A rabbi, a priest, and a pastor board the Wonder: we're back!

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  1. Pinkocto

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    :dance3::dance3::cheer2::cheer2::dance3::dance3:

    He's not my favorite person, but he makes mom happy so that's all that matters. He can be very moody which is difficult. My biggest problem is that I can't really be around him and just relax, he always wants to make conversation. There's no comfortable silence with him. But, he makes mom happy and that's all that matters.


    Bummer.



    It's not the words, it's the beat. I've never liked a rap beat. There's nothing like nostalgia though, it's a beautiful thing.


    No no no, you don't pay that unless you lose one. There's no money upfront.


    It looks like a swim/snorkle excursion in really cool environment. They have underground rivers you can swim in, natural pools, animal exhibits. I also thought of just staying on the ship but there's so many options I don't think that's a good idea. Oh yes, there are plenty of great restaurants close by. Some of the excursions aren't all day ones, you can probably do both depending on which you choose.

    I can't remember how the mission trip was organized, it was with the church but not my local church. I was 14 and it was my first time out of the country besides Canada. Also first time away from my parents. My dad trusted me with some of his friends and sent me off. We helped build a church. It was an amazing experience and helped spur my wanderlust.
     
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    :goodvibes I wouldn't stand a chance in winter. :laughing: That's one of the reasons we planned this cruise for the winter; to get me OUT of here. Every winter gets more difficult to withstand. ​



    You worked at Starbucks? :thumbsup2 Gabby just put in her second pplication. They were hiring while she was away. That's the job she really wants.

    Wow! What a great reward trip and they used your photos?! Thats super neat. How was it working for Starbucks?

    Sounds like the perfect birthday! :cloud9:



    That's a great idea to prepay. I think I should put on a little every month for the remaining 6 months and have it paid by the time we leave or within that 6 months. ​




    All men are moody. ;) At least every man I have ever known. They either need food, sex, or a few nice words. :laughing: Good thing no men read my report. ​




    Thats funny. Its the beat I like. And the words. :blush: Nostalgia is a beautiful thing. ​




    So no real deposit but I guess they can put everything on your on board bill. ​





    I checked it out and it looks really fun, adventurous.

    It seems a lot of people stay on the ship in Mexico. :confused3 Cozumel has no travel advisories. ​


    What an amazing experience especially for a young teen. That first time away from our folks is sure a learning event. Gabby came home, in her eyes, very independent.

    You helped build a church? Thats incredible. It probably added to your strong work ethic as well. ​
     
  4. Pinkocto

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    You're so right :rotfl: probably the reason why I have yet to snag one, I can't put up with neediness.


    Like you said, Joshua is very responsible. But by all means do what you're most comfortable with.


    I wouldn't stay on the ship because of feeling any danger, just because the ship is so nice. But you're right, people are funny about Mexico. It does look like a lot of fun, I need to look over everything again and make a list. So many fun options to choose from.

    It was very cool. I did several mission trips after that, all of them included building something. It's very good for character building, and humbling to see how little some people survive with.

    Im glad Gabby had a positive experience :)
     
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    :thanks: I finally got the chance to concentrate and read this article. Good info. I've also been doing some research and poking around some Mexico forums like on trip advisor. I found that cool link above I Le for Pam, the Amazing Cozumel Race. It really looks like fun. I'm not super competitive but Joshua is. I emailed them and it lasts about 4 hours so no stress getting back to the ship. :thumbsup2 Im still looking. There's a place called Cafe Denis that seems very popular and then of course leaving the 10 miles radius around the center of town is always an option. I bought 3 books from Amazon to help me brush up on my Spanish. I have a ton of apps on my phone and although the world has changed, my learning style has not and I need an old fashioned book with a pencil and paper if I'm trying to learn something. ​






    :rotfl: I haven't dated too many needy in my lifetime but I seem to have a unique gift for choosing moody.;) :crazy2:




    I know there is so much to choose from. I read about some place:

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...hankanaab_Park-Cozumel_Yucatan_Peninsula.html


    Oh my gosh, so much to do right here. It's only $20 to get in too. Not sure what you spend inside though.

    Just another one of my many options. All this for 7 hours. :rotfl2: Joshua's just so excited for his first visit into Mexico. I want to make it extra cool.





    I agree with the character building. We try to teach the kids that not everyone has running water, TV, electricity, etc.....Michael's travels to Sierra Leone have certainly helped him with that and the kids gain a little perspective from the photos and stories but nothing like seeing it and experiencing life for yourself to truly gain insight.



    A little. :blush: I've got a growing list of restaurants too for the one meal we'll have. :rotfl: For seafood: Conchita Del Caribe. And another cultural that has been mentioned on other forums is Discover Mexico. Need to look more into that.



