School buses cancelled. Windy chill in the air; roads are sheets of pure ice; miraculously, I successfully navigated the crazy school parking lot with my minivan, unscathed.
Welcome, Monday morning.
That ship above looks really good about now. I wish we were on that cruise again.
We're not exactly cruise people. However, my parents are cruise fanatics, usually going on a couple of year. When they had their 40th anniversary a few years ago, it was a dream for them to have all their kids and their spouses/families come along with them on a trip to the Caribbean. With a pitstop at Disney for their one and only grandchild at the time, theirs and our Wonderboy L.
Despite our reservations and my bouts of seasickness/morning sickness (don't ever get a room at the front of the boat, even if they have a porthole there, if you think you'll even remotely feel the waves, and especially NOT when you're pregnant!), it was actually a really fun experience. The best part was that the ship, and the ports of call in the Caribbean (Bahamas, St. Thomas, St. Martin) had something for everyone. We went on the Royal Caribbean line, so there was rock-climbing, a gym, mini golf, a couple of pools, some terrific food, fun shows and dinner was always a riot as we had amazing service. And for L there was a great kids' club that we finally convinced him to attend on day 4 (and he never came back!). For Dad, well, the casino is the calling card for him.
I was 6 weeks pregnant with little G. So she's really in that picture with us!
While I don't think I'm in a major hurry to go on another ship, this weather makes me think of all the good memories. We had some lovely quality time with my siblings and their spouses, and my parents, of course. They got to show us a bit of what they love to do, and the time with them every night at dinner (and then throughout the day sometimes as we met up with them, or just ran into them when we were all doing our own thing), was something that was very special.
And honestly, who can complain when you've got a new towel companion to tuck you in every night. Certainly not (little then) L!
But on another up note, check out Katie's new hairdo below. Look familiar? Yeah, that's the cut I wore in the fall.
It's sooooo last season, don't ya think :)