2023 30A songwriters festival

Such a fun long weekend at 30A. We rented a condo at Sea Crest through air bnb. It was perfect. First night we ate at Basmatis and then back to Alys Beach for first show. We were right up front and saw Mary Gauthier,Jamiee Harris, Kim Richey,Will Kimbrough, Gretchen Peter’s and Barry Leach. Amazing show!

First night show at Caliza at Alys Beach. We met a nice lady (next pic)mfrom Montgomery AL who invited us to a party Sunday
This is our new bff who invited us to her party Sunday. Her brother and Jimmy trained together at UMC in the 80s…
Pic from Debbie’s party. Jimmy and Will Kimbrough
Donna and I with Jamiee Harris after Friday night show .
Jamiee Harris,Mary Gauthier,Will Kimbrough, Kim Richey, Gretchen Peter’s and Barry Walsh . We had to sit on front side.
Setting up for Friday night
Paul Thorne! He’s from Tupelo. He’s so good. Loved his Hotty Toddy song! He was a treat to discover !
Our friends that sang at the Hair of the Dog show at Bud and ally’s. Saturday morning ! Loved all of them.
Kim Richey is so funny. We loved her! It was our second time to see her in 18 hours..
Grand Blvd

Saturday afternoon we heard Lyle Lovett, Ricky Lee Jones and Yola. Sunday afternoon was Morgan Wade, Gin Blossoms and Steve Earle. We did not love all the headliners this year. .but it’s fun to sit outside in big area with friends! Lots of good food trucks for lunch!

Saturday night we heard Sammi Accola. She was 21 and adorable. We had met here that morning and wanted to hear her. She is very open about her faith. She is from 30A and went to Belmont. She was a HIGHLIGHT ..

Brian White visiting with folks lined up before the 930 Gospel Brunch

Gospel Brunch is not to be missed. Karyn Williams ,Brian White and The Newsboys !

People were still coming in when they were singing this song!
Mary and Jamiee

Saturday night we saw Griffin House before we saw Mary Gauthier and Jamiee Harris.. Griffin has a great song about Mississippi Hippie.

Mercy Now! Take a listen. My VERY favorite song!
Donna and I SUPER happy on front row!

We love this songwriters festival.. We aren’t musical or songwriters but it’s just a fun thing to do! There are the most interesting people there. But we happen to have some friends from high school we go with!

PS ..Jimmy had a small injury on the way to 30A and this was the most talked about and photographed subject all 3 days! 👍🏻

Thumb at Mary Gauthier

Guest Writer: To the Midwest: Another blog about travel to the CWS!

Coming from Les Penn’s perspective! Les and Sanford drove through the night to get to Game One…

OLE MISS, National Champions!

At 3pm on Thursday, June 23rd, Ole Miss played Arkansas for a spot in the College World Series Finals vs Oklahoma. 2 hours and 6 minutes later, Dylan DeLucia had thrown an absolute gem, a complete game shutout and Ole Miss was heading to the National Championship series!

By 6pm Thursday evening, Sanford and I were in the middle of making plans, plotting our travel, and preparing to travel to America’s Heartland. Sanford Moore is a great friend of mine from Jackson, Ms. Even though separated by years of wisdom, we share the same love for Ole Miss Athletics. I finished Ole Miss in 2009, and Sanford started in 2010. It goes without saying, we’ve both been through some heartbreak with our Rebs.

There is no short route from the Jackson metro to the Midwest. Sanford picked me up, and we left my house in Canton, at 9:15 pm, next stop, Omaha, Ne. 12 hours and 39 minutes away, 820 miles. We were on the way… to the as close to perfect trip we could imagine! Around Jonesboro, Arkansas we made our first gas/coffee stop. Not too long after that, was the start of Sanford telling me “alright go to sleep, get some rest, you have to drive soon.” I finally decided to listen and got a solid 45 min nap in not long after we crossed into Missouri.

We swapped, and I started driving about an hour outside of Springfield, Mo., by the time Sanford woke up, Springfield was barely in our rearview and that would be the total sleep either of us would get until after game 1 later that night!

