Phew! I took A LOT of photos of our trip! I mean, I take photos all day, everyday in general— but then add a bunch of ladies, endless beautiful fluffy clouds, ocean, sparkles, etc etc— well, the photo taking was endless!
We made it a point to wake up early each day— or rather, I did. Marlowe and Laura often slept in and napped in between. But as you guys know, I’m not much of a sleeper. I do have a tendency to wake up after 8 or 9 each day, if Marlowe allows. But beyond yoga, and getting outside more, I’m really trying to put an effort into going to bed earlier and waking up earlier this year too. And well, with the ability to watch the sunrise each morning over the big blue ocean, it’s really not that hard to want to wake up. Since being home, I think that has been my hardest adjustment— I miss the daily sea, the daily breeze, and endless sky. I’ll live, I’m sure 😉 but man, I wish I could wake up like that every morning.
Travel in general (unless cross country biking) will never be the most eco-friendly thing, but Laura and I agreed that from our last cruise to this cruise we’ve seen big improvements in sustainability awareness. This made us happy and made the trip more enjoyable.
The nights were filled with sparkle, sometimes cocktails (though not typically for me), Marlowe loving to watch the dance floor, and lots and lots of stars. The full moon, well, it made the ship rock a bit, but it was a real treat in the sky.
So many naps. These two make a good team.
So how’d Marlowe do? Well, she missed her dad like crazy, but overall did incredibly well for her first time out of the country. I’m grateful to do these trips with her. And it felt pretty nice to create a girls trip for her, myself, and my lady friends. I’m gonna miss M like crazy when I head off to India, so I’m really happy we were able to do this together. Something for the scrapbook (blog) to remember forever with her. We’re already planning our next trip together– hint: it will contain blue crabs 🙂
*this post was created as part of our collaboration with Carnival. As always, all of the opinions, thoughts, and ideas in this post are my own. #carnivalpartner