Category: Summer Activities

Sep 17 2016

Glacier Bay National Park and New Holland Zaandam Alaska Cruise Family Vacation

 Happy Birthday Jake (AKA Daddy)!!! XOXO

I am just now getting our pictures updated from our last big adventure, so yes a little later than planned….  Our family was able to celebrate Jake’s birthday this year while on our Alaska Cruise vacation!  Thankful for an opportunity to spend time with the whole family.

We surprised Jake and had the chef on the cruise ship make him a birthday cake!  It was big and extra rich chocolate!  The crew sang him “Happy Birthday” in Indonesian which was really cool.  He was so thrilled that we made a big spectacle of his birthday celebration.  We were so full after the delicious meal that we ended up taking the cake back to the cabin to eat later that night after all the other activities that evening.

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SURPRISE!!!  Happy Birthday Handsome!

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 Celebrating Jake’s birthday with the whole family.

Thankful for a wonderful time together and for this amazing man who I get to live my life with!

Love you JACOB!!!  Happy Birthday!  Wishing you many more healthy, happy, and fun adventures!

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Sep 17 2016

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Pool and inside deck area on the ship!

Once we were back on the New Holland Zaandam cruise ship after exploring the town of Seward, Alaska we were able to check out more of the ship.  The girls were thrilled to see all the cool activities and places on the ship.  They couldn’t wait to try out the pool deck, play a little bit, and try out the different foods as well as fun activities that were coming up that week.  Thankful for the opportunity to spend this time with the family.  We had a blast spending time together.  It was a wonderful family vacation!

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Testing out the courts…..they had fun even in the rain! 🙂

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 Brina enjoying her first dinner on the cruise.  She found out that although the window views were nice at dinner it was a little chilly and she needed her jacket!

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Our first night on-board the ship and heading to dinner!

p1680531cBrina and I trying to stay warm at the evening meal.  We were trying to get used to the cooler weather after coming from the 100 plus degrees we were having that week in South Carolina!

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Jake and Karlie having fun at our first dinner on the cruise!

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Sep 12 2016

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Our family at Glacier Bay National Park!

On our Alaska cruise we were able to visit Glacier Bay National Park.  It was BEAUTIFUL!!!  The day started out as rainy and cool, but it cleared up as we were getting closer to the glaciers.  The overcast, misty, and foggy day gave it a really neat look.  Thankful for the opportunity to visit this beautiful place.  We LOVED hearing the glaciers snap, crackle, pop, and watching them slide into the water.

The water was a gorgeous blue color with lots of ice chunks floating around into it.  The lines and colors in the glaciers were super pretty.  You could really see a lot of the dirt, rocks, and items that the glaciers brought down through the mountains and valleys with it.  It was a super fascinating experience!   We took a lot off pictures, but even the pictures don’t do it justice.  We even saw several animals while on the boat going through Glacier Bay…a bear near a camp site with campers in a tent, otters swimming in the water, and more!

We had the privilege of visiting Glacier Bay National Park on it’s 100 anniversary!  While we were cruising through Glacier Bay National Forest Rangers were giving talks and sharing information about the area.  It was a very educational and fun activity for the whole family!

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 Overcast, but beautiful in Glacier Bay National Forest

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Our family on the deck of the ship with a glacier in the background!

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 Big glacier!

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 The water, mountains, and beaches were pretty at Glacier Bay

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 The fog made it have an even more distinct and beautiful look to it

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 A private boat in Glacier Bay

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You can see from the striachens on the rock where the water ran down it into the turquoise water below

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 You can see the waterfalls coming down the mountains

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 You can see all the rocks, dirt, and items that a recent glacier moved down this mountain.. Fascinating that ice can move that many items along with it!

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 Huge glacier coming down between two mountains and into the water!

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Love the beautiful colors and lines in the glacier

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Water streaming down the mountain!

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 Iceberg floating in the water below us

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 Glacier coming around the corner of the moutnain

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My favorite people – thankful for my family!

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 Massive iceberg, part of a glacier!

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A little cave like area of the glacier

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On the middle-right side of the picture you can see something that looks like a cloud near the water?  That is actually a part of the ice breaking off and falling into the water.  It was loud and super cool to watch!

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 Freezing cold, but gorgeous to see so close!

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 Brina hanging out on the deck and trying not to get too cool

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 I knew the glaciers were a pretty turquoise just didn’t expect it to be so vivid and beautiful in person!

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Mesmerizing watching the water splashing along beside us.  Peaceful and pretty at the same time!

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Aug 19 2016

Brina and Jake playing at game at Dave & Buster’s

Jake’s work hosted a family event at Dave & Buster’s recently.  We ate a great meal and spent several hours playing the various games throughout the evening.  The girls had a blast.  We had a wonderful time and enjoyed the evening at the Greenville Dave & Buster’s.

Brina competing with Daddy on a riding game

Karlie zooming around in a roller coaster ride with Jake

Jurassic World game – Jake and Karlie playing while Brina looks on

Goodies Karlie earned with all her tickets

Brina likes her colorful monkey she earned with all her tickets

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Aug 15 2016

Picture of the last Alaska Airline plane we got on!

North to ALASKA!!!  We took a family vacation to Alaska this summer!  We had a blast!  We packed a lot in our time in Alaska.  We flew Alaska Airlines.  The girls did amazing on all the flights.  We flew through the night both on the way to Alaska and on the way home too.  They went through the airports fine, helped with the luggage, entertained themselves on the plane (and even rested).  Thankful for kids who love to travel and explore new places.

Jake and the girls getting on the plane….notice they are entering the back half the plane.  First time on this type of plane!

Sleeping Beauty on the plane!

Another one bites the dust….

The “Travel and Vacation” series is an insight into our trips together as a family, ways we relax, and tips on how to make trips more enjoyable.  Life is short and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to build memories with family and explore of of the most amazing places during our time away.  Explore with a good attitude, look for fun, and it will be an awesome trip jammed packed with positive memories.  It is refreshing having some time away from the regular routine.  Make it a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet new people and learn.  You just might see or try something new that takes your breath away!

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