Night turned to morning, and we needed to stop, stretch our legs and get some food. Welcome to Clinton, Missouri. Sanford did a quick google search and we went off the beaten path to a little restaurant called Chel’s: Bakery, Espresso, and Café. To enter Chel’s you walk in the Rent-To-Own appliance store and take a right. By 7:05 we had both enjoyed our Skillets (that weren’t in skillets) and met the happiest people in Missouri. Next stop, Plattsmouth, Nebraska!

We pulled in to Carson’s lake house at 11:02 am, we made it! Freshened up, had Ice Hole Butterscotch “schnapps from up north” for the first time and then Carson, Drew, Sanford, and I jumped in the taxi for a quick ride in to Omaha. First stop, Addy’s Sports Bar (this will be a reoccurring place for the rest of this story!) We weren’t even inside Addy’s yet, and I see Steve Martens who lives 4-5 houses down from, and was in Sanford’s Aunt and Uncles wedding (which was not known to either of us at the time.) Small world!

By 4pm we decided to head closer to the stadium and stopped by Rocco’s (because why not, we had to donate to the shot board!) And then ended up upstairs at Blatt’s until it would be time to go to the game. Note: All the restaurants/bars were shoulder to shoulder Ole Miss fans, as was the stadium. For the 24,000+ fans at the stadium each day, if Oklahoma has 1,000 total in Omaha, I’d be shocked!


6pm, and most likely the loudest HOTTY TODDY to start a game I’ve heard! We set in right field for game 1 and the best way I could describe it would be sitting in the student section of an SEC football game. Jumping on the Sooners early, the Rebs jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Okla did threaten a little and cut the score to 4-2 but then… well then craziness happened. First McCants, then Harris, then Bench… BACK 2 BACK 2 BACK HOMERUNS! The McCants HR obviously had the place going, then Harris hits an absolute rocket, I believe 430 ft… BOMB! And I’ll be completely honest, I was still celebrating the Harris HR when Bench decided to hit one to, it was all a fog. Pure awesomeness. It was wild.

Rebs win 10-3, one game away from the National Championship!

Sunday morning, we left Carson’s lake house in Plattsmouth and went to their main street area for breakfast. We went to, and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND… Mom’s Café. As Midwest as it gets, simply perfection… now back to downtown Omaha, pre-game!

Game 2: We are the Champions!

With a very kind gesture of my Uncle Tom, Sanford and I were able to upgrade tremendously for our game 2 seats. In club seats on the 3rd base side, we watched as Oklahomas ace, Cade Horton, retire rebel after rebel batter. We may as well do two things in this run to the national championship. 1, refer to game 3 against Arkansas as the DeLucia game. And 2, refer to game 2 of the finals as the Gonzo game! In the bottom of the 6th Gonzo started the scoring, hitting a solo shot to give the Rebs a 1-0 lead. The next inning, the Sooners would take a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the 8th, Gonzo tied up the game by singling to right field to score McCants. Gonzo & Bench would both go on to score on wild pitches to give the Rebs the 4-2 lead to end it! The top of the 9th was fast… like really, really quick! Brandon Johnson was as dominant as he had ever been and Okla had no chance.

It was wild, it’s honestly still wild! The Ole Miss Rebels won the National Championship! I wasn’t in Oxford in 2014 when the Rebs beat Bama, but was told by many, they’d never seen grown men cry about sports. I was there for this, and I know what they mean now. After the celebration in our seats with friends we ended up sitting by, we went down closer to field to see others. **Side not: Sanford was at the 2014 Bama game as a student & seen carrying the goal-post out of the stadium on ESPN.

Of course the party was only getting started, we eventually ended up back at Addy’s Sports Bar with Bill & Cossar Morgan for many celebratory drinks, the worlds best chicken wings and the spiciest mix-up on the wing menu! We ended the night at Moe & Curly’s where luckily there was a 2 hour wait on the karaoke list and that didn’t happen.

