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vriecke
October 15th, 2011, 11:38 AM
Just got some pictures of both my sons in their respective bands, so I wanted to give you all something to smile about!

This first one is the Consortium Of Genius. My oldest son is Dr. Ivan Stroganoff (keyboards),far left, in the red jumpsuit. This is how they actually perform - a scripted show, original music, and very, very good musicians!

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The picture below was taken last night, at my youngest son's gig (drums), with Munkey Junk. He's the monkey at far right. This is NOT how they perform, it's just that it was for a Halloween Party. They do cover tunes, lots dancing & mayhem, and are also very good musicians. Don't want to be partial, here. The lead singer, the pirate, was Captain Jack Spareaux - he has on white shrimp boots. You can take the pirate out of the bayou, but you can't take the bayou out of the pirate! Oh, and the guy on the left really is a chef! His costume was easy...

http://api.photoshop.com/v1.0/accounts/9517cf9d9ece4d7b8ecc1e1e8de5e48a/assets/7c6df13353a344638a4fa47ea03cc4b9

NewYearsBaby
October 17th, 2011, 12:49 AM
Ginny! Great photos! Great kids! and I'm sure great music. Thanks so much for sharing.

Lena B
October 17th, 2011, 02:13 AM
Ginny - How fun! Are you enjoying your company and almost Bon Voyage!

Eva - What have you decided to be for Halloween? A Zombie hatchet girl language teacher who flunks everyone that doesn't give her a Carribbean cruise for her grand birthday????? Effs to all who don't contribute to the birthday cruise fun fund!!!!

Holstebro
October 17th, 2011, 11:48 AM
Ginny: what a good and fun looking group - no doubt they are a wonderful live band.

Lena: I'm not going to dress up at all for Halloween. Furthermore, today I spent almost 5 hours downtown trying to find an appropriate birthday outfit but nothing fits me. Maja, whom I'd brought for a piece of advice, commented that I looked like a troll in some of the dresses:(

Lena B
October 17th, 2011, 12:53 PM
Eva - they just aren't making pretty dresses this year! I guess the troll style is very in...It really is hard to find a nicely cut classic dress made out of fabric that doesn't prickle the skin...

Lena B
October 17th, 2011, 12:55 PM
Ginny - you sure have a family filled with creative talents. You and Bill must have fostered that when they were growing up! Between Bill and his artistic gifts and you and your beautiful singing voice, their DNA had fine arts entertwining from both directions!

alwalaska
October 17th, 2011, 01:23 PM
Ginny - great pics. Thanks for sharing. It sounds like you have a very talented family.

Lena B
October 17th, 2011, 02:42 PM
Ann - we've been missing you at sailaway!

NewYearsBaby
October 17th, 2011, 02:42 PM
Ann, it's so good to hear from you! It's been a while and I've been wondering how you are faring. How's the empty nest syndrome?

Eva, it was good to hear your "voice" too. It seems like a longer than usual time since we heard from you. I guess all that birthday dreaming is keeping you busy. I hope you will let us see some pictures. Tommy showed me your Facebook page a couple of days ago. There were a number of photos there that I haven't seen and I enjoyed it.

I may have told this story before on the other thread. I was on Facebook for a few days a couple of years ago. One day I signed on and there was a very pornographic post from someone I know. Now I don't believe this person would have intentionally posted anything like that -- I believe he took one of the quizzes and some kind of automatic photo popped up - or he allowed a friend to use his site - I don't know. I was having students ask me to friend them. I couldn't take a chance that a child I friended would see something like that. Nor did I want to refuse to friend my students. So I cancelled my account. I do miss participating. I know I miss out on a lot of your news and photos and other fun stuff. It was probably a one-in-a-million, unfortunate accident that this happened, but so far I'm not willing to take a chance.

Anyway, that's my Facebook story and I'm sticking to it! We are enjoying beautiful fall weather. I hope you all are too. I can't remember ever having so many lovely days in a row here in Arkansas!

alwalaska
October 17th, 2011, 02:58 PM
Hi all! Sorry to be gone for so long. I've been meaning to post, but I am just so busy these days. I'm leaving shortly for Cincinnati until Wednesday evening. I was in Minneapolis last week, I'll be in Houston next week, and Waldorf, MD (just south of DC) the week following that. With 2 kids in college, the money is helpful, but I am getting very tired.

I was able to get lucky one day when I looked at the price of our cruise and it had gone down by $40 a person, so I called my TA and they not only got me the new price, but an additional $25/cabin OBC since there was a Lattitude special running that week.

As far as the empty nest thing, I actually made it 2 weeks without crying. Not bad. My hubby remodeled the downstairs bath while I was gone last week and it looks great.

Take care all. I'm flying this coming Sunday, but I'll try and stop in at sail away the following week.

Lena B
October 19th, 2011, 07:35 PM
Oh, wow would I like to have our bathrooms remodeled! They are the only 2 rooms that we haven't finished in our 1963 house. Remember white with gold speckled formica, anyone? I'm still living with it! It's the next item on our list of things to do around here...

It sounds like you are making a great adjustment to being the mother of 2 young adults, Ann! And you'll really appreciate and enjoy them when they get to come home for the holidays.

Holstebro
October 21st, 2011, 10:17 AM
I'm sorry I haven't posted much lately, but I've been away for 3 days out of town visiting my sister, brother-in-law and my parents - just me, without Preben and the kids. It was wonderful to spend time with them but also nice to be back in Holstebro again. Now I've got only two days left to grade a huge pile of English papers:(

Dianne: the only reason why I got on facebook was to be able to stay in touch with my former students and see what they are up to. I never accept a request from present students because I do not want them to enter my private sphere. Still, I rarely post anything on facebook but among other things it helps me remember to send birthday greetings to more distant relatives and to keep track on my nephews and nieces. Now and again I also check in on Thomas' and Maja's account - not in order to be "big sister is watching you" but to check that their screen language is decent and that they do not post anything that I would object to (not that they have done so so far).

Ann: It was nice to hear from you again - especially to read that you are gradually getting used to not having the kids around. I wonder what it'll be like when my eldest leaves the nest - perhaps as early as next fall.

alwalaska
October 21st, 2011, 04:01 PM
I'm sorry I haven't posted much lately, but I've been away for 3 days out of town visiting my sister, brother-in-law and my parents - just me, without Preben and the kids. It was wonderful to spend time with them but also nice to be back in Holstebro again. Now I've got only two days left to grade a huge pile of English papers:(

Dianne: the only reason why I got on facebook was to be able to stay in touch with my former students and see what they are up to. I never accept a request from present students because I do not want them to enter my private sphere. Still, I rarely post anything on facebook but among other things it helps me remember to send birthday greetings to more distant relatives and to keep track on my nephews and nieces. Now and again I also check in on Thomas' and Maja's account - not in order to be "big sister is watching you" but to check that their screen language is decent and that they do not post anything that I would object to (not that they have done so so far).

Ann: It was nice to hear from you again - especially to read that you are gradually getting used to not having the kids around. I wonder what it'll be like when my eldest leaves the nest - perhaps as early as next fall.

Keeping track of your kids on Facebook was why I originally joined Facebook. My daughter is naive, so I partly worried about her trusting someone she shouldn't.

Having the eldest leave the nest can be rough, but it is a good thing too.

Good luck with the English papers.:D

Holstebro
October 23rd, 2011, 11:21 AM
Keeping track of your kids on Facebook was why I originally joined Facebook. My daughter is naive, so I partly worried about her trusting someone she shouldn't.

Having the eldest leave the nest can be rough, but it is a good thing too.

Good luck with the English papers.:D

The pile of English papers has come to an end - but so has my fall break:( We haven't got one single national holiday from June till Christmas so right now I'm looking at a fairly long period without the chance of some R & R. I could really use a cruise booking to help me keep my spirit high:)

NewYearsBaby
October 23rd, 2011, 08:32 PM
Eva, we'll do our best to keep your Spirits high. I've been really busy too.
Colder weather is settling in here and that is always depressing to me. But I've got my buddy Karen next door to help keep my spirits up.
We had an unbelievably good and exciting and fun weekend with the grandbabies.

