Less than 48 hours after we landed in California and greeted family, we were off again. This time on a 4-day cruise to Mexico and stopping in Catalina on the way. As needed as this trip was for Jimmy and I (considering we haven’t been on a getaway since our honeymoon, 4 1/2 years ago) it was so hard to drop Auggie off and be away from him that long. I cried on and off on the way to the port, but Jimmy held my hand during the car ride and assured me that this trip would be good for us and that we deserved some much needed baby-free relaxation. He was right. We enjoyed the cruise with Jimmy’s sister Jacky and her husband BJ who’s room was just a few doors down from ours. As a born and raised Californian, I’m one of the few people that has never set foot in Catalina. We got some coffee, salt water taffy, and rented a golf cart for the day to ride around the town and up the hills and scenic areas. I had also never been on a cruise before so this trip was quite new for me. Taking a tour around the ship, I found my favorite spot (besides the outdoor decks) right away. The library. Jimmy said it looked like the library from Beauty and the Beast, I thought Harry Potter. While Jimmy and BJ worked out every night, Jacky and I would go to the library with coffee/hot cocoa and read or do puzzles. Such a great trip! And thus ends the first of quite a few California posts. Enjoy and bare with me, as editing/posting these helps me deal with homesickness 🙂

Charity - so lovely!

April - Your photos are stunning! It looks like you had a great trip – I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise. I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos!
Have a lovely week!

Linda Marga - Jen – you totally captured Catalina!! Beautiful shots. Thanks for sharing!

Jennifer Stark - HEY! This is only Part 1 of many….. but these are really pretty photos!

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