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!