Donna, you have been in our thoughts and prayers this weekend. I look forward to hearing from you again!

dr.d
October 26th, 2011, 01:58 AM
Thanks for checking in on me, Di and everyone. We are hanging in and doing okay. I actually have found peace having Mom sit on my desk while on the computer. I think she appreciates the activity in our kitchen/family room and being around us. Well, I like it so that's good enough for me!

Lena B
October 26th, 2011, 11:39 AM
Donna - it's so good to hear from you again!

Lena B
October 29th, 2011, 10:00 PM
Eva??? Are you neck deep in grading papers? I'd love to hear your voice again!

We're starting to get cooler weather - the dogwoods are red and the hickorys are brights yellow. It won't be long before we have a lovely fire in the fireplace. First I guess I need to scoop up last year's ashes...OK...so I've been letting a few things slide this year...

NewYearsBaby
October 30th, 2011, 12:28 AM
MAN! I miss everyone here.

Holstebro
October 30th, 2011, 06:16 PM
I really miss all of you, too. And yes, I've been burried in papers that I needed to grade. Plus a washing machine that needed a very thorough cleaning. I also spent some time going to a local supermarket that had my favourite red wine on sale. Ended up restraining myself and only bought nine bottles. I don't know how much you are into Italian red, but in Denmark the number one is an Italian one called "Amarone" which is absolutely yummi. Unfortunately, the retail price is usually minimum 18 dollars a bottle, so when they are on sale, it's worth the extra ride to the supermarket.

Donna, I hope you are hanging in there and I send you a big hug.

The leaves are rapidly falling off our trees, but unlike Donna's region and your east coast we still haven't seen any snow. I did not see much of Halloween, either, except for all the pumpkins and the orange flowers in the shops. Any good stories and pics you want to share from the founders of the Halloween tradition?

Lena B
October 30th, 2011, 11:56 PM
Oooh Eva, this year I discovered Bogle Phantom wine - I love all of the Bogle's that are cheap Italian reds, but this is a once a year release mixed up red and it is yummy! I bought a case (we get a case discount here), and may have to buy another...I'm hoping to save a few bottles to bring on our 2012 cruise.

We've also discovered Sammiclaus (sp?) beer. We have a case of that, but Dan read that it's even better when it ages. So - we've only split 2 bottles. I need to get into Little Rock to see if they still have another case of that. Yummy! That's a difficult drink to let sit a while for improvement (It can get better???)!

Here's a little bit of a spooky ghost story. The church that I'm leaving was built in the 1950's. When I started there, I'd be working and I'd always see someone standing in the back while a was playing music. When I'd finish a look up to say hello there was no one there. This happened quite often while I was practicing alone. I just thought it was the secretary for a while. Then one day I was working and out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw my friend Nancy standing about 4 feet away on my right (out of the corner of my eye). She was wearing a white blouse. When I finished and looked up to speak to her - no one there...Finally one day, it happened again and I just said (feeling like a fool) "I'm just trying to get my work done. I hope you enjoy the music!" I never saw the apparition again. I'm not the only one who has experienced this. (Play "Twilight Zone" music now...do-do-do-do,,,do-do-do-do...)

Holstebro
October 31st, 2011, 01:12 PM
Here's a little bit of a spooky ghost story. The church that I'm leaving was built in the 1950's. When I started there, I'd be working and I'd always see someone standing in the back while a was playing music. When I'd finish a look up to say hello there was no one there. This happened quite often while I was practicing alone. I just thought it was the secretary for a while. Then one day I was working and out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw my friend Nancy standing about 4 feet away on my right (out of the corner of my eye). She was wearing a white blouse. When I finished and looked up to speak to her - no one there...Finally one day, it happened again and I just said (feeling like a fool) "I'm just trying to get my work done. I hope you enjoy the music!" I never saw the apparition again. I'm not the only one who has experienced this. (Play "Twilight Zone" music now...do-do-do-do,,,do-do-do-do...)

Scarry:eek:

Holstebro
November 4th, 2011, 09:50 AM
This thread needs watering - where is everybody?? Are you simply too busy writing on the threads of 2012 and 2013?:(

Anyway, as Thomas will turn 18 next week we have invited Preben's mother and sister + her family to spend a weekend of celebration. This means cooking for 10 people for Saturday and Sunday so you won't find me hanging around here, waiting for your posts;)

Have an enjoyable weekend everybody:)

NewYearsBaby
November 4th, 2011, 01:52 PM
Okay, you won't see it for a while, but here I am, tending to the thread, Eva.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY THOMAS!!

And yes, that was a shout, but I wanted to make sure Thomas heard me.

Lena B
November 5th, 2011, 10:09 PM
Happy Birthday Thomas! I thought that I felt the beginnings of a gigantic testosterone tidal wave surging across the Atlantic - and it was just Thomas entering manhood! Welcome to the wonderful world of being 18! I can hardly wait to see what you make of your life. I know that you're going to accomplish wonderful things.:D

Holstebro
November 6th, 2011, 01:10 PM
Thank you for the LOUD birthday wishes for Thomas. Actually, he will not be 18 till November 10, but we started celebrating a bit early. And man, am I tired after having cooked for 10 for the entire weekend:p Now, I could really do with a long week-end, but the next one is still 5 days away.

Lena B
November 7th, 2011, 11:13 PM
Annnnd - I didn't know that Thomas was a movie star! It's an easily believable fact about Thomas or Maja. You have bred and raised outstanding children, Eva!

I hope that you enjoy your upcoming long weekend. I started the new job this week and Dan shipped a lot of his big, big, no days off job today - so we are very much looking forward to a little weekend around here, too! I did talk him into coming home a little early today - but I don't know if I'll talk him into another day off before Thanksgiving...I'm gonna be pushing for a day off for Dan-O tomorrow...

Holstebro
November 8th, 2011, 02:29 PM
Lena: No doubt you look forward to your long weekend because starting on a new job must be challenging. Good for you that Dan has got the big workload off his hands, so you might be able to relax together with one of your delicious dinners and a good bottle of wine. By the way: I did not know that you had seen Thomas' two-second appearance in the movie! His part is obviously only a small one but since he never signed up for the task to turn acting into a career, it is OK, and I look forward to seeing the final movie on the "big screen".

Unfortunately, we do not celebrate Thanksgiving, so next weekend is "only" two days off for me. Our ovens are much too small for American-sized turkeys anyway;)

Lena B
November 8th, 2011, 06:16 PM
Dan is starting up on the office/waiting room section of the job now. I was unsuccessful in getting him to an entire day off. Work is good, though, right?

We still have a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving and we're gonna stay home and relax for the holiday. Mom and Dad will come over for supper that evening. Dianne, you and Tommy are welcome to come by after Grandma's if you'd like more turkey.

I'll put the turkey in the smoker - that will free up our big American oven for dressing and pie. And smoked turkey may be even better than smoked pork butt!

A little birdie forwarded the movie clip to me...Thomas's fame is reaching around the globe!

Holstebro
November 9th, 2011, 12:04 PM
We still have a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving

Yes, of course, how stupid of me:rolleyes:

alwalaska
November 9th, 2011, 12:25 PM
Dan is starting up on the office/waiting room section of the job now. I was unsuccessful in getting him to an entire day off. Work is good, though, right?

We still have a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving and we're gonna stay home and relax for the holiday. Mom and Dad will come over for supper that evening. Dianne, you and Tommy are welcome to come by after Grandma's if you'd like more turkey.

I'll put the turkey in the smoker - that will free up our big American oven for dressing and pie. And smoked turkey may be even better than smoked pork butt!

A little birdie forwarded the movie clip to me...Thomas's fame is reaching around the globe!

I would love to see it if any birdie's are still forwarding things. This is the only way I will get to meet all of you for a while.:cool:

vriecke
November 9th, 2011, 01:46 PM
I would love to see it if any birdie's are still forwarding things. This is the only way I will get to meet all of you for a while.:cool:
Me, too!

