Since August??? Really?

Wow, I am now the winner of the bad blogger award!  It’s been since August since I have posted.  DO I have anyone even reading this anymore.  So lets play catch up!

I still need to finish my January 2011 trip report and start and finish my August/September 2011 trip report.  I hate this. These are my memories and I need to get them written down!  Lets not even talk about my pictures that have been/have not been uploaded and edited.  I MUST get this all done before January when we are heading back to Disneyworld for Alyssa’s 4th birthday.  We are staying at the Boardwalk hotel in a 2 bedroom villa.  I am very excited.  It is going to be MAGICAL!

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This is the Disney Dream!  It was amazing.  I still can not understand why anyone would want to cruise with another Cruise line.

That brings me to other good news.  Only 11 months (almost to the day) until our next cruise,  We will be cruising on the Disney Wonder.  That is the ship we were married on.  We did cancel our New york cruise to be able to go on this one.  Where are we going???

I CAN NOT WAIT!  This is going to be a long 11 months. We are going on a 14 night cruise to the Islands of Hawaii.  But before we step foot on that boat we will be spending two days in Disneyland with wonderful friends of ours!  We will be checking into the …..

During the wait we will have house guests for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Pete’s Mom and Sister are coming for Thanksgiving and then his mom is coming back for Christmas.  Pete is so excited, I am too!  I am sad about the circumstances that make these visits possible, but very happy to see my family.

Pete’s dad passed away on October 23rd.  Pete and I spent a week in Arizona helping his mom deal with all of the things you must take care of during such a sad time.  We will be having his funeral on Saturday, November 19th in Pete’s hometown in New Jersey.  I am not looking forward to it.  I hate being sad.  I had a great father-in-law and he will be missed for sure.

On a lighter note….my favorite kids are getting big!!!

Austin is walking (and running) and climbing and just growing so fast.  He is so much fun these days!  I love watching him grow and learn!

Alyssa is growing so fast.  She is already 42 inches tall!  She is also soo smart.  She can write all of her letters and is starting to sound words out.  She is sweet and lovable and kind.  She is a pure joy to be around!

I do not love my new job full time job, but it pays the bills and allows for extras.  Speaking of extra’s …..

Pete bought me a New Macbook Pro for our anniversary…

This baby is Disney-fied and ready to work.  I love it and it makes my Travel Agent business so much more enjoyable.  It is super fast and so portable.

I also bought a Kindle Touch, canceled my order and bought the Kindle Keyboard & Pink light up case.

Kindle Leather Cover, Hot Pink (Fits Kindle Keyboard)Kindle Leather Cover, Hot Pink (Fits Kindle Keyboard)

Life changing purchases!  I love it!

I am really going to work on blogging and keeping up to date on this blog.  I hate the holes in my life story!

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2011 Disney Vacation – Day 7

January 9, 2011

Today was the day we were going to be docking in Key West. The Magic did not dock until 1pm so we had some time in the morning to sleep in a little before our character breakfast. We headed to Parrot Cay a few minutes early and were seated right away!

The characters started coming around pretty fast!

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Alyssa and Austin loved them all….except Pluto. He scared Alyssa so much. Look at her little face!

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Breakfast was really good.

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Except….Mickey Waffles are NOT the same in the parks and on the Cruise ships. These were dense and not very tasty. I have just discovered the goodness of a Mickey Waffle at Walk Disney World a few days prior, so I was disappointed!

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Alyssa would get so excited each time a new character would come by!

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After some drama over Brandon’s breakfast the waiters made us all fun hats out of napkins. Look at Pete’s…

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We still had a few hours before it was time to get off the ship. We walked around some.

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Then it was time to learn to Do-Si-Do with Snow White. Alyssa was not registered in the kids club this cruise. She still visited the nursery. But we took her as often as possible to go play in the kids club. She isn’t fond of strangers so this was the best option. She could still visit the nursery when she needed one on one babysitting, but we could take her to play with the bigger kids.

Notice her fingers again!

