Monday, December 03, 2007

Manic Monday: Ship



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 :)

17 comments:

Family Adventure said...

Happy 200th post. Awesome. Sorry about the weather today -- I can imagine what the school must have been like without buses.

Mike is flying into TO today. I wonder if he'll get to land.

Have a good week!

Heidi

Ginaagain said...

The weather is awful here too. I just sent my kids out in a torrential downpour without umbrellas.

As for Katie's hairdo... yes, very last season.. and I bet it looked a lot better on you too.

Badness Jones said...

200 posts! Woo-Hoo! Yeah, the roads looked awful this morning, I was so glad I didn't have to go out. I agree with Gina....you looked cute, Katie just looks wierd. :)

Jamie said...

What a lovely opportunity to spend time with family. With the weather as it is, you could probably use a "kid's club" right now.

Don Mills Diva said...

Ya - the weather's awful isn't it? I have always been an adventure travel type but since becoming a mom I definitely see the appeal of cruising - everything taken care of - seeing new places every few days and not even having to unpack. Ya - I swore I'd been backpacking the Third World with my kids and now I'm wouldn't rule out cruising in the next few years - how things change!

Dont make me get out my flying Monkeys! said...

Your blog is in ship shape! Come aboard the ship at my blog!

Christy said...

Don't you just love winter! It has been in the -20's here for about a week. I would love to sail away on one of thoese ships right now (actaully trying to convience Hubby we need to go south, and it isn't workingtoo well)

Stay warm!

Christy said...

Don't you just love winter! It has been in the -20's here for about a week. I would love to sail away on one of thoese ships right now (actaully trying to convience Hubby we need to go south, and it isn't workingtoo well)

Stay warm!

donna said...

Ooh, that cut does not suit Katie at all. Looks like she's wearing a wig. I'm sure it was much better on you.

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

All this cruising is making me want to book a cruise. How cool for your parents' 40th. Glad you fared okay. Have a great MM. :)

familymclean said...

Ooo, that trip sounds so good right now! And the hair, I think you wore it way better and yes, last season.......like I would know, I am so out of the loop i count on savy people like you to fill my in on what is cool.

Kellan said...

Happy 200th post - great! We love cruises and have been on quite a few - are going on one in May. I loved the pictures - even the cute do. See ya.

Diesel said...

Katie is totally copying you! And Tom is copying my brother in 1982.

melissa said...

Um, this is where I mention I live in Texas and know not of what you say this winter is.

I'm not rubbing it in. Much. But you'll be laughing at me in August.

Curiosity Killer said...

Happy 200th post, baby!

I rather like Katie's hair cuts. It's never too last season...

imaginary binky said...

You are a trailblazer in the hair industry. It looks/looked much better on you.

So, did you go to the front of the ship and yell out, "I'm the king of the world!!"? Cheesy, sure, but very necessary.

BeachMama said...

I was having beachy thoughts with all the snow this past week too. What do you do when the snow just keeps on coming? Bake, break out the toboggans and just wait it out.

Congrats on the 200th post!

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