Tuesday, June 5, 2012

There was this one time, I went to the Bahamas.... && I never blogged about it.

Yeah, that's right, back in April me, my husband & our parents went to the Bahamas.
Yes - I said it. I cruised with my in-laws & parents.
Maybe I've never really explained our relationship on le blog but
I am pretty tight with my parents and for in-laws, we have a very close bond.

Don't get me wrong.
We tried to get a lot of other people to tag along -
It was just the six of us and might I had it was freaking awesome!

So April 19th the six of us packed up in one vehicle and ventured down to Jacksonville, Florida
to set sail on the Fascination Carnival Ship.
We cruise carnival mostly. Actually, I've never cruised anything else.

We actually left earlier than we really needed to because when we got on board
there wasn't a whole lot to do - Aaron & his dad are BIG gamblers.
My parents like it too, but not as addicted as the The Drew men.
Being we were still in the U.S - the casinos weren't open until later that night.

So we walked the ship and got to know where everything was.
.... waited for the most important yet most boring class {life boat class} there is.

.... &&& another one.

&&& then we pretty much forced ourselves into our rooms so we could make ourselves a drink as we waited on our luggage. {the worst part for me... so nerve racking & scary}

We enjoyed our first time having rooms on the very back of the ship - we loved this much better than a side view. Not really sure why but the balcony view was beautifully-amazing!
We opened all the doors so we all had space to party room to room! :)

I love this picture even though my feet look CRAZY long. I mean, I have big feet but not like this.
&& yes, I wore my little cowgirl hat for my dad. You will see he wears his && loves when I wear mine too.

It's become the thing to do on the past cruises we've been on - watch the sail away from our balcony.

Before long, it was time for dinner. In which is the one night I didn't really take many pictures. I depended on Aaron's parents camera. {&& also the reasoning for this post being so late. I was trying to wait on their copies and when I finally got them on a disc, I don't know how to use it. UGH!}


However I will introduce you the cutest little boy on the ship... even those this was not taken on the first night, I will still spare the space and show you the little man who wouldn't quit staring at me...
every night.

Day two = a day at sea.

Being it was a three day cruise we only had one day at sea, which sucks.
But we did spend a lot of time around the pool - we watched the Hairy Man contest {in which we tried to get my Dad to enter, he rocked the house last cruise & carried home the title...  as he played Rambo} && my favorite... people watched.

Which is where a very funny story comes into play...

... Aaron and i slept in everyday except the last morning.
It was great - so breakfast was room service && ate on the balcony.

Aaron always takes the best pictures. I mean, he waits so patiently until I'm ready.
Again, the water and view was astonishing. Ahhhh....

Now onto the pool -

The very first thing we do is order us a fruity drink. I'm usually head-over-heels in love with Miami Vice' ... && I was - however I tried something new, this was "Twilight".

it was good but It didn't match my ritual.

... I hate when he steals my cherries but I love it when he "thinks" I don't know.

I'll be honest and say that he was in no mood for laying out by the pool. He has lost about $300 the night before in the Casino & $100 already that day. {we HAD to hit the casino up before going to lay out} But because he is an awesome person, he knew this was on my list of to-dos.

So here is the story.
I'm laying out - getting my suntan on fried as Aaron goes to get us a drink.
There was a group of men & ladies behind us that I noticed now {the men} were now down below us onto the left - by this spray on tattoo stand. I didn't really know what was happening but I kept hearing them laugh so hard. I assumed the guy got a tattoo && maybe his friends decided to change the tattoo of his choice. They were all hysterical && I could hear the ladies behind me talking about it wondering too - what the hell was going on.
So Aaron comes up && little did I know he was right by the bar of the tattoo stand. Apparently the guy lost a bet and THAT... that up there was what he had to do. Best part, it lasts two weeks.
This thing was huge. Later we ran into him coming out of his room {which was across from ours} && we had quite the chat. He was so embarrassed.

Hairy Chest Contest

It was great.

Of course the guy with no hair on his chest {hence the shirt, he did at one point have it off}
won - and of course he was from Georgia. Imagine that - but he had the crowd going crazy.
It was great - I may or may not have went down on stage && danced my ACE off.


Night two - Captains Night

I was fried. Aaron started his "I like to act like Jean Claude Van Dam with our towel buddies". I was ...
drinking a LOT.

Seriously, I love this man for making me laugh every single day of my life.
But really???
He is my man-child.

That was BEFORE dinner. Well this is in between dinner & ... whatever we were doing.
 Notice the two different animals? {Ohhh and I filmed him. Do I dare show it?}

And then we tried to take a picture (10 second style) like we did on our honeymoon... and it may or may not be inappropriate to share...

notice the two drinks we just made ourselves??? Yeah - we were lit. I was definitely.
&&& then dinner took place.

This is my drunken night - I was lit. Totally. This was the night I said what the hell & became friends with every single dealer there was because my husband loved losing money. This was the night I may or may not have gotten videoed while shaking my ACE .... again walking down the main deck!! This was the night I entertained our party as they watched me ... be shit faced. Speaking of shit... this was the night I ended up in the bathroom with the total  shiiits. My dad still to this day has no idea why or where I went when I told him to hold on for a minute when he asked me to shake my tail feather to the oldies along with him - one of our favorite things to do together.

