We’re Going On A Cruise

This will make the second time that we’ve taken a “change of job vacation.” Five years ago, David and I went to Universal Studios (hello Wizarding World of Harry Potter), after he left one job and before he started the one he is currently leaving. We’ve decided this is a good trend to have. Take a week off between jobs. So David and I will be taking a Disney Cruise.


Now, for those of you who knew about our honeymoon, you know this is a big deal for us. David and I are no strangers to cruises, and we used to love them. But our honeymoon cruise, with Royal Caribbean, was horrific. For instance, mysterious white substance all over the stateroom couch…you get the picture. We swore off cruises and said, “NEVER AGAIN.” Never, say never.

We’re sticking to our aversion of Royal Caribbean, but after telling David about Disney Cruises, he’s been begging to go. My family went on a Disney Cruise in 2001 and the entertainment was incredible. The ship was beautiful and the entire experience was magical. It may sound kind of ridiculous to take a Disney Cruise after we lost Brielle, but they have multiple adult only areas and a great spa.


David and I fully intend to hang out at the adult only pool and spa. I have a facial booked for me and a couples massage on the adult’s beach at Castaway Cay. We’re not getting off at Nassau, we’ve been there so many times it’s not even fun anymore. I’m hoping that the adult pool will be less crowded and I’m hoping the Nassau day will make the boat less crowded too.

David and I are going for ultimate relaxation. Sunbathing, fruity drinks, good food, and relaxing spa time. We’re so excited we’ll run up to each other and say, “We’re taking a vacation!” And we’ll do a happy dance, we need this.


The most difficult thing about Bernice is that she is extroverted and I am introverted (not that extroversion is bad). I never get to relax. It’s been five months and I’ve never had a moment to relax or be alone. She seeks me out and finds me. I barely know the woman, so it makes me incredibly uncomfortable. I really, really need a relaxing getaway. Alone time, I need lots of alone time.


The stress from David’s job is making his hair turn grey and he looks haggard all the time. And he tells me I look on edge all the time, like I’ve never really rested or slept in months. He’s also complaining that I snap at him far more, which I can’t deny. After spending every day repeating the same thing over and over again to Bernice and then David coming home and asking me the same questions over and over again, I’m ready to break and bite everyone’s head off. I usually end the day with a bit of a twitch and a constant loop in my head, “They’re both crazy. I’m living with two people who are losing their minds.”


We need a vacation.

I’ll take book recommendations, I like trashy romance novels, but not too trashy, like I don’t want naked guys on the cover, let’s be real, it is Disney. Light and fluffy guys, I need lots of light and fluffy crap. And if anyone wants to share Disney Cruise tips, I’d appreciate them.


Brielle’s Trip to Disney World


David and I went to Disney World when Brielle was eleven weeks. We had a horrible honeymoon and this was one of our “make up” trips (we’ll be making up that trip for a long time, it was that bad). We had originally planned the trip thinking it would take me a while to get pregnant, like a few months at least. Little did we know that I am part rabbit. Needless to say I didn’t ride a lot of the rides, but we still had a ton of fun. We also used this trip as our pregnancy announcement picture.

We took all kinds of pictures with Disney characters and even had dinner in Cinderella’s castle and took pictures with the Disney Princesses. At the time I felt a little odd taking my picture with a bunch of adult women, my age, pretending to be a princess, it was like a weird Halloween. Looking back I’m so thankful that I did all of those things. We had so much fun and Brielle had a trip to Disney world!

She got to ride the Little Mermaid ride, eat in Beast’s castle, and have the “grey stuff” (it was delicious). We went to Epcot and “traveled” the world together. We hung out in Hollywood Studios and took lots of pictures there. And while we had planned on going to Animal Kingdom, I was way too tired for it. I couldn’t feel Brielle moving yet, so I’m not sure what she was aware of, but I’m still happy we made these memories with her.

The whole time we were there I kept wondering what it would be like to have a little girl at Disney World (I was certain I was pregnant with a boy). Little did I know that I did have a sweet little girl in my tummy. I was really tired my first trimester and didn’t know if it would be smart to go ahead with the trip, but we did it anyways. I’m so glad we did. At least I can say we took Brielle to Disney World. She really was a very lucky little girl.

Side note: It was super humid, no surprise there, and really hot. Not crazy hot, but just hot. And the onesie I’m holding was the first thing we bought for Brielle.

Thank You Mom


I have to brag on my Mom. She came out last Wednesday and helped so much. She stayed Wednesday night with me so David could go home and get a good night’s rest. When we came back from the hospital she and Dad went out and bought groceries for the weekend. She made beef stew for dinner (and cookies!). We finished watching Princess and the Frog with Brielle, we had started watching it Wednesday night with Mom, Dad, and David. And then we watched Aladdin. Brielle didn’t go for Princess and the Frog, but she loved Aladdin. I guess Jazz isn’t her thing.

Friday, Mom began cleaning the house for us. I’ve been too tired and David has had way too much on his plate and hasn’t had time to clean. He already has his hands full. So she took care of us all weekend. She did laundry, dusted, vacuumed, cleaned bathrooms, deep cleaned the kitchen. It was so nice. It was uncomfortable at first, because it just doesn’t feel right to have your Mom clean your house. But David and I appreciated it so much.

I’d been craving pulled pork sandwiches, so Friday she made pulled pork sandwiches, fried potatoes, and green beans. We ate good this weekend! Friday was also Brielle’s 34th week day, so Friday night we had popcorn and watched Flywheel (the first Kendrick’s brothers film). Brielle danced through the whole thing.

Saturday we had a popcorn lunch and saw War Room, another Kendrick’s brothers film in theaters. We loved it, so did Brielle! She did lots of wiggles during the movie. It really was a very moving movie. We had a great weekend with Mom, and Dad when he was here. Dad went back Friday morning, he left at like 5 AM.

David and I are so thankful for everything Mom did to help us out. We really needed the help and appreciate it so much. Especially David, he has way too much going on. He’s being pulled in just about every direction and when I told him Mom wanted to help him by taking care of the house, he let out a huge sigh of relief and it was as if a weight was lifted off his shoulders.