We flew down to San Antonio for my awesome friend Amy's wedding. It was her 3rd wedding to the same man and there were no divorces in between. How does that happen you ask? Well, they had a small beach wedding in Florida (where her hubby Dustin is from) about a year and a half ago (June or July 07) but it wasn't 'legal'...something about paperwork. They planned to have a big wedding celebration with all their friends the following year. Soon after Dustin moved in they went to Vegas and went to a drive up window to become 'legally married' (paper work and all). So they planned for their big wedding celebration...and then found out in October that they were pregnant. That changed things a bit since Amy's due date was on the exact date they'd picked for their wedding celebration. So... the wedding was delayed to November 8th. And that's the story as I know it. :)
It was a beautiful wedding! At the end when the pastor said 'I now pronounce you man and wife' Amy turned to everyone and shouted "For the 3rd time!". It was pretty rad and if you know Amy, none of this should surprise you. She's a pretty awesome gal and I'm thankful to have her as a friend.
I should mention that we stayed in this bed and breakfast right on the riverwalk... It was a really neat building...but the windows were not double pane and the street sweepers and trains seemed to roll by 2 times every hour both nights. It was NOT the ideal sleeping condition if you are a light sleeper. It was one of the least expensive places in the area...it was very clean and well done. I think it was priced lower due to the street noise/window issue. That will teach me...
After spending some time doing the riverwalk, the alamo and the wedding, Pete and I drove off in our cool rental car (toyota corolla) to Galveston to hop on a Carnival cruise ship.
Galveston is still a wreck. Piles of stuff everywhere. Not much other than gas stations open (it was sad to see a Starbucks all boarded up and out of commission - ok, ok...it was sad to see whole houses knocked over too).
Rope swing into waterfalls in Jamaica. The water looks so brown because they had a big rain....usually it's very clear. I guess there was a hurricane nearby or something. Late in the season for it, but that's the excuse anyway.
This is the only part I got to go in since they were very cautious with me since they could all see that I was prego. The water was like a massage on my back. I was worried about keeping my suit on the whole time I was sitting there so it was relaxing and stressful all at the same time...
This picture was taken as we were heading away from our ship in Grand Caymen. Beautiful water on this side of the island....then we went on our sting ray and reef snorkeling tour on the other side and it wasn't nearly as pretty due to all the heavy rain they had recently.
Pete made fun of the way the mask pushed my lip down. This mask was horrible and I couldn't see much through it...finally I tried Pete's and it was a whole new world under the water! BEAUTIFUL fish and coral! The water was very green out there... I'm hoping our underwater camera pics turn out ok.
These guys dove into the water and brought up these konk shells...proceeded to gut them and then let everyone taste some of the organizim that lives in the shell (what are they called? I have no idea....konk shell creatures?). It was pretty nasty to watch them cut them up. I didn't try it since it was raw...but Pete did. He said it was pretty good.
Cozumel Mexico...and 2 cruise ships unloading at the same time. We had talked with our table mates about hanging out together in Cozumel since we both didn't have any plans. Well, we forgot to set a time and place to meet up so we could actually hang out. Pete and I got off the boat and waited for a bit...but then felt a bit overwhelmed by how many people were coming through...so we went shopping for a bit in the stores that were right at the port. We finally decided to take a taxi to a beach and hope they went to the beach they had mentioned to us the night before. We got in the taxi and were just about to pull away when our table mates shouted at us and Pete spotted them in the crowd. Pete told the driver to hold on...and Rowdy and Cassie (our table mates) told us they'd just rented a jeep and to come with them. Woohoo! Saved in the nick of time! We drove around and found a nice beach, hung out, snorkeled, swam, ate and laid out...and then got in the jeep to tour around the island. It was beautiful! This was our favorite day of the cruise because we got to just go at our own pace and see the beautiful beaches and feel the wind in our hair. :)
We didn't take any pictures on our last day on the ship. It was really windy and the boat was rocking like crazy. I stayed in the room most of the day. Pete went out to get pizza and check out the crazy waves (we didn't have a window in our room since we were traveling the budget route).
We got off the ship and headed to Amy and Dustin's place to hang out and stay the night. This is their son Christian. He's a very sweet little guy. :)
All in all, I highly recommend taking a cruise when you're in your 2nd trimester. It was relaxing and exiting and just the right amount of adventure.
Now back to reality and paying bills....