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January 2, 2020

Ah, the holidays… They start with Halloween and don’t end until Valentine’s Day.

Noah’s growing body has finally gave into protein cravings this Thanksgiving, followed by a family food coma.

I got to straddle my first Longhorn at my work holiday party. Yeehaw!


On the first winter break day, we surprised the kids with a Disney cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, Grand Cayman, and Falmouth, Jamaica. It was hard to keep it a secret considering we booked the cruise last March. Noah insisted that he knew we were going on vacation because I was “running around the house, going ‘Ah!'” (while trying to pack without them noticing) the night before. The best part about the cruise – no air travel, just an easy 4 hour drive to Galveston.

Cozumel was the first stop and had a very similar vibe to Cancun. We took a taxi to Playa Mia to spend a couple of hours on the beach and the waterpark.

Grand Cayman was the prettiest beach I’ve ever been to: clear turquoise water, white sand, and friendly people.

Falmouth, Jamaica was the poorest and most run-down place I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to Cuba). It was drizzling, so we chose to check out Swamp Safari where a famous crocodile scene in the James Bond movie “Live and Let Die” was filmed.

Three sea days on Disney Wonder were a blast! We avoided crowds and long lines by limiting Christmas-themed activities.

It was nice to enjoy our favorite amenities again – Oceaneers’ Club, movies (Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker and Frozen II), shows (Golden Mickey, The Frozen Musical and Enchanted Dreams), pool and water slide, gym and spa.

On the last night of the cruise both kids declared they wanted to stay for another 100 days, but were also happy to get home to celebrate the last few nights of Hanukkah.



Traditionally, we rang the New Year with a visit to Mozart’s Light Show.

Cheers to a new decade full of new possibilities. Happy New Year!

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