Baaahaha.. Yes. I said it. Yes. I just announced it on le blog.
Remember me being Gluten Free? Well, it's true - when your body gets accustom to one way of eating and then you {try very hard to stay on track} eat everything the cruise ship has to offer
PLUS drinking ALL.DAY && ALL.NIGHT --- NON-Stop ... you find yourself at the end of the night in the bathroom. Yikes!

This was also the night that my parents tucked me into bed as my husband gambles away having the time of his life knowing nothing about my shitty-ness.

This was the night that turned into morning && I woke up to this....

Whoa. we are back in the game && swing of things.
Have I mentioned I love to play Roulette. Don't let me fool you - I was playing every night & day too... losing my ass.

Day two - Nassau, Bahamas

We woke up to this view -

Being we've all been here many times && have done most of the excursions, we decided not to do any. With Senor Frogs around the corner - I was happy as can be with partying away.
So we walked the straw market && then stopped in for lunch.

... && that's when things got interesting-ly weird.

my husband was in love with this wood carving - we wanted a fish {in which he has one from many years ago as a kid} but it wasn't good enough. He was just totally at AWE by these carvings ---

he bought a hermit crab.
... I know - that's what I said.
It sits in his man room at home && while I must admit, it was pretty cool looking.
But still... really?

... && I thought a hermit crab was a bad choice.
Whoa - who would buy that? It seems very uncomfortable to me. Check out the detailed {I'm whispering} balls on the horse.. Whoa!

&& then I saw these, in which we got a kick out of.

Okay, so we didn't buy any. I kind of wanted to but I would feel totally weird even picking it up to purchase it.

Then I saw this really cool man who wanted me to buy his coconut from him.
How cool - fresh coconut milk.. I have to have one.

worst thing I've ever put in my mouth.
the taste of HOT MILK... coconut milk at that - puke!
I threw it away immediately.
Gross - Aaron tried to warm me. At least I can say I've tried it. {blahhh}

my husband gets his shortness honest - This thing about swallowed Mrs. Kandi -

Onto to Senor Frogs we go -

at this very moment I realized I passed ONE frog I was told to visit && to be careful of his wandering hands. In case you have no idea what I am talking about, check out Raven's guest post from her trip to the Bahamas.

I went back for you Raven! ♥

We get there. We drink. We order & we take shots.

Me at my best.
Not really - but that jello shot was hard to get down!

Wait... what's this all about???

I mean, I can't help I was looking pretty fly that day....
Ha! No really..
it was my lunch they were big-eyed about -

it was so good!
&& that's when two things happened. Some random employee decided to put this on ME...

... in which I immediately thought of Raven AGAIN - && knew something she asked has to happen.

&& then the Wobble came on.
What do I do...
Dance my ACE off.

&& we danced, watched an extremely {too old to be making out} couple get their freak on on the dance floor - it was pretty hysterically gross.

We drank && before you knew it was it was time to go.
But wait... before we do., We have to find the Sex Machine finger-pointer.
"Aaron you HAVE to take this picture - it's for Raven, my blog friend" - he totally thought I was destroying our family at the moment but I didn't.

Yes, this is photo shopped writing on this napkin. But if you look closely it says the same thing in pen written on out napkin.

Seee??? You were thought about the whole time!
&& that was that. We completed out scavenger hunt that my dearest blog friend requested!

We headed back on board.

Do you see our room?
We went back to our rooms, settled down && soon it was time to say good bye to Nassau.

Dinner - 3rd night {in which I was not feeling great. I could float away from all the food I had eaten in the past few days... I think I ate soup for dinner}

No, I did not walk around with my dress that long - don't judge.
I had my shoes off...

Mr. Paul {FIL} sings. Have I ever told you that?
We watched his Karaoke && raise the shirts off of peoples back as he sang Unchained Melody -
It was amazing - he got a standing ovation.

&& Soon to follow we went to play Bingo {for the first time which is very usual}
I remember standing in line with Aaron - waiting to get all of our bingo cards && saying "I've never won a game of bingo in my life. Not even as a kid. I don't know why I love this game so much."

The game starts - being there was about 300 people playing, the first to get the B & the O line straight down wins.

Well my card sucks, along with everyone elses. Time passes & several people are standing up {they ask you to stand up when you have one number left to be called.
I hear my Mom tell my Dad to make sure to check his numbers in case he misses one.
So I did. && I miss O63 - which lead me to ONE number. I stand up grinning big..
They checked my card & there I was the winner of the $500 jackpot.
Hell to the yes!!
I think I was more excited about screaming bingo than actually comprehending winning $500.
Let's have a drink on THAT.

We ended up playing the casino a little and then calling it a night - we hit room service as we watched some new Disney movie out. Being I didn't eat much at dinner, it started to catch up with me.

our ritual mid-night snack every cruise we take {clearly it isn't a snack}.

We woke up to NOT being ported at Freeport, Bahamas.
The water was so rough & it was more of a danger to port rather than keep sailing.
So we actually had another day at see. However, we spent our day a little differently other than than JUST the pool side.

