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Cruisin for a Bruisin September 1, 2009

Filed under: Family Updates — Talin @ 1:01 am

I just really wanted to say that, I don’t know why. It is one of the many goofy sayings that Dad used on us as kids.

Things are finally slowing down long enough for me to update everyone and share some pictures. First, I will put up some pictures of the finished master bath. We have vowed, read my lips: “No new projects!” May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if we start another one. Actually, it’s more Talin’s fault- he is the one with the home improvement addiction.

We are really happy with the results, though. It turned out great!

It’s so small that it’s hard to get that full effect from pictures. So, I guess you’ll just have to come visit!

On to the real topic of the post!! Cruisin!!! Not for a bruisin, though, for Sting Rays, beautiful beaches, and great food!

We left on Friday, August 7th for Ft. Lauderdale. The picture below is of Nicole and me at the beach when we got up on Saturday to walk there- about a mile or so from our hotel. It was scalding hot, even at 8:00 in the morning!

Our cruise left on Saturday, and we spent the week sailing on the smoothest, most beautiful seas I have experienced yet! Our first stop was at Grand Cayman, where we were tendered out to Sting Ray City. I know, I was scared, too. I was under the impression that the barbs had been removed, but that was a false impression. They took us out to a sand bar where the water was about 4 feet deep. Everyone got in the water, and a floating bucket of squid was available if you were brave enough to feed the sting rays. I was so proud of the family- everyone got in the water! The sting rays are very comfortable around people, because they are used to people coming out to feed them, and they are not dangerous. They would swim up at the surface of the water, looking for people who had squid to offer, and they would suck the squid right out of your hand. They swam right over your shoulders and back, looking for food! It was amazing! This made Talin (and Mom, Dad, and Nicole) nervous, I think- because they were so eager and they didn’t have any concept of personal space. But, I highly recommend you try it!

These pictures are not super clear, but that’s what you get with an “underwater” disposable camera!

They loved Dad!

Notice Talin laughing at Dad when the rays were getting a little too close for comfort!

You can see his creepy eye really good in this picture.

We held one! We kissed it, too!

And my favorite picture:

Hahahahaha!!!! Nicole’s face cracks me up! Can’t see it too well? Here’s a close-up:

That was so fun! You should definitely try it, and trust me, they won’t hurt you, but they will slither all over you!

Our second stop was at Cozumel, where we enjoyed a Beach Break at Playa Mia. The water was gorgeous, and we snorkeled some and relaxed on floaties. It was blazing hot out there!

We also rented motorized scooters, and decided to drive around the island before getting back on the boat. Nicole was going to drive her own, but it made her nervous, so I let her ride with Talin and I drove my own. I almost died going full speed (about 40 mph) over a speed bump that I didn’t see coming, but luckily, I didn’t crash. God was watching over me, that’s for sure. This was the most awesome part of our whole trip, I think. We got to see the undeveloped side of Cozumel, which was AMAZING! The waves were huge, no one was over there, the water was so blue. It was gorgeous. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to stop, because we were worried that we wouldn’t make it back to the ship on time. So, we will have to go back there to really check it out. We took the loop that goes around the edge of the island, and when we got back to town, we got lost! The scooter renting man made it sound so easy to get back, but without street signs, it wasn’t so easy. We had to stop and ask local people at every stop light for directions. Dad’s scooter kept trying to die and/or drive itself out into intersections, and no one spoke English. We were worried, but we did make it back just in time to turn in our scooters, and with about 30 minutes to spare before our ship’s doors closed. It was an adventure, to say the least. We only got one quick picture of us on the prettier side of Cozumel.

Here are just a few more pictures of us on the boat.

Fun times!! I’m so glad that we were able to do this, since there won’t be many more opportunities. Before we know it, Talin will be out of school and tied down into a JOB. Boo!!!!

Thanks, Mom and Dad, for an awesome vacation!


5 Responses to “Cruisin for a Bruisin”

  1. Nicole Says:

    Thanks for that….i really appreciate the “necessary” close up!

  2. Lesley Says:

    Yeah, what did Nicole ever do to you? I think you should blow up Talin’s face in the one of y’all by the pool. Classic Talin.

  3. Amanda Says:

    HaHa!! I know, what was he doing??? He is always making a weird face!

  4. uncle chris Says:

    seeing pictures of your trip and you guys together sure did brighten my day up here in gillet, wy.

  5. Amy Says:

    SO SO SO FUN! It looks like you had a great time!

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