Wednesday, January 16, 2013

on the ship

It has taken me until now to sift through the hundreds of pictures I took on our Disney cruise... thus, the delay in updating the blog. So, without further ado, here are the moments I captured when we were actually ON the ship. Sand and surf pictures are coming up next!

"Nemo's Reef" was a neat little splash pad for the little ones to play on. This was the only place Ruthie could play since they didn't allow swim diapers in the baby pool. Both of the girls loved this!

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The "Aquaduck" was a fabulous water pipe/slide that ran along some of the ship's perimeter. Come to find out AFTER riding it with my mom, pregnant women are advised not to ride this... whoopsies. It was hardly any bumpier than riding in a car, and I'm glad I got to do it without the knowledge that it was frowned upon. Ignorance is bliss. :)

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Lael spent a lot of time splashing around in the Mickey Mouse pool... the one that poor Ruthie girl wasn't allowed to go in.

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Our first full day on the ship was spent docked in Nassau.

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Christmas Eve

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Here we are rockin' our matching pj's for some Christmas Eve gift opening...

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The boys got whiskey and cigars...

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and the little girls got Disney princess baby dolls...

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Aunt Meg and Uncle Bryan didn't disappoint. Lael got her very own Cinderella dress...

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and a Cinderella Barbie doll...

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Merry Christmas! We were at sea on Christmas day and night and couldn't wait to get to Castaway Cay the next day for some time on the beach!

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Next up was the Diaper Dash! This was a crawling race for toddlers, and we thought it would be fun to enter Ruthie even though she's been walking for quite some time now. They said that was no big deal, so we prepped our little racer and came up with our strategy. Trey held her at the starting line and told her that she had to crawl to me (at the finish line) and that she could not walk. Then, after ready, set, go, Trey threw her passy down to me and I waved it in the air as she sped down her lane doing her little crab crawl that she used to do. Lo and behold, she won! So then we she was entered into the last round to compete with the other winner...

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and she won again!! Our little Diaper Dash Champion!! After her win the staff told me to hold her up like Simba in the middle of the atrium so everyone could applaud her... it was so funny. You can't tell it in the pictures, but there were SO many people around us watching. On the floor and then standing up in the balconies. For the rest of our time on the cruise people would stop us and ask, "Is that Ruthie? The Diaper Dash Champion?!" One of my prouder mom moments, for sure. :)

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Late night fireworks show at sea...

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Our room...

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The princesses... oh, the princesses. I wish I could say that they were a big hit with our girls... but alas, they were not. I mean, look at them. Aren't they just terrifying??
Lael LOVES, I mean LOVES to TALK about Cinderella, the Wittle Wermaid, Jazz-man and Snow White, but when it comes down to the nitty gritty, when they are there staring her in the face... it's just too much to handle. The only thing I can figure is that it is totally overwhelming and freakish to her. These beautiful women are animated beings on the tv. It doesn't make sense for them to be here talking to us. I guess I get that. A little disappointing after all the hype, but I get it.

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Snow White, probably Lael's favorite princess, was just a little too chipper for her liking...

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But in the end, they both loved prancing around in their Cinderella dresses...

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the belles of the ball and Daddy's little princesses...

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This light fixture in the atrium was made with Swarovski crystals. Just one of the many reasons why this ship cost two billion dollars to build. That's billion. With a B. Wowza.

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Magical moments on the shore coming up next...
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