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Alyssa got picked to go into the back for a special meet and greet with Snow White after the party. She couldn’t stop talking about it.

We headed up to the Deck and got a littl ebite to eat before we got off the ship.

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Once we got off the ship we stopped and talked to the Trolly Tour lady that was set up right at the pier. Pete and I knew we wanted to do the tour, but we talked Laura and Brandon into joining us too. It was a great deal, much cheaper then Disney charges and when you book the Trolly through Disney excursions you do not get the hop on and off option.

We waited for the next tour to start.

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We got our seats and the tour started pretty soon.

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Austin and I enjoyed it. LOL It was a really good tour. We saw some interesting sights.

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By the time we got to the southern most point Alyssa was out like a light!

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Austin had taken a little nap too so he was in a good mood once he woke up.

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Chickens were everywhere!

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We waited our turn for a picture and when we got there Alyssa didn’t want to get up. She ended up in her family’s picture and ours. Love her! She was not happy about her parents trying to make her get up. Look at that face!

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We walked back to the bus stop and Alyssa found something she liked!

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We got back on the Trolly and started towards one of the places I was most excited for….the Key West Winery!

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We got off and walked a few blocks to the winery.

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We bought some of the best wine ever! Key Limon. I LOVE it and can not wait to get more. I am hoarding one lone bottle, but I want alot more. LOL

We walked back to the ship after we were done at the winery. We wanted watch the sun set onboard.

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I think we all liked Key West alot!

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It had gotten hazy and the sunset was not as clear as it could have been.

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We had to go get showered for dinner. One of the reason’s I like the late dining is because you don’t have to rush as much. You have more time before dinner.

The beauty of the Disney ships still amaze me.

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Dinner was in Parrot Cay tonight. These chicken fingers were my favorite part of dinner tonight.

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Alyssa was drawing some pictures to help pass the time. The dry erase board was nice to have at dinner.

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We celebrated Alyssa’s birthday tonight! The was her 3rd Birthday cruise!

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Even with cake she needed a Mickey Bar.

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After dinner Pete and I went to the club and it was 70’s night. We enjoyed a good show before we headed up for bed!!!

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2011 Disney Vacation – Day 6

January 8, 2011

This morning was my last morning waking up in Bay Lake Towers! I woke up extra early to sit and look at my Castle. It never gets old. I could take a whole vacation and do nothing but look at the Castle. After showering and getting dressed Pete and I headed over to the main building of the Contemporary Resort. We had a breakfast date with some great friends and Mickey & the gang.

Laura and Jennifer were there and we checked in and got our picture taken.

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We got a great table and hit the buffett. Before long the characters started coming around. They don’t wait any time at Chef Mickey’s!

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We had a good time at breakfast and I was so glad Laura and Jennifer made it to breakfast. The Marathon was this morning so traffic was bad. The girls were heading to the Magic Kingdom and Pete and I had a boat to catch. We said our goodbye and shared hugs before we parted ways.

This was the view from the walk way between Bay Lake Towers and the Main building.

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This was the view facing Bay Lake.

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We sat on the balcony a little while until we saw this……

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Our Limo was here!!!! We grabbed our bags and headed down to the lobby.

It took a little longer then usual to get off property since there were detours for the race. It was nice to be riding in style.

We got to the port and checked in. We got number 8, so we started waiting. Well then Laura calls me and she got lost in the airport then they checked in at the airport for the cruise. The called number 8 but since our family wasn’t there yet we traded with a family that had number 21. Pete waited at the steps we missed Alyssa and Austin so much. Finally we saw them! YAY!!!!

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Alyssa was so excited to start her Disney Cruise! We got in line to see Mickey. Pete and I had bought Alyssa an Autograph book while we were in the Magic Kingdom. Notice her hands in her mouth…we discoved that is what she does when she is nervous!

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We got a great group shot! Our Tie Dyes looked so good together!

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We got on the ship and had the picture taken before being annouced as “Princess Alyssa’s Family”.