The next morning, at Sanford’s demand we were up and on the road by 6am, heading for central Ms. I can’t tell you much about the ride through Kansas City, and he can’t tell you much about the ride through Jonesboro. We both decided on the way back it really wasn’t that hard to sleep in the car. (And finding a neck pillow in the back seat!)

*Shoutout to the real MVP’s, our wives, Murray Ann and Hannah. Sanford and I neither one could have just up and left at 9pm Friday night and been gone all weekend without y’all doing all that you did/do!

*Thank you to Mrs Finney for letting us take your car! *Thank you to Carson for the place to stay!

TO THE MIDWEST! Hotty Toddy! Random photos!


Yosemite Adventure/ Glamping at AutoCamp

We love to travel. We love the USA 🇺🇸and National Parks! We were celebrating our 33 anniversary about 3 months late. We were all ready to go and I broke my pinky toe the night before we left – that didn’t stop us from hiking about 6 miles a day. So read along about our latest experience!

We have never been to Yosemite National Park, but when we had an opportunity to do so – we went with it! We bid on this AutoCamp ‘Glamping’ adventure at a silent auction about a year ago. We got to chose between Russian River wine country or Yosemite.

We flew into Fresno, rented a car and drove to AutoCamp in Midpines, CA. We stopped along the way at the grocery to get supplies for lunches and dinner! https://autocamp.com/yosemite/. We loved our airstream! (Pictures are at the bottom) It had everything we needed! The first morning we were up early. We made our sandwiches and headed to the Park for a day of adventure. It’s about an hour drive to get to the entrance of the park. We had made a $2 reservation on recreation.gov a few months ago. If you do not have a reservation you will be turned around. You then pay $36 for a 3 day pass. It’s a 2 lane mountain road that runs into the valley of Yosemite. If you get to the park before 6 am you don’t need a reservation or if you ride the bus. https://www.yosemitehikes.com/yosemite-info/ten-best-easy-hikes.htm

One of our favorite things we saw was Tunnel view. https://www.yosemite.com/what-to-do/tunnel-view/ It is magnificent! We hiked to the lower Yosemite Falls and it is dried up. Mirror Lake was too, but this is normal for August. The Visitors Center is very Informative. The Yosemite Village has a lot of construction going on. We stopped at Cooks Meadow and looked for climbers. We found a trail that you could walk along bottom of El Capitan. Olmsted Point is also worth the stop! https://www.yosemitehikes.com/tioga-road/olmstead-point/olmstead-point.htm

One of the Park rangers asked where we were staying and recommended we need to go to Yosemite Bugs for dinner. It was about 4 minutes from the AutoCamp. It is located at a hostel type place with a lot of cabins all around. It was delicious though! https://www.yosemitebug.com/

On the second day we decided to venture to the Tuolumme Meadows. It is a 8575-foot-high, sub-alpine meadow. It is located on Tioga Road. We parked at the Visitors center and hiked to Soda Springs. Beautiful views of domes and peaks! It’s an easy walk. We picnicked at The Parsons Lodge. It is open and it is where John Muir had his Sierra Club meetings. We meet 2 very young and friendly park rangers! We then drove to the Tuolumme Grove to see the big sequoia trees! It is a nice down hill hike to see them but coming back uphill was a doozy! On the way to the Grove we had come across a lot of road construction and had noticed this group of about 15 motorcycles. We came around a corner later and at first thought another road construction road closure but it was a motorcycle wreck. We were about 6 cars back .. it had just happened. My husband who is in the medical field went to help. The 2 men involved were both over 70 and from Germany. They didn’t speak English. We were there at least 45 minutes. Once a young park ranger walked up who was also stuck in the traffic said an ambulance was coming, so we decided we could leave. There is zero cell service but one man had a satellite phone and called 911. His phone didn’t work great but he was able to text 911. A little later we were hiking through the Tuolumme Grove we saw an helicopter 🚁, so we thought it might be one of the motorcyclist. One of the men had a broken leg and the other one had a broken pelvis but weren’t not sure what else. If you thought that might be the most exciting thing that happened well .. as we were headed back Jimmy spotted 2 climbers on Fairview Dome. It was very cool. We had been looking for 2 days but had come to find out it was too hot for climbers to climb El Capitan. It was about 104 during the day and 70s at night. We then came back to Autocamp.. after a full day we went for a quick dip in the refreshing pool and then to dinner in Mariposa at Savorys . We recommend it! Excellent service and food!

