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Tuesday Top Ten: The Anniversary Edition

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I’m writing from our cave of a cabin (we have an interior cabin, no window) aboard the Grandeur of the Sea while docked in Bermuda. I know, crazy right? I can’t believe I’m in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!

The Husband is snoring next to me so I decided to take a minute and update. I’ve been pretty disconnected this trip as the Internet costs are OUTRAGEOUS and finding wi-fi that works on the island has posed quite a challenge.

At first it freaked me out as I never walk away from the blogs fully but then I decided to go with it. Everything will still be there when I get back. Right?

Anyway, I did splurge on a few minutes of access just to post this and say we’re alive. I probably won’t be online again until Friday so I’ll share some fun updates now…

10. When you’re married to someone afraid of heights you take your embarking photo near a window. 


That was us leaving Baltimore on Saturday. The Husband is not too fond of being near the edge on the upper decks so we had someone take our photo in a much safer location. lol

9. It’s super easy to be active on these cruise ships. I’ve started every morning (except today) on the upper deck with a short run and some stretching. My hamstring is STILL not right but it’s getting there. I’m hoping to add some distance to my runs once I get home. I’ve been pretty much keeping it under 2 miles for weeks now.

8. Elevator? What elevator? I’m happy to say The Husband has been completely on board (pun intended) with my stairs-only policy!

7. Stairs aren’t the only thing I’m climbing! 


I’ve tried 2 routes on the ship’s rock wall already. I have at least 2 more attempts in me to climb the hardest one. I need to climb more. It’s seriously one of my favorite things to do!

6. Docking in Bermuda was surreal. 


Everything looked fake! I’ve only seen water that blue in man-made water parks, palm trees have always looked plastic to me and The Husband is standing in front of a cruise liner we sailed halfway across the Atlantic. I was definitely having a is-this-really-happening moment. 

5. When you see a big beach chair you sit in a big beach chair. 


I mean, how could I not?

 4. Waiting for a family of chickens to cross the road in front of you will make you miss your kids. 


It was one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen or heard!

 3. One day I’ll be confident enough to wear this hat. 


2. When you’re on an island, even public transportation provides the most amazing views.


I took that photo while riding the bus to the beach!

And the No. 1 update from my anniversary vacation is…

1. When a man offers to carry your purse on beach so you can take pictures of paradise he’s a keeper.


Thirteen years and going strong. Right now I’m a little pissed he’s sleeping in… AGAIN. I don’t get it, never will, but we make a good team and every day I’m grateful to share this life with him.

Hope you’re having a great week! “See” you Friday. :)

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There are 18 comments so far.


    April 29, 2014

    The halter dress is awesome on you!

    You can totally rock that hat. It looks great on you. Looks and sounds like a fantastic anniversary trip!! :)

    Kelly Yarbrough

    April 29, 2014

    I have a picture of myself from my honeymoon sitting in that same chair. :-)


    April 29, 2014

    So glad you’re having a good time! And I thought the same thing about the water. The color of that water against the weathered rocks and the Commissioner’s House up on the rise? Heaven.


    April 29, 2014

    Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! And Happy Anniversary! The pictures are awesome.


    April 29, 2014

    Sounds like a great time! You look beautiful in that brown dress. And buy the hat! It’s great!


    April 29, 2014

    Amazing! Happy Anniversary :)


    April 29, 2014

    Happy Anniversary!!! Love the updates. Oh and you rock the hat!


    April 29, 2014

    This is a bit random but I have the same dress as you – but I bought it in Bali!!! Where did you get your dress?

    Emily Sandford

    April 29, 2014

    Aw, I hope you’re having an awesome time! My husband and I took our first and only (so far) cruise on that ship – love that it’s a smaller ship.


    April 29, 2014

    Happy Anniversary! I’m so confused though. Your Instagram picture says you are in the Bahamas!


    April 30, 2014

    the last one made me teary eyed :) totally agree!you look simply gorgeous in that hat!!


    April 30, 2014

    Have a fantastic time and Happy Anniversary!


    April 30, 2014

    Wow – this vacation looks amazing. You look terrific in the brown dress and in climbing the wall. I hope you thoroughly get to enjoy and unwind. Happy Anniversary!

    Alex Deborah

    May 2, 2014

    Congratz guys, I’m new to losing weight stuff but I found something like this, losing weight with pills? Is this even possible or healthy?

    Cathy Sherman Benjamin

    May 5, 2014

    Did you go to sea glass beach? It was amazing….sea glass is really garbage that the ocean has made beautiful. I will share pics on Facebook. It looks like you had a great time. I loved Bermuda.


      May 5, 2014

      We didn’t! But we did get to Horseshoe Bay Beach.. loved it!!


    May 8, 2014

    Im late…but HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! What an amazing trip you got to share!