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Most of you probably already know this…. but Michael turned 30 this past weekend! What you may not know is that our best friend Jill turned 30 as well! She was born one day before Michael in the SAME hospital 30 years ago and their parents were actually friends who went to the same church!! Soon after they were born, Michael’s parents moved away and they never saw one another again until freshman move-in day of COLLEGE!!! Michael and his parents saw Jill and her parents in their freshman dorm and they re-connected!!

I was the high school girlfriend who didn’t like my college-aged boyfriend meeting pretty blondes on move-in day and so I’m pretty sure that I had an attitude when I first met Jilly. Little did I know that when we fast forwarded 10 years, she would be one of my best friends!!! So, we obviously became closer and closer to Jill throughout our college years and during freshmen year we also met Buddy! Fast forward a couple of years and Jill and Bud are dating!!

During my Sophomore year we met a really cute couple named Josh and Mandy. They were freshmen and they dated in high school just like Michael and I! Mandy and I ended up living together during my senior year and we were right next door to Buddy’s house and Josh’s house was on the other side. Basically, these friends have been a part of our lives for a long time but it wasn’t until after college that all six of us really became close. Over the last several years we have had some really awesome opportunities to travel with one another. We went to Hawaii with the Poes and we did RV Vacay with the Powers. If you want to find out if you can really be GREAT friends with people and if you’re compatible…. rent a tiny apartment or RV and live together for a week!! After those experiences, we realized that we had found best travel buddies!

This trip was up in the air for so long and then just a week before leaving, we decided to change our plans last minute and head to the Bahamas!! We found a cruise that started at $378 and we booked it within one day! We flew down to Miami from the Connect Retreat and the Powers and Poes met us there! We boarded the ship on Friday and we headed to Nassua! We paid the to go to the Atlantis waterpark for the day and it was SO WORTH IT. We have been there at least 4 times now and it never gets old! I mean, how can you ever get tired of a never-ending lazy river with waves, waterfalls, rapids and SLIDES?! It was so much fun!!

The next day we headed to Stirrup Cay, a private island owned by Norwegian! We got a little cabana on the beach (so that the redhead wouldn’t fry!) and we floated in the crystal clear water all day! Every night we ordered double entrees and ate like kings! We’ll be spending some extra time in the gym because of the soft-serve machine and the crepe station! Even after all of the fun that we had, I still think that my favorite part was just being with these sweet friends. They are some of the greatest blessings in our life and having 3 days with them reminded me of just how much we love them. I’m grateful for our time together and we are so excited to do this again in the future!! Enjoy this video from Jill that recaps our trip perfectly!! The only thing that isn’t included is my karaoke debut where I forgot that “How Do I Live” had a key change and so it’s better left un-shared!! 😃 Jilly, thank you for our video memories!! This is just the best and I treasure these creations of yours!!! Ps. Don’t miss minute 1:20… cracks me up EVERY time!

We started our trip with a night in Miami!

Above: Jill met ANOTHER Jill who was celebrating her birthday at the table behind us and it was her 30th too!! AND it was our waiter’s birthday!!

Below : CSI Miami?! At our HOTEL?! Yikes.

Cruise Time!

And we’re cruisin!!!

That cute Birthday boy tho!!!

Our day at Atlantis!

Ps. These are all iPhone images BTW…. not too shabby right?!

Some real pics from the big camera!

No idea what’s going on here!

And then our quick trip came to an end and we had like 5 hours before our flight and so naturally… we hung out at IKEA in Miami! That’s normal right?

Check out our Waco, TX Trip Here!

And The Epic Party Barge Trip!

To see other travel posts click here!

xoxo, Katelyn
11 Comments Personal, Travels
  1. Natalie Carolyn reply

    Love it!! I had my first cruise experience in February on a week long cruise through Norwegian cruise line and LOVED it!! Was so fun to see your take of your trip! Lots of similarities between our ships it looks like!

    Feel free to check out my vacation post if you’d like! :) http://nataliecarolynphotography.blogspot.com/2016/03/my-cruise-vacation.html?m=1

    Ps.. LOVE your swimsuit Katelyn!! One pieces are my favorite!!

  2. Jaclyn reply

    Love when you share your travels Katelyn! And happy birthday to Michael and Jill! You guys look like you had the best time!! :)

  3. Amanda reply

    Looks like an amazing vacation and the video is absolutely adorable!!!!

  4. Jennie karges reply

    I love this! We have a similar group of friends that the husband’s were all best friends growing up but the wives have become super close! It’s freaking awesome. We are headed to San Diego for a weekend vacation together (with our kids!) in just under a month! We love it. I’m so grateful to have friends like that. They mean the WORLD to us and it is so nice to have them to spend time with and travel with.

    I personally love around 2:30 when Michael decides to be the floppy wind guy. But wind guys have a special place in my heart so it makes sense. If I could have one in my yard, I would. Hahaha

  5. Tori Watson reply

    i can’t even handle how awesome you all are. that video was epic (plus, how nice of Justin was it to release a new song as a happy birthday for jill & michael? what a guy!) i just heart all of this. (plus, we’re going to Punta Cana this Fall and several couple friends of ours are joining us, so this makes me that much more excited to get to enjoy vacation with friends, which we’ve never gotten to do before!)

  6. Jill Gum reply

    I don’t know I think 2:31 is the hilarity winner!!! <3 Looks like an amazing time- my Michael and I did this same cruise years ago and LOVED it!!!

  7. Deborah Zoe reply

    Friendships like this are such a gift!! I’m so happy you all got to get away and make memories together for a few days :)

  8. Melissa Farmer reply

    Jill, the video is AWESOME! Especially the snapping to the beat and the slow motion of the guys jumping! Love the life and adventure you all live and getting to follow along all the time :)

  9. maria stamy reply

    I love these! How are your colors so clean and vibrant and always JUST PERFECT!!

  10. Kristina W. reply

    Hahahah, I love the one of Mandy comparing her size to that giant fish!

  11. Mindy L. reply

    What day did you disembark?! We were on the Sky last Monday-Friday and hit all of these amazing spots, too! Such a great time!

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