Friday, December 29, 2017


In June, Jim and I were lucky enough to go on a cruise (first time for both of us!) to celebrate our 40th birthdays.  Our friends Jason and Elizabeth joined us (Jason also turned 40 recently, but Elizabeth has a looonnnng time before she is 40).

We spent a night in Miami before we boarded our ship.  Here are the three 40-year-olds in front of a store called 4D.
Our first stop was in Nassau.  We went on a snorkeling cruise and then explored the town a little.

Each night we got dressed up for dinner.

We took part in the on-board entertainment.  Jim and I tried out to be contestants on the Love & Marriage game show.  We were not chosen, despite Jim's humorous attempts.
Cute towel animals:
Our second stop was CocoCay, an island in the Bahamas that is owned by the cruise line.
We rented a cabana and spent the day on the beach.

When we got back to the ship, Jim and I jumped on the trampoline.

The upper deck of our ship:
Then, we rock climbed.

Another dinner, another fancy dress.
This cracked me up.
We loved our waitstaff!
Our dinner table every night:
Our main nightly waiter, Tem Tem:
While the guys played poker, Elizabeth and I danced with the crew!

Our final stop was Key West.  We rented tandem bikes and explored the island.  We enjoyed our visit to Ernest Hemingway's home.
There are 40-50 six-toed cats that live on the property!

We needed to re-hydrate after our ride.
We had lunch at a cute seaside bar.

Our final night on the boat:
It was a great vacation!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Rest of May

The day after I returned from Scottsdale, I turned 40.  It was a great day!  Some friends took me out for a pedicure.  Maggie got her first manicure and loved it!  We also had a nice lunch out.
Another friend dropped off a mini bundt cake with a "40" sparkler candle.
I got to celebrate 40 with some girlfriends one night, including these running buddies of mine!
Another day in May, Charlie, Maggie, and I joined Nana and Rory at Grant's Farm.
A big storm came through our area and there were lots of trees down.  We stopped by this one on our walk home from school one day.
 These goofballs were being goofy after school one day.
Jim's band played at a local restaurant/bar over Memorial Day weekend.  They were great!
We also had visitors from Florida over Memorial Day weekend.  It was so nice to catch up with them over the weekend, and we got to enjoy a Cardinals game.
We let the two older boys sit by themselves in the section next to us, and kept the younger two kiddos with us.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Scottsdale in May

In May, I got to go to Scottsdale for the weekend to see two of my best friends from high school.  We had an awesome weekend with lots of laughs!
On Friday morning, we went for a hike.

After hiking, we needed to refuel with In-N-Out burgers.
Saturday morning started with a run in the hot Arizona desert. 
Then we went to Old Town Scottsdale for breakfast.
Saturday night we went out for dinner and drinks.  It was so fun!
 Connie is getting ready to make us guacamole tableside.
I flew home (first class) on Sunday morning (which was Mother's Day).  It was a short, but very fun trip.