Sunday, February 22, 2009

We LOVE you Aunt Jayne!!!
Zip lining in the jungle. Cave tubing. Nightly feasts. Exotic entertainment.
Big deal.
We got Aunt Jayne, slurpees, and a hotwheel for each hand.
(and don't we look happy about that?)

THE CRUISE - Leaving Ft. Lauderdale

Off we sail...

Oft we eat.

Lisa climbing the ship's rock wall.

Promenade/ship shops

Our towel bulldog...
how did housekeeping know I was from Gridley?

Belize City, Belize

Shore of Belize

Cave-tubing in Belize excursion

After cave tubing we went zip lining.

Costa Maya, Mexico

Coast Maya
Sunning with our cruise buddies - Mike & Melodee Trentman

I'll take a $20 massage
"Please be gentle"

"Give me 5 more minutes,
then I'll put on my thong."

Our cruise ship
Independence of the Seas

Mexican sunset

Cozumel, Mexico

This is the ferry (with his wife and Lisa).

We went to the temple, but it was closed.

Back side of Tulum with view of Caribbean.

Our taxi back to ship.
Last night of the cruise (these are fake smiles).

Ft. Lauderdale Airport
We faked being paraplegic to get special assistance to the gate.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Paige pulls it off!!!

All the schooling and hard work of learning the "ins and outs" of the cosmetology trade boiled down to a 7 hour testing period on Thursday, February 19th.

In case you had not heard, Paige passed the California State Boards to be a licensed cosmetologist in California last Thursday and I have posted a photo for all of you to prove it!

Paige, Holly and I arrived in Fairfield at about 10:30 pm Wednesday night because Paige and Holly (Paige's model) had to show up at the testing site at 6:00 a.m. It was an interesting and nerve wracking experience for all of us, but especially for Paige.

One of the funniest stories that has come from the ordeal is Holly's interpretation of the woman who was monitoring the 8 girls in the room Paige tested in. The first test was the practical. The models and candidates are given strict instructions to not speak during this time period because this is when the candidates prove they know the various procedures. The woman who was giving instructions in Paige's room had a very thick foreign accent. When she began to speak, Holly looked at Paige and telepathically inquired if she knew what the heck the woman was saying. It took every ounce of self control for them not to bust out laughing. Paige later admitted that she was focusing all her brain cells on solely trying to understand the instructions the woman was giving. Holly has since become proficient at sounding like the woman who gave the instructions and we get a good laugh every time.

After taking the practical, the candidates are required to take a written test where they are given 1 hour to complete it. Paige finished in 30 minutes and came out to the car to tell us that she was done. We waited another 30 minutes for the results of the exam -finally Paige emerged from the building with a smile on her face and her new license in her hand. We are all very proud of her - what's next for Paige???? Please submit your suggestions for the next segment of Paige's life in the comment section.