out in the deep blue sea

September 13, 2013 |  Category:   life travels





Hi, neglected blog.


September hasn’t been messing around. We’ve jumped right back into things without missing a beat since we’ve been back. The girls have started school, Mark drove all over the city yesterday to make 9 deliveries to some of our retailers while we’ve been gone, and I can’t remember the last time I’ve been this busy with work. I do have to admit, I thrive on the challenge of juggling schedules and chaos, but now that I’m back from my short business trip, I’m also looking forward to staying put for awhile. Hello living room couch (my favorite spot in the apartment to work)…I’ve missed you.

It’s amazing how in a span of one week life can be so different. I’ve been looking through our vacation photos and trying to recapture that feeling during some of our travels. This year marked the first time the girls left the country as we headed by ferry up to Canada. It’s been about 12 years since Mark and I have left the country as well. I have never been one of those people attracted to cruises, but Mia has been intrigued by them for a few years now. Not sure where she got the idea of cruises – perhaps her curiosity started when she spotted her first big cruise ship docked at one of the ports here – but she has been fixated on them for awhile. Personally, I can’t think of another way that I’d least like to travel (has anyone been on a cruise and loved it? Curious to know), but there is something very calming about being in the middle of the ocean. You feel very small. The view doesn’t change for a very long time so instead you notice the subtle movements and changes in the water currents and the clouds. Then off in the distance, the first sighting of land is a thrill.
Photos of our days in Victoria soon…

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  • Noelani September 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Such lovely photos! Just like you – I enjoy the challenge and chaos of juggling it all, yet also crave the calm. September sure has been busy! Hope you all have a great weekend!

  • Erin September 13, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Give cruising a 2nd thought. I’ve started going recently and absolutely love it. It is the MOST relaxing vacation I’ve ever had. They wait on you hand and foot, you can’t get calls (you’re in the middle of the ocean) and there is something about sleeping on waves at night that just soothes me.

    If you end up seriously considering it, pick a smaller ship as they seem to be the less chaotic. Watch YouTube videos people take on ships – videos on Carnival ships look like a 24/7 rave to me – so that’s out. I’ve been pleased with Norwegian. There would be activities for your girls but it’s not over the top accommodating for kids to the point where it’s kids everywhere (like I’d imagine Disney being).

    It’s fun, give it a shot.

    • Jenna September 13, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks for that insight, erin. I know people who have gone on them and do love them. I think for Mark and I, it’s just the idea of the boat in the middle of the ocean for that long. Since I’m not a strong swimmer in any sense of the word, I guess there is an element of fear there about something happening. Mark also gets super motion sickness so that is also of concern, though I suppose with a vessel that large it might not be such a problem, but we were on a ship in Alaska once and it was the most terrible experience because of the sea sickness. We all felt a bit queasy on this ferry as well. I always tell Mia that maybe she can go on a cruise with one of the grandparents!

      • Erin September 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm

        Ah – you can get sea sick, even on those huge ships. The only time I’ve noticed it, though, was when the cruise I was on was booking it out of a tropical storm. That probably doesn’t make you feel any better :) Vacations on land are good too :)

  • Anne September 14, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Your pictures are always so beautiful!

  • Tone September 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    My husband once went into detail about “rogue waves” a few years ago and since then I have this irrational fear of being out on the ocean. We’ve travelled all over the world despite my great dislike of airplanes.. so maybe one day I’ll get past it?
    But yea, rogue waves..

    • Jenna September 15, 2013 at 10:33 am

      rogue waves?? What is that??

  • cg September 15, 2013 at 2:05 am

    I have cruised with the family multiple times and enjoyed it. There’s some stuff to do on the ship though much of it is just about relaxing. It also depends on the ship (company) and where you go. I’ve been to Alaska twice -older folks, nice outings when you dock, and to the Caribbean -nice mix of age groups, and when you dock you can choose to go into town or just go to the beach -super relaxing either way.

    But if you are concerned with motion sickness maybe it can be a special vacay with the grandkids and grandparents only?

  • Jill September 15, 2013 at 2:14 am

    I thought that might be a BC Ferry in the distance. Hope you had a good time in Vic!

  • Jocy September 15, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I’ve only been on cruises with my parents, during “family trips.” It’s not usually how I like to travel, but as I get older, I wouldn’t say no if my parents offered us a cruise – and also spending time with family (now that we’re back in the US) is a big priority. I think it could be nice for a family trip. It can take the hassle out of planning and arriving in a new city, finding your hotel, getting a taxi, etc.

  • Jocy September 15, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Also, looking forward to your Victoria posts. I took that ferry ride as a child and I remember being on the ferry, the fog, the cold, and the land slowly coming into view. Your pictures, as usual, are great.

  • Mae September 15, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Try a 1-day cruise from Seattle to Vancouver if you happen to visit on the right time. Twice a year the cruise ships reposition in May and September. Princess and Holland Cruises does this and it’s cheap from $70-$100 something depending on cabin choices. In May the cruise is from Vancouver to Seattle.

    The kids will love the whole cruise atmosphere. It’s only 1 night and you can eat all you want in the many dining rooms, swim and do shows onboard. There are lots of activities.

    • Jenna September 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Oh, a one night cruise is intruiging. Of course the dates don’t match up with school schedules so we probably won’t make it anytime soon, but that’s an interesting option. We’ve only ever done the 3 hour drive from Seattle to Vancouver.

  • Claudia M September 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    Gosh, the second photo is really so beautiful. Captures something right.

  • Cristina September 17, 2013 at 4:04 am