Tuesday, June 9, 2015

cruisin' and babymoonin'

Eric and I got to escape real life for a few days while soaking up time together, eating all the food (maybe that was just me) and being as lazy as possible ;) We booked a little cruise that took us to Catalina Island and Ensenada, Mexico. We chose this cruise because we wanted a short trip (versus a week long cruise) that was cheap, all inclusive (food wise) and relaxing... which is exactly what we got!
We drove down to California last Sunday and I was totally shocked by the cold "June gloom" weather! It was a nice break considering we'd just left triple digit weather, but I forgot to pack a jacket so it was a little hard to enjoy the cold 60 degree temps! We had planned on doing some exploring in Long Beach before getting on the cruise ship, but in an effort to make sure we knew where to go when it was time to get on the ship, we found ourselves in the parking lot and couldn't leave without paying... so we boarded the ship! It ended up being just what we needed because as soon as we finished eating lunch we made our way to our room where I took a long nap. You'll notice a pattern here real soon- eat, sleep, eat, sleep ;)
Monday was spent on Catalina Island and we loved it! I was expecting the cute little town but we were totally shocked by how clear and gorgeous the water is! Our first stop after getting off the ship was buying a jacket, ha ha! It warmed up to the perfect temperature for exploring but I wore that jacket the rest of the cruise so it was worth the purchase ;) We wandered through the town for a bit before making our way over to the beach. I've never been kayaking before and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try it! We rented a kayak and paddled along the coast line for a bit. It was such a beautiful day and again, the water was gorgeous! We didn't last too long in the water which was a good thing... my back and belly muscles weren't used to that kind of workout... not to mention the fact that my muscles have stretched to make room for a 22 week bump and did not appreciate the workout, oops! We hung out on the beach and I finally got my hands on a pina colada (virgin, of course) which I'd been craving for quite awhile! We did a little exploring on our way back to the ship where we went to eat lunch, lay out by the pool and took naps :)


We weren't really that interested in getting off the ship at Ensenada on Tuesday, but once we arrived we couldn't resist! We just walked to where the shopping was (a street lined with bars and shops, that was all they offered for a flea market) and ended up buying a couple dresses for Mia. Eric lived in Mexico City for 2 years so he was excited about getting Mia these adorable little dresses. He had a lot of fun bartering and talking with the locals. He was asked on more than one occasion if he was from certain areas of Mexico, which was quite the compliment since he's been out of practice with his Spanish. Moving to Arizona has provided him the opportunity to brush up on the language and work on getting the accent back though. When we finished shopping we went back to the ship for lunch (Eric was especially weary to eat any food in Ensenada with me being pregnant- one can never be too careful, or too cheap. Free lunch on the ship ;) ha ha!) then napped poolside again. I may have taken a second nap in our room before heading out to dinner as well :)


Wednesday was our day at see where we'd planned on hanging out (or should I say napping) pool side but it was cold, dreary weather! Now that we are back in the Arizona heat I'm wishing I'd soaked up more of those cold temps, ha! This made for the most boring day considering how small our ship was. We ate breakfast, watched TV in our room (Eric attempted going to the gym but it was more than full), went to a show, at brunch, napped... then after I went a little stir crazy in our room I convinced Eric to play some games with me (after stopping by the buffet for some treats, of course!) and for anyone that knows Eric, you know how much he HATES playing games. Proof of how bored we were, ha ha! We grabbed battle ship then headed to a corner of the ship where Eric could watch ESPN as well. We actually had a lot of fun playing, then it was finally time for dinner! We caught the tail end of a comedian show after dinner then called it a night... it was by far the latest we'd stayed up the whole cruise (which isn't saying much since we were back in our room before 9!) We went straight to bed after dinner each night... I'm not kidding you when we say we took full advantage of relaxing, being lazy, catching up on sleep or whatever you want to call it! With how much Eric has been working and my pregnant state, it was exactly what we needed!


Thursday morning we were up early to eat breakfast and get off the ship before getting stuck in long lines. We headed over to the beach to get a nice walk in and enjoy ourselves before it got crowded (if it gets crowded with the gloomy weather?)... but we called it quits after a few minutes. I was excited to get some cute pictures on the beach but besides a few runners, the homeless and crazyies are the only ones occupying the beach before 8am. Normally we wouldn't mind except they were kind of getting crazy towards us so we booked it out of there. We drove around for a bit before skipping town since it was still so early. We did stop at the most amazing outlets outside of Palm Springs on our way home though... I can't wait to hit those up again next time we go down to California!
This was by far the least exciting trip we've been on, ha ha, but it was exactly what we needed! It was SO good to have that time with Eric and we really did have a blast and loved being able to relax so much! A huge thank you to my parents who stayed out our house to watch Mia and spoiled her rotten! I was slightly worried she wouldn't want us to come home, but girlfriend missed her parents! 5 days later and she's still ecstatic that I'm around!! She keeps saying, "mommy back!!" and Sunday night as Eric and I were doing her bed time routine she kept saying, "miss you, mommy! Miss you, daddy!" Sweet girl, we are so lucky to have her! (Isn't that why these little trips are so amazing, they remind us how sweet life is at home!)

