...from the Bahamas! Brian and I left Wednesday night (Jan. 7th) to fly down to Miami and cruise to the Bahamas. We were super excited to see new places and take our first cruise! This was also huge for us because it was our first big trip away from Kaelyn. Mom was already coming for Kae's birthday so we asked if she could stay a little longer so we could get away for a bit. Surprisingly, Kaelyn and I both did great away from each other for 5 nights. Since she was with Mom I didn't worry at all, and she was having a blast with Nana! When we talked to her on the phone she was such a big girl and asked if we were having fun on our "trip short." Toooo cute! Love that girl! ;)
Now for the trip...we had a blast!! We flew into Ft. Lauderdale late Wednesday night, got our rental - red mustang, probably the last 2 door we'll drive for a whiiiile haha, and headed over to our hotel in Miami. We were very pleased with our condo-like room and had a pretty good city view. :) Around midnight we were feeling a little hungry and decided to walk down to a little restaurant we had seen about a block away. We got there and they were still open for drinks, but the kitchen had just closed. =( They told us we could go a few more blocks and Blue Martini would be serving food so we decided to check it out. They were serving food... along with insanely loud music and lots of booty bumping on the dance floor. lol We could barely hear each other in there so we ate an appetizer and got our entree to go. The food was yummy!
Thursday we got up and went down to Bayside Marketplace to do a little shopping and get a bite to eat. We ate outside at Tradewinds. The weather was perfect! It was in the 80's, beautiful sunshine and not too much humidity. :) After we finished up there we went to lay on South Beach. It wasn't crowded but there was a good amount of people there for it to be JANUARY! haha People are very "free" on the beach if you get my drift. It was a gorgeous beach and we couldn't have asked for better weather! That evening we we walked down to P.F. Chang's for some yummy Chinese and to watch the first half of the National Championship game. We headed back to our room to cuddle for the second half and ended up dozing off. ;)
Friday we got up and packed everything back up for the cruise. We walked around for a bit and went to Lombardi's for lunch outside and had some delicious oysters! Then we returned our mustang and took a taxi to the port.
We boarded and checked out the cruise ship. We were pleasantly surprised with the size of our room. I had imagined it much more cramped but we had plenty of space in our room/bathroom. We laid out by the pool for a bit and relaxed in the hot tub... then it was time for the cruise ship drill...fun fun! haha, but necessary in case of an emergency. That night we headed to dinner and met a very cool couple. It was fun getting to know them. We went to the comedy show afterwards and headed back to our room.
Saturday morning we arrived in Nassau, Bahamas! It was beautiful! We did a little shopping and then got ready for snorkeling. We got on a catamaran that took us out to a reef where we saw lots of neat fish in the most beautiful water! It was so much fun and we finally used our olympus camera under water for the 1st time! It did a good job! The weather was again...perfect! We saw gorgeous houses on the way there and back. When we finished on the catamaran we had to rush back to the ship to get ready for dinner. We didn't have much time at all, but we made it to dinner... a tad bit late. :) That night was my favorite meal on the ship...yummy lobster and shrimp! We also had another awesome couple join us for dinner. After dinner we hung out with our friends we met and enjoyed great company and conversation getting to know everyone. :)
Sunday was a pretty lazy day. We slept in until around 10 and got up to get a bite to eat. We jumped in a hot tub for a few, but it was so hot outside we could barely stand it! We weren't in too long before we hopped out to lay in the sun on the "no kids" deck. haha It was so nice and relaxing. We went back to our room, ordered room service, and lounged around. Before dinner I took advantage of one of the spa specials and got a hot stone massage. Ahhhh, it was soooo wonderful! I came back and we got ready to have dinner with our new friends. After dinner we enjoyed a karaoke contest and a comedy show. Oh, how could I forget?!...Brian sang karaoke for us on this night AND the night before! He did an awesome job and we all cheered him on! =)
Monday morning... back in Miami. We had exchanged contact info with our friends and were ready to go our separate ways. We left the ship that morning and went down to Miami's art deco district. There were so many neat buildings and the weather was yet again...gorgeous! We walked all over the place and had lunch at Joe's Stone Crab Take Away. It was delicious! From here we walked a bit more and then headed back to the airport. We felt like we had been away the perfect amount of time. We didn't feel rushed at all, but we weren't gone too long to the point where we were miserable missing Kaelyn.
Mom and Kae picked us up that night and Kaelyn was soooo excited to see us! We were sooo excited to see her too, and she seemed to have grown even more while we were gone. hehe It was a wonderful trip and we throughly enjoyed every minute! Thanks to Mom for keeping Kae. We hope to take trip just for us at least once a year! =)
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