NewYearsBaby
November 13th, 2011, 04:11 PM
It is simply unbelievable the lovely fall weather we've had. Today it is sunny and was in the 70's by 10 a.m.
I'm pretty sure last year it had been frigid for a couple of weeks by mid-November. So, Ginny, I suppose today's Spirit cruisers are having a lovely sailaway. I'll be there. Anybody else?

alwalaska
November 13th, 2011, 06:12 PM
It is simply unbelievable the lovely fall weather we've had. Today it is sunny and was in the 70's by 10 a.m.
I'm pretty sure last year it had been frigid for a couple of weeks by mid-November. So, Ginny, I suppose today's Spirit cruisers are having a lovely sailaway. I'll be there. Anybody else?

I'm so sorry. I got there early, and then I changed screens to put some pictures together while waiting for others to arrive. I have a coupon for a free photo book that is about to expire, but I am having a hard time deciding what pictures to include. I over-think everything. Sorry I missed you. I came back at the exact time you all were signing off.

3dogsrule
November 14th, 2011, 08:24 AM
I did that coupon thing too Ann, took me over two hours to do one book, then I used Ken's coupon and spent another couple of hours making another one! Everyone on the board says there's came out great, I'm looking forward to seeing them!

alwalaska
November 14th, 2011, 06:01 PM
I did that coupon thing too Ann, took me over two hours to do one book, then I used Ken's coupon and spent another couple of hours making another one! Everyone on the board says there's came out great, I'm looking forward to seeing them!

Wow, you are fast. I worked quite a bit over the weekend and I am still working on it. I have to get it done soon, I have work tomorrow.

3dogsrule
November 15th, 2011, 02:44 PM
Well, I already had all my favorite pix stuck aside in a folder, so there weren't any decisions to be made on picking photos! Got an email that my books are already on their way, I'm anxious to see 'em!

Holstebro
November 16th, 2011, 04:07 PM
Ann, Karen - what are the "coupon books" you have been working on?

3dogsrule
November 16th, 2011, 04:44 PM
Eva, NCL had sent out Shutterfly coupons to a lot of people (still not sure why some people got them and some didn't) to get a free 20 page 8"x8" photo book. I logged into Shutterfly, uploaded my favorite cruise pictures, arranged them how I wanted, changed the color of the pages and added cute clipart, and they're printing and shipping it to me for the cost of postage (about $8). Others who have done it said the books are really nice. I "stole" the coupon Ken got and did a second book, so I've got two coming, can't wait to see them!

Holstebro
November 17th, 2011, 12:33 PM
Eva, NCL had sent out Shutterfly coupons to a lot of people (still not sure why some people got them and some didn't) to get a free 20 page 8"x8" photo book. I logged into Shutterfly, uploaded my favorite cruise pictures, arranged them how I wanted, changed the color of the pages and added cute clipart, and they're printing and shipping it to me for the cost of postage (about $8). Others who have done it said the books are really nice. I "stole" the coupon Ken got and did a second book, so I've got two coming, can't wait to see them!

Sounds really great:D I've never heard of Shutterfly, though, and NCL never bothered to send us anything before or after any of our cruises. However, I made a thick photo book of our Valentine's cruise and one of our summer vacation camping and cruise and we all love bringing back the fun memories by looking at the pages. Since we started using digital cameras we have a tendency to look less at the photos we take since they just get saved electronically and are not printed. However, with the photo books our holiday photos are back in focus.

Lena B
November 18th, 2011, 11:31 PM
Ok - let's all sing it together! Follow that bouncing ball:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEEEEEEEEAAAAAARRRR EEEEEEEEEVVVVVAAAA!!!!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

Cheers and hugs!

3dogsrule
November 19th, 2011, 08:01 AM
Happy birthday Eva!! Big plans for the day?? Hope you are treated like royalty!!

Holstebro
November 29th, 2011, 05:15 PM
Wonder whether we can be shut down here due to inactivity? Better keep it going, just in case ......

alwalaska
November 29th, 2011, 05:22 PM
Too much activity is probably worse than not enough. I think in the NCL area, there are only 2 pages that show up and can be searched, but you can still get to it from user CP if you are following the thread. I had that happen one time.

NewYearsBaby
December 1st, 2011, 10:42 PM
I say don't take a chance; keep it going!
Only reason I haven't been particularly talkative here is that piano recital is Saturday and I have been consumed with preparations.
Wish me luck, mojo and all that jazz.

Holstebro
December 2nd, 2011, 06:56 AM
I say don't take a chance; keep it going!
Only reason I haven't been particularly talkative here is that piano recital is Saturday and I have been consumed with preparations.
Wish me luck, mojo and all that jazz.

Lots of mojo coming your way, Di. I know your students will be playing beautifully and the reception afterwards will be delicious, so in the end you will be one proud and satisfied - but exhausted - piano teacher;) Best of luck with it all:)!

NewYearsBaby
December 7th, 2011, 08:23 AM
The halls are decked! The tree is up and trimmed! It's time to giftwrap.

3dogsrule
December 11th, 2011, 08:23 PM
Ugh, I started gift-wrapping today, got the gifts-to-ship wrapped. Now I've got to hunt down boxes and pick a day to go torture myself waiting in line to ship 'em off.

I can't believe it's so close! Seems like I just finished my Thanksgiving meal.

alwalaska
December 11th, 2011, 08:50 PM
Ugh, I started gift-wrapping today, got the gifts-to-ship wrapped. Now I've got to hunt down boxes and pick a day to go torture myself waiting in line to ship 'em off.

I can't believe it's so close! Seems like I just finished my Thanksgiving meal.

I love the flat rate boxes. You can order them online for free and keep them handy at the house. Then, once they are packed up, you can print up a mailing label online and schedule for the post man/woman to pick it up at your house. It is sooo much easier.

Also, I hate to be a downer, but did you know that they recommend not wrapping presents before you ship them? Maybe it is just overseas, that is where we send a lot of packages.

3dogsrule
December 11th, 2011, 09:21 PM
Only thing I heard about not wrapping was if you were carrying presents through security checks on airlines. I sent some wrapped presents to Ken and Customs didn't mess with 'em. But these are going within the US. Unfortunately everything is too large to fit in even the biggest flat rate USPS box. And wow, I just checked the rates online, FedEx is like half the price of USPS (for Priority anyway, about the same as Parcel), so I think that's the way I'll be going this year. FedEx lines are usually way shorter too!

Thanks for the tips though Ann. Happy wrapping, everyone!

alwalaska
December 11th, 2011, 09:30 PM
Only thing I heard about not wrapping was if you were carrying presents through security checks on airlines. I sent some wrapped presents to Ken and Customs didn't mess with 'em. But these are going within the US. Unfortunately everything is too large to fit in even the biggest flat rate USPS box. And wow, I just checked the rates online, FedEx is like half the price of USPS (for Priority anyway, about the same as Parcel), so I think that's the way I'll be going this year. FedEx lines are usually way shorter too!

Thanks for the tips though Ann. Happy wrapping, everyone!
Glad to hear you have it all figured out. I've been doing some wrapping too and noticed there are many more boxes for Melissa than for Scott. I guess I need to remedy that.

3dogsrule
December 12th, 2011, 07:21 AM
Heeheehee that's what got me in this trouble in the first place Ann (having too much to fit in a flat-rate box), bought more for one than another and had to make up the difference!

Lena B
December 22nd, 2011, 01:17 AM
Merry Christmas, Fabulous Februaries! We're having the perfect holiday time with a surprise visit from an old and dear friend. I love this time of year...

NewYearsBaby
January 1st, 2012, 01:54 PM
Who's joining me later for my birthday party in the Chatzy room?;)

alwalaska
January 1st, 2012, 02:50 PM
As long as we aren't playing games, I'll be there. I only have my boy for one more day, so we were going to play some Yatzee or something before he goes.

NewYearsBaby
January 1st, 2012, 07:53 PM
Sorry I bailed on the sailaway party today. Karen and I were having a pre-sailaway party on the deck that turned into about 3 hours!
Only 5 more sailaways before ours!

alwalaska
January 6th, 2012, 10:50 PM
Where are all of you? No one has been on this or the 2011 thread all day. My little girl leaves tomorrow and then I am back to the traveling rat race, so I probably won't be able to make sail away unless I get to my hotel earlier than I'm thinking.

Wave by to the Spirit for me.

