Mumble Jumble

It was so nice to be so lazy this weekend. I am so thankful that I got so much cleaning done on Friday afternoon that Greg and I didn’t have to do any real cleaning this weekend; therefore we were able to just relax.

I really need to print out more pictures and finish the photo book for Greg’s grandparents (the ones that ‘banned’ us from Alabama) and yet I keep procrastinating; the procrastination has nothing to do with the email from last month – i’m just lazy.

Today we bought Amelia her second pair of real shoes (the first were brought by the babysitter as a Christmas gift). We went to Stride Rite and bought these; I paid more for those shoes than I buy for myself. We also learned that Amelia’s feet are smaller than the average one year old; Amelia wears a size 3.5 and the average one year old is a size 5. Amelia is petite. Olivia, who is six months younger than Amelia, and Kamel (a co workers son), who is also six months younger than Amelia, both, presently, weigh more than Amelia. Part of me feels that I’m not providing enough for Amelia, but at the same time, Amelia is much more active than the other two and I didn’t have much pre-natal care, unlike my cousin and co worker, and that probably has some impact on Amelia’s size. I am worried, though, that the lack of pre-natal care may have some long term affects on her development (mental and physical); although Amelia’s mental development is ‘on schedule’ or slightly advance (compared to other babies we know of around her age or slightly older). Amelia is learning new words almost daily; the two newest ones are “diapers” and “kisses”.  I’m teaching her to say GiGi (for Great Grandma) and Nana or Gram (for my Mom), also I’m trying to teach her to tell us when she wants more by saying “more” or when she wants us to pick her up by saying “up” and believe it or not, Amelia already knows how to say “thank you”, even though it comes out as “dat ewe”. Amelia’s vocabulary is pretty good although I don’t know if she associates the words with actions – well, some of them. She knows when to use “bye bye” and “ello” and she says “burp” after she burps and she say “E U” (meant to be p you) when we play with her shoes and when I ask for a kiss she knows how to give kisses.

Pat came over and stayed for three hours. The four of us just sat in the living room and talked. The conversation was mostly of their childhood and pre-adult times (the drinking stories and such) and then sports. We talked of some family issues and the plan to solve them; we talked about the future and of our wedding; and just a jumble of other things. It was really nice to get to know Pat. We talked about when Greg told his Mom and Pat about Amelia and me (the weekend she was born) and how things with his Mom are completely different than last year (what brought up that conversation was that I mentioned how it’s been nearly a year since we all got together in March 07 to meet each other at Greg’s mom). When Pat left I mentioned to Greg that it feels like, that of all the girlfriends Greg has had, I am more liked by him and the rest of the family (based on their comments); and I really like Greg’s family as well.

After dinner we talked about our wedding plans. And, I am starting to lean more towards having the wedding and reception at my Mom’s. We would save somuch money on site fees alone and use that money towards the food and alcohol and making our wedding more us (read: personalized), rather than try to create us within the structural bounds of the site that we would ‘rent’. Anyway, the more I think about it, the more I like it. Also, we could potentially move our wedding up to this Labor Day weekend!!

Oh, and this time next year Greg and I will be on our cruise and probably having a blast! I’ve been looking at the shore excursions and planning out which ones we’re definitely going to do. Here’s the list, so far…

Cayman Island:

Turtles & Stingrays

Approximate Duration: 3 1/2 hours

Begin your tour with an island drive to the Cayman Island Turtle Farm, where your experienced tour guide will instruct you on the handling of turtles and provide you with a guided tour of the center. You will then be taken to the marina to board a covered boat for a trip to Stingray City. Snorkel equipment and life vests will be issued for your use while on tour. An informative talk on how to interact with and feed the rays will be given on your voyage into the crystal-blue waters. The sandbar has an average of four-foot deep water. Put on your mask and see the rays flying through the clear waters around you. Feed, feel and film these beautiful sea creatures on this exciting excursion! Cost per person: $64.

Cozumel:

Dolphin Encounter

Approximate Duration: 3 1/2 hours

Here is your chance to interact with one of nature’s most endearing creatures at Cozumel’s popular Chankanaab Park. Your experience starts with an educational briefing and overview of the park’s facilities. Once you have been fitted with a life vest, your dolphin trainer will assist you onto a submerged platform. Standing in waist-deep water, you’ll be introduced to the dolphins in a hands-on close encounter lasting approximately 30 minutes. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to gently kiss a dolphin. Note: This tour is not recommended for pregnant women. Jewelry should be removed as it is harmful to the dolp. During the encounter, you will learn ways to ensure their preservation and foster the well-being of these amazing creatures. After your experience, you will have free time change and explore other options that Chankanaab has to offer hins. Cost per person: $119.

I’d love to participate in this one…

Dolphin Trainer Program

Approximate Duration: 5 1/2 hours

After a short ride from the pier you will arrive at your dolphin oasis and be greeted by a member of our staff, who will offer you a welcome tropical drink, and present you with your dolphin trainer shirt. Once assigned to your knowledgeable trainer you are ready to start your dolphin trainer program, where you will be in close contact with the dolphins while assisting the trainer in every aspect of their work, including feeding and behavioral training techniques like hand signals and the use of positive reinforcement. Then enter the waist-deep submerged platform to ask the dolphin to complete a variety of behaviors, including kisses, vocalizations and jumps. Later you’ll proceed into the deeper water of the natural ocean coves to swim and touch the dolphin in their own environment where you will enjoy a dolphin ride. Note: Participants must be at least 13 years of age and be taller than 4 feet. No pregnant women allowed. Cost per person: $269.