On the last day we headed back and parked at Upper Pines campground. We rode the bus to Mirror Lake. It was basically dried up and sooo many gnats! The walk to it is paved and nice. We then rode the bus to Mist Trail. We headed up to the Vernal Falls footbridge. Vernal Falls is barely flowing. The path is straight uphill but only .8 of a mile .. we were dying but made it! We then headed on down and it took no time! We then took the bus to see the Ahwahee Hotel. https://www.nationalparkreservations.com/lodge/yosemite-ahwahnee-hotel/

We had heard all about it on a podcast about Yosemite and wanted to see it. It’s old and beautiful. It’s at least an hour and half into park with no traffic. After another full day in the Park we headed back. We went for a quick swim then we decided to buy a pre packaged dinner that the AutoCamp makes for you to cook at your air stream. It was so fun and delicious (pictured below). They gave us a s’more kit for our anniversary and we cooked those too! #33yearsandcounting

If you are interested in going to an Autocamp here is a link. https://fbuy.io/autocamp/finneymoore

Pics from AutoCamp


Washington DC June 2022 🇺🇸

Great 4 day weekend in DC! The first day we went to Rasika Indian for lunch! We enjoyed the naan, Chicken Tilka Masala, Lamb Biryani and homemade chutney. https://www.rasikarestaurant.com/penn-quarter-menu. For dinner we sat at the bar at Carusos Grocery. It is located next to The Roost-which is a cool food hall and gathering place. https://www.carusosgrocery.com/. It is fairly new classic Italian restaurant. It’s hard to get a reservation so we were happy to sit at the bar. We started off with their version of queso, then a RAVOLI ALLA GENOVESE. It was delicious ! And leftovers so good the next day for lunch . We enjoyed the cheesecake with strawberry sauce for dessert.

The Roost
Lamb Biryani at Rasika

Friday I walked my son to work then walked around the Capitol and Supreme Court. 🇺🇸

Friday we went to my sisters country club in Alexandria and had lunch, sat by pool and I played tennis with my nephew. Friday night we went to the rooftop of my sons and daughter-in-laws apartment before dinner.

Rooftop pool at The Crossing

Dinner at El Bebe. https://www.el-bebe.com/

We enjoyed Compass Coffee after walking around the Farmers Mkt Saturday morning . We also went to rooftop pool during the day.

Before dinner on Saturday we went to my nieces townhouse in DelRay for appetizers and social hour. That night we went to Ada’s on the River in Old Town Virginia. It is in the new riverfront area which is very nice. Highly recommend!

Cute Mississippi/Ole Miss friends in DC
Another fun birthday celebration! Delicious cake!

Sunday we went to the Old Presbyterian Meeting House. It is over 200 years old. George Washingtons funeral was here. My nephew was elected junior deacon.

So proud!

We shopped around Old Town after eating lunch at Riverbend and shopping at Top It Off.


Steamboat 2022 July

Luci and I took a Quick trip to see Harrison.

First stop after Denver airport and the Hertz car rental was in SilverThorne, CO. Thieggan with Half baked Harvest recommended Sauce on the Blue for lunch. It has delicious homemade pizzas 🍕. We got a coffee next door at Red Buffalo Coffee and got back on the road to Steamboat. It’s a gorgeous drive.

We stayed at the new Residence Inn. It’s very nice but on opposite side of town than Harrison. The first night we ate at Salt and Lime, it is on Main Street and good Mexican food. The next day, we did some hiking then lunch at Creekside Cafe. It’s one of our favorites. We shopped a little… at FM Light and Sons, Deja Vu consignment and some t shirt shops. The next day we went on a horseback ride up the property next to where Harrison lives and works. It was stunningly beautiful! The lushness of the ferns and wildflowers was wonderful. We rode for about 4 hours.. the entire time it was beautiful! That night we went to the rodeo. If you ever in Steamboat May through August on a Friday or Saturday night, the rodeo is a must! We ate at Carls before the rodeo. It is pricey but a great location, great service and delicious.