NewYearsBaby
January 7th, 2012, 12:22 AM
Hi, Ann. I'm here now. It's been a busy and productive day. I in fact have been pretty busy all week. But now that the halls have been undecorated, and the Arkansas Razorbacks have won the Cotton Bowl, and the kids are all bathed and "at sleep" as Eden says, I can relax.
Also my cruise preparations have begun in earnest. I got the NCL points redeemed for onboard credit.

alwalaska
January 8th, 2012, 12:21 AM
Hi, Ann. I'm here now. It's been a busy and productive day. I in fact have been pretty busy all week. But now that the halls have been undecorated, and the Arkansas Razorbacks have won the Cotton Bowl, and the kids are all bathed and "at sleep" as Eden says, I can relax.
Also my cruise preparations have begun in earnest. I got the NCL points redeemed for onboard credit.
Hopefully my honey will undecorate while I am gone this week. Even better than that would be if he put up all the new bath stuff I got for Christmas. :D

I don't know if I'll make sail away since my hotel is an hour or so from the airport and I don't land until 3:30 supposedly. I'm flying US Scare, so who knows. My baby is almost "home" in Cedar City. She got stuck on runway in Salt Lake for a while on her way back.

I've decided that whichever child leaves 2nd is the hardest. I was fine when my son went back on Tuesday, but I've been really moody and weepy today. Does it ever get easier?

I didn't think you still had kids at an age to bathe and put "at sleep" any more. Do you have company or am I confusing you with someone?

Your sleeps until your cruise are getting low. Have fun preparing.:)

NewYearsBaby
January 8th, 2012, 02:14 AM
Hi, again, Ann. My original 3 babies are all in their 30's. Two are *almost* 40! It gets easier as long as everything is going well with them. But let there be a health scare or a fender-bender, and the mom instinct goes into overdrive. I hope Scott and Melissa are both safely back at college after the holidays and you can relax.
We have our 3 youngest grandchildren almost every Friday night and Saturday while their parents work. Those are the ones who were bathed and fed and at sleep in the earlier post. Also they are the ones we took to DisneyWorld the 17th - 24th of December. We had such big fun!
Safe travels to you!

NewYearsBaby
August 30th, 2012, 12:35 PM
Well, Alas, they closed us down on the 2011 thread. At least they let us reach our goal of 5,000 posts!! And they were very nice about it.
So here we all are. Karen, Thanks so much for setting this up for us. You knew we would need it!

alwalaska
August 30th, 2012, 01:30 PM
Well, Alas, they closed us down on the 2011 thread. At least they let us reach our goal of 5,000 posts!! And they were very nice about it.
So here we all are. Karen, Thanks so much for setting this up for us. You knew we would need it!

5,000 seems to be a magic shutdown number. So sad :confused:, but at least we had this setup and ready thanks to Karen. :D

Holstebro
August 30th, 2012, 02:49 PM
How sad to see our old roll call thread being shut down:(. However, they did warn us many months ago - following which our ever-resourceful Karen:D set up this thread. So here's to our continuous friendship on this thread and may it bring us to another magic 5,000 posts.

Ginny: we're anxious to hear news from you.

The Arkansas contingent: did Isaac pay you a visit, too?

Lena B
August 30th, 2012, 03:41 PM
Hey, Eva! We're all finding our way over...Yay, Karen for setting this up ahead of time!

Isaac is knocking on the door, but so far we're not letting him in. It's a very very slow moving storm.

So far, I'm still teaching this afternoon, but I've called everyone to say if the weather gets nasty STAY HOME! I hope that they listen...I really don't want my students and their families stranded at my house...They might just find out that ;)perfect;) Ms. Lena is kind of naughty:eek::p...

dr.d
August 31st, 2012, 12:18 AM
Karen, thank you for setting this up. I wonder why we migrated from it but now we're back. Hooray!!

Ann, please do cruise with us!

Lena, if I'm really good, may I be stranded at your house????

Di, how about your house????

Hell, we all know we're welcome to all our homes. We be sistas!!!

Eva, are there hurricanes or tornadoes in your region?

Ginny, Bill and all in storms way, I'm praying for you!

Lena B
August 31st, 2012, 01:49 AM
Donna, if you're really a little bit naughty, you're welcome at my house!

Ann - if you're really very nice, but are amused by friends who are a little bit naughty, come on friend!

Spirits, you are all very welcome here, but I try to convince my students that I'm Saint old lady nice Lena...they might just be shocked...:eek:

3dogsrule
August 31st, 2012, 08:36 AM
Well darn it, we knew it was a matter of time before they shut us down. And yeah, it was nice of 'em to let us reach 5k. But...:(...I'll miss the ole thread!

It was a rainy day/night but it was for the most part a slow soaker, so not really much flooding and only a few trees down here and there. We fared much better than our southerly neighbors. Although, we do still have a chance for severe storms/tornadoes later in the day, the chances aren't too big. Ginny, we'd love to hear how you're doing!

Happy Friday everyone!!

Holstebro
August 31st, 2012, 02:15 PM
Lena, we all knew right away that you're a candidate for winning the naughty contest and I do hope that by now your students have figured out as well. If not, they may now be playing with a full deck:)

Karen, thank you for the weather update from your region. Hopefully, it does not get worse.

Luckily, we rarely have hurricanes in Denmark and never any tornadoes. No real earthquakes either, no poisonous animals except a rare viper and only the occasional flooding. But we do have blizzards, rather cold winters:eek: and have just had a miserably cold, grey and wet summer.

Happy weekend everybody. I'll be going out of town on a romantic getaway, sightseeing and staying at a hotel in the southern part of Denmark:D.

NewYearsBaby
September 1st, 2012, 07:20 AM
Di, how about your house????


Well, of course, we be sistas, and we would have a fabulous time under any circumstances, but at my house, for now, you would have to sleep in the floor! After saying for two days that Isaac was pretty much a non-event here at the lake, last night was different. :oOne of the last rains that blew through brought with it a severe thunderstorm and we took a lightning hit to the guest bedroom. We have some pretty significant damage, a very stinky and torn up guest room, no power to a section of the house, perhaps a tree will have to come down and a section of ceiling and roof replaced. But we were so lucky and blessed. Two of the children were here. They are unharmed and in fact they slept through it all, so they are also untraumatized. One of the firemen said he had never seen such significant charring without smoke and flames.
The storms settled down but, unfortunately, I didn't. I am exhausted and I feel a nap coming on after the kids leave!!

3dogsrule
September 1st, 2012, 09:11 AM
When that lightening hit Di, it sure scared the *&%# out of me and the dogs! Sara, who in her old age is mostly deaf, came unglued and practically crawled up my rear end. I knew it was close but I didn't know it hit my mocha-choc bud!! I can't believe our power stayed on through that mess. I was glad to see the fire department check everything out last night and so thankful it wasn't worse, but I bet that might have given you a coupla new gray hairs Dianne! And glad the kids slept through the commotion. I want to see it later, we'll have to drink a mocha-choc toast to how much worse it could have been!!

Karen

alwalaska
September 1st, 2012, 09:32 AM
Di, I am so sorry to hear you had to go through such a scary experience, but I am glad everyone is OK and that the kids slept through the sirens and all. I read your post just before heading off to bed, so I sent mojo but didn't take the time to post.

It is amazing how resilient kids are. You definitely deserve one or more naps.

Holstebro
September 2nd, 2012, 02:44 PM
Di, what an ordeal. I'm relieved to hear that everybody is OK, but the damage to your house sounds awful. It's amazing that the kids slept through the whole thing but a good thing they did. Poor you and Tommy, it must have thrown quite a scare in you, and now you will have a lot of work getting the room cleaned up and rebuilt. Mojo and comforting hugs coming your way.

NewYearsBaby
September 2nd, 2012, 05:09 PM
Thanks for the mojo, Ann and Eva. Yes, it was awful but it could have been SO much worse. I still don't understand what caused it to burn itself out rather than go up in flames, but for whatever divine protection intervened (God? guardian angel?) I am so grateful.

NewYearsBaby
September 2nd, 2012, 05:11 PM
By the way, did I mention that Karen watched the roof for flames until the firemen arrived? Thanks Karen!

alwalaska
September 2nd, 2012, 05:29 PM
Di, It's great to have good friends! You were definitely being watched over.

