Friday, January 28, 2011

Christmas in Hawaii

(we didn't quite get it, but you get the idea)

So here we are spending Christmas 2010 in Hawaii.
Here's what it looked like Christmas morning

Santa did find us

We made hot chocolate (yes we make hot chocolate even in Hawaii!)

We had a delicious breakfast of fruit, cinnamon rolls, eggs, and sausage

Then we headed to the beach.

This is definitely the way to spend Christmas. I'd do it again, but Brooklynn prefers a more traditional Christmas so we probably won't do it again anytime soon.

Mexican Riviera part 2

So where did we leave off?...Oh yeah, PV and our Dolphin Swim.

So next up was Mazatlan where we went to Stone Island (at least I think that's what it was called). It was an awesome beach with awesome waves for boogie boarding, but not too rough for swimming. We scored a great seat on the beach at one of the restaurant tables where the vendors couldn't come right up to us. They still came as close as they could, but it wasn't too bad.

The walk to the beach

Sitting on the beach having a snack

Josh coming in on the boogie board

Brooklynn, tired but happy.

Some of the crew

Brook and I bought these cute swimsuit coverups from the vendors on the beach.

Brook and Josh Kleven. Aren't they cute? Especially Josh with the flower in his hair.

The next day we were in Cabo San Lucas. This was the prettiest port!

Here's the famous arch from the movie Popeye.

Austin, Braden and Camille

Watching the huge waves at Divorce Beach

We rented jet ski's at went zooming around the bay

The restaurant where we ate lunch. These guys had good food!

So that was our day in Cabo. I wish we would've had more time here. It was very pretty. But we tried to do too much. Next time we'll know.

Leaving Cabo

Other things we did...

Some of us did a little karaoke

We tried to go to dinner in our bathrobes. Yes there is a story there. Apparently this cruise had an inordinate number of people walking around in bathrobes at all times. Since this was our first cruise we didn't know any different, but some of the people we were with mentioned how they had never seen so many people just walking around in robes on any other cruise. So the last night we decided to get in on the "robe" action and we all wore them to dinner. All 20-something of us. It was quite a sight. On our way to dinner we stopped on the dance floor to do some dancing. Everyone thought it was hilarious and lots of people were snapping pictures of us. They wouldn't actually let us into the dining room in our robes though. I guess the dining room had something of a dress code.

Of course we ate tons of food.

Danced on the Lido'll have to ask the kids to show you the, "one cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, dollar" dance.

I don't know what he's doing here, but it was a funny picture

Other stuff...
Our room

Towel animals and art

Mexican buffet

And that's the end...hahaha

It was such an awesome trip and I can't wait to do it again!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

A Book A Week

Well, my goal was 100, but I only did about half that. I'm happy with it though. I read a lot of great books, and a few duds too, but overall I enjoyed my year of reading. I averaged 1 book per week for 2010...52 books in all. Here's they are in no particular order

The Initiation (Secret Circle Series #1) by LJ Smith
The Golden Spiral (Hourglass Door Trilogy #2) by Lisa Mangum
The Vipers Nest (39 Clues #7) by Peter Lerangis
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (Great Book!)
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Syren by Angie Sage
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Evermore by Alyson Noel
Graceling (The Seven Kingdoms #1) by Kristin Cashore (good book)
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time by Greg Mortenson
The City of Ember (Ember Series #1) by Jeanne DuPrau
The People of Sparks (Ember Series #2) by Jeanne DuPrau
Mississippi Jack (Bloody Jack #5) by LA Meyer
Fire (The Seven Kingdoms #2) by Kristen Cashore
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
The Emperor's Code (39 Clues book 8) by Gordon Korman
Intertwined by Gena Showalter
The Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark
Keys to the Demon Prison (Fablehaven #5) by Brandon Mull
Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
Shadowland (The Immortals #3) by Alyson Noel
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer
The Secret Hour (Midnighters #1) by Scot Westerfield
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Touching Darkness (Midnighters #2) by Scott Westerfield
The Prophet of Yonwood (Ember Series #3) by Jeanne DuPrau
The Diamond of Darkhold (Ember Series #4) by Jeanne DuPrau
Blue Noon (Midnighters #3) by Scott Westerfield
Peter and the Starcatchers (Book 1) by Dave Barry
Wings (book 1) by Aprilynne Pike
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Storm Warning (39 Clues #9) by Linda Sue Park
Peter and the Shadow Thieves (Peter and the Starcatchers #2) by Dave Barry
Spells (Wings #2) by Aprilynne Pike
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
My Bonny Light Horseman (Bloody Jack 6) by LA Meyer (love the Bloody Jack Books!)
Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (Peter and the Starcatchers #3) by Dave Barry
Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
Rapture of the Deep (Bloody Jack 7) by LA Meyer
Enna Burnning (Books of Bayern #2) by Shannon Hale
The Hourglass Door (book 1) by Lisa Mangum
Into the Gauntlet (39 Clues #10) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Wake of the Lorelei Lee (Bloody Jack 8) by LA Meyer
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Enders Game by Orson Scott Card (good one!)
Santa Maybe by Aubrey Mace
Wicked Lovely by Melissa marr
Enders Shadow by Orson Scott Card
Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner #2) by James Dashner

I'm setting my 100 book goal again for 2011. Here's to lots of good books! Follow along. I'll let you know when I stumble across something great.