somewhere between belize and costa maya

Again… here we are … somewhere in the Caribbean ocean… floating. (rocking, swaying)! We had so much fun today! We just gone done teaching one of our classes… it went great. Everyone seemed to love the class! Once again… 100 people that were able to use the rub-ons without a single problem! (well, unless you try to rub it on to wet paint)!   So here is the boat we are on: it’s called the ‘Carnival Valor’.  Admittedly, there are far more crazy drunk people than scrapbookers! It’s for sure a party ship!
Valor

This is my cute husband… he got this awesome orange and blue tie on his last trip to china for like $2 or something ridiculous… and he was so excited to have a chance to wear it.
Cute_eric

This is me with the one and only ‘cruisin with Becky Higgins’… her baby Claire is about the cutest thing on the planet!
Wbecky

Today we went on an excursion on the island (and country) of Belize.  We went on a canopy tour. It was a zip-line tour above the jungle below! It was pretty cool!  Well, there were only 5 zip-lines, and 2 repelling drops, but that was enough for our first try! (well, eric was the pro who had already been to the “2nd largest” canopy tour in the world when he was in Puerto Vallarta and he thought this one was totally lame-o) but em and I were excited and kind of freaking out, along with the old people from NY that were behind us in line! I guess it was worth the hour and a half bus ride there and back…
3_zip

Em_flying

Holy_cow

Scrappin
When we got back from our excursion, we ate some food and the boat was pretty rocky and eric got sick for the first time… and we had to hustle to teach again. I have to hand  it to eric, he has been the best (most patient) teacher helper ever… the scrapbookers love him! Maybe I will start booking him to go and teach classes… quite the charmer! I must say…initially,  I was not sure why people would really be wanting to mix crusin with scrappin… I have been polling everyone.. and as it turns out, it’s just nice to have an excuse to both cruise and scrapbook! I think that the thing I like the best about it is that you get a break in between classes to relax and hang out… whether you are going ashore to dive or snorkel or any of the million choices… or even if you just decide to sit on the deck next to the pool… it’s nice to break it up over the 7 days! I love that part of it… I haven’t had to be going from class to class like I usually do at regular events.  So if you need an excuse to cruise, or an excuse to scrap… you might want to consider this as an option! I must also add… I might rather just enjoy the onboard-spa than fight the crowds getting on and off the boat… the SPA ROCKS!!

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28 Comments

  1. sarah green 9 March, 2006 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    Looks like you are having an amazing time… love the sound of the spa – sounds like my kind of treat… wish that ship could turn around and come on down to NZ the girls down here would sure like a trip like that!!!!

  2. becky kimball 9 March, 2006 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    What a blast! Looks like the trip is a success! Thanks for making us a part of it!

  3. Rachel C 9 March, 2006 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Wow, love all the pictures – sounds like you are all having a blast!! What an awesome trip!! =)

  4. sarah 9 March, 2006 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    It sounds like you are having an wondeful time. About those rubbons….. NO matter how much i try, still cant use them. Maybe i have to fly you over to give us Aussie’s a tutorial……..LOL
    Have fun

  5. Shirley 9 March, 2006 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    WOW! What a blast! I so hope to be able to do one of these cruises with you someday!!

  6. Ngaire 9 March, 2006 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    HMMM> Boats are SO not my thang.. but the whole trip does look like fun!
    That husband of yours is CUTE stuff isnt he?
    and you gotta love a 2.00 tie.:)
    Have fun and take care!
    ngai
    xxx

  7. em 10 March, 2006 at 12:27 am - Reply

    hehehe…that picture of you rapelling is so funny! crazy girl you!

  8. Dee 10 March, 2006 at 3:40 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing Heidi!
    Love the pics. Looks like lots of fun. Love that pic of you….you look like you are having a ball.
    Enjoy your time!
    Dee

  9. Christy 10 March, 2006 at 5:07 am - Reply

    I would LOVE to do one of these cruises. Of course, after taking your class at Ruban Rouge, I would just love to do ANY class again with you! i can’t wait for the details to come out for the AZ classes. Anyway, hope you have a blast the rest of your trip!

