Monday, December 28, 2015

Forced Family Fun in '15

Our Christmas cruise this past week – above on the Sunshine.  Way back in 2011, below on the Dream:
Why weren’t we smart enough to line back up in the same places? 

Heck, we were doing good just to get a group photo with all those wiggle worms wanting to go into the dining room to eat dinner.

We had extremely high winds for the first three days at sea, making Amy and Jason a tad uncomfortable (understatement).  They were very happy to finally disembark in Aruba for the day.  The next day (Christmas Eve), we were in Bonaire, where all the kids again hit the beach.  MM and I just did a town walkabout, and then went back to the ship.  We had never been to Bonaire before, but it was just another small island…and we have seen plenty of those in our travels.

Grand Turk on Christmas Day was beautiful:
Brian and Faith did the “ride horses on the beach” excursion, while all the other kiddos swam and sunbathed…and were joined by B & F after their horse ride.    MM and I sat in the shade on the back row and enjoyed the views and swimmers, then headed back to the ship for lunch.  The sun quickly burns my skin, so I have to avoid it.  Bugger.

Saturday was our final sea day en route back to Pt. Canaveral, and the winds had thankfully died down… no hence no more queasy tummies.

I only did the “Social” package while onboard, so I only had Facebook—no emails or (otherwise) Internet.  I was pretty busy with the kids—we played lots of games in our (large) room, went to trivia a few times, laughed, had afternoon tea, laughed, ate, read, and played some more games.  It was a whole lot of FUN.  The “no Internet” was a test—and I didn’t like it, so I won’t do that again when away for that length of time.  End of test!

Jason and I both had birthdays while onboard, so it was nice for all of us to celebrate together.  I will post more photos another day.

Two kitties were mighty happy to have us back at the Moho, and we were glad to see them.  They behaved while we were away…as far as we know.

All in all, it was a successful FFF trip…well, except for the bit of seasickness.  If we cruise as a group again, we will have to have fewer sea days.  Check.  We can do that.

Spending time with our family and making memories—that’s what is us.

Life is very good, y’all!


Joy said...

So sorry about the seasickness, but the rest of it sounds wonderful. So glad your family could be together fir this FFF week!

Haley D. said...

It was an amazing trip! Best of all was spending time together. We love you!

Barb said...

How marvelous!! Well, except for the queasy tummies, of course. I WISH I WISH I WISH I could get my family all together to do this, even if only to the not so fabulous Bahamas. Heck, I wish I could work it out for just the sisterdears. We keep taling about a 7 day out of Boston to Bermuda, which sounds like a kinda cool cruise because its 3 nights/2 days docked in Bermuda sandwiched by lovely sea days. Our maternal grandmother and her gal pals use to vacation in Bermuda quite often. She always brought us back tiny bottles of pink sand. We'd all love to plant our feet into the pinks sands she often visited and loved so much. The universe never seems to align itself. Bugger. At least, not yet.

Looking forward to more pics! big hugs xoxo

Rajiv Sankarapillai said...

Wow, amazing trip !
Beautiful post :)

Sandee said...

How fun, well except for being seasick. That's never good. Memories, you have a bunch of them with this trip.

Have a fabulous day honey. Big hugs to you and tons of scritches to those two well behaved kitties. ♥♥♥