I just don’t know if we’ll have the time since we’ll be in Cozumel from 10:00am to 7:00pm. 

There are so many excursions to choose from and I’m afraid Greg and I are going to over book our trip and not have time to just relax and enjoy the environment. But, then again, there are going to be two whole days we’ll be at sea and we could use that time to relax. In any event, I am getting freakin’ excited  – and it’s so nice to know that there is less than a year away (but it’s still so far away)!

I’ve also been looking at the romance packages on the cruise and I am considering purchasing the following for us:

Deluxe Honeymoon / Anniversary Package – $229 per stateroom

• Sparkling wine and strawberries in your stateroom upon embarkation
• Canapés delivered to your stateroom one evening
• Complimentary sparkling wine and cake party
• A keepsake photograph
• Romantic dinner for two in Le Bistro with a complimentary bottle of wine
• Breakfast in bed on one day of your choice
• Two 25-minute Mandara Spa® half-body Seven Seas Massages

Deluxe Romance Package – $329 per stateroom

• Sparkling wine and strawberries in your stateroom upon embarkation
• Choice of Mandara Spa® Exotic Frangipani Body Nourishing Wrap or Exotic Coconut and Milk Ritual Wrap for one
• Two 25-minute Mandara Spa® half-body Seven Seas Massages
• Tea service in your stateroom on the afternoon of your choice
• Breakfast in bed on one day of your choice
• A beautiful keepsake formal portrait
• Romantic dinner for two in Le Bistro with a complimentary bottle of wine

Although the difference between the two isn’t all that much, but I am leaning more towards the deluxe. Does anyone know what canapés are?

I should be looking at stuff to do in Michigan but I can’t stop checking out NCL’swebsite and all that we can do on the cruise ship! Greg and I have talking about which, of the many, restaurants we want to try; which activities on the ship to participate, etc. There is too much to choose from!

Anyway, it’s late and I need to get ready for work (read: shower).

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8 thoughts on “Mumble Jumble

  1. I think canapes are just some type of finger food. I don’t think it is one specific thing, but just a reference to finger-type food in general. Maybe like tapas?

  2. I think canapes are just some type of finger food. I don’t think it is one specific thing, but just a reference to finger-type food in general. Maybe like tapas?

  3. Swimming with dolphins is something I’ve always wanted to do and is on my list of 25 things I want to do before I die. I’m going to sneak myself in to your luggage when you go on your cruise, alright? I promise, I don’t eat much and I’ll put ear plugs in at night when you and the hubster get your freak on. 😉

  4. Swimming with dolphins is something I’ve always wanted to do and is on my list of 25 things I want to do before I die. I’m going to sneak myself in to your luggage when you go on your cruise, alright? I promise, I don’t eat much and I’ll put ear plugs in at night when you and the hubster get your freak on. 😉

  5. One of the most beautiful weddings I’ve been to was at someone’s home.

    Anyway, Amelia sounds so cute! It must be amazing to watch her growing and learning and comprehending things…

    And either of those romance packages sound fun. Lucky you! 🙂

  6. One of the most beautiful weddings I’ve been to was at someone’s home.

    Anyway, Amelia sounds so cute! It must be amazing to watch her growing and learning and comprehending things…

    And either of those romance packages sound fun. Lucky you! 🙂

  7. Thanks, J! I am curious as to what the cruise ship would offer as their canapes. I can’t wait, either way, to take all the food porn pictures!

    Claudia, I’m rather surprised at how inexpensive (not including the air fare to miami to catch the cruise and the cruise itself) it is to swim with dolphins! You can be my stow-away anytime – Greg won’t mind!

    Kara, my first wedding reception was held at my Moms and it went well. I just want to do something different as I’ve already done that. But, as I mentioned, the more I think about it the more I am warming up to the idea (and not just because of the money – even though that is a nice bonus); I told my mom this morning about how I am warming up to the idea and she began looking into places in her area and do to a little price shopping.

    It is amazing to watch Amelia grow and develope; it’s something I never thought about (before having a baby) as something to experience but it is something that takes my breath away.

  8. Thanks, J! I am curious as to what the cruise ship would offer as their canapes. I can’t wait, either way, to take all the food porn pictures!

    Claudia, I’m rather surprised at how inexpensive (not including the air fare to miami to catch the cruise and the cruise itself) it is to swim with dolphins! You can be my stow-away anytime – Greg won’t mind!

    Kara, my first wedding reception was held at my Moms and it went well. I just want to do something different as I’ve already done that. But, as I mentioned, the more I think about it the more I am warming up to the idea (and not just because of the money – even though that is a nice bonus); I told my mom this morning about how I am warming up to the idea and she began looking into places in her area and do to a little price shopping.

    It is amazing to watch Amelia grow and develope; it’s something I never thought about (before having a baby) as something to experience but it is something that takes my breath away.

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