I can't wait any more. Donna hasn't been on for a couple of days - Donna - where are you? Have you looked at your 2014 thread lately?????? :p

3dogsrule
September 2nd, 2012, 10:13 PM
With Di's permission, here are a couple of pictures of her scorching. Amazing that there was no fire!!

http://i887.photobucket.com/albums/ac71/kareninar/C9A9D901-3184-4AE9-9C15-0D319BD5B3EB-8978-0000046A8135F3BC-1.jpg

http://i887.photobucket.com/albums/ac71/kareninar/1BF997F8-C5D3-4F1F-A80B-13DBC783BB42-8978-0000046958650B4D-1.jpg

Wow!!!

Karen

3dogsrule
September 2nd, 2012, 10:17 PM
By the way, did I mention that Karen watched the roof for flames until the firemen arrived? Thanks Karen!

LOL I was only watching for cute firemen Dianne, I just wanted to think I was being magnanimous! :D:D:D (or, I was secretly worried about the mocha-choc stash heeheehee) If I would have seen flames, y'all would have heard me burst into the house and scream "GET OUT" as I barrelled to the kitchen grabbing bottles of the precious nectar... :p

Karen

Lena B
September 3rd, 2012, 02:00 PM
Karen, maybe for safety's sake, she needs to start storing half of her stash at your house????

After a 10 1/2 hour (:eek::eek::eek:) nap last night, I'm feeling human today! Yay! I could almost do the Flashlight Happy Dance of Joy!

Holstebro
September 3rd, 2012, 03:36 PM
Di, I'm sure somebody (in addition to Karen) watched over you and your house the other night. After all, it must be good to know that you have friends in high places:)

Before I got the kids, I used to consider what I would grab first if the house was on fire. I always ended up with my photo albums that stored so many years of memories. Today, in the digital millenium, I'm no longer so sure, but I would definitely save Maja's bunny first before possibly trying to grab some of our most valuable souvenirs from our many trips abroad. I hope you did not lose any items of sentimental value, Di.

dr.d
September 3rd, 2012, 09:34 PM
Dianne, it is truly amazing that the house didn't go up in flames. You do have a guardian angel! Living in gratitude with mocha-choc certainly helps during the long repair phase.

I like Lena's suggestion. Karen should house 50% of the divine elixir for safe keeping.

Hey Ann, is Scott back at BYU this semester?

Eva, I'll be anxious to hear about the weekend get-a-way. Hope you had fun.

Our little Phoebe came down with some tummy trouble on Sat. and went to the MD yesterday. She's feeling better today after antibiotic and sleep. I got to take over so Mom and Dad could sleep today too.

Ginny, I hope you and all in Issac's path are getting back to normal.

Happy Labor Day to everyone!

alwalaska
September 4th, 2012, 11:20 AM
Hey Ann, is Scott back at BYU this semester?


Yes, Scott is back at BYU for another year. Having an October birthday, he still isn't 19. He started looking at how much extra time we would lose if he stayed home now to go on his mission, so he is waiting until May to go on his mission. That way, he will get in 2 full years of school. Many of his science classes are 2 semesters B2B and taking 2 years in between them would have been really hard.

Melissa is home with us this semester. Last year was really hard on her, so we are trying to get her in a good place before sending her back to SUU.

I have big news - but you don't seem to have caught on yet - soooo - here's a hint - when are you booking the 2014 Sun cruise????

Holstebro
September 4th, 2012, 03:36 PM
Our little Phoebe came down with some tummy trouble on Sat. and went to the MD yesterday. She's feeling better today after antibiotic and sleep. I got to take over so Mom and Dad could sleep today too.


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Donna, I hope your little Phoebe is on her way to a quick recovery. It's always dreadful when the littl'uns are taken ill and you feel powerless. However, at least you could take over so the tired parents could get some rest. Grandmothers are a true blessing, and you and Di seem to be in a league of your own:)

Our weekend was really lovely. We visited a fairytale part of Denmark called Funen with old half-timbered (?) houses, windmills, white stone churches and a lot of hills and open space. We went for two long walks and finished off one of them at the beach, sharing two bottles of sparkling white (in our party of four) before enjoying a delicious three-course dinner at our hotel. Funen is actually the birth place of Hans Christian Andersen, the Danish writer of fairytales, and if you have ever read some of his fairytales you might have come across descriptions of the beautiful scenery of that particular part of Denmark.

dr.d
September 5th, 2012, 02:13 AM
Yes, Scott is back at BYU for another year. Having an October birthday, he still isn't 19. He started looking at how much extra time we would lose if he stayed home now to go on his mission, so he is waiting until May to go on his mission. That way, he will get in 2 full years of school. Many of his science classes are 2 semesters B2B and taking 2 years in between them would have been really hard.

Melissa is home with us this semester. Last year was really hard on her, so we are trying to get her in a good place before sending her back to SUU.

I have big news - but you don't seem to have caught on yet - soooo - here's a hint - when are you booking the 2014 Sun cruise????

nn, You are going to get a HUGE Happy Dance of Joy if I'm reading you correctly! Have you booked the 2014 Sun Cruise???? Hope so! I'm still hoping we'll be able to join everyone. Talk about sheer bliss!

Frankly, I think Scott has made a good decision to complete his first 2 years in college before going on his mission. I've heard that many classes like science, math and language are best taken in sequence to maximize retention, learning and achievement. I sound like a know it all, don't I??? I don't mean to.

I do mean to be a "know it all" when I say that I admire Melissa to know herself well to know when it's time to slow down, take care of her mind, body and spirit, and regain/build her strength and balance. How nice Melissa is learning the importance of this as a young woman and is actually practicing good self care!!!

Good work, Ann. You've taught Melissa well. She'll be a role model for other girls & young woman.

alwalaska
September 5th, 2012, 08:21 AM
Yes Donna, it is official. We have an interior on deck 9. Now all we need is for you, Eva, and someone I don't know yet to join in on the fun.

Scott talked with several science type people who totally agreed with you. Ron didn't have an opinion since he didn't start school until after his mission, so it was all straight through with no break.

I am very thankful that Melissa recognizes that something is not right and wants to fix it. She was sad when we picked her stuff up in Cedar, but she know this is what is best for her. Thank you for the kind words, but I don't think we had any part in her inner strength. That is just who she is.

Holstebro
September 5th, 2012, 03:32 PM
Ann, congratulations on booking the 2014 cruise on the Sun:D I wish I could join in the fun, finally getting to meet you and some of the other fabulous cruisers, but I'm not sure we're going to make it. Right now we are considering a non-cruise vacation for February 2013 which might leave very little money for other types of vacation in the following 12-18 months.

By the way, Ann, would you mind explaining to me - the ignorant foreigner - what kind of "mission" Scott will be going on?

Life at university might be tough for young students. I've seen many of my former students drop their studies and return home for various reasons. Hopefully Melissa will continue to feel that she has made the right decision and will be much happier when she starts up again.

Sometimes I wish that my 18-year-old Thomas had not taken a gap year before starting at university, but then again he will be able to save up some money and become more mature before August. He may even have learned how to do the laundry by then;)

Di: How is your guestroom doing? I suppose you have had a visit by your insurance company to estimate the extent of the damage?

Count-down to my extended weekend with only 3 classes to teach tomorrow and no classes on Friday:D

alwalaska
September 5th, 2012, 04:01 PM
Eva, it would be great if you could swing the 2014 cruise, but I know that it is a long way for you. We can't swing Europe right now, but we really may try in the next 3 years while we have family in Eastern Europe.

The mission is not something that has to be explained because you are foreign, but because you live outside of Utah. :D We belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, better known as Mormons. I don't know what the church is called in Denmark, but I know it is there. In fact, one of Scott's roommates from college last year is headed to Denmark.

Most of the young men in the church serve a 2 year mission telling people about the church when they turn 19. They are self supporting and do not get to choose where to go. Girls can go when they are 21, but it is a lot less common. I went to France and Belgium on my mission a VERY long time ago.

OK - so probably more than you want to know.:rolleyes:

If Thomas hasn't learned to do laundry by the time he goes, he will learn soon there after, or your house will be full of stinky clothes every time he comes home to visit. It really is hard to know what is best for our kids, but it sounds like Thomas is a wonderful young man, and having extra money for school is always a good thing.

