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Old 06-21-2011, 03:36 PM   #11
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Wednesday, June 8th, Day at Sea

Today was a day at sea and the beginning of a new addiction for my family while cruising. Turns out that we had our character breakfast today, but we opted to skip out on it. Brian and I had reservations at Palo for brunch at 11:00 and the kids looked at me like I was nuts when I asked them if they wanted to go.

We slept in pretty late, and Brianna had her spa appointment at 9:30. As she left for the spa, Brandon headed up to deck 10 to play basketball but returned quickly. It was quite cold and windy out today. He goes outside and shoots basketball in the freezing cold at home and once I even had to make him come in because it was sleeting, so I knew it had to be pretty darn cold for him to say no to basketball. So, what's a kid to do when he can't play basketball? Apparently, he goes to the arcade and burns through his parents' money in no time at all. The arcade became a favorite past time of Brandon's when the weather was too chilly outside. By the end of this sea day, he had spent $120 in the stupid arcade! We had to tighten the ropes on him, so he then decided to start using his bargaining tactics such as "I will pay you back out of my savings account if you let me have twenty more dollars" and so on. Turns out there was an Ipod Touch he was trying to win and he swore he was SO close. Keep in mind that he already has an Ipod Touch, so I have no idea what he was planning to do with a second one, but we might as well have bought him one by the time he got done in the arcade. I said, "NO MORE", to which his dad caved later on in the cruise when he saw just how close Brandon was to winning that Ipod. Geesh! No one listens to mom! And, someone else won the Ipod Touch.

Brian and I headed to Palo a little before 11:00. We had a table right by the window, and we really enjoyed eating there. We had done this before on previous cruises, and we have found that we really like the brunch. We ate way too much and felt like crud when we got done, but we were glad we did this. Plus, it gave us some alone time. But, who am I kidding? When we cruise, we have plenty of alone time because our kids disappear and act like we don't even exist. This took several cruises for my husband (the big kid) to get used to.

We returned back to our room and found out that Brianna really liked her Salon Taster. She was able to choose five things from a list of several, and she chose a foot and ankle massage, a back and neck massage, a treatment on her hair, a scalp massage, and a facial. She can't wait until she's 18 so she can have a normal massage. We told her to start saving!

Brianna ordered room service, and Brandon decided to head back up to the basketball court to try to play for a while. Brian and I ended up taking a nap after watching t.v. for a bit.

Now, here is our family's new addiction: BINGO! We have always been kind of reserved about spending extra money while cruising, but this time we lived like we had won the lottery or something. The kids actually wanted to do this with us, so we headed to Wavebands at 3:45 and paid $40 for 2 sets of cards. We didn't get one of the machines because we were too tight with our money. Baby steps, people, baby steps. We didn't win, but we were close on a couple of the games, and we had tons of fun. It sure seemed like the people that were winning were mostly playing with those electronic machines though. Hmmmmm......

This must be Brandon's "I better win" look. ???


We then decided to go watch Tron in 3D at 5:15 which meant we had to skip The Golden Mickeys. We've seen that one many times (a million according to my kids), so we decided it would be worth it to go watch the movie. We all really liked the movie but weren't sure the 3D part would have been worth it if we were at home and paying. Of course, my husband always politely reminds me that we did in fact pay for seeing Tron on this cruise.

Tonight is formal night, and we're dining at Animator's Palate. We didn't bring tuxes for the boys this time around because we already have five suitcases and had to pay for each and every one of them both on the way to Vancouver and on the way home. Brianna and I did break out our nice dresses though, and Brian and Brandon were khakis and a black polo.



Brian and I decided to go watch Heath Hyche, the comedian, in Wavebands at 10:30. After that, we headed back to go to bed. Tomorrow was Tracy Arm and our Couples Retreat!

Up Next: Are you REALLY alone in the couples villas? We think not.

Susan
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