  10. Joey 10 March, 2006 at 5:08 am - Reply

    Oh Heidi…but what about the FOOD!!! Is it wonderful? Will be expecting fab photos of the ice sculptures and the nice spreads. Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!

  11. Vee 10 March, 2006 at 5:49 am - Reply

    This is so cool…isn’t Carnival great?!?! loved the pics of your trip off the ship. Tell Eric I loved that tie…very sharp.
    Vee

  12. patty 10 March, 2006 at 6:54 am - Reply

    look like you are all enjoying this trip. love the tie eric! say hi to em for me!
    enjoy!
    miss heidi i don’t know what you are talking about…you don’t even look like you have a little buldge in your belly!!! 🙂
    -p

  13. Kate 10 March, 2006 at 8:57 am - Reply

    It’s cold and dreary here and now I am so jealous!!!! I wonder if I could get a row boat to meet the ship??? Hmmmmmmm.

  14. carie 10 March, 2006 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Heidi!
    Just got my HOME COMPANION and wanted to say congratulations! The article is wonderful! What a great project!
    Carie

  15. Ashley-Beth 10 March, 2006 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    WOW!! Looks like y’all are having a blast! So, Heidi, what’s the secret to the rub-ons?!? Is there a way to verbalize it or is it one of those things you have to demo?! Well, I’ll just get you to show me at the Scrap Etc. event in Birmingham!

  16. Julie 10 March, 2006 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    gosh i am drooling thinking about scrapping and cruising!!
    and i totally dig your rub-ons !! like you say – rub gently!!

  17. Lee 10 March, 2006 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the pics Heidi. Looks like everyone is having heaps of fun

  18. Kelz 10 March, 2006 at 7:02 pm - Reply

    Heidi,
    I am absolutely green with envy…I simply MUST save up to go on a cruise next year. And THANK YOU for the constant updates even when you travel as it is so exciting to hear your adventures – fresh!
    x
    Kelz

  19. gourmetscraps 10 March, 2006 at 9:11 pm - Reply

    Heidi, I dont feel so lonely now – I havent had any troubles with your rub ons, either. Hope the pregnancy is going great. If it was me, I’d be in bed constantly throwing up! I am so envious of you being able to scrap with morning sickness.
    Please clarify something for me… when you say, “Becky’s baby Claire”.. you clearly mean, Becky has now two children: Porter and Claire? As we Aussies had suspicions when she was over here in Australia, for her Convention.
    Keep smilin’!

  20. tracy 10 March, 2006 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    you look like you’re having so much fun~! i wish i could have gone. actually, we were almost booked, but carnival wouldn’t let me go because their limit is 27 weeks pregnant and i happen to be 29 this week. so i missed their cutoff by two weeks. but i’m living vicariously through your pictures! keep on sharing =)

  21. Jennie 11 March, 2006 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Oh wow, what a fab way to scrap.
    Jennie from UK x

  22. Jolene George 11 March, 2006 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    We just got back from the Baja Mexico cruise last night and we had VERY rocky waters too. Still feeling pretty icky today. I’m so glad you guys are enjoying your cruise!

  23. Kim 12 March, 2006 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    Fun pictures, fun times!

  24. Linda A. (elendae) 12 March, 2006 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Love the photos – especially the one of you and Becky – you are both just so cute!! 🙂 So glad you’re enjoying the trip! ((and I’d be SPA-ing, not hanging from a zip line, that’s for sure!)) 😀

  25. CathyVal 13 March, 2006 at 7:05 am - Reply

    I am totally jealous wishing I was there! Maybe the next go around! Great pictures, looks like everyone is having alot of fun!

  26. Michelle K 14 March, 2006 at 1:28 am - Reply

    Please let me in on the rub-on secret…

  27. lucinda 15 March, 2006 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Just got my Mary Engelbreit Home magazine…loved your project! That is one of my favorite magazines! Congratulations on the article! I must say you are a very busy girl! How do you do it all!

  28. Kristin in Surprise, AZ 15 March, 2006 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    Wish I could be there! Please tell Becky hello from Kristin in Surprise, AZ and that when she can I’d love to have her over for taco salad again!

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