Kevin and Michelle were invited last August by their dear friends, the Dickens, to go on an Eastern Caribbean cruise from March 3-10, leaving from Ft Lauderdale. Having never cruised together, not counting their lives in general, they had to go. We spent 7 magical days on the Emerald Princess with stops at ports in the Bahamas, St Marteen, St Thomas, and the Grand Turk. Each island was unique with great scenery and activities. The beach on the French side of St Marteen was the most beautiful we have ever seen. We snorkeled on two islands, played with sting rays near Grand Turk and enjoyed the friendship of our company of eleven. The food was fattening and delicious. The Great House on St Thomas had incredible views of 20 other US Virgin Islands. The three comedians on the ship were in great form and the other shows were entertaining and enjoyable, except the crude one where we walked out. (Oh well, you can't expect perfection in this life.) We enjoyed the break from our house of 14 persons and were reminded why we fell in love in the first place. It was a great trip and we didn't feel guilty leaving the rest of our family behind.
We had a great fall break this past October, 2009 when we flew to Cancun and stayed 3 nights in Playa Del Carmen and two nights in Cancun. The trip was with my gorgeous wife and our three youngest sons, Taylor, Morgan and Jaden. We saw the ruins of Tulum, the ruins of Coba, went para sailing, a first for all of us, spent the day at Xcaret, that magical aqua-archeological park. The two underground rivers were awesome and the night show was amazing. We also took the Jungle Tour on our two passenger speed boats in the lagoon between Cancun and the Caribbean, and swam in a magnificent cenote, a large underground cave full of water and limestone formations. We enjoyed perfect weather and great food. We swam and played for hours and stayed in two spectacular hotels. We felt bad that only 3 children were available to go with us, but then the older ones have already had plenty of fun. On our way home
we spent the day with Becky and DJ Morgan in Houston and got to see our great Sowards' relatives in Texas, the Houston Space Museum, and had a great Mexican dinner at Pappasitos, probably Livi's favorite place. It was a wonderful trip with great memories spent with family and the wonders of the Yucatan.