The Crazy Chapmans
Jordan, Emily, Natalie, and Zachary

Archive for May, 2011

Cruise Day 4

Mon ,09/05/2011

This was probably my favorite day on the cruise. We got off the cruise ship early and it was so humid outside that the camera fogged up:

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There was a giant cruise ship next to our, we had to take a picture of it so that way we could remember how big the other ship was:

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We went on a “Deluxe Swim, Snorkel, & Beach Party” it was funny because the cruise line wouldn’t let me sign up for the majority of the excursions because I’m pregnant. So we signed up for the beach party and I didn’t get that we were going to snorkel on a reef, I thought it was just on the beach where the party was. So when we got on the catamaran and stopped near a reef and the guy said that we were going to snorkel for a while I was so excited.They made everyone wear life vests, but we didn’t have to blow them up:

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I was the first one that jumped in the water :). We got a picture taken of us while we were underwater, and we bought it, but I didn’t scan it in. There were a ton of cool fish and the water was so warm.

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(We are so white in this picture)

The people on the boat didn’t serve drinks until after we got back on the boat. There were a bunch of people that kept drinking beer and margaritas, I can’t believe how much people can drink early in the morning.

We got to the beach and there was a ton of fun things in the water. The first thing that we did was go on a kayak then we played in the water. Jordan liked the slide, he kept going down it:

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There was dancing on the way back:

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When we got back to the port we waited for the Armstrongs, but we didn’t know when their scuba diving excursion, so we waited for them a bit. After we waited, we went back on the boat and got some food to eat then waited for them again. After a while we just went shopping. Jordan wanted a cool looking chess set, so we went to a couple of stores to find one. We went to this store and Jordan told the guy that he liked pieces from one but didn’t like the board. So the guy carried a different board over there and Jordan ended up getting a $50 set instead for $25. Jordan bought me some pearls for my birthday that I wore at dinner later on the cruise. We walked to a bunch of stores and picked the best smelling mexican vanilla.

Eventually we met up with Jen and Mike and went shopping with them. I walked around with Jen and we went to a bunch of stores. Jordan and Mike had to go pick up Jen and Mike’s HD nature video from their dive. One really funny thing that happened is that Jordan and I bought some vanilla from a store and we thought they charged us in pesos and a bunch of ladies from the store came up to me and Jen and kept speaking to us in spanish. With our limited (very limited) knowledge of spanish, we finally figured out what was going on. Jen and I followed them back to the store and then we figured out what was going on. They ended up charging us $316.80 instead of $31.68. When we finally got the charges fixed and then we left the store (after we bought this cute elephant wind chime for our baby’s room). Apparently Jordan and Mike were sitting there watching us the entire time but didn’t help us (Mike actually speaks spanish).

We walked by this place with really pretty necklaces:

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I think that necklace was $250, but it looked really nice on Jen. A random guy at the store stopped Jen to tell her she looked like a mermaid.

We got back on the boat and played ping pong and chess and had lots of fun. We were watching these people get in the hot tub. I think they were trying to get as many people as possible in the hot tub. The server I’m sure loved it because he kept selling drinks to the people in the hot tub.

When we were in our room, I opened up the closet and there was a beautiful white dress that I had seen in one of the stores. Jordan and bought it and surprised me with it on the boat. I wore it the next night to dinner.

The lights on the shore were really pretty:

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Here are pictures of our food from dinner that night:

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Cruise Day 3

Sun ,08/05/2011

We woke up early on the third day because we were so excited about our excursion we were going on. Jordan went running on the track again, and I took some great pictures of the sunrise:

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Here’s me trying to take a picture of myself:

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It was cool to watch the boat get closer and closer to the land and eventually dock. I couldn’t believe how flat it is there and how beautiful the ocean was. We were in a big hurry that morning because our excursion was the longest one on the cruise because it required some travel. So we went to the buffet (where I saw the bacon lady again) and got breakfast. I also took some rolls, cereal, and a banana in my backpack for later, even though our excursion provided lunch. When we were getting off the boat I realized that I probably couldn’t bring the banana into Mexico, so I left it in our room. We hurried off the boat, which looked huge when we got off:

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We got off the boat and there were a ton of people to take your picture, there are always people who want to take your picture so they can sell it to you on the boat. The first thing that someone offered us when we got onto Mexican soil was cuban cigars, and not just one person. I thought that was pretty funny. Jordan and I were some of the first people at the bus to our excursion, but Jen and Mike weren’t there yet. We waited for them and I asked the bus driver if he had seen them. when I described Jen, he said, “No, I would remember someone like that”. So when they did come most the other buses had left :S (we were suppose to be the first). So we were off! The trip was 2.5 hours away, but we stopped half an hour in at this gift shop that had lots of expensive things. Jen though the loom was pretty cool:

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Here’s me and Jordan on the Bus:

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We drove through a bunch of tiny towns where most of the buildings had palm leaf roofs, but most of the houses seemed to have satellites, which I don’t really understand. Here are some funny things we saw in those towns:

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I love it, Ancient Mayan McDonalds and across the street:

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Chitzen Itza was so cool! It was so neat how the tour guide would clap and we could hear it all around us, that’s some awesome ancient engineering!