The water was rough. The waves were huge && we may or may not have had a great big conversation topic on Christopher Columbus && this voyage across the ocean in a wooden boat...
sitting in these two very comfy chairs right here.

But we didn't let that stop us.
We {as country bump-kins} signed up for the cornhole tournament, along with about 15 other people. Remember, we all live in a one red light town - cornhole is a weekend ritual for us.

As you can tell, it was a little different. There wasn't a partnership - it was you by yourself.
The ladies stay a few rounds however it was our men who dominated.

1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th place - our men & a random guy who has never played before.

It came down to Aaron & his Daddy for 1st & 2nd ---

... && the winner is --

Aarons very first "24K plastic, Ship on a Stick"

Off to the casino.
I didn't mention earlier, but on the "Day at Sea" day, we all joined in on a "Slot Machine Tournament" - Momma, Mr. Paul & my Dad placed in the top therefore we all had to meet up to watch them play the finals.

Momma almost took the winnings but a Red Hat lady took home the title! It was fun && exciting.
Meanwhile, Aaron couldn't stay away...
Thank goodness he didn't because he won more at the tables -

He was SO lucky. Seriously, he had the HOT hands after the second day on the ship.

Last night = awesome night!

excuse the boobies. Whoa. a little much!

After dinner we went to watch the BEST, and I say the BEST show I've ever seen on a cruise.
It was a musical - 80's style!

Unfortunately, they wouldn't allow any pictures or cameras, but I wish I could share some of the show - it was awesome. Very talented singers & dancers. We all enjoyed it thoroughly.

Us at the show.

The night ended... I'm not really sure. The "double" we both ordered at the show has us ... Yeah, tipsy again! I know Aaron and myself ended it by eating mid-night pizza.

&& that is the LONGEST re-cap ever! But that was our trip. It was great. Of course, not everything was captured or written down but that's what WAS captured...on our camera. Maybe when I can figure out this disc, I can show the first night.

Oh and - we may or may not have come home with $2100 richer.

Until then. Peace out!


Michelle said...

Love your pictures! Looks like so much fun.

TheUnlostWanderer said...

My mom and I went on our first cruise last summer with carnival and it was a blast. Since we're from Texas we left from Galveston and went to Progresso and Cozumel in Mexico. It was incredible!

Crystal Renee said...

Jealous! I looove the Bahamas. I need to go to Senor Frogs. I think a cruise is in order for us as well! Looks like so much fun! :)

Lindsey said...

Sounds like ridiculous time and you look smokin hot in all of your pics. Perfect hair and loving all your maxis! Can I come with you on your next cruise? I want to leave 2100 richer!! Jealous.

Kenzie CBMommyhood said...

Great pictures! Looks like you had an amazing trip :D Leaving $2100 richer definitely was a cherry on top!!

Carolyn said...

Looks like such a fun trip!!! :)

dottie said...

You and your Mom look so much alike, I love it! Looks like a blast. I want to cruise with you guys. Teach me how to gamble would ya. I can play bingo, but no more than 3 cards. I'm not like the crazy old ladies who go nuts.

So much fun!!

Steph@ Living The Young Life said...

first off hell to the yes about bingo!!! 2 your mother is stunning!! 3 we come from a one light town and play cornhole and we may or may not be coming through Georgia soon ;)...just sayin!

Nicole said...

HOly shit, you're rich! I've sailed Carnival and Royal Caribbean...Carnival is more fun and relaxed, which I liked a lot better!

elizalouise.bell said...

Dang you guys rock at gambling! So jealous. I have only been on one cruise ship..and it was awf.

PS your hairz is hawt.

Raven said...

yes yes and YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!! seriously, this post made my day!!! The señor frogs pictures, priceless LOVE IT!!!!!

that is SO cool that you and hubs and both your parents went on vacation together. Not many people have families like that where they all get together, so that is AWESOME.

and THOSE PICTURES! Of bahamas! They totally bring me back! I want to go back!!

ps you looked stunning in EVERY pictures. Spill your secrets.

and look at you coming home with some $$$ BALLA!

Amy Lynn said...

So fun! We cruised with my parents and step siblings a few years ago...there were 19 of us total and it was NUTS! I have no problem hangin' with my parents, and I think it's awesome that ya'll are so close! It's pretty sweet that you came home with that extra change too! lol

Ashleigh Nichole said...

where to begin at missy! I cannot believe we are all just now getting to see the pictures... boo however yay at the exact same time ;) I love them all! I so wish I could have fit into the luggage because I would have killed to have been there! Steal a few dresses & your lush bouncy girls ugh to die for im in love & so want :) great post sweet girl I truly loved the pictures! looks like such a blast :)

Kathryn said...


We are cruising next month and I can only hope that we come home with that much moola!!!

LOVE the maxi dresses!!! Do tell where they came from.

Amber said...

Such an amazing post! I love that you went on vacation and drank your face off with both sets of parents! I could easily do this with my parents (and have), but J's parents wouldn't know what to think if we really let loose around them!

Hope you have a great week :)