Once we got on I went to the member services desk and got our tickets for the Tea with Alice and the Mad Hatter. I also turned in the Pillow cases I made to get signatures for the kids.

We headed to Parrot Cay for lunch!

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After lunch we stopped for a quick dance party! Alyssa was already having so much fun! It’s no wonder that Disney Cruises have shot to the top of her favorite vacation list.

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It was now after 1:30pm so we could go check out our rooms. We were close to the evelator when Pluto wanted a look at our baby Austin!

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We cut through Beat Street to the elevators closest to our room. Alyssa love “walking in the road”!

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She also loved the portholes. She climbed in them evertime we walked by them.

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Pete and I had arranged for a special deliverly to be waiting in Alyssa’s room. This was her Birthday Cruise! She was very excited!

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She loved it all. We had ordered it from A Perfect Gift. Shirley toook care of us and it was full of sand toys, juice boxes, her favorite snacks and a few extras….

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We started to unpack some then we had to head to the Walt Disney Theater for our life boat drill. But in all honesty if the boat was going down I am running right to a boat and jumping in. LOL

It was time for the Sail away party. I love the Sail away party!!!

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Alyssa LOVED it! She danced and cheered and enjoyed it whole heartedly. Austin on the other hand….

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Everytime the crowd cheered he screamed and we all laughed! LOL So mean of us!

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Once the party was over we took Alyssa up to the kids club to get all checked in and to play awhile. She loved it, the rest of us were tired! The kids club was great though I wish DCL was around when I was like 8 or 9! WoW!

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see tired…

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The first day goes so fast and before we knew it we had to get dressed for dinner! We had the late dinner, which I prefer it gives you time to do somethings without rushing too much!

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This Pasta dish was so good.

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But Alyssa enjoyed this alittle more. So much more she had one every night for the next 6 nights!

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We had a special guest at dinner. Pete’s favorite Mickey Mouse!!

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Alyssa was already making friends with out assistant waiter. He was great and so nice!

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After dinner I think we walked around the ship a little before heading to bed. Look even sleepy my girl is adorable!

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When we got back to our room there was another gift for being a Gold Castaway Club Memeber!

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2011 Disney Trip – Day 3 Continued

January 5, 2011 – Day 3 – Continued

SO Pete and I rushed around to get ready for dinner. We walked to the monorail and took it over to the Polynesian. We were well rested and looking forward to the fun the night had in store for us.

We got to ‘Ohana and checked in. Pete got a beer and we waited maybe 10 minutes before we were seated. Our host was a college student in the college program and it was her last day. This is teh 3rd one we encountered this day that was sad to be leaving. She told me that the next week a whole new group of college students were starting. I wish I would have known about this college program when I was in school. How awesome would it look on your resume.

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I snapped a picture of where the cooking happens before we got to our seat. We had a kinda crappy seat with no view, but I knew we didn’t need it since we were staying with a view. I planned dinner so we would be done in time to watch the fireworks with some of our favorite people!

Pete ordered a Lapu Lapu and did share a rink with me. One of these knocks me on my tail so a sip or two is all I need. MMM

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In case you have never eaten at ‘Ohana the menu:

Starters

‘Ohana Welcome Bread

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Mixed greens with a honey-lime dressing

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Appetizers/Accompaniments

Chicken Wings

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Pork and Vegetable Dumplings

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Lo-Mein type noodles

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Veggies (Broccoli, Snow Peas and Carrots)
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Skewers Prepared over an oak fire

Oak Grilled Chicken

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Asian Barbecued Pork Loin

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Marinated Sirloin Steak

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Spicy Grilled Peel – n – Eat Shrimp

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Dipping Sauces

House Made Peanut Sauce
Chimichurri Sauce
Pineapple Sweet and Sour Sauce

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Dessert

Bread Pudding with Bananas Foster

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I just got the Ice Cream, I can’t really eat it cause it makes me sick, butI needed something to transfer the Bananas Foster sauce to my mouth. A few bites didn’t hurt.

