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So last week Sarah and I left our cold state of Idaho to fly a red-eye flight to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to go on a Carnival Cruise / conference! Ever since our trip to  Aruba two years ago she has had the idea that a cruise would be fun. When we were in Aruba we stayed in a hotel and had to fend for our self for food and activities. Two days into our stay there, Sarah said “We should go on a cruise because everything is include!”. I laughed because our entire marriage I had been trying to get her to go on a cruise with me. Well early this past spring a chance came up to go on a bloggers cruise. Needless to say I was the first to buy the tickets to go to it!
We booked a Carnival cruise for a 7 day, 6 night cruise on the Carnival Cruise Ship Valor. This is my second cruise, and Sarah’s first. Our itnerary was to leave Miami and head to Key West Florida. Then the plan is to have a day at sea and the next stop will be Grand Cayman island. After that our next stop is Montego Bay Jamaica and then another day at sea with our final day ending back in Miami Florida.

Carnival Cruise

So here we are directly after flying in to Florida, slept in a hotel lobby for a couple hours and just boarded the Carnival Cruise Ship Valor. Tired, greasy hair, and just enjoying the beginning of our vacation.

Then after an afternoon relaxing on the ship, showering and becoming acquainted to our new home for a week and a good night sleep, we arrived in Key west Florida.

Carnival Cruise in Key West

The first morning of our vacation we arrived in Key West Florida. The farthest most southern point in the USA. We had decided that that day would be a walk around the town to see the island. So early that morning we started our exploration of the island.

Oldest Home in Key West was built by sea captain and "wrecker" Francis Watlington

Oldest Home in Key West was built by sea captain and “wrecker” Francis Watlington in 1829. This is the view from the back yard. We took a break after walking most of the morning.

Oldest Home in Key West was built by sea captain and "wrecker" Francis Watlington

The kitchen house of the property was behind the main house. Everything inside is the original structure and items.

Next we headed back out to the fun wild shops where you can buy everything from jewelry to t-shirts to hats to :

Even a clean pair of underwear!

While we were out visiting the tourist shops, we stopped by the farthest south CVS store! We needed an extension cord for all of our electronics. We didn’t know that our cabin room came with one “american” outlet and one “european” outlet plug. So when you are bloggers you have a lot of electronics begging for power. So we stopped by the local CVS store to grab an extension cord.

Stay tuned for more posts showing all of the islands and things that we did!

Seven Days At Sea Carnival Cruise Part 1

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carnival cruise valor - Key West

Carnival Cruise Ship Valor – Key West

This week instead of a “Mommy Moment” I am going to write a “Wife Moment”.

Some of you might have noticed the voice of our site was just a LITTLE tiny bit different last week.  I have a confession to make…. I pre-wrote several deals for a week in advance then turned the WHOLE site over to Ingard and a few of our other helpers  (Katie, Melissa and Heidi) for the week.  For the safety of my family I did not want to announce to the world wide web that we were NOT home.  Matt and I attended a conference for bloggers…. but it also happened to be on Carnival Cruise ship.  So when we were not learning and networking we were having fun as a couple in the warm Caribbean sun.

I admit I used to judge others when they would go on  a trip and leave their kids at home.  It seemed like such a selfish act and I found myself saying things like “I would never do that”.  Well I guess it goes to show that you should never say never. Two years ago Matt and I won a trip to Aruba I did not even want to go. I could not imagine leaving my babies at home. But Matt literally drug me along and by the second day I started to have a fun.  By the end of the trip I was like a whole new person.  It was amazing what a few days alone with my hubby (without work or kids) did for our marriage. We made a goal to try and take a husband/wife vacation every few years. Even if it was just dropping the kids off at Grandma and Grandpas for a weekend… just something to give us some alone time.

So when we found out  there was going to be a Bloggers At Sea Conference it seemed to be the best of both worlds.   Once again it was VERY hard for my to leave my 4 kids and I even thought about cancelling the whole trip it crossed my mind almost daily.  But once again a week alone with my cute hubby was amazing.  It was so fun to talk and not have it about work or the kids. We laughed and just enjoyed one another.  Seven days went way too quick and I am pretty sure I could spend months on a cruise ship …. hey a girl can dream right? But I was also so excited to come home to my kids.

Stay tuned for more photos and even a few silly videos about our Carnival Cruise.

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So recently Matt and I went on a trip to New York city, Manhattan and to be specific about two blocks south of Central Park. One night walking back from strolling through Time Square we came upon some very interesting night life!

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Being from Idaho, we just don’t see these kind of things. There isn’t a long enough summer to let these little critters get their population up. Needless to say I was a bit scared! It was actually the only roach and the only rat in New York that we saw. And we were out late every night.

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While I was in New York City a few weeks ago I wanted to see the Statue of Liberty.  We walked down to the waterline, there was several tour boats selling tickets for $17-$45 per person.  But I did not want to pay that much just so I could take Statue of Liberty pictures.  We kept walking and found out that the Staten Island Ferries offer rides for FREE.  They took us right by the Statue of Liberty, a sight I never thought I would see in my lifetime.  The Staten Island Ferries are a great way to save money while traveling in New York City!  Everything else you do in that city will cost you an arm and a leg, so you might as well save where you can!

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