    I missed our countdown yesterday.







    party: 180 days!!! party:
     
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    A friend has done several cruises to Cozumel and always goes to Chankanaab. She does the animal swims so I assumed that's all they offer. I just looked at their website, it looks like a lot if fun! I'd definitely rather do this than go over to Playa for a similar place and waste all that time traveling.

    Looks like the $20 is just to get in, and if you want to do any of the animal swims its a lot extra. I really just want somewhere to swim and sunbathe and be able to easily get back to the ship.


    It's so easy to take what we have here in the U.S. for granted. I should try to remind myself of that when I'm having a bad day. What does Michael do in Sierra Leone?



    I wish I could remember this little restaurant my friends took me to, it was just a hole in the wall, open to the air on two sides, but the food was so delicious.



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  9. franandaj

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    We did Discover Mexico. You don't want to go there. It is a place for people like me who are relatively afraid of what you call "real Mexico". I kept meaning to comment when you and Cynthia were talking about being immersed and enjoying the real culture.

    I am a little apprehensive about that as I soeak no Spanish and tend to be slightly paranoid. Bring in Fran's disability and I am happy to do tourist stuff as I know about the safety level. Or at least it has been Disneyfied.
     
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    It does look fun doesn't it? The sea lions and dolphin activities look interesting but not the manatees. Me no likey eel type looking animals. ​

    Me too. And I want a killer authentic lunch. :lovestruc I love real Mexican food. ​





    Me too. I try to wake up and be grateful every day and usually am. M calls me Pollyana. ;) My motto goes something like this: if it's not cancer then shut the front door. :rotfl2:




    I love holes in the wall. :thumbsup2 Always the best food with the hardest working folks.







    :banana: 179 days!!! :banana:




    Was that the tour you did with all of the pottery? And the different kinds of salsa? On your last cruise right? I may be getting your reports mixed up. :upsidedow





    I don't blame you. Mexico and her streets are not great for those with mobility issues. Lots of uneven stones and potholes. You ladies do just great on your excursions. I know you're looking at something a little more adventuresome during your next cruise in Fall 2014. Can't wait to see what you decide.



    So good news on the So Cal trip: M agreed however it's a mega budget trip with good reason. I'm okay with that though. I'm actually thrilled with that. :woohoo: Any trip to So Cal is a good trip. I have been perusing sites for Kids Eat Free deals etc etc....I did find out, Alison you'll like this one, that Kids Eat Free at Johnny Reb's (BBQ) in Long Beach on Tuesdays. :thumbsup2


    After we talked we sat the kids down and explained their choices: So Cal for a week but no movies, trampoline park, etc for the next month or all that lame stuff and no beach for a week. Guess which they chose?

    Our first test was today. We took the boat out and love this little place in Ogden Canyon. It's called The Oaks and it's a great dive set in the gorgeous canyon with a stream behind it. Anyway on the way home one of them asked if we could stop at The Oaks for dinner and another said: nope, remember we're going to the beach. :cloud9: They all agreed and it was leftovers for dinner. Not that M's leftovers are a hardship but you get it.

    I used the fuzziest Disney math ever to make this little beach jaunt happen; from including groceries we'd eat anyway to the money we'll save with the AC off. :rotfl2: M didn't buy a word of it but sweetly agreed. He's a keeper. He'll be in Miami the week before so the only bummer is that we won't see him for two full weeks. ​
     
  11. jedijill

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  12. eandesmom

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    I'm with you there. I love my apps. But for research I need the internet, my printer and a spreadsheet!


    I've had needy, I've had moody, I've had both combined! :rotfl:

    Jeff is on the moody side.

    It's a tough call for sure!

    I don't think my kids get that quite yet. They will have a mission trip in HS


    I ALWAYS count the money I'd have spent at home on groceries :thumbsup2:thumbsup2

    AC off :rotfl2: that's pushing it.
     
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    I love my friends. :goodvibes Only you all understand the importance of fuzzy math. ​

    I still don't know how to make a decent spreadsheet. :blush: I'm jealous! Mine always look like I made them with an Etch a Sketch! ​





    I think moody is the best we can hope for. :rotfl:



    There are just so many options. I vacillate between hopping in a cab to a local beach, an excursion, or something like Paradise Beach. Discover Mexico is out. ​







    Of course I'm pushing it. :rotfl: Its the best they can hope for. They get moody, we give creative math. ;)

    I also factored in 2 tanks of gas that both Gabby and I would need anyway into the fuel budget. It's legit. :teacher:

    Share. We always share.

