Monday, December 31, 2012

I'm so excited!

I was a busy bee this afternoon after Ian left for work. I pretty much got us completely packed for the cruise. I just need to pack the overnight bag for my parents and the last minute essentials that we need to use for the next two days.

I can't believe we will be on vacation in three days. We just need to get through work tomorrow and Wed. I don't know how effective we will be but I hope that I can at least get in some decent numbers the first two days of the month. Especially since we will have almost two weeks off.

I am really hoping we enjoy ourselves on the cruise. I think we will have a blast but this will be different as it's geared towards family. I see a lot of relaxation going on. I feel like our bags are packed to the gills but since we are going on a 8 night cruise and Ian wants to eat in the dining room we are having to pack more than we usually do.

Not much on the agenda tonight. I plan on browsing the cruise forums some, and then will probably watch some chick flicks as it will be my last weekend without Ian. Woo Hoo!!!!

That's all for now. Hope everyone out there is doing well.


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Somewhere....Beyond the Sea

Our cruise is getting so close now so we are getting excited. I'm sure you all know that feeling of anticipation as the vacation gets closer. It's harder and harder to sleep at night.

We plan on heading into to Kingwood on Thursday morning. I am working on laundry now and hope to get us pretty much all packed up by tomorrow after Ian goes to work.

I am going to have my handy dandy packing list printed and then check off each item. This is the longest cruise we have ever been on. I know it's only by one day but it seems so much longer than that in my mind. I'm sure I will end up over packing to a degree. I can at least wear the dress I wear on formal night for the night we have dinner at Palo.

Then on Pirate night, we each have something we are taking for it. I don't know if I will necessarily wear it yet or not. I'm pretty sure Ian will wear his regardless if I do or not.

I hope to take a ton of pictures and if I find Stitch or Captain Jack Sparrow I am so getting my pictures with them. Stitch is one of my favorite characters and lets face it Jack Sparrow, who wouldn't want a picture with him. /wink

I am hoping that we really enjoy the Disney cruise experience. I know that any day on a cruise ship is better than a day at work, hands down!

We just got the new offer for discounts for our trip in May as well. It's going to be 30 percent off the room rate for the moderate level of resort which is what we planned on staying in. So that will be a nice savings. We will be booking that in Feb once we get income tax refund back. I'm so excited about the 5k in Animal Kingdom. The working hard to achieve a goal and then accomplish it will be equally as nice.

Not much planned for the rest of my weekend other than what you see here. We are going to hit up Barnes and Noble on Tuesday on the way into work to get a few magazines for light reading. I will also be taking my nook to finish reading the book I have on there.

This time next week we will be getting ready to explore Key West. I'm so looking forward to some rest and relaxation!!!

That is all for now. I might be back later with some pictures of Sweet Pea as I have been promising those for a while now. =)


Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Everyone!

As tonight is Christmas Eve I wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and if I'm not back next weekend Happy New Year as well.

No major plans as Ian is at work. We are going to cook up a big breakfast in the morning and will make a Christmas brunch before he goes to work tomorrow night. Other than that its business as usual around here. We are starting to get everything together to pack for the trip. Next weekend I will probably get everything packed up except for our essential items for the cruise. Then on Thursday the 3rd I will get the rest of it packed up before we head to my parents house.

They are going to watch sweetpea while we are on our trip. We finally got our room assignment and they have us on deck 5 which is a great deck. We got the third best category for a balcony so that was exciting for booking a guarantee one. The main theater is on this deck along with some other various items.

We should have a nice trip and I'm excited to see what a Disney Cruise is like. Worst case if we don't like it we didn't spend that much on the cruise itself due to last minute fare pricing and we didn't have to fly to Florida to try the cruise line out.

On to some exciting news. We found out Ian was chosen officially to move to the same department I'm in. He got my shift as well so we will finally get the same days off again. It's been too long since that has happened. They officially move over on Jan 6th but we will be on vacation so it won't be until we come home that he will start on it.

My buddy, Heather is also getting my shift as well so I'm really super about it.

Not much else to report on. Hope everyone has a great Holiday!


Friday, December 14, 2012

cha cha changes

So as the title says we had a change of heart on what we are doing. My mom had sent me an article she had seen on the local news site in Houston about Disney cruise line leaving Galveston in December of 2013. So this would literally be our only chance at getting a cruise out of Galveston in Jan.

So we did a price comparison and by booking the 8 night cruise out of Galveston, we actually will save $490 dollars. Even if we went to Disney World and were able to book the bounce back it only saves about $300 so we still save money by going to Disney instead.

It is officially booked so we are not able to go back now due to cancellation policies. We will be going on the Jan 4th sailing of the Disney Magic out of Galveston. It is an 8 night cruise so that is a huge selling point.

Then on top of it we get a port we have never been to which is Key West Florida.

The next port is Grand Cayman, followed by Costa Maya and finishing with Cozumel before we make our way back to Galveston.

They still have quite a few rooms left pretty cheap which is also awesome. You can get an inside room for two people for right around $1500. Which for an 8 night cruise and on Disney is AMAZING.

So if anyone wants information it's not too late to book and join us. =)

We have there adult only resturant booked as well to celebrate our Anniversary. We weren't able to get reservations for our anniversary itself but that's ok. It's our fault for not booking until 3 weeks before it sails. Eeeek....

Alright that's all for now. Just wanted to give an update as I did promise one. Take care!


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Decision time

Hey everyone!! Yay for the weekend time. So we get our bonus checks this coming Friday. We are going to book our vacation on Friday as well. Just need to finalize a few things and then we will have our decision.

We have pretty much decided to do a trip to Disney World due to a few things. One, they have some great rates and we have enough points with the airline to pay for one way there so we only have to pay for the flights home.

The second is we enjoy being active on our vacations now and the walking we get in at Disney is great for our prep work for the 5k in May. The next reason is while we are there in Jan we can book a bounce back offer to take advantage of savings that you normally can't find on peak time frames such as May when the 5k is. So it will cut the hotel costs almost in half. We only have to pay the deposit of $250 while we are there and then will pay it off with the income tax refund in Feb.

We are actually debating on getting a season pass when we go in Jan because we know we are going back in May for the Expedition Everest 5k, but we are thinking of a 3 night 4 day get away in October for our birthdays, the 5k they have for Halloween/10k if we are up to that as well and of course food and wine festival. So with the possibility of 3 trips this year it would save us money. I am supposed to find out the total cost to upgrade and then price out the tickets and see if it would actually save us money or cost us money.

When we go in May we are going to possibly go back to Discovery Cove too for just the day pass. Not necessarily do the dolphin swim again. We got a great offer in the mail since we went this year for a day pass of only 100 per person.

We will see though. We aren't set on necessarily doing it again just yet. I feel it should be more a special thing because it's a one of a kind place. So maybe if we go back for our 15th anniversary it would be a good time to go again.

We have a lot of fun things coming up. We are going to see "The Hobbit" on Thursday night. I'm taking a half day to go to the midnight showing of it. Then the following week on Friday I work a half shift for our Holiday party. Then I will be off on Christmas itself so have a short week and the following week, I only work Tues/Wed and then we are off for our vacation.

If we do follow through and do Disney like we are planning, we will be traveling to Houston on our actual anniversary as the flight we want leaves on Sunday at 7:30 AM but gets us in to Orlando at like 10:30 AM so very nice.

We have pretty much decided to stay at the same resort. We debated about staying at a new moderate one but we really loved the lay out of Coronado Springs so we will see on Friday.

Not much else to report on.