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We were almost done when I spotted Lisa M/ heading to the bathroom. (Told you we had a crappy view). I sent her a text. “I see you”. She was seated soon after that and I had plans to stop by her table to say Hi!!! I loved that my friends were all here this same week!

Pete and I took pictures after we got Lei’ed

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Then I feel a Tap! It’s LISA!!!! Yay! big Hugs. I love Lisa!!!

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We chatted a few minutes then she went back to her friend Tammy and we paid and get out of there. We had to get back to our room! LOL Notice a trend here, I wanted to be in our room the whole time. LOL

While we were waiting for the Monorail the sky opened up and poured! I was so scared the fireworks would be canceled.

While waiting in line some girls commented on my Awesome Dooney and Burke PURPLE Mickey Wristlet. My Sister in law is awesome. It was a christmas gift.

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I am not sure if I got a real picture of it or not. I will need to take one!

So we got back to our room and I made the bed from Nap Time. Jenna called and was on her way so I headed to the DVC entrance to let them in. What a great view from there. Pete set up the tripod for some pictures. LOL

Jenna got there with like seconds to spare. I was so excited to share the fireworks with them!

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I got extra Snuggle time with Boo Boo! and we all hung out for about an hour or so. It was so nice to be relaxing in Walt Disney World.

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I wish I would have taken those leis out of my hair. This is like the only picture Jenna and I had taken together all of vacation!

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Jenna, Bobby, Jillian, Sylvia & Riley had to get ready and go before the monorail stopped running. So I got one last hug and we said our goodbyes!

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It was only like 9:30pm or so and we were not really tired. i asked Pete if he wanted to go to bed early and get up in time for our 8:00am Breakfast Reservation at Hollywood & Vine or if he wanted to go swimming and stay up late and sleep in. Well of course I couldn’t do that so we went swimming AND got up early the next day! LOL

Picture this at night (since I have no night pictures of the pool!!)
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After swimming ….Brrr!!! It was freezing and raining too. LOL ….. I took some more Castle pictures, saw the Electric Light Parade and watched the castle until way early in the morning. I couldn’t stop looking at it.

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Finally Pete told me to GET IN BED!!! I did and fell asleep looking at the castle!!!

2011 – Disney Vacation Trip Report – Day One

It has been a little over a year since I was in WDW and I was dying to get back. A few weeks before our trip Pete and I were talking and we realized he was off work from December 31st to January 17th. We decided to start vacation early. We thought about driving to WDW, stopping in the Carolina’s to visit some friends and getting to Disney on our original check in date of January 5th. BUT a one way car rental was over a $1,000 so nope not happening. Then I switched our flight so we flew out of BWI on January 3rd. I made us a two night reservation at Port Orleans French quarter. I was excited to stay here! So two extra Disney Days! YAY! I was so excited.

January 1, 2011

I finally finished our Disney Tie Dye shirts. I had to make 9 of them. They took forever. I am so happy how awesome they turned out.

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Loves of my Life!

I haven’t written in forever, I haven’t written anything worth reading in even longer than that!  I will be finishing my last Disney Trip report since we are heading back to that Magical World in only 36 days!  I can not wait to be in Sunny Orlando with some of my best friends!  We have 3 nights in Disney World then a 7 night cruise!!!  YAY!  I can’t wait!

Anyway….

I was watching a “where are they now” episode of Biggest Loser and there was a lady named Abby who was on one of the past seasons.  She told “Her Story” and the sort version was that she had a 5-year-old daughter and a 2.5 week old son who were killed in a car accident along with her husband.  She ate to comfort herself and gained lots of weight.

This made me thing alot about how fast your life can be over, but more so it made me thing of the Loves of my Life; Pete is my love, my rock, someone I never thought I would find after the lowest point in my life.  Pete is not only my husband, but my friend.  He is more than I ever could want in a husband.  My other loves are my niece and nephew.  My sweet Alyssa is my favorite person in the whole world.  She is funny and smart and beautiful.  She lights up my day anytime I see her.  I never ever knew love that felt like this until the day she was born.  She is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me.  Then came her brother, Austin.  He is such a sweet baby. He is so cute and so sweet and I love him so much.  When he smiles my heart melts.   I can not wait to learn more and more about him as I watch him grow up!

