The Crazy Chapmans
Jordan, Emily, Natalie, and Zachary

Archive for April, 2011

Cruise Day 2

Sat ,23/04/2011

The second day of the cruise was all at sea, we were traveling to Mexico and it takes a while :). There was this cool channel on the TV that would show you the approximate location of the boat then zoom in and out on the map. Jordan wanted to go running on the track that morning so we woke up early to do that and get down to the restaurant for breakfast.

I think I forgot to mention that the first night I fell asleep during the show and eventually just came back to the room and went to sleep before Jordan got there. Anyway, the next morning we woke up and the weather was beautiful!

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The previous day it had been kind of cold (nothing like the snowstorms that had been here though). It was a little windy, but just a balmy breeze. Jordan ran on the track (I walked) and eventually Jen and Mike came too (Jen had a hard time sleeping on the boat).

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Jen has a really funny story about the lady next to her in this picture:

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I don’t think I could tell it as well as her, so I’m going to email her and ask her to tell it (it is hilarious, I promise). Jordan and I finished before Jen and Mike so we went downstairs to the buffet to get something quick (like toast or something) then meet them at the restaurant for breakfast.

Just as a quick side note, the week we were on our cruise was the first week since I got pregnant that I didn’t throw up and wasn’t congested, it was amazing!

Okay back to the story, so we went to the buffet and I got in line so I could get a crescent or some other kind of bread and so I got a plate (I didn’t know they were at the end of the line). Now, you have to understand that most of the people working on the cruise work several months away from their families (who usually live in other countries). The server, who happened to be a very thin man from Mongolia, asked the lady in front of me if she wanted some bacon. She said yes, so she handed him her plate, he put a couple of pieces on it, and she said, “No, I want a whole plate of bacon”.  HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, I wanted to bust out laughing because the server looked very surprised at this request. The best part was that the same thing happened again the next day.

So I got my roll and met Jordan on the deck above the restaurant we were meeting the Armstrongs, they took a little longer than we expected, and we were afraid that we wouldn’t get to eat there, so we sat down. I was excited because I could have breakfast sausage (even as much as I wanted!). We got something off the menu and then we saw the Armstrongs. We played mini-golf which I am quite possibly the worst at ever (the rocking boat didn’t help at all), I think Mike won.

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After mini-golf we went on the “Adult Only” Deck (don’t worry there wasn’t anything scandalous there, just no kids allowed). We brought books to read, but just enjoyed the view of the ocean:

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Then we went to lunch (we’re going to mention food a lot on these posts, come on have you seen WALLE?). Here’s Jen and Mike before we got our food:

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And me and Jordan:

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Here’s our food:

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After Lunch we played cards for a bit and went to an art auction. Somewhere between all of this Jordan and Mike played ping pong. We were not suppose to take pictures, but I thought this was hilarious:

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If you click on the picture it looks like the statue is reaching to pat her back or push her over. Jordan and I bought some artwork which we still have to frame and put in our house somewhere, good thing there are lots of empty walls.

We spent more time outside, I think everyone else got in the hot tubs. That night was formal night so we got to get dressed up and look pretty. This was at the, normal clothes don’t fit very well, but maternity clothes are still huge stage, so I had no desire to find a formal dress. Jordan looked good (you can tell he got a little sun that day):

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Me

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Jen and Mike:

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Our food:

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Jen didn’t know that she was going to get an entire cornish game hen when she ordered her food (this was just after her telling about how she served half chickens at a restaurant she worked at). Then our server didn’t think she ate enough, so he brought her two desserts:

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When we got back to our room this time there was a dog that was laying down:

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Cruise Day 1

Fri ,08/04/2011

Jordan knew that I’ve wanted to go on a cruise for a long time, we’ve just never had the vacation time to go on one. So one morning when I was at work Jordan chatted:

Jordan: emily you there?
me: yep, how are you doing?
Jordan: hey so…I actually have to go panel but what would you say if I said I just found a cruise for after taxes 500 bucks for the both of us for a 5 night in Feb 7

 

Then Jordan went back to work. I’m thinking, of course I want to do that. I knew there were some restrictions with pregnancy and how far along you could be on a cruise, so we did some research on that, and we were fine. (FYI you can’t be more than 24 weeks along, and you have to get the doctor to sign a paper saying you can go). So we decided we wanted to go. It is even more awesome because Mobile, AL is a port city that cruise ships leave from and it is only 10 hours away!

We wanted to see if our friends (the Armstrongs) could go on it also, because we thought it would be more fun with them. Mike seemed optimistic about it and then proceeded to get some time off of clinical work and Jen looked for someone to stay with their kids for the week. Jen’s mom was awesome and said she could stay with their kids. So we booked our cruise and waited for them to book theirs. After a couple of days and a ton (this is an understatement) of stress that they wouldn’t get on the same cruise as us, they booked it.

We left Sunday after church and drove to Jackson, MS and stayed the night in an extended stay hotel. Here’s something funny that happened, Jen called ahead to book the hotel room, but forgot to say there were 4 of us, so when got in the room and there was one bed and a pull out bed. Jordan drove the whole way to Jackson, and laid down sideways on the bed and fell asleep. Once an exhausted Jordan is asleep, there is no way to wake him up. After a lot of coaxing, he finally turned the right way and got under the sheets. He honestly didn’t remember falling asleep when he woke up the next morning.

The next morning we got ready to go, but not too early, we had to be at the port by early afternoon, so we had plenty of time. When we got to Mobile, we were following the GPS and it gave us weird directions (which were right) and so Jordan tried to turn on his own, but it you couldn’t turn into the cruise parking lot from that direction, so we ended up getting back on the freeway and then getting to the parking lot. We parked the car, when through all the security stuff (which you can’t take pictures of).

The best part about the cruise was the food, you can eat as much as you want any time of day. So the first thing we did on the boat was put our stuff in our room, explored the boat, tried to find the Armstrongs, then tried to find a place to eat (we hadn’t eaten lunch yet), so we went to the Tiffany Restaurant, the dining room with the buffet.

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After Eating, we explored the boat with the Armstrongs and did some mandatory safety stuff:

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The sunsets were beautiful.

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(on a side note, I thought i was big then… wow, I’ve gotten bigger in the past two months)

Jordan and Mike played this quiz show game. Mike won and got this weird plastic boat trophy, and Jordan played the second round and somehow the girl in the center won (I think the cruise ship guy was a little bias). Here’s a picture of Mike doing the I’m a little Teapot Dance:

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Jordan playing:

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And here is a link to hilarious video of Jordan Dancing to YMCA. It is worth the 15 seconds it takes to click and watch :).

Our dining assignments were different so we couldn’t eat in the fancy restaurant that night, so we requested that we eat together, and ate at the buffet. Jordan also got some sushi and then dumped soy sauce on me (gross), so I didn’t wear those pants the whole cruise because I smelled like soy sauce.

We went to a show that was kind of like a variety show. It was pretty impressive that the dancers could do tricks on the stage without falling over, because the boat was rocking so much.  When we got back to our room, there was a cute towel dog folded for us:

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