As previously mentioned, Alex and I went to Florida over the new year with his family. When we first learned about the trip, we were obviously very excited, because Florida in January for a couple of Ohioans is just dreamy. It turns out, Ohio had a super mild December (50s & 60s), so I don’t think we could fully appreciate the warm weather. That’s not to say we didn’t love it—I was freaking out the entire first day, which was 87º, because the sun’s warmth and crazy humidity felt so foreign to me (I am one of those hard-to-find types that doesn’t hate humidity).
There’s a few of Alex’s photos thrown in here, and two from his sister Maria’s Go Pro. They’re marked with an asterisk or two, respectively. Okay, let’s get into these Florida photos!! 😍
We woke up at 2:30am to catch this early flight… it really wasn’t so bad. I slept; Alex didn’t, and got this dreamy photo of the sunrise.
Tired ladies at IHOP, ready for food 🙌
We stayed at Alex’s grandparents’ house in mid-Florida. It was so cool to see cacti and palm trees casually being normal vegetation everywhere.
I napped on the porch for a few hours, and woke up to Alex saying there were horses in the field behind our house. Alex and his dad made a yummy fish dinner and then we all went to bed.
The next day we headed to Clearwater beach. It was only supposed to take 2 hours but it unfortunately took 4—basically eating up our whole day. Turns out there was only one road on to the island. 😑 I took this in the car stuck in traffic.
When we finally got there, though, it was so nice. I just love the beach, even busy ones. We got there around 2, so we only had about 3 hours until the sun set. I finished reading Amy Poehler’s book and watched crazy people swim. Then we went out for dinner and had the most amazing lobster tacos at Frenchy’s South Beach. Ugh. They changed my outlook on seafood tacos.
The next day, December 31st, we boarded the cruise ship and explored for a few hours before leaving the dock. Alex and I were both pretty worried about this trip—he hates big machines (roller coasters, planes, etc.) and I was nervous about feeling sick. None of us felt perfect throughout the trip, but no one got sick, either. Maria had it the worst—the rest of us got used to the constant back-and-forth, but I think it bothered her the entire time. She was a good sport, though, considering what she was going through.
As I mentioned in my first post, Alex and I decided to keep track of how many Hawaiian shirts we saw throughout the cruise. He quickly stopped helping me, so I just counted for my own enjoyment. Of course, it’s been two months since our trip, so the exact number escapes me. But it was between 40 and 45. That a lot of Hawaiian-shirted-dudes for a 3 day trip. 😎🌺
😊 A whiskey & coke for him, and a bloody mary for me! It felt so fancy just carrying drinks everywhere we went & setting them down wherever.
Snacking & reading as the sun sets on 2015 🌞 I only got a few case studies into this book, but it was inspiring nonetheless. I’ll probably finish on the next trip we go on.
The big new years celebration was on the main outdoor deck—they played an odd mix of songs (they probably only had rights to a select few—I heard “Blurred Lines” and “Thinking Out Loud” so many times it’s insane and Ed’s song is ruined for me now) and had a countdown to midnight. It was definitely the warmest & most fun new years I’ve had. 😊 But it was also strange being in such a different place for the new year transition—being on vacation distracted from the typical reflection you’d normally get.
We were up early on the 1st to see the sunrise & get as many hours out of the day as we could. Here we are again on the secluded deck we found in the back of the boat. ✌️
We sat out by the pool for an hour or so before landing in Nassau, Bahamas. It’s still crazy to think that we started our year in the Bahamas.
This boat is so big, and not even the biggest of the ones docked next to it. Also, this cruise was sprinkled with weird, random mascots like those potatoes and an astronaut.
I loved these colors together! 😎😎
Snorkeling was the other part of the trip Alex and I were worried about… we had no idea what to expect. But it was easy and not really scary at all. All of our goggles fogged up a lot, but we wore lifejackets and basically floated on the surface the whole time. Looking down at coral reefs & fish was so incredible! Our boat went to two different spots, and unfortunately, I started feeling nauseous, so I didn’t get to go in the second time. I heard it pretty much just looked like the first, though. The boat took us back to shore and we walked around Nassau for a bit before getting back on the ship. It was honestly a bit disappointing, but I imagine if we would have had more time/daylight that the are more things to do on the island, like sitting on the beach or taking a scenic tour. Ugh, I’d love a scenic tour! But I’m ultimately glad we decided to snorkel.
I’m out of photos, but the rest of the trip went like this:
The next day—a full day at sea— turned out to be a bit chilly and cloudy, and even sprinkled off and on. We sat out on the deck when we could, and when it rained, we ate or just walked around inside. In the evening, we played arcade games (I am still excellent at air hockey) and watched TV in our room.
The next day we disembarked early to beat the traffic. We all still felt like we were swaying all day! We ate at IHOP again and then went back to the house to relax. Unfortunately, this half of the trip had 60º weather rather than 80—easing us back into Ohio’s weather, I guess. That night we visited with family, which was so fun. We ate pizza & listened to stories from Alex’s cousins—all at least half my age and yet taller than me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Our last day was spent in Orlando while everyone else went to Universal. Coming home was rough—31º!—but we’re always glad to be back. 🏡💘