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The trees had weird plants growing in them. The guide explained that the water is all in wells, that there is no surface water, so there are no misquotes (which is super nice).

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Here are the cool towers that other people would repeat what was being said from the main pyramid:

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Here’s the hoop that the warriors had to get the ball through so they didn’t die:

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and part of a cool rock carving that depicts the warriors preparing to play:

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There are a ton of people selling stuff all around and they come up to you and say “One dollar, one dollar” when it actually isn’t a dollar. Some tourists are stupid, like a lady in our group who took out all her money when she was bargaining and all of a sudden the guy’s price went from $20 to $50. There were a couple of things that I really liked. There were some beautiful baby dresses and really cool wood carvings. I saw these monkeys and just thought they were adorable.

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Initially we walked away because the monkeys we thought they were too expensive, but we went back and bargained for them and got them. I can’t wait hang them in our baby’s room.

We eventually got to explore on our own. Jen and Mike had been there before and said that a lot more had been roped off, probably for preservation purposes. Here we are in front of another structure:

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and us in front of the main pyramid:

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Look, ancient tick tack toe:

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I was trying to get a picture of how steep and narrow the stairs are:

On the way back to the cruise ship, Jen and Mike asked the tour guide to stop so they could buy a hammock.

We were the last excursion to get back to the boat, and when we got back on the boat it rained really hard and it was really cool because it was hot outside.We ate when we got back on the boat and so we ate dinner a lot later than we did on most nights. We waited a while then went to dinner with the Armstrongs. When we got back to our room there was a towel frog:

Buffalo River Camping

Wed ,04/05/2011

On March 11-12, Emily and I went camping by the Buffalo River in Arkansas.  We got there late in the day as usual on a weekend camping trip since we had to leave after I got back from work.  We camped at the Ozark campground which is by the Pruitt Ranger Station.  We had an awesome meal in the dark.  I made reuben sandwiches and then had creme brulee that Emily had made earlier in the day.  It was delicious.  We woke up in the morning and go to the ranger station when they opened.  We bought a few maps that are really good so we could find a few trails to hike on.  We ended up hiking to the Hemmed-in Hollow waterfall from the Compton Trailhead.  The trail was 5 miles round trip but it had almost a 1200 feet decline (and consequent incline) so it was a tough hike, especially for a pregnant wife :)  At the end of the hike, we headed home because I think we had to go to something that night.

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Roaring River State Park

Tue ,03/05/2011

Back on January 28-29th, Emily and I went camping to Roaring River State Park.  I had heard good things about it from coworkers and such.  It was nice weather, cold obviously, but otherwise good.  We got there the night of the 28th which was a Friday when it was dark.  We managed to find a campsite at the campground there and set up tent and fell asleep after eating a good dinner.  We brought a map with us I printed off online and we were going around to the different trails and came across a fish hatchery.  It was really awesome.  We thought it would be some sort of dinky thing but it was a lot of fun.  You can walk right up to the fish and feed them.  We couldn’t stay too long because there was some sort of church activity I think Emily had to go to.  But it was a fun trip.

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Car Wreck

Mon ,02/05/2011

Wow, it’s been so long now but I realized I haven’t posted about this yet.  Back in January, Mike Armstrong and I were on the way to Hercules Glade Wilderness Area, driving on Highway 125.  We were talking about the Health Care Reform bill and so I guess I was driving a little distracted and I turned a certain corner on the road a little too fast and, whoosh, right off the road we went.  Turns out, I caused over 2000 dollars worth of damage to my brand new car!  Well, I took it to Christian County Collision which is what our mechanic recommended.  I had them only fix things that were needed, as opposed to things that would “look good” again.  So it cost about 900 bucks.  Still, 900 bucks!  Yikes.

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What Jordan forgot to mention is that he came home after he wrecked the car and asked if he could drive my car to go camping. So they took my car and went camping.