. The day our furniture was delivered I lifted and moved some more stuff around to set the room up the way I wanted it. That night I woke up in a lot of pain and the next day I realized the small hernia that I already had was much bigger than it was before. I finally decided it was time to see a doctor about it and I was having surgery by the end of the week. (It was super fast, but I had to make sure I was going to be 100% before our cruise in April-- more on that in the next post!) They ended up finding not only one but two hernias, one on each side, so they fixed them both while they were in there. Matt was great and took very good care of me and while I was all cooped up in the recliner Mya was my snuggle buddy. :)

My "not so little any more" Mya

Like I mentioned Matt and I both finished another semester of school... I just happened to be lucky enough that it was my LAST! Yay! So I have officially graduated and am on my way to becoming an RN. It has been quite the roller coaster ride the last two years with school, but it has been a very good experience. In a weird way I am going to miss it but I am also very grateful that it is over. And the graduation celebration cruise was more than worth it! :)

My birthday weekend is filled with a few other family birthdays, so we spent a lot of time with family. I of course did not take any pictures (shame on me..) but it was a very good weekend. We went out to dinner to celebrate my birthday and my dad's birthday and the next day we went out to lunch with Matt's family to celebrate his sister's, dad's and my birthday. We love weekends full of family time!

Our anniversary fell on a Monday this year and Matt had to work, so we kept it pretty simple. But simple is good-- in my opinion. Matt was able to get off early and we headed up to one our favorite restaurants Los Cucos and we decided to shop at Ikea a little bit. Afterwards we relaxed a little bit before Matt played some softball that evening. Like I said nothing extraordinary but just getting to spend the day together works for me! I cannot believe it has been two years already since our wedding day! It has both flown by and seems like it has been so much longer. We never have a dull moment and I love every second of it. I wouldn't change it for the world. I love you babe, and can't wait for many more years to come!