Tuesday, May 25, 2010

{Vacation Part 1: Disney Cruise}


So I was beyond excited (and grateful) when I got the call from the camera shop today telling me they retrieved all my pictures off my corrupted memory card! Happy tears!!! On day 4 of our trip my memory card stopped reading ... I couldn't get it to work in my camera, our computer, or anywhere! And, I didn't have a spare card (note to self for next time!)...so I was without a camera all together. [Yes, insert major freak-out here]. I was glad my family came to my rescue lending me a camera and giving me all kinds of pictures before we all left for home...turns out my family takes great pictures! So I am thrilled to have both my own pictures plus the family ones too!


First off: Gotta thank the parentals. The trip was largely funded by my incredible parent duo. We have been counting down the days and looking forward to it for almost a year! I thought it might be a little difficult traveling with 19 people...but it wasn't. We just loved being together and stayed together almost the whole trip! My kids adore their grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles.  I am so grateful for a family that loves to be together.  Thank you thank you thank you Mom and Dad for such an amazing memory!

My parents took all of us on a Disney Cruise almost 9 years ago...I was just barely prego with Carson at the time. The Disney Cruise this time was so much different with kids...I recommend it with or without the kidlets!


Okay, so here are the cruise pics...yes, a ka-zillion.  And believe it or not, I have really narrowed it down!


Waiting to get on the boat!


We were onboard the Disney Wonder for 4 days. One stop in the Bahamas (Nassau) and one stop at Disney's private island, Castaway Cay.



The kids loved their own 'Kids Club'. We checked them in via an electronic bracelet they wore the entire trip, and the staff could page us if there was a problem or if they wanted to leave. The kids loved it! Activities galore, Disney characters, food, snacks.....Disney does FUN really well and even ended the trip with an on-stage program for parents. We loved the kids clubs too! We had one dinner night, adults only. And we escaped to Nassau for an outing sans kids too.  There was even a nursery available for Ry ... which he liked most of the time.  So it was nice to enjoy a couple of peaceful hours on an otherwise very busy family vacation. 

The kids loved the pools on the ship....they could have stayed there all day!  We were sad that there was a strict no diaper rule in the pools...no diapers, no swim diapers.  So, if your kid isn't potty trained, they can't swim!  The babies were so sad!  There was a 'splash' area for them, but that is just not as fun!


Outside the Nassau port.

Castaway Cay pics! This beach was awesome!! Wish we could have stayed here longer!



Aunt Erin ... always fun and a huge help!


Sisters!



Bike Ride at Castaway Cay.
Addy's tire got a flat about 2 miles in...so Trevor hauled her back this way and Erin carried the bike on her handle bars!

Ry loves his "Bampa"!



Ry loved all the characters.  As soon as he spotted one...he was darting their way.  He was in such awe.  Not scared even one bit...(and I would be ...I mean, look at Captain Hook!).  Ry just sat down on his lap while we snapped a ton of photos.  We had to drag him away. 

Morning pedicure with my Mom!


Addy & Paige got their hair braided on the last day. We have both loved it because we haven't had to do her hair for almost 2 weeks. 
Our awesome (and extremely patient) servers. 


Next up, 3 days in Disney World!



8 comments:

Camille and Bryce 7:27 AM  

Shell you did awesome!! Can't believe you got it all done. My goal is to blog by tonight--atleast the cruise part! Loving your pics and glad they're recovered!!

Tim and Lisa 7:42 AM  

I love it!

manders 8:36 AM  

Wow so much fun and so many amazing pictures. I love it. I can't believe my family has over a year until we go but after seeing all the pics and fun you had I am already counting down. Such a darling family...

Judy 8:44 AM  

So glad you got your pictures -- the kids (all under 35) will love and remember this vacation forever. Can't wait to see you all!

The Rider Family 9:46 AM  

looks like you had an amazing vacation love all your pics! What a fun family trip with the whole Dalley clan!! makes me super excited for our family to go! can't wait to see Disney World pics

Tyler 11:07 AM  

Awesome pictures! Looks like you had a lot of fun!

Aim 10:06 PM  

I just commented on Mill's blog about how the kids club worked but then I read yours and got a better idea. How fun fun fun!

I have never had much of a desire to go on a cruise but I think I would really love this!

As always your pictures are wonderful, you are amazing. And I am anxiously awaiting your next post!

Love you!

Onjali P. 4:15 PM  

Wow! that looks like some intense fun. Your kids must have thought they died and went to heaven!

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