Lena B
September 5th, 2012, 08:34 PM
After turning everything I owned BROWN the first time I did laundry in college (It was the seventies - and brand new thick gorgeous brown towels were so COOL!) - I learned that I was better off paying a room mate to do my wash...My favorite white eyelet sundress (I was wearing it the first time I ever made Luddie) was not such a pretty tan sundress...

Holstebro
September 6th, 2012, 03:56 PM
Ann, thank you for clarifying things for me. We do, indeed, have Mormons in Denmark and even though I do not know any of them personally, they always seem so positive, polite and well-dressed when they walk around knocking on people's doors and telling them about the church. I suppose that was what you did, too, when you were on your mission in Belgium and France. So you speak French, I suppose?

During one of the summer vacations of my youth, I travelled for 6 weeks in the USA, mostly all by myself, and I still vividly remember my visit to Salt Lake City.

As for Thomas, he is a young man of many talents but household chores are not in his field of expertise;) However, I usually see our family as a unit of complementary skills where each person is allowed to fully exploit his personal potential, and with that in mind I suppose I should just continue to do the laundry and the cooking and leave it to Thomas and Preben to fix our computers, do the repairwork around the house and the maintenance on the cars.....

Have a nice weekend everybody:D

alwalaska
September 6th, 2012, 05:41 PM
I "Used" to be fluent in French. My accent offends me now, so I can't image how a true francophone will feel. I did speak to some people at the Grand Canyon last year from near Paris. The grandparents (who I spoke to first) didn't speak much English so I tried out my French and we actually communicated. When their son came over, after a little while we switched to English. He said my French was quite good, but I think he was just being nice. ;)

With 4 stops in Quebec on our cruise next year, maybe I will get to practice a little. :D

vriecke
September 6th, 2012, 05:47 PM
I "Used" to be fluent in French. My accent offends me now, so I can't image how a true francophone will feel. I did speak to some people at the Grand Canyon last year from near Paris. The grandparents (who I spoke to first) didn't speak much English so I tried out my French and we actually communicated. When their son came over, after a little while we switched to English. He said my French was quite good, but I think he was just being nice. ;)

With 4 stops in Quebec on our cruise next year, maybe I will get to practice a little. :D
Ann, you WILL be able to practice your French in Quebec. When we were there in May, we did not realize the extent that they went to to avoid English. Good thing I remembered some Cajun French that my grandparents spoke at home when I was growing up. It may have been 400 year old French, but we got by!

alwalaska
September 6th, 2012, 06:08 PM
Ann, you WILL be able to practice your French in Quebec. When we were there in May, we did not realize the extent that they went to to avoid English. Good thing I remembered some Cajun French that my grandparents spoke at home when I was growing up. It may have been 400 year old French, but we got by!

Please - no one take offense - just a little light humor! :D

I'm surprised that with your Cajun French accent and vocabulary and their Quebec French accent and vocabulary that you could even communicate. :D

I had a similar problem in college when a British ballroom dance team came to compete I was trying to help them check into the hotel and get everything organized the night before the competition. You would have never realized we were both speaking the same language.

vriecke
September 6th, 2012, 07:12 PM
Ann, we didn't really communicate - we were just able to read signs. Did a lot of pointing, though!

dr.d
September 6th, 2012, 10:06 PM
Eva, I love your description of family functioning. We all bring different talents and skills to build the strongest families. Doing one's laundry takes a little knowledge and the skill will come. Thomas has so many exceptional qualities I imagine he could develop a washing machine that would collect the clothes, wash, dry, fold and put them away where they belong.

I'm one of those crazy "get the stains out" women. I really enjoy doing laundry. It's one of the few things that I feel like I've actually completed a task. And, I'm really skilled at it!

Hey, Lena & Thomas --- send me your laundry. Scott lives very close so you know I'm ready to make sure he never has ring around the collar!

Holstebro
September 7th, 2012, 05:47 AM
Hey, Lena & Thomas --- send me your laundry. Scott lives very close so you know I'm ready to make sure he never has ring around the collar!

Donna, be careful, or Thomas might take you up on the offer;). On his mother's list of least preferred household chores, doing the laundry comes very close to scrubbing the shower with anti-fungus detergent and washing the floors:(.

Ann, no doubt your BtB cruise in Canada will be wonderful AND give you the opportunity to practice your French. I'm really embarrassed that in the past 10 years I haven't spent any time at all in a French-speaking country in spite of the fact that I teach French and consequently ought to brush up my skills at frequent intervals. However, as I teach 3 times as many English classes as French ones, during my vacations I prefer to extend my English vocabulary instead:D

Lena B
September 7th, 2012, 10:06 AM
Donna - a big Fed Ex truck will be stopping by your house this week with about 14 boxes of stain scrubbing fun!:D:p;)

NewYearsBaby
September 7th, 2012, 01:39 PM
Donna, I can send my clothes too. Some of 'em are pretty sooty and stinky after cleaning up around here this week so you should find the challenge delightful. Hurray! Now I don't have to worry about laundry and I can get back to picking up charred ceiling tiles!

alwalaska
September 7th, 2012, 02:19 PM
Eva, you can come on my cruise with my and practice both English and French in one trip. :D Unfortunately, you would probably have to take 3 weeks off of classes for the trip.

Donna, if I was closer, I would so take you up on it. I still haven't caught up on laundry after our road trip and I start traveling heavy duty for work again Sunday. How do you get greasy stains out of tops. I slop when I eat and there are some tops I just can't get the grease stains out of, especially if someone else does the laundry and it goes through the first time without Spray and Wash. I won't pass your offer on to Scott because he would take you up on it. :D I don't think he has ruined anything yet (he has learned the fine art of cold water), but his socks will never be clean again. :eek:

Lena B
September 9th, 2012, 02:13 PM
Gosh - old habits are dying hard with me - I just keep clicking on the Spirit roll call - only to realize that it's gone...I love that ship!

dr.d
September 10th, 2012, 02:04 AM
I had such a fun weekend playing with Sawyer and the very, very baby Phoebe. We also had a wonderful dinner at Suzi & Doug's with other sibs and their grandchildren.

Bring on the laundry. Dawn is one of the best grease removers and I also like Spray and Wash. I carry a Tide stick in my purse to catch my messes quickly. I'm big on making a paste, rubbing onto a stain and letting the item soak.

I am a tried and true Clorox person. I love whites to be white!

Ok, I am neurotic!

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Lena B
September 10th, 2012, 11:37 PM
Dianne - where are the details of the princess party? Are there any pics of Tommy in a tiara????

NewYearsBaby
September 11th, 2012, 12:30 PM
Let's see ... I'm not very good at this ... I always think when I successfully post something, it was a lucky accident.
I am trying to post the photo of Princess Hope Ann and Princess Eden Rose that Karen took and sent to me.

NewYearsBaby
September 11th, 2012, 12:33 PM
I think Laura took more photos. I'll see if we can get one of Rootbeer in his Knight costume. Hope was wearing a Cinderella dress and Eden was wearing a Snow White dress. I need to get Rootbeer a couple of costumes while they're available for Halloween. The girls have princess and fairy costumes and a bride's dress and veil. The little guy loves to play too, but he has just the knight costume. And strangely enough at age 3, he isn't interested in wearing any of the girls' outfits.

vriecke
September 11th, 2012, 02:11 PM
Let's see ... I'm not very good at this ... I always think when I successfully post something, it was a lucky accident.
I am trying to post the photo of Princess Hope Ann and Princess Eden Rose that Karen took and sent to me.
Precious!

Lena B
September 11th, 2012, 02:54 PM
You've got a couple of beautiful princesses! And every princess needs a good knight in shining armor!

dr.d
September 11th, 2012, 10:23 PM
What fun!!! Eden and Hope are very beautiful princesses. I'd love to see Sir Knight Rootbeer too.

What wonderful grandparents you are, Di & Tommy.