The morning we were to leave we had to be up by 4:30 to make it to Denver airport for our flight. As we are walking to our car in the parking lot my daughter saw a bear! He had been in the dumpster that had a fence around it. I normally leave keys in the hotel rooms but for some reason I brought mine and I am very thankful because we were able to run to the side door of the hotel and get in. We then called and thankfully someone answered. He came into the parking lot to scare off the bear.. The big bear had just walked away from my suitcase when the guy came out. The hotel worker helped us get in a car and we were on our way back to the Denver Airport.

It was a great quick trip to see Harrison!

Guest Writer: College World Series-Ole Miss wins!

Brought to you by special guest and longtime best friend of Luci’s, Courtney Burrow. This past weekend was one I will never forget! As unexpected competitors, the Ole Miss Rebels played in the College World Series…and WON! The Rebels’ journey to National Champions was a wild one and so was our spontaneous trip to Omaha.

that 7:45 pre-sunburn glow

After the Rebels beat Arkansas on Thursday, Luci, Lyncyn, and I immediately started planning our roadtrip to Omaha, more than eager to cheer on the Rebs to victory. Knowing the championship games were best 2 out of 3, we decided to take our chances and purchase tickets for Sunday’s game. This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity. We took a chance with no regrets…other than not wearing sunscreen. Here’s how our road to Omaha went…

Piling into Luci’s car, we left Birmingham at 7:45 am on Saturday morning with a 10 hour drive ahead of us to Kansas City, MO. Luci was excited about driving her first time through Arkansas until it felt like we were in the state of Arkansas for 4 too many hours. By the time it hit 6 pm, we became literal road Rebs while driving through Missouri and streamed the first game on Luci’s phone. In the best timing possible, we made it to a Mexican restaurant in Kansas City to finish watching the incredible first game. Back-to-back-to-back home-runs had us screaming at the restaurant’s bar TV. We then headed to our hotel in Overland Park, KS and were more than excited to get to sleep before the big game on Sunday in Omaha.

Road Rebs (shoutout to Luci’s new pop socket, Verizon and Youtube TV)
Our reactions to the back-to-back-to-back homers that would put the Rebels in the series lead 1-0.

Sunday morning at 7 am, I drove the 3 hours to our final destination, Omaha, NE. Our timing to Omaha was perfect giving us the opportunity to park and eat brunch at a local restaurant, Jams. After a couple wrong turns, we walked our way to Charles Schwab Field and met a huge crowd of Ole Miss fans at a local bar, Blatts, across the street from the stadium.

Blatt’s before the game

At 2 pm, it was game time. We found our seats high up under the scorching sun behind 3rd base. The first 7 innings were quite stressful for all three of us due to bad calls, overturned plays, close scores, and singeing skin from the sun. After Oklahoma’s score was overturned, Gonzalez hit a home-run, and OU’s catcher had a couple mess-ups, we were about ready to storm the field as National Champions. The long journey there and journey ahead all became worth it in the 8th and 9th inning as the Rebels secured the National Championship.

After the hugging and cheering had died down, we made our way back to Blatts for a victory drink and food. Morale was high and it was evidential that everyone in Omaha could not be more proud to be Ole Miss Rebels. We couldn’t get over it and kept saying it out loud to make sure it was true: “We’re national champions.” We had heard that Omaha was known for steak and ice cream, since we were already spending an arm and a leg to get to Omaha, we opted to try out the ice cream places instead of the steak houses. After we left Blatt’s, we went to TED AND WALLY’S ice cream place. It was adorable and off the beaten path, so it was not too crowded.