    Taco Surf, our favorite, has a taco happy hour too. :thumbsup2

    Groceries at my friend's is a no brainer. Kids all eating WAY healthy anyway; Greek yogurt with granola and fruit every morning. My friend cooks great too, almost as good as M, so we won't suffer with my cooking.

    I also ordered the OC Entertainment Book. It was $5.99 and $1 for shipping. I'm going to use what I can and then give it to Alison if she wants it. Even one coupon will make up the $7. I'm sure we'll use at least that in 7 days.

    My friend suggested we could go to Catalina Island, the kids haven't been. She's so sweet. We've been friends for about 35 years. I told her no way, we can go to HB or any local beaches. She said she has 50% off for the boat over. It would still cost me $126 just to get us there. :faint: I said: no can do. I'm on a mission of my own. :laughing:

     
  14. eandesmom

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    I think so! I will definitely take moody over needy!


    You will find the perfect mix I know!



    :rotfl2:

    The gas is totally legit!

    We never share

    :rotfl:

    Oh I hear you there...Jeff's mom keeps trying to suggest and book all this stuff for Denver. All I want to do, all we can afford to do (and truly WANT) is to just hang out with them and enjoy their pool. She keeps trying to schedule us within an inch of our lives and WAY out of our budget. Yes, they all sound fabulous but not in the budget!!!!! Every time we see them it's go go go. Granted, we are go go go people but for once I'd like to just visit!​
     
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    I never actually dated needy. Mine went from moody to a hole. :rotfl2:








    Want to know what's even more legit? The week Michael is away, we are going to eat at home every night. :rotfl2: We generally go out, not $$$ but still out to like Costa Vida which is still $25 for the 4 of us, but not this time. I'm going to stock up on cereal and fruit. :p




    We totally share. My kids wouldn't know what to do with their own meal. :rotfl2: They can order their own but if its not pasta or something we can take home and reheat, they generally share. Like if we go to In n Out, we'll get 5 burger and 3 fries. ​




    She's the sweetest friend ever and just wants us to have fun but she's single, no kids, no budget, and makes great moola. She's smart with her money and deservedly treats herself to a very nice life and lifestyle.

    When are you going to Denver again? And right, everything sounds fun but not everything is in the budget.

    I'm not going to nickel and dime this trip to death because that's no fun either but I think it's smart for the kids to know the perimeters up front.

    I also just found out they don't love Vegas and would rather drive straight through anyway. They want to get there and get home; not big on stopping to check out the scenery. We're the worst people to follow when caravanning. ;)
     
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    I had one of those too :rotfl2:

    I hear you there...though cereal and fruit isn't exactly dinner! It is in Eric's world though....

    The only time we share is 5 guys fries as they are RIDICULOUS with how many they give you. That said, our deal is you eat what you order (since they don't share) OR you order from the kids menu. Or no fries or smaller/less pricey than you want.

    And then of course if anything is leftover. Jeff eats it. Right there and then.

    I seriously live with vultures. One very large one. :lmao:

    Very rare a box makes it home and it is slim pickings if it does. Worst part is we forget we brought something home, it's in the downstairs fridge and no one remembers to eat it!




    August 2-8. She's had us going to a hot springs spa and hotel, an amusement park, a water park, a dinner train.

    Me, I voted for the Denver Mint and her pool. :rotfl2: We talked her out of the mineral spa town, which sounds really cool just not in the budget but I think she is planning on the rest. Apparently booked the dinner train but that's their treat. Sigh. Jeff wants to do a couple museums. Me...I just want the pool and a cocktail. LOL! Actually I'd love to hike but that isn't going to happen as it isn't something they could manage and Evan is being all anti hike at the moment anyway. He'll get over it though. Plus it is darn hot there right now. I'll have to settle for a bike ride or run, or both, they are on a pretty trail.

    Oh and dinner with the neighbors. Gotta have show and tell time. Not really sure where the down day is.

    I really don't think Vegas is for kids. Heck I don't love vegas either. Sure, there are shows, good food, cool pools but I can find that lots of other places I like better. I could care less about the gambling and really don't care for the streemosphere if you know what I mean.
     
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    You guys doing the Georgetown Loop railroad? It's really cool...I've been trying to do the Fireworks train on the 4th of July but they have cancelled the last two years due to the dry conditions.

    Not sure where Jeff's mom lives but go hiking/biking up at Red Rocks...its gorgeous. Lots of other really nice (free) hiking/biking areas here. The Natural History Museum here is really good too. Oops, just caught the anti-hiking. :) There are some gorgeous mountain drives nearby. :) And Rocky Mountain National Park is just 1 1/2 hours north of Denver.