Holstebro
September 12th, 2012, 04:05 PM
Beautiful princesses having a ball;) And cupcakes with matching frosting - you really spoil them, Di:D

NewYearsBaby
September 13th, 2012, 08:41 AM
Beautiful princesses having a ball;) And cupcakes with matching frosting - you really spoil them, Di:D
Thanks everybody. I think there's a better picture of the cupcakes - I'll have to find and post it. Aunt La made them. There were four cupcakes that were actual princesses; doll bodies with icing bodices and the "skirts" of their dresses were the iced cupcakes. The princesses were blond-haired Cinderella, raven-haired Snow White, red-haired Ariel and brown-haired Belle. The other cupcakes were decorated with pink sugar and pastel sprinkles and topped with pink cardboard tiaras.
I think La can give me a good photo of Sir Rootbeer too.

dr.d
September 14th, 2012, 12:25 AM
Thanks everybody. I think there's a better picture of the cupcakes - I'll have to find and post it. Aunt La made them. There were four cupcakes that were actual princesses; doll bodies with icing bodices and the "skirts" of their dresses were the iced cupcakes. The princesses were blond-haired Cinderella, raven-haired Snow White, red-haired Ariel and brown-haired Belle. The other cupcakes were decorated with pink sugar and pastel sprinkles and topped with pink cardboard tiaras.
I think La can give me a good photo of Sir Rootbeer too.

It seems we all get so busy in life that we forget the sheer joy and pleasure in taking the time to honor those we love and make their day so very special. The cupcakes and costumes --- what memories were made that day!

Holstebro
September 14th, 2012, 04:12 AM
Thanks everybody. I think there's a better picture of the cupcakes - I'll have to find and post it. Aunt La made them. There were four cupcakes that were actual princesses; doll bodies with icing bodices and the "skirts" of their dresses were the iced cupcakes. The princesses were blond-haired Cinderella, raven-haired Snow White, red-haired Ariel and brown-haired Belle. The other cupcakes were decorated with pink sugar and pastel sprinkles and topped with pink cardboard tiaras.
I think La can give me a good photo of Sir Rootbeer too.

Waugh - and yummie:p I suppose the cakes were almost too beautiful to be eaten? I remember once buying a decorated, heart-shaped honey-cake for Maja and Thomas, but instead of eating hers, Maja kept it for a very long time......

Happy weekend everybody:D Please post some stories full of sunshine and fun, because I'm getting slightly depressed due to our rainy and stormy weather with no sunny vacation in sight:(

We had almost booked a February family-safari to Kenya but then I happened to read that due to an election scheduled for March, there is an increased risk of demonstrations, unrest and violence in Kenya - on top of the usual risk of terror, carjacking and theft. Consequently the travel advice urges tourists to exercise the utmost caution. A safari has always been at the top of my bucket list, but I simply did not dare to run the risk of anything happening to Maja and Thomas. So now we're left with no February vacation, and unfortunately I have not succeeded in persuading Preben to join you on the fabulous February 2013 cruise:(.

Well, if life does not present bigger challenges than where to go on the next vacation I suppose I can't complain;)

NewYearsBaby
September 14th, 2012, 10:01 AM
Waugh - and yummie:p I suppose the cakes were almost too beautiful to be eaten? I remember once buying a decorated, heart-shaped honey-cake for Maja and Thomas, but instead of eating hers, Maja kept it for a very long time......

Happy weekend everybody:D Please post some stories full of sunshine and fun, because I'm getting slightly depressed due to our rainy and stormy weather with no sunny vacation in sight:(

We had almost booked a February family-safari to Kenya but then I happened to read that due to an election scheduled for March, there is an increased risk of demonstrations, unrest and violence in Kenya - on top of the usual risk of terror, carjacking and theft. Consequently the travel advice urges tourists to exercise the utmost caution. A safari has always been at the top of my bucket list, but I simply did not dare to run the risk of anything happening to Maja and Thomas. So now we're left with no February vacation, and unfortunately I have not succeeded in persuading Preben to join you on the fabulous February 2013 cruise:(.

Well, if life does not present bigger challenges than where to go on the next vacation I suppose I can't complain;)
Then aspire again to February 2014, Eva! Then while in the States you can stop by Animal Kingdom and go on their Sunrise Safari. See? Problem solved!
Seriously, the adventure in Kenya sounds amazing, and something the kids would always remember. But, alas, how much more important it is to keep them safe.
Love you! Miss you!

alwalaska
September 14th, 2012, 01:13 PM
Please Eva - Join Feb 2014!!! ;)

I believe my brother-in-law and his family did a safari and some super cool tours in Namibia when they were there. Are there other options to Kenya? I hate when plans don't come through, but I'm sure there are other things on the bucket list.

I am in Manhattan working this week. They scan your bags when you go into the building. Since I had to bring my whole suitcase today, I asked how that would work. They said that if it didn't fit into the scanner, I would need to wait while they brought the dog to come sniff it. Although that could have made a good journal entry, my bag fit in the scanner this morning. I am taking a town car to the airport. No more of this taxi garbage for me.

Lena and I have been chatting, but in case she didn't tell Luddie, I went to the pizza place on my street 3 times this week, just for him. I usually prefer thicker crusts, but the pizza here is just sooo good. I got really lucky and had 5 beautiful sunny days. I can't imagine walking in dress clothes with my laptop and all in the rain.

I walked past Top of the Rock and one of the many major art museums, but it was too late to go to the museum and I had done Top of the Rock before.

I'm working the next 8 weeks straight, so if I go AWOL, that is why.

Di, what beautiful girls. We have such a talented group out here, Lena can provide music and art, Donna can get anything clean, Di puts on Princess parties, wow.

Lena B
September 14th, 2012, 07:45 PM
You and Karen are computer geniuses, and Eva is our language expert. That's why we're fabulous and we know it!

Holstebro
September 15th, 2012, 06:08 AM
Ann, it sounds like you have a really heavily-loaded schedule:eek: No wonder you need a good slice of pizza now and again:p

My vacation-planning-inferno keeps me awake at night:(. We've been looking into a safari in Tanzania instead but might wait until July or October 2013. This means that I'll need to find another vacation in February to "tie me over". Perhaps a trip to Sharm El Sheik in Egypt where my menfolks might do some diving while Maja and I snorkel:)

alwalaska
September 15th, 2012, 11:05 AM
Eva, check out July 14th on my sister-in-laws blog (http://www.noodlesandrob.blogspot.com/).

I know they did a bigger trip one time, but this is what I found right away when looking. I can ask Kathryn for more info if you want.

I understand the not being able to sleep, but try to let it go somehow. Easier said then done for me.

I'm sure your friends would enjoy having you on the Star in February, but personally, I would prefer if you wait until the Sun in 2014. :D

dr.d
September 15th, 2012, 11:27 PM
Eva & Ann: Why not both? Friends would like you both on both!!! :D

dr.d
September 15th, 2012, 11:38 PM
Eva, check out July 14th on my sister-in-laws blog (http://www.noodlesandrob.blogspot.com/).

I know they did a bigger trip one time, but this is what I found right away when looking. I can ask Kathryn for more info if you want.

I understand the not being able to sleep, but try to let it go somehow. Easier said then done for me.

I'm sure your friends would enjoy having you on the Star in February, but personally, I would prefer if you wait until the Sun in 2014. :D

Ann, I am so enjoying your sister's blog and adventures. Thank you for sharing!

Holstebro
September 16th, 2012, 07:46 AM
Ann, what a wonderful blog. They really seem to have experienced a lot in Africa. Hopefully, the pictures will help the children remember once they grow older. We spent a month in Australia and New Zealand when Maja was only 5 but our photos bring back a lot of sweet memories.

I would love to cruise out of NOLA in both 2013 and 2014 and would probably do so if only we did not have to pay for the airfares, too:(

alwalaska
September 16th, 2012, 02:25 PM
2014 is Miami, but probably still very expensive to fly from Europe. I would love to do a cruise I saw on Princess several years ago some day. It was Australia and New Zealand and had an optional land tour in the middle where you toured, stayed overnight on land, and met back with the ship the end of the next day at the next port so that you could see some interior areas. I think it was 21 days or so long.

Donna, I'm glad you are enjoying the blog. Kathryn is much better at posting pictures and doing right-ups. In fact, as our family has gotten older, we have more pictures of things and less of people these days. I'm trying to make a conscious effort to change that.