After a good nights sleep in Omaha (shoutout to the Hurst Family), we made our way on the long journey back to Birmingham, Monday morning at 7 am. On our roadtrip home, we were coming back with full hearts and burnt skin, had crossed off some new states (Arkansas {Luci only}, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska) and had big smiles, still pinching ourselves that we were National Champions. We did take an alternate route home in order to prevent driving across the ENTIRE state of Arkansas again. After we stopped for gas a couple times, potty breaks, lunch in Springfield, Missouri (shoutout to Makenna) and dinner in Tupelo, MS we made it back to Birmingham around 10:30 pm.

The whole weekend felt like a dream waking up in Birmingham one morning, Kansas the next, and Omaha the next. Thank you to the Lord for our safety in travel, Luci for planning and being our hype woman, and the Ole Miss Rebels baseball team for an unforgettable experience watching them win the College World Series. The atmosphere in Charles Schwab and Omaha was unlike anything else and left us feeling proud all weekend to be Ole Miss Rebels. Hotty Toddy!!

Sanford and Luci post-game celebrating the Rebs
1952.5 miles! The Best Experience! #HottyToddy
nothing like a mid-game amazon order of aloe…..

Catie and Cossars Memphis wedding

Nephew Cossar married darling Memphis girl Catie Wilcheck

San Antonio wedding

BFF Beth’s daughter Indies wedding festivities

San Antonio wedding

Fun wedding in San Antonio at the St Anthony hotel!

We enjoyed many local eateries in San Antonio. Paesanos on the river walk was delicious! Sit outside if possible. The shrimp Paesanos is their most popular item and it was wonderful! The salads are very fresh and a perfect size.

We also explored The Pearl. It dates back to the 1880s and has apartments, restaurants,boutiques and a green space. We loved Bakery Lorraine for lunch. The lunch special of soup And sandwich was perfect. I got the peanut butter chocolate chip cookie for dessert and my sister got cheesecake and they both were outstanding! I think they are also famous for their homemade macaroons. We also checked out the Hotel Emma. It is a historical 146 room hotel on the riverfront.

We helped with the bridal brunch. It was lovely and the girls enjoyed themselves.

The wedding itself was so fun! The wedding was very special and the cocktail hour before the reception was very festive. The seated dinner was excellent! The food and service were delicious and the band was a blast!

Cake with bridal pulls at the bridal brunch

Cute idea of decorating cookies at bridal brunch

Welcome boxes
Hotel St Anthony
Outside Mi Tierra Cafe (Tex-Mex)
Bakery Lorraine

Lake Tahoe~Resort at Squaw Creek ~January 2022

Beautiful! We loved it! We had never been to that part of the country. You fly into Reno ( We used Rodney Perry with AllStar Transportation to get us from the airport to the resort.He also ran an errand one day for me by going to the ATT store to get me a charger-Highly recommend!) The drive from the airport is about an hour southeast to the Resort at Squaw Creek. https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/california/resort-at-squaw-creek/rnodh. The resort is at the ski mountain which is now called Palisades. Lake Tahoe is half in Nevada and half California. It’s the second deepest freshwater lake in the US. It is in between Reno and the ski mountain. Kinda… We explored all around there.. Tahoe City and Truckee and the Olympic Village. The 1960 Winter Olympics were held there.

First day we did a little snow shoeing after getting our skis rented for the next day. Then we ate at Fireside Pizza https://firesidepizza.com/ in the village. We recommend the Thai Chicken pizza.

Coffee from coffee shop in the Village.
Snow shoeing in the meadow which is also a golf course.

Next day sking. We skied our way across the mountain toward High Camp. Up at High Camp there is an Olympic museum and an ice skating rink! We ate lunch up there at The Granite Bistro. https://www.palisadestahoe.com/events-and-activities/dining-and-apres/granite-bistro. There is an aerial tram that you can take or just ski there. We did both. It’s at 8200 elevation. Here are a Few sking pics! We ate dinner that night at Garwoods https://www.garwoods.com/ and I’m still thinking about the hot salted breadsticks with whipped butter on the table!

