Wednesday, September 29, 2010

40th Birthday Cruise

What a way to celebrate turning 40! A 7-day Mexican Riviera Cruise with good friends, reconnecting with old friends and making new friends! We had a GREAT time!

Rebekah came to watch the kids and we took off without a care in the world knowing that the kids and life at home were in good hands! Thanks Bek!!

The whole thing was planned by my "twin in heaven," Jenn. We were both born on September 12-- Me in L.A. at 3:30 p.m. and Jenn in Chicago at 5:30 p.m. We became friends in high school and always made a big deal about how we "held hands down from heaven!" It was so perfect to be celebrating with her. Not to mention she's a total crack-up and had us laughing from beginning to end.

Leaving Port

Pingrees & Souliers

We left from Los Angeles with a good omen from the
GOOD YEAR Blimp passing overhead as we departed!

Our mornings on the ship were filled with sleep, exercise and eating.
No matter what time we sat down to eat, we always
ran into someone in our group to eat with, talk to and get to know better.

Afternoons we went ice skating, rock climbing, played in the dodgeball tournament,
read by the pool and of course, ate more food.

In Cabo San Lucas, Mike and Dan and I all went Scuba Diving.
Dan and I had wondered if diving outside of Cozumel would be a
let down because the visisbility wasn't as clear. Not at all!
The visibility was great, and each time under the ocean is like seeing a new world for the first time. Each time is different and amazing!

Our favorites this time were seeing the most massive schools of fish,

an eel, puffer fish and a sea horse.
The colors of coral were breathtaking -- bright green, burnt orange, bright purple, light blue.
I don't think I'll ever get tired of exploring it.

We finished the afternoon with delicious $1 tacos and guacamole at Taco Loco a shack Dan was certain he could remember and find after 10 years. He did. Wish I could eat there every day!

Mazatlan we hung out on a beach and ate fresh mango with chili and lime!
80's music was blasting from the restaurant behind us and the waves were huge. So we pretty much had everything we wanted for the day!
We tried boogy boarding but the waves were so big they were hard to get past. After a few times we were exhausted. It was actually easier to get out without boards.

In Puerto Vallarta we zip lined at Los Veranos. We were high above the jungle zipping back and forth across a river. It was a blast! Also finished off the afternoon with tacos and guacamole at the restaurant there. Again, soooo delicious.

Jenny, Me, Dan, Darrin, Patti, Mike, Jenn, Edie, Brenden, Karen, Katie, Motts

Dan, Darrin & Patti getting ready to zip

Travis and Edie

Jenn, Karen & Brenden

Helado Bing -- An Adair Family favorite from our family trip to Puerto Vallarta in 1986!

Highlights of the evenings include:
Edie as lead singer for Celebration at Karaoke -- Me, Patti, Jenny and Katie as back-ups
The girl who sang "Turn Around, Bright Eyes" a bit off-key. So love that song!
Karaoke to RESPECT! Starring Jenn & Edie. Patti as a dancer and me as back-up.

Dancing in the "Street" during 70's night and
Patti pulled on-stage by the cruise directors to show off her moves!

Dancing by the pool and getting the party started when we all jumped in with our clothes on.
Later the whole cruise staff jumped in too! They said it was a first for them!
They couldn't believe we were all sober!

80's Music Trivia night. We were the only group to get "Livin' on a Prayer!" After hearing the few notes, all 14 of us took off singing without the music and sang the chorus to the very end. Stopping the whole game. In front of the whole room. And we were wrong!

It was good times, we totally let loose and had lots of laughs!
Good to be 40!


LaddandKatieMarshall said...

You are so lucky--looks like you made a lot of great memories. Can't wait till I turn 40 if I get to do something like that :)

Julie said...

Again. . . FUN. I love it! That trip looks like a total riot. 40 is the new 20? Sounds good to me!

matt, bekah, jax said...

Yeah! Fun! I've wanted to hear a recap and see pics. What a fun group.

Anonymous said...

great read... glad you had fun. im turning 40 in about 2 years and a few months and i wanted to do the same thing. hpoe everything works out well for me too