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    We are, I had looked at the non - dinner loop in the daytime and that was a bit steep for the current budget times 4 but apparently she went ahead and booked it, their treat (have you heard if the food is any good? LOL!). It does look really cool, the boys will love it. She wanted to do Glenwood Springs which would have been fun but with hotel (she wanted 2 nights) added up and just isn't in the cards.

    She's got a bad knee, scheduled for surgery. So we don't want to so stuff she can't, that'd be uncool! She's not anti hiking, just can't. And, while her DH seems to be doing well, he's had nasty bouts with gout and his back so needs to be careful as well. I would LOVE to though.

    They are by Cherry Creek, we can hop on the trail from their house so we do always walk/bike and probably run this trip run on the trail which is fun. It's usually just Jeff and I early in the am though but we love it.

    Nothing against the Natural History Museum but it isn't the boys idea of a summer trip and I'm pretty positive we went last trip so I'm kind of vetoing it, Jeff wants to hit the Aerospace one (forget what it's called) and we will definitely do the Mint. She wants to do Elitch's, which we've done before and I'm pretty meh on myself but we haven't done the water park portion of it (did some other huge one out there...almost too huge) and the boys would like that. Tickets seemed reasonable so we will see on that one.

    We may drive up to Red Rocks, will see. Have done Garden of the Gods before and Jeff doesn't want to be in the car that long. LOL!
     
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    :laughing: that's probably the one I'd choose, I've always loved manatees. Them or the sealions.

    There's tons of great places, I think the biggest problem is how easy are they to get to.


    I like it :)





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    :cool1::cool1::cool1::cool1:

    I'm glad the kids are on board with the budget and that the trip is a go :)
     
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    Cherry Creek Trail is awesome...I live right off the Highline Canal Trail....You can get anywhere in Denver between the 2 trails.

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    I think I had about 37 to be exact. And then M came along. :lovestruc I earned it fa sho! ​




    Add a string cheese or hard boiled egg and its a balanced meal. :rotfl:




    5 Guys cajun fries are so good but I hate their burgers. The big Utah burger war is between In n Out and 5 Guys. To me, In n Out wins by a landslide. Plus 5 Guys is so expensive. Have you been to a Habit Burger? We just got those here and they make a lettuce wrapped burger that's incredible. I'm usually leery of lettuce wrap burgers but theirs is delicious. ​



    :lmao: Michael use to do that, me too. I blame the 40 lb I gained, over the course of 3 kids, on leftover bites of Kraft mac and Cheese and crusts off pb and j's. Seriously, I was a vacuum. ​


    :rotfl2: Nothing goes to waste which is awesome! :thumbsup2


    I'm a leftover fan. I love them. I always have, even as a kid. Theres nothing like cold pizza or pasta the next day. :cloud9:




    Are you guys driving or flying? ​


    Whats the Denver Mint? I am not familiar with Colorado at all. Dinner train? Is it a moving locomotive or dinner in a stationary train?

    I'm all about the pool and cocktail scene too. I'm a virtual sloth on vacation.

    Why is Evan anti-hike? ​

    Show and tell time is a hoot. :laughing: She's proud of you guys though so it's sweet...right? ;)

    That's what I was going to ask; which part of this constitutes as vacation?




    My kids enjoy it but not when we're on the way to some place else. If Vegas is the destination, then they're giddy but if it's just a stop, they just want to be on their way. :laughing:

    I however love Vegas. I always have. I can't wait for our trip in less than 2 weeks; out little anniversary jaunt. It's going to be hotter than hell. Can't wait to veg out by the pool. We made a reservation at Battista's Hole in the Wall. http://www.battistaslasvegas.com/menu.html Its amazing and literally a hole in the wall behind the Flamingo Hilton. Their linguini with clams is the best I've ever had. Plus free flowing house wine. Every meal comes with the wine, soup or salad, cappuccino, and the entree. Plus the ambiance is fantastic. It's dark and very old school and it feels like a scene from Goodfellas. I cannot wait. Thankfully we booked our room months ago because they've gone up about $30 a night.

    I don't like the streetmosphere either but love a good game of Craps or Blackjack. ​




    I'm coming to you for info if we ever make a trip to CO. :thumbsup2


    :rotfl: They kond of scare me for some reason. ​




    I agree. If the ruins weren't so far away, they'd be on the maybe list. ​



    They are so on board with it. Today, the girls went to the thrift store to find Gabby some high waisted shorts. ::yes:: The horrible kind I wore in the 80's. They sell for like $60 in the stores. She found some for $5.95 and was very proud of herself. One Direction (the UK boy band) is playing here Thursday night and they're going. They met them last June at their Vegas show so they can't wait to reconnect. No back stage this time but way better seats.


    :ccat: 178 days!!! :ccat:
     

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