Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Christmas & Crusin'

We had a GREAT, although unique Christmas. I thought for sure we'd spend our first "married" Christmas decorating our own little tree and putting up lights on our apartment balcony. Instead, I was satisfied with just hanging stockings before we left on a cruise!

It was the craziest/coolest thing to go from snorkeling in Grand Cayman to skiing at Brighton within a matter of days. What an experience! We are so lucky.

Here's a brief recap of our Christmas adventures:

We boarded our cruise ship, The Navigator of the Seas, the week before Christmas in New Orleans. It was pretty windy in New Orleans, as can be seen in the picture.

For 7 days we ate LOTS of yummy food, played Hand and Foot and Acquire, and enjoyed the extremely calm seas and warm weather. I took advantage of the unlimited soft-serve ice cream.

We saw a lot of evening shows--my favorite of which was the "Love and Marriage" game show. I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.

We had a stop in Jamaica where we snorkeled and climbed Dunn's River Falls. The falls were beautiful and so fun to climb!

We had a stop in Grand Cayman (my favorite) where we snorkeled and played with the sting rays at Sting Ray City. We even got to snorkel near a dolphin that was playing with the propeller on our boat.

Our final stop was in Cozumel. We went shopping and enjoyed some great Mexican Food.

With sad faces we returned to New Orleans. We were able to walk around the city though and look at some cool local art, explore at the aquarium, and experience New Orleans food.

We flew home on the 23rd. That evening we celebrated Cody's birthday and went caroling with all of the Hyland's.

The 24th was spent in Alpine. Chad needed to experience an "Alpine Christmas Eve." We went to the church program, then out to dinner. The snowstorm ruined the rest of the tradition though because no one wanted to put out luminaries in the storm (not that I blame them) and it wasn't safe to go see the "Alpine Griswald's" home all lit up. Bummer! Good thing we have many Christmas Eve's ahead of us...

Christmas Day we were up early to do presents with my family, then we drove to Salt Lake to go skiing with Chad's family at Brighton (Their family Christmas morning tradition--I loved it!). We were back and forth between Salt Lake and Alpine for the rest of the day and we consumed a lot of yummy food.

It was a great Christmas full of memories that I'll cherish forever! It wasn't the traditional first "married" Christmas that I thought we'd have, but I wouldn't change it for anything.

Now on to a great 2013! We wish all of you, our friends and family, the very best in this new year! And, thank you for reading our blog!


  1. So fun to see pictures! What a fun holiday you guys had! I LOVED seeing you for the short time we got with you. I sure hope we get to see you over here on the east coast!! xoxo

    1. We loved seeing you two as well! And we will definitely be seeing you over on the east coast! Road. Trip. Love you!

  2. I love your blog Kandace! You're cruise looked like so much fun. P.S. I am still loving your shorter hair!

    1. Thanks, Laur! I love reading yours too! And, thanks for the hair comment. It's been SUCH a good change!

  3. A cruise? You lucky, lucky girl! :) What a fun Christmas! I can't wait to hear about all your new adventures in the mid-west--wish you lived a little closer to us in South Bend!

    1. Wish we did too! 8 hours doesn't sound too bad though. Maybe Chad and I will get tickets to the BYU v. Notre Dame game this year and come down.