A few weeks ago I had the scare of my life.  Alyssa fell playing at a park and was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in an ambulance.  They almost sent her in a medivac helicopter.  My Dad and I were spending the weekend at the beach when we got the call.  We took off for Baltimore once we got the call that Alyssa had lost conciousness.  We made a 3 hour drive in 2 hours and 20 minutes and that included a stop for gas.

In the end she was fine, more then fine, she is perfect.  She had a concussion and obvious facial scratches, bumps and bruises.  But with in a few days she was back to her old self.

I can not imagine my life without these kids.  I have heard that you love your own children even more, but sometimes I wonder.  the people who say this to me don’t realize just how much I love these kids.  AND it’s not just love, I like Alyssa too.  You can totally love someone and not like them.  But with this child … ugh … I don’t know how to describe it.  I don’t know any other Aunts (except for Jamie…hey you!  Um email me sometime) who loves their nieces (or nephews) like I love Alyssa and Austin.  I grew up with 6 aunts of my own and I know none of them love/loved me like I love these kids.

I am lucky because I am a park of their lives every day.  Well not everyday but a few days a week.  I am there to help bathe them, change diapers (even if I don’t like it), spending holidays together, dinners, movies, etc!

Alyssa talks about “Her Family” all the time and that includes her Mom, Dad, Brother, Popeye (my Dad) and her Uncle Petey and Aunt Lisie.  She loves doing things as a family.  Recently she requested we all go see Tangled like a family, so I think we are going on Thursday!  We have family dinners weekly, vacation together, just spend lots of time together .  I can not go more than 2 or 3 days without seeing these kids!  I love them so so much!  I don’t know how Abby got on with her life.  I really don’t know if I would want to go on without them!  I hope that  they realize how loved they really are!!

 From the first time I held these children in my arms I loved them.  I knew I would die for them!  I am so lucky to have them in my life.  They are the very best kids in the world!  They are more special than I could ever imagine!

I treasure them and every single second I have with them!

 

 

Not only am I totally blessed to have these children in my life, but I have a husband that most people would kill for!  He is so sweet and caring and he is patient and calm, he goes along with any craziness I come up with!  He is my support.  All of this, and… he is funny and smart.  He lets me win too!  I have had other boyfriends and some relationships have ended well and some have ended messy, but none of them have been “the one”  he is the one that completes me! 

Day 8 – November 6, 2009 – Bahamas – Part 2

So since I lost my whole last post….lets try again!

After naps we headed up to go swimming a bit. It was nice and relaxing. That is what I love about DCL most. The relaxing. LOL

While we got ready for pirate night Laura took Alyssa to the kids club. Since she wasn’t 3 (or even 2) she couldn’t stay and play with the big kids unless mom was there. She had a blast though.

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We stopped by the room and grabbed my Dad the pirate and headed to dinner.

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We got all seated and the waiter came over and apologized over and over about the hair in Laura’s food last night. LOL They sent this fruit platter over. It was all so fresh and good.

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We got the Jerk Chicken, Some Dip, Mango Soup and a Salad for Appetizers.

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Alyssa colored and was very well behaved.

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Look at my Dad…LOL he cracks me up!

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I don’t remember what all we ordered for dinner. SOme sort of steak and the mushrooms with lentiles were really good.

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The waiter kept us entertained.

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The wait staff is top notched on DCL. I love the way they really try to get to know their guests.

Before desert my sister and Dad went to Limbo!

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Alyssa tried to fake us out.

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But a second later she was “wake” again.

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She started getting fussy right before dinner was over. But for almost an hour and a half she was good as gold.

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Brandon took her for a walk while we finished desert. A Trio thing for me and Laura had a Mickey Bar (notice a trend here?)

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Up next…pirates IN the Caribbean Party!