Friday, April 25, 2008

All Together

Last weekend we were blessed to spend time in KC with our kids and all of our grandkids - well, almost everyone. Cameron was in Oregon on business, but we did get to see him in the KC airport on Friday and Sunday. Kristy and Ruth flew with him from Tampa, but then stayed in KC to visit with Kim, Doug, Will, and Ella. So of course we drove over to be part of the fun and activities. It doesn't get any better!

There was fun time around the house and an afternoon
at Deanna Rose Farm for kids. This has become a
favorite place for us every time we're with the grandkids in KC.

More grandkids coming soon! ... We can hardly wait.

Warm enough for some backyard games ... with water!

Will's 3rd birthday party (okay, we celebrated just a few days early)

New trucks are fun to play with, but make an even better seat!

Lunch together after church ... a kiss for Mema at the airport

Friday, April 11, 2008

Smooth Sailing

What a treat to get away from the rain and cold in St. Louis! The first week of April we spent a few days cruising the western Caribbean. Leaving Ft. Lauderdale on Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas, we spent our first day relaxing at sea enjoying this wonderful ship.

Just click on any picture to make it larger!

Poolside much of the day ... then dinner with friends from St. Louis

Our first stop (day 2) was to anchor quite a ways off shore from Belize City and tender in to the port. Belize is south of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula and used to be British Honduras. We were left unimpressed with the city as a cruise ship stop, but snorkeling the reef and some time relaxing on Bannister Island were terrific!

Next, we went on to the island of Cozumel, Mexico. A 40-minute ferry ride to Playa del Carmen on the mainland followed by a short bus ride brought us to Xcaret (sh-ca-ret') This beautiful eco theme park has so much to offer and was a lot of fun! With only a little over four hours, we could just sample some of the many attractions. This is a place we definitely plan to visit again!

Our guide Juan took us through the Mayan village ... we sampled fresh tortillas ... then floated down the underground river!

After about an hour the river ends at this gorgeous coastal park where we swam in crystal clear pools surrounded by colorful tropical fish!

We also spent some time walking through the butterfly pavilion; saw the jaguars, tapirs, parrots, and other animals in natural habitats; chased the monkeys and iguanas that are all over the park; climbed some of the Mayan ruins in the archaeological sites .. and shopped for souvenirs.

Our last stop was a short afternoon to tour Key West. Of course we visited Jimmy Buffet's original Margaritaville and walked through the Hemingway House. Sadly, the ship set sail again before we could join the crowd that watches the sunset from Mallory Square most evenings.

Another wonderful cruise vacation with outstanding weather, a
great ship and crew, plenty to do, friends to share it all with,
... and enough "down time" to just relax and enjoy the trip.