So, let me first say that this is all new for me . Never having done a trip report before, I have no idea how this will turn out. Hopefully you'll all forgive me if I commit a TR faux pas or two along the way. I am sure there might be a few!!!! I thought it might be fun to share with you some of our favourite moments and memories from our recent trip "down south". After five months of planning and a wonderful Christmas with family, we disassembled the tree, took down the lights, packed our bags and left home on December 30th for some New Years fun in the sun! At any rate, here's our "cast"............. First, there's DH. My best friend, and my highschool sweetheart . We will celebrate our 19th anniversary this coming May, and I can honestly say I love him even more now than I did the day we married. Here he is celebrating his 40th birthday this past June at Oh Canada Eh! in Niagara Falls: Then there's DS ... my pride and joy. He is just a great kid that I can't help but be proud of. He is an honour student and the family jock: he plays volleyball, basketball, hockey and softball, keeping us travelling hither and yon most of the year. This is Jake's grade 10 photo from September: DS is our "only"......after I was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1998 (when Jake was 2), statistics gave me a 50% chance of living five years. 10 years of potent drugs to keep my seizures at bay ended our hopes of growing our family, as the medication that finally "worked" for me was known to cause severe birth defects. Happily, after successful awake surgery and lots of TLC from my medical team, I am considered cured by my doctors and in better shape than ever . I am also grateful for every healthy day I enjoy on this earth. The fact that Jake is my one shot at parenthood also makes our bond pretty darn tight. So yeah, he holds a special place in my heart. But, I digress. Here's the whole works of us, jet boating on the Niagara River in the summer: Yup, I'm the short one. As for me, I am the family vacation planner: the one who researches and studies and attacks planning our getaways with vim and vigor! (unlike my boys, whom are far more relaxed than the only female in the house!! ). I believe the cure for the after-holiday blues is to start planning the next vacation. Or maybe doing a trip report on the Dis! So that's the fam. Next up: we're off to Syracuse!