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Dancing the Night Away

Dancing the Night Away

Someone brought the camera on the club dance floor and caught my moves!


Boys Gone Wild

Boys Gone Wild

Dave, Dan & James having a little bit too much fun on the dance floor.


Cooking Show

Cooking Show

Dan & I attended a culinary show hosted by the master chef. We learned some practical dishes and cooking techniques we can use in our own kitchen.


Champagne Fountain

Champagne Fountain

Here I'm at the champagne fountain celebration with cruise director Beata. We adopted her into our family since she was homesick on Christmas.


Say Cheese

Say Cheese

Dan, James, John & I stopped during the celebration (they even had fake snow for us to dance in) to say cheese.


Cousins

Cousins

During the cruise the cousins (John, Dave, Amanda, Emily, Dan & James) had a lot of great time together.


Eating

Eating

Anytime we were bored we found something to nibble on. Here the boys have a midday snack.


Pulling out of Ft. Lauderdale

Pulling out of Ft. Lauderdale

Dan looks out over the port before we head out for sea.


Cute Couple

Cute Couple

Dan & I all dressed up one night for dinner.


Love Boat Dream

Love Boat Dream

Our favorite dessert of the cruise was the Love Boat Dream. It was small but sure a lot of chocolate!


Dave Keeps Winning

Dave Keeps Winning

Dave found 20 dollars on the floor and we decided to blow it fast in the Casino before a snow one evening. However, he just kept winning!


Arlynn & Grandpa Swanson

Arlynn & Grandpa Swanson

This cute couple sure enjoyed their time together and cruise. If we couldn't find them, we knew to find a dance floor; they would be cutting a rug somewhere on board.


One Big Happy Family

One Big Happy Family

Traveling with 13 people is a lot of fun. Here we are posed on our formal night on Christmas Eve. Can you tell Dan is feeling a bit sick?


Cha Cha Lessons

Cha Cha Lessons

James & I took Cha Cha lessons together during the day so we could show off our talent to the family later that evening.


Contest

Contest

John, James, Dan & I entered a very intense Gingerbread House Making contest. We had a set amount of supplies and only 45 minutes to make our creation.


Our House Boat

Our House Boat

We are proud to report that our house boat won 2nd place among 15 or so teams!


Christmas Dinner

Christmas Dinner

Can you say yummy!


At port on St. Marten

At port on St. Marten

Our ship and a Carnival cruise ship docked the same time at St. Marten. It was a bit overwhelming to stand between both amazing ships.


St. Marten

St. Marten

Dan reads about an early explorer to the island of St. Marten before we went snorkeling.


Ralph & Heidi

Ralph & Heidi

Here Ralph & Heidi pose in front of a piece of art. Our ship had quite the gallery.


Sandy Beaches

Sandy Beaches

It was amazing being on beautiful sandy beaches over the holidays.


Let's Explore St. Marten

Let's Explore St. Marten

Our first port stop was at St. Marten. Dan & I spent the day alone together and had a wonderful time walking through the market, taking a catamaran to separate beach and snorkeling.


Happy Couple

Happy Couple

Dan & I happy to spend the day together.


On the catamaran

On the catamaran

Taking the catamaran to our snorkel spot.


Catamaran Time

Catamaran Time

Here we go!


Yummy Rum Punch

Yummy Rum Punch

There's nothing like some cold rum punch after drinking a lot of salt water from laughing while snorkeling!


This is the life

This is the life

Relaxing as we slowly sailed along.


Beach Bum

Beach Bum

Dan enjoying the beach.


View from the top of St. Thomas

View from the top of St. Thomas

Our second port stop was at St. Thomas. We spent the day on a tour with Dan's parents. It was great having some alone time with them too.


Over Looking Megan's Bay

Over Looking Megan's Bay

On our St. Thomas tour we drove to the top of a mountain overlooking famous Megan's Bay. Just than it started to sprinkle and a rainbow went down into the bay...completely amazing. I can see why it is one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world!


St. Thomas Tour Bus

St. Thomas Tour Bus

Here is our transportation as we toured the island. It's a bit scare riding on the different side of the road as you wind up mountains!


Top of Black Beard's Castle

Top of Black Beard's Castle

I climbed up black beard's castle to get a pirate's view of the island.


Dan at the Castle's top

Dan at the Castle's top

Dan gets a pirates view of St. Thomas too.


Black Beard's Castle

Black Beard's Castle

St. Thomas was once a pirate sanctuary. We toured the famous Black Beard's Castle and learned a bit more about the island's dark history.


Arrgh Matey!

Arrgh Matey!

I strike my pirate pose.


Shopping at the markets

Shopping at the markets

Heidi and I pounded the pavement in St. Thomas at the markets. We found some good deals and found some bad deals too.


Captain & Pirate

Captain & Pirate

It was great getting home and getting the kids back. We meet my sister in Sioux Falls (she had Zac at that time) and took him for a day to see Grandma and Grandpa (and his 4-wheeler). Heidi and got Ralph the captain's hat and I got Zac a pirate hat so they showed them off together.