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Oh how I love some time off away from the busyness of life. It was such a blessing to go on this Western Caribbean Cruise. This was our second time cruising but third attempt, let me explain. When we were pregnant with our fourth (2011), the Mr. had been asking for years for us to go on a cruise. Life was about to get a whole lot busier and though I was petrified to go, the time away with just the two of us, would be great, so we decided to go. As we were registering our papers before boarding the cruise, I filled in how far along I was and can you believe it, I was 3 days overdue the limit to cruise and we could not go on the cruise (I think the cut off was like 26 weeks and I was 26 and 3 days, something like that). So, if any of you are planning a cruise and you’re expecting, keep all of that in mind;). Was quite the adventure I tell you.

It was such a blessing to have no service or internet access for a week. A time to unplug from the everyday things and really enjoy the children and our time together as a family. We stopped at Grand Cayman, Labadee, Haiti, Jamaica and our favorite Cozumel, Mexico. The weather was absolutely perfect!

Valentina's Corner Cruise 2015. ValentinasCorner.com

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The beautiful ship.

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Valentina's Corner Cruise 2015. ValentinasCorner.com

Valentina's Corner Cruise 2015. ValentinasCorner.com

Some of the food we enjoyed; Lobster, shrimp, lamb, duck and a variety of delicious desserts.

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Valentina's Corner Cruise 2015. ValentinasCorner.com

Kids loved the beaches. The boys went snorkeling and jet-skiing with daddy. Mom was a lazy bum and did nothing, and when I say nothing, I mean it! :0)

Valentina's Corner Cruise 2015. ValentinasCorner.com

Valentina's Corner Cruise 2015. ValentinasCorner.com

Valentina's Corner Cruise 2015. ValentinasCorner.com

Valentina's Corner Cruise 2015. ValentinasCorner.com

Lastly, we hadn’t taken our Christmas pictures for greeting cards yet, so I thought it would be a great idea to take them on the beautiful beach. When my hubby and I cruised the first time, the ship just docked at an island and we got off, so I thought this was the case with all the cruises oh how I was wrong. We get off of the ship to find out we have to get a taxi and drive about 10 minutes to get to the beach in a van with no air conditioning. There was another ship docked and it was packed with people. Long story short, by the time we got into the taxi, hair was a mess, kids were exhausted, sweaty and not at all excited for pictures. Everyone decided to assume since we were all dressed so nice, we were getting married, OH MY! Probably had oh a good 100 people ask us if this was a wedding party, hehe. The temptation to inform them all that the marriage comes first and then the five kids was real. 😉

So here are a few pictures that actually did happen. We did get a few that will be okay for Christmas cards messy hair, sweaty, stinky and all! Enjoy. 🙂

 Valentina's Corner Cruise 2015. ValentinasCorner.com

Valentina's Corner Cruise 2015. ValentinasCorner.com

Valentina's Corner Cruise 2015. ValentinasCorner.com

Valentina's Corner Cruise 2015. ValentinasCorner.com

Valentina's Corner Cruise 2015. ValentinasCorner.com

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Tis all folks.. I’d love to hear your favorite vacation spots or stories of Christmas cards pictures taking gone not so well, like ours! 🙂

I cannot wait for the Christmas greeting cards with beautiful family pictures to start arriving. My favorite time of year for mail.

Do you keep your card from previous years? We keep them up all year round and then I make little booklets out of them guests can look at when over our place.