Monday, January 25, 2010


Last week my family and I went on a vacation to Mexico! My Mom, Dad, Halverson Family, and Brown Family were all there. We missed the Shamo Family, Morris Family, and Brandon! Hopefully next time we will all be together. It was a lot of fun and I thought I would share some of the pictures I took on the trip.

For the first couple days we hung out on the boat. We ate lots of ice cream and pizza. On Wednesday we made it to Puerto Vallarta. Clint, Brigham, Dad, and I went on an outdoor adventure where we ziplined and repelled in the jungle. We did this a few years ago and it was a lot of fun. They added a few new lines and obstacles. We had a good time! I got eight bug bites on one of my legs. And those crazy Mexican mosquito bites itch like crazy!!

By the time we got back to the boat everyone was ready to go to the beach! This beach had big strong waves which the kids loved to body surf.

One of the main attractions on the boat was a huge waterslide for the older kids and a slash pad for all the little kiddos! Here are some pictures of the kids playing around on the ship.

The next day we were in Mazatlan! This was our big BEACH DAY!! We took a taxi to a hotel which had access to the main beach. They had chairs and an umbrella for us. The waves were not quite as impressive as the day before but we had a lot of fun in the sand.

Crazy Isaac loved to play in the sand and even put it all over his face. Josh was completely covered in sand except for his finger nails which wouldn't let the sand stick.
Here is the big hole and burying Isaac and Josh. Josh jumped right out after we were done. Isaac had to be pulled out by his dad.
Josh is such a cutie even when he is covered in sand.
After the beach we went SHOPPING! The girls bought some beautiful swim suit coverups. Kail got a T-shirt. I think the beach and shopping wore Grandpa out and he slept on the bench as we waited for everyone to make their purchases.
Here are some random pictures of us around the ship. Every night we would come back from dinner and find a towel animal on our beds. We had a lobster, frog, dog, and flower. And look at poor Alicia's burned back...ouch!!
Friday we went to Cabo San Lucas! We didn't go to the beach that day. Instead we just went walking around the docks and shopping at the flea market.
To get to Cabo we had to take a tender. Here are Greg, Lisa, Dad, and Mom on the tender.
Here are Grandma and Grandpa with most of the Grandkids at the flea market.
All of the Halverson boys bought Mexican wrestling masks. One night while I was watching the kids for Lisa and Clint we had a wrestling match. Alicia was the referee and called the match. It was hilarious! I probably shouldn't show these pictures because then Lisa and Clint will never let me watch their kids again.
On Carnival they had a kids program. It was a big hit and all the kids loved going to 'GROUP.' They would come home everyday with T-shirts, artwork, pens, hats, bags, or FACE PAINT. Here is Josh as a tiger and Isaac as a rock star!
This is the only picture I have of me on the trip. I had to include it to prove I was there. (Thanks for posing with me Brig!)
After Cabo we headed back to California. Because of all the crazy weather in Southern California last week the seas were a bit rough. This made the captain slow down quite a bit which made us a couple hours late getting into Long Beach. I had an 11:15 flight and was already going to be cutting it close before we were delayed. They didn't let anyone off the ship until 10:20 and I was booking it to the airport. I honestly felt like I was on the Amazing Race! I barely made it on the plane but everything went smoothly from there.
Brandon picked me up from the airport and I was so excited to see him. When I walked in the door I saw this huge bouquet of red roses on our kitchen table. Brandon is so sweet. It was a fun week but I was definitely happy to see my handsome hubby!
Thanks for the great vacation Dad! I'm so happy I was able to go and spend time with the family!


Grant said...

These are great pictures. We were glad you were with us but also missed having Brandon there as well - hopefully we can do something outside his busy season next time.

Rick and Janae said...

I am SOOOO jealous!!! The whole week I kept thinking how everyone was out there having a great time. 4 1/2 more years and we will never miss another vacation!!!!!

I'm glad you got one picture of yourself at least.

Lisa said...

We miss you already!! Thanks for putting up with us. Talk to you soon.

Sandra said...

You got some really great photos of the trip. We are so happy that you could go with us. Next time Brandon will be with us.

John & Nancy Wellington Family said...

Karen I love your pictures of the wrestling match. It looks like so much fun. We thought of your family a lot the week you were gone. I kept thinking a cruise would be nice right about now. I am glad you all had fun!

Ali said...

Aw, you seem like THE best Aunt. What great pictures, and those masks ROCK! I'm glad your back home safe with the hubs :)

Angel said...

Lucky you! That must have been an awesome trip with the fam. Brandon is so cute to get you roses!

Taylor and Cami Weight said...

Jealous! Looked like a ton of fun! We were wanting to get away somewhere warm before the baby came, but then I had thoughts of myself in a swimsuit and decided no way :)

Christine said...

The pictures are great Karen! It was a great trip and so good to see you.

Clint Halvy said...

Next time Brandon and I can get wrestling masks of our own!

dragos baiu said...

very cool