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Old 01-06-2014, 10:47 PM   #31
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What a busy weekend! Kids go back to school Thursday of this week and I start my teaching year next Monday so the rush is on to get it all done before the crazy school year begins. So glad I have a cruise to look forward to half way through the year.

This weekend we decided to go to North Dakota for some family time. Why ND? well it's only an hour to the border for us and the weekend deals are awesome! We got a nice hotel, swam in the pool, celebrated John I's 14th birthday at red lobster (first time the kids ate lobster) and did a whole bunch of shopping.
Red lobster was a lot of fun. I even managed to get a decent salad out of the deal. Vegan at a seafood place - I was a little concerned! LOL
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Not a surprise that my Bea found lots of great clothes for a great price but the shock was my son! All of a sudden he decided he liked clothes and picked out some awesome new pants, dress shirts and a great fedora. Apparently it was time for a new look. This is the boy who would always tell me - that's fine, it fits - even when the clothes were falling off him! I tried to not constantly tell him how good he looked, didn't want to embarrass him but boy he sure looks snazzy! I think all total we spend about $400 on clothes and fun kitchen stuff for me but it would have been way over $1000 any other time!

So, where are things at with Cruise life?...
Got the hotels booked!
We decided to fly in Sat for our Monday cruise and then my DH came up with a great plan, why drive in the middle of the night to Port Canaveral - let's stay at the airport for a night! Yes! Love it!
So we are going to sleep one night in the hotel at the airport and then they will shuttle us to the hotel in Cocoa beach on Sunday. We will get the daylight to see as we drive and time to spend on the beach. I have to say I LOVE this plan and am really looking forward to the extra day of relax before we set sail. AND to top it off, I was looking at the things offered by the hotel and my son can take surfing lessons! That was one of those things on his bucket list of 'holiday' things to do. Going to leave that as a surprise for him.

So that means - flight are booked, hotel is booked, cruise is booked!
Now I just need to finish paying for the cruise and then I can start booking the excursions and fun stuff like that!

These next couple months are going to go by so fast! So much going on it is going to be hard to keep track of it all.

Oh and I just came up with an AWESOME idea! My mom, who is just as big of a Disney lover as me turns 70 next October. I'm going to take her to WDW! My dad is not not interested in going so it will just be my mom and me! (and Bethany if she can convince me that she should get to go too! ) So I think I will just have to start planning a WDW trip soon too!
You and Bea can pass for sisters. Your son looks like your husband.
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:30 PM   #32
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You and Bea can pass for sisters. Your son looks like your husband.

I know! It's a little crazy just how much our kids look like us. Not sure I can pass for her sister But the funny thing was just a few years ago I would still get carded at restaurants
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:42 PM   #33
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We are very close to our trip and it can't come soon enough for my liking! We just finished yet another blizzard. We have been in deep freeze -45 temps for weeks and then had a blizzard hit this week so we got buried in another 15cm of snow and on top of that school has been cancelled. So I'm really ready for some warm weather and sunshine

So onto some fun:

Day 3

Embarkation day!

ah - the day I have been waiting for and am so excited I can hardly stand it, even now!

I managed to get us an 11:30am slot.

So we will get up that morning, have breakfast and take the shuttle to the port. I now understand how the shuttle will work but don't need to book it for another week yet.

Once we are at the port I'm not exactly sure what to expect. I know we will do our check in and get a number and then I guess it is wait until it is our turn to board.

Once we are welcomed on and oohed and ah'ed over the atrium we will head up to pool level. I'm sure we will be overwhelmed and trying desperately to take it all in but I am hoping that we will get a chance to check out the pools and do some swimming and ride the aqua dunk I know the kids will ride for sure. I want to say I will as I don't have any fears of enclosed spaces but we will see. Don't think DH will ride as he does not like this kind of thing but then again he often surprises me (and the kids) and ends up riding just to say he did it.

Lunch - at some point we will have to locate where we eat. It's been awhile since I looked at this stuff so I can't remember where the best place is to eat that day but I am confident we will find food at some point! DD is looking forward to unlimited pop and ice cream

After that it will be time hopefully to head to our room and check it out.
Do the mandatory lifeboat drill

And I think Dh and I will stay on our verandah while we leave port. He does not do well in really large crowds so I don't think being up on deck for the entire sail away party will work. I hope I will be able to check out at least some of it and I'm sure Bea will be up there dancing like crazy. DS - who knows? He may be on the deck but I can guarantee that he won't be dancing or partying! lol

No major plans for the evening. Again, because this is our first cruise I don't know exactly what to expect and I'm sure we will do a lot of exploring.

Can't wait - it's only a couple weeks away now!!
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Old 01-25-2014, 07:18 PM   #34
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Real life update....

Due to a gas line explosion just south of our town we are without heat in our town and will be for the next number of days. Thankfully we have power so we can use space heaters and our water tank is electric so we have hot water but no heat. It is suppose to get pretty darn cold again, down to -30 celcius so keeping the house warm and the pipes from freezing and bursting is going to take a lot of work and supervision. Our town and surrounding areas have declared a community state of emergency. So thankful for our small town and how we all pull together to share heaters, share homes and look after pets. Many are without water as they have gas water tanks. I'm sure we will have families here to take showers get some hot food and company.

I'll be dealing with all this for the next number of days, praying we get this all sorted out before we leave next Saturday!
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