25 comments:

Jenn said...

What a super fun trip and some nice quality time together!! Love your pictures :)

Ashley @ ladyacray.blogspot.com said...

Sometimes lazy trips are in order. I lovelove vacations - but I also don't love coming back more exhausted than I left! So at least you got some good quality nap time in :-D haha

Erica Jenkins said...

Honestly i would be doing the same thing, if there is any chance to sleep whenever i wanted i'd take it! what a fun little trip! I haven't been on a cruise yet, Chris is weird about them, but maybe a short one like this will change his mind, and all.the.food! :)

P!nky said...

Looks like such a fabulous baby moon I'm so glad y'all had a great time. Cruising is a great way to just relax and even though you don't think the trip was 'exciting' it looked like it was EXACTLY what you both needed. Great pictures, love you!

Allison Cooley said...

Sounds like a fun little getaway! I've never been on a cruise but want to one day!

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Sara Holt said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! So glad you got some much needed rest and time to relax and regroup together as a couple before another baby joins the mix (:

Courtney [Sweet Turtle Soup] said...

Boring and perfect! Sleeping and eating on your own schedule sounds absolutely wonderful. Oh how those priorities change during your life.

Jessie said...

Oh, how fun! There's nothing like endless free food you didn't cook, no kids, and no chores. A few days with my Honey is always paradise. And isn't Catalina like a piece of heaven? So picturesque. Glad you had a rejuvenating vacation!

Brittany said...

This sounds like the perfect way to recharge - lots of eating and sleeping, worry free! I love that Eric is so proficient in Spanish! I was a Spanish major in college, but I live in Indiana, so I never get any practice. I feel like I've forgotten all of it by now. Ugh.

Alana Livingston said...

Exactly what both of you needed! Eating, seeping, and relaxing sounds like the perfect vacation to me!!

BLovedBoston said...

Sounds like the perfect babymoon! So happy you were both able to enjoy yourselves! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

christina @ the new mrs said...

Loved getting to peek into your trip! What a great honeymoon and a perfect time away for you two!

Erin LFF said...

Loooove this! So glad you two were able to go on this trip and just relax and be together! :) GORGEOUS pictures friend!!!

Evelina said...

How helpful that your hubby can speak Spanish! It sure makes bartering easier! So cool that he lived in Mexico City.

Sarah said...

What a fun trip! I keep trying to get my husband to take that same trip but nope, he won't...he thinks he'll feel claustrophobic on the boat...So glad that you go to relax and SLEEP!

Caroline @ Windy City Chic said...

Sounds like a fun little baby moon! I'm glad that you guys had a nice time. You look great and I hope that you are feeling good too!! :-)

Tawnya Faust said...

What a great trip, sometimes relaxing is the best way to come back refreshed (and ready to chase a toddler around again). Glad you guys got to get away for a bit before baby boy arrives!!

Our Pretty Little Girls said...

That is so awesome. It sounds like the perfect trip. So glad you guys were able to get-away before there are 4 of you!!!

Joie de Viv said...

What a wonderful baby moon getaway! We've done the Ensenda cruise a few times, but never had one that stopped in Catalina, which sounds really fun! lol - I know what you mean. We left Kaitlyn for our babymoon/family wedding and she was SO happy when we got back. It's been a few days and she still is a little clingy and extra sweet and says she's happy mommy home, happy daddy home!

xx Viv at JoieDeViv

meandmr.com said...

Sounds amazing! I'm glad you guys had such a great time!
Melanie @ meandmr.com

Nina Robinson said...

Eating + sleeping = the perfect babymoon! Glad you guys had fun. Joe's been wanting to do a cruise and that sounds like a nice, short introductory one, since I've never been.

Sara Elizabeth said...

Sounds like a much needed relaxing time to catch up on rest before BabyBoyB comes!!!! I love how happy Eric looks... and I'm definitely impressed with his mad Spanish skills!

Kasey Sutgrey said...

What a perfect getaway with hubby! That is so interesting that Eric lived there and knows Spanish!

tina bumblebee said...

That sounds like the perfect vacation. My vacations this year have all been so exhausting, lacking any sleep, and full of physical activity. I would love to just eat and nap in beautiful places :) Happy babymoon!

Elizabeth Birenbaum said...

Girlfriend, you were like 40 minutes from me when you were in Long Beach! Eeeekkk! So close, yet so far. BUT now you know how to get here so you can come to Disneyland!!! And if/when you do, you must call me! Pinky promise? :)
Enough of the guilt trip lol, so glad you guys had fun!!! And especially got some much needed rest. I love that you napped so much and got to eat so much. The perks of a cruise!

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