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Old 08-30-2009, 03:18 PM   #631
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I like that two month off schedule thing... Physical Education again or something else?

Enjoy your last day off tomorrow....
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Old 08-30-2009, 03:21 PM   #632
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Mini TR Aruba!

Since some of you have asked, I have decided to do a mini TR of our trip to Aruba! It will be picture heavy and text light!!

We traveled to Aruba from 8/16-8/24! We stayed at the Marriott Aruba Surf Club and we were there with Bryan's sister and her family and Bryan's mom!

After we landed at the airport in Aruba!



The lobby of our resort!



Some pictures of our room! We had a one bedroom with a king sized bed and a living room with a pullout queen sized couch! We also had laundry in our room!!











A few family shots out to dinner!



Enjoying some gelatto





The next night we barbequed on the grills that were outside our room!

I want to point out that my nephew is a very low functioning autistic child but a complete LOVEBUG!

The boys and my nephew



Some playground fun!





Eric being silly...



Enjoying the balcony in the morning!





The next night we went out to dinner for some GREAT barbeque at a place called Smokey Joes





A picture of Amici, our gelatto place!



Some Smokey Joes food porn!

Dry Rub Ribs...



Pulled pork sandwich!





We did some shopping at a near by little outdoor mall!





Enjoying the walk back on the beach!




CONTINUED....



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Old 08-30-2009, 03:36 PM   #633
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Aruba continued

More from the walk back...



Our resort sign!



Life sized chess!



Matthew giving Bryan gambling instructions!



Some beautiful pool and beach pictures! The ocean is GREAT in Aruba on the resort side of the island! Because of the constant tradewinds, there are no waves!!



Bryan floating with his sister...








Now to the pool...you could walk back and forth in between the two, it was GREAT!!






One of the many iguana's that just roam free all over the island but do not bother people!!



On this day we had some bad luck come our way! Our room FLOODED! It destroyed many of our things and we had to move rooms! Marriott made up for the inconvenience by providing us with a free vacation in any of there resorts in a one bedroom to be used within 12 months!

Here are some pictures from the flood!



Notice all the people cleaning up!









We needed to relax a bit that night so we headed to Hooters for dinner! The boys got a kick out of that!





The next day we went into town shopping! Everything in Aruba is either very high end (Cartier, Louis Vitton(sp?)) or crap basically!

Some pics. from that day!





The Aruban parliment building!



Our lunch at Iguana Joes! This restaurant was neat because it is on the top floor of a shopping mall and you can look out over the water and the streets below!



That night Bryan's mom volunteered to watch the boys so that we could go to dinner alone! Our original plan was to eat at a restaurant that is right on the waters edge but we weren't loving the menu so we ate at Ruth Chris Steakhouse instead! YUMMY!







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Old 08-30-2009, 03:45 PM   #634
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More Aruba!

Some pictures from the lazy river that went around the pool! it was SO FUN and RELAXING!!










Some pool time!





Eric enjoying some poolside fries!



Some drinks at the swim up pool bar!







Pictures before and during the gorgeous sunset!











Out for ice cream again!



We stopped to see a water show that was done all to Disney music...this made us smile!!





At the end of the night!





Some pictures from our dinner the next night at Champions which was in the resort next door which is also a Marriott!







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Even more Aruba!



Our last pool day, enjoying the slide!





On our last night we all went out to dinner together. Here are some pictures of that!

All the cousins..



Our family and Bryan's mom!





After dinner we walked back alone and stopped at the Hyatt! What a GORGEOUS resort! Here is the lobby!





This is a restaurant right on the side of a little pond..it is BEAUTIFUL!!



Our last goodbye's



In the lobby waiting for a cab to take us back to the airport!



Overall it was a WONDERFUL and relaxing vacation! Funny though, 8 days in Aruba SEEMED longer than 15 in Disney!

Thanks for reading! I am going to try and post our last Disney day either tomorrow or Tuesday!!



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Old 08-30-2009, 04:57 PM   #636
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Diane,
Aruba looks heavenly! What a pretty place. I especially love the pictures of the ocean. I can't believe how calm and beautiful that water is. I'm glad you had a chance to relax, you guys have wonderful tans!
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Old 08-30-2009, 05:07 PM   #637
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Great pics of Aruba, what a beautiful place!! Can't wait to see how your last day went at Disney!!


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Old 08-30-2009, 06:58 PM   #638
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Gorgeous pictures!!! I'm lovin' your tan. The sunset picture is frame worthy. Sounds like your family truly enjoyed your stay. Did you love Ruth Chris'? We have one here and ate there for our anniversary this year. It was the best!

Can't wait to hear about your last day.
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Aruba looks amazing. The water is gorgeous there.

I love all your family shot. They all came out so nice

How did that flood happen? Were you out of the room when it happened? That was so nice of them to make it up to you.

Swim up Bar is so neat.


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Old 08-31-2009, 06:16 AM   #640
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Wow! Sounds like a wonderful vacation (minus the room flood)! What a great way to end the summer.
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:13 AM   #641
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Wonderful Aruba photos and trip report!
Thanks for sharing!!
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:31 AM   #642
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Hi Diane!! How exciting Disney and then Aruba!!! Awesome!!! So sorry about the room being flooded, nice of Marriott to give you a free vacation thou!!!
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Old 08-31-2009, 11:17 AM   #643
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Ok, I want to go to Aruba now! Wow, love the water with no waves and how clear! That stinks about the room flooding, but to get another vacation out of the deal!! Thanks for sharing, great pics!
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YAY!!! What a great miniTR! Hey it looks fabulous there, Aruba looks gorgeous! Great photos, looks like everyone was relaxing!
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Aruba looks awesome!! It sucks that your room got flooded but wow, I can't believe they gave you a free vacations. Do you already have it planned?

Can't wait to hear about your last day.
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