The next day Jimmy skied with Matt and his kids and Francy and I explored Tahoe City. It is a tiny town on the Lake. We happened upon a local poke bowl hole in the wall place for lunch called Blue Fish http://bluefishtahoecity.com/ . After that As we were walking around we stopped in Mountain Slice https://www.mountainslicetahoe.com/ for ice cream. It was delicious. Nice local place,. The homemade pizza smelled amazing .

Jimmy, Matt, Brooke, Will and Kyndel at lunch on a ski break

Next day I went snowshoeing with 2 guides from The Resort. It was the Lake Shirley hike. It’s a 3 mile hike. I’m not sure how far we went but we we gone about 2.5 hours. We saw a lot of beautiful waterfalls. We were hiking up the back of High Camp.

The beginning
The ending!

The last night we ate at Six Peaks. It was located in the hotel lobby and was 5 star dining! Everything was delicious!

Disney🚢 Cruise🚢 2022

I got invited to go on a Disney cruise with my sisters! We all love to travel and rarely get to travel together so this was so fun!

My youngest sister has been on 4 other Disney cruises before this and has been talking about them for years! She was lucky enough to get us on the concierge level of the Disney Dream. We got cancelled once due to covid but it was all good in the end because we got to go this past week (Feb 28-March 4). Leaving out of Port Canavel was a breeze as compared to what I have heard about the Miami port customs and debarking process. I highly recommend getting on the concierge level if you are able to.

The first night we ate at Animator’s Palace. It is called “state of the art” dinner show. It was delicious. We met our waiters and waitstaff who would be with us all week. Ibrahim and Deddy were great!

First stop was Nassau. We (our group of 5 -my 2 sisters and 2 friends) decided to not get off and just hang out on the boat. There are so many things to do that we all had a blast. We all took advantage of the spa and I did pilates. We loved playing the trivia games, 80s music games, of course BINGO. That night we had reservations at Remy. Remy has French-inspired menu of superior seasonal ingredients —the most luxurious dining experience onboard. It costs extra to go but is worth it! I can only compare it to when we ate at the French Laundry in Napa Valley 20+ years ago. The chef is a 3-Michelin-starred chef and it was amazing! The meal itself lasted almost 3 hours. Remy—the character from the hit Disney·Pixar film Ratatouille—appears in artful ways throughout the restaurant’s design. We also saw the fireworks that night and that was fun. Disney is the only cruise line to do fireworks. I also watched Beauty and the Beast and it was like a Broadway musical.

The second day was stopping at Disney’s Castaway Cay which is Disneys private island. It used to be owned by Pablo Escobar and has a landing runway right in the middle of the island. I signed up for yoga on the beach. It is beautiful and we loved our cabana. I highly recommend getting a cabana if at all possible. Apparently if you’re concierge level you have a better chance but you have to sign up at midnight on the night they become available. The lunch on the island is really a meat lovers feast.. Hot dogs, Burgers, Brisket, Salmon, Steaks and Jerk chicken, plus soft serve ice cream, fruits and cookies. That night we ate in the Enchanted Garden restaurant. This was pirates night – which is a thing on a Disney cruise. This night we went to trivia then Karaoke. It was fun! My youngest sister did Karaoke to her favorite Billy Eilish tune! Dominque (who we had befriended throughout the week) was her backup singer and dancer.

The third day was “at sea”. We really just hung out in the ocean all day. We could see Florida from a far distance. I went to pilates and tried to find the Friends of Bill W meeting. My middle sister and our 2 friends went to Palo for a brunch. It is super fancy like Remy and delicious. We “sunbathed” on the deck in the adult only section. The regular pool is huge and always has a big screen of Disney movies playing. We loved our dinner at The Enchanted Garden that night and then went to more 80s music trivia and The Silent Disco. It was very fun!

Friday was the last day. We went to breakfast at the Royal Palace and then packed up. We might have been the last to leave the boat. Customs was super easy and efficient. My time on the Disney Dream was fun and full of great memories. The older we get, the more we appreciate traveling with family and taking time to make memories. I enjoyed traveling with my sisters!