Did you go to the football game last night? Did you wave to my baby boy? I think I saw him on TV. Man, what a nail biter at the end. I can't believe BYU threw the game away - soooo many times. They just panic when it is the U. I also can't believe we stayed up until 2am watching our dear Cougars lose. :rolleyes:

Lena B
September 16th, 2012, 03:30 PM
Hey, everyone, remember that Wednesday, Sept. 19, is Talk Like a Pirate Day! Start boning up those skills!

http://talklikeapirate.com/

Ann, if we ever make it as far as Australia/New Zealand for a cruise, we'll just have to spend a week at Rodd & Larnie's Abajazz Inn in the Outback. They were the Mardi Gras Queen and King on the Spirit last year and a ton of fun. There has been some talk of them joining us on the Sun cruise.

Eva, see if you can save up airfare for 2014, and I'll keep sticking my quarters in the soda box and see if I can save the airfare for one of those Med cruises. I'd love to see Barcelona and Greece. We'll travel together again one of these days!

Dianne & Tommy, Dan & I start a free conversational Spanish class on Thursday. I'm so excited. Of course, we'll see if anyone in Mexico can understand my Spanish with a Southern accent and hints of NYC/Vegas...I don't even speak English very well anymore, I'm afraid! But I'm really looking forward to this opportunity.

Donna, I'm starting to get really excited about giggling with you and Suzy again in February!

Arrr...me Hearties, I must see what will crawl out of the bunghole for dinner tonight! (Just practicing for Wednesday!)

NewYearsBaby
September 18th, 2012, 02:51 PM
Hi-ho, me harties. Me stoodies, they be a-payin' off!
aaarrr!!

Avast! If Spanish class be so saucy, we'll be havin' a high time come Thursday! Yarrr!!

NewYearsBaby
September 18th, 2012, 09:22 PM
Hi-ho, me harties. Me stoodies, they be a-payin' off!
aaarrr!!

Avast! If Spanish class be so saucy, we'll be havin' a high time come Thursday! Yarrr!!

:oUmmm ... yo-ho ... whoda thunk I could get the seven dwarfs mixed up with Johnny Depp! I MUST be getting old!:o

Lena B
September 18th, 2012, 11:44 PM
If the 7 dwarves look anything like Johnny - I'll take 'em on! But I'm not sure if I have Dan's permission for pseudo-johnnys...I'll have to check...

I can't wait for Spanish class on Thursday!

I heard that if you go through the drive through at Crispy Creme Donuts tomorrow and say "Ahoy, Matie!" you get a free donut. If you are dressed like a pirate, you get a dozen...who know if it's truth or rumour! Avast!

Arrrrr....

dr.d
September 19th, 2012, 01:29 AM
rrrrrrrrrrrr Maties! Yo, Ho, It's a pirates day for me!

Hey Ann I wouldn't even consider getting close to the stadium for the U/BYU game. What a madhouse! My brother in law and family begin tail gating at 8:00 am. What do they do all day until the game? Really, they are die hard Utes and even travel to attend the away games. What is amazing is that he didn't graduate from the U! Oh well.

It was a good game and a nail bitter to the end. I do enjoy sports ---- from the comfort of my couch!

We are getting closer to our February sail away!!!!!! Yo Ho It's the open seas for me!

vriecke
September 19th, 2012, 08:25 AM
http://i389.photobucket.com/albums/oo339/2005rjs/Pirate%20Images/pirate-flag-2.gif

Avast, ye landlubbers! I'll be celebratin' today with a bottle of rum! (Well, actually, mocha-choc). Now, where are my bucaneers? Ah, there they are, under my buckan hat!


http://i266.photobucket.com/albums/ii269/theogrit/pirate10.gif

NewYearsBaby
September 19th, 2012, 09:39 AM
And why can't pirates be playin' a game of cards?
(Becuz tha cap'n always be standin' on tha deck. HARRRR!)

Lena B
September 19th, 2012, 12:23 PM
Blast me barnacles! A salty thanks to ye for that one! Arrrrrr!

alwalaska
September 19th, 2012, 02:54 PM
Arrr, thanks for the chuckles. National Talk Like a Pirate day even made the news in Cincinnati, I can't believe these here landlubbers know what pirates be, arrrrr.

Lena, I will have to find somewhere to file away the down-under info for when/if I finally need it.

Donna, Scott even had a police escort when he took the field commanders ladder down to the field. They lined the Utah band up between the student section and our band to act as a buffer to help protect our kids.

I remember 20 some years ago my sister (from the U and dressed in red) and I in my band uniform went to lunch after the game. Boy did we get funny looks.

dr.d
September 22nd, 2012, 02:15 AM
Arrr, thanks for the chuckles. National Talk Like a Pirate day even made the news in Cincinnati, I can't believe these here landlubbers know what pirates be, arrrrr.

Lena, I will have to find somewhere to file away the down-under info for when/if I finally need it.

Donna, Scott even had a police escort when he took the field commanders ladder down to the field. They lined the Utah band up between the student section and our band to act as a buffer to help protect our kids.

I remember 20 some years ago my sister (from the U and dressed in red) and I in my band uniform went to lunch after the game. Boy did we get funny looks.

Such a rivalry! I am so glad that both schools enjoy the competition and especially that we honor and keep are students safe. In our day, we did get funny looks. Today, things can turn deadly and quickly.

Holstebro
September 22nd, 2012, 05:31 PM
I think I'll totally refrain from commenting on the previous pirate posts as it goes way beyond my vocabulary:)

Have a nice Sunday everybody.

NewYearsBaby
September 22nd, 2012, 06:34 PM
I think I'll totally refrain from commenting on the previous pirate posts as it goes way beyond my vocabulary:)

Have a nice Sunday everybody.
Avast, me harty, ye be better'n the lot o' us to larn to speak pirate!

NewYearsBaby
September 22nd, 2012, 06:37 PM
Ye be knowin' a pirate's favorite socks?

Arrrrrrrr-gyle!

Yo-ho I be thinkin' it's Talk Like A Pirate MONTH!

Lena B
September 22nd, 2012, 07:11 PM
I think I'll totally refrain from commenting on the previous pirate posts as it goes way beyond my vocabulary:)

Have a nice Sunday everybody.


Well, Eva, I can't teach you to talk like a pirate in Danish, but here's how to do it in Dutch:

Wat zullen we doen met de dronken zeeman (/Wat shall we do with the drunken sailor?) /x3
's morgens in de vroegte. /(Early in the morning)/
Chorus
Hela hop daar gaat ie (/Hooray, and hup there he goes) /x3
's morgens in de vroegte! /(Early in the morning)/
Gooi hem overboord dan kan ie zwemmen (/Toss him overboard so he can swim)/

Hang hem in de mast om uit te waaien (/Hang him onto the mast so he can blow out)/

Stop hem in zijn bed om uit te slapen (/Put him in his bed so he can sleep it off)/
Stop zn kop in een emmer met water (/Put his head in a bucket full of water)/

Roep de kapitein die zal hem leren (/Call the captain, that will teach him)/
Dat zullen we doen met de dronken zeeman (/Thats what well do with a drunken sailor)/


Also in Swedish: http://www.talklikeapirate.com/sounds/Swedish.mp3

French:
Morbleu! Parsambleu! Sapristi! Tonnerre de Brest! Mille millions de mille sabords!

In Hunkahunka: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCDA-m-TQdU&feature=related

Ah-HA!!!! In Danish!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC7fLNU6auY:D:D:D:D

It REALLY is INTERNATIONAL talk like a pirate day!!!!!:D

Lena B
September 22nd, 2012, 11:53 PM
And, Eva, our language expert, please realize that I don't know the meaning of any of these quotes (I barely speak English!), but I was really proud to google them! Please tell me if any of them are dirty, so that I can learn them!:D:p;)

dr.d
September 23rd, 2012, 01:58 AM
Lena, you are amazing! Dutch, Swedish French!

NewYearsBaby
September 23rd, 2012, 09:47 AM
Donna, this is for you because you're going to need it for your remodeling project.

NewYearsBaby
September 23rd, 2012, 09:51 AM
And here we have, as promised a couple of weeks ago:

The 3 children on Talk Like A Princess Night
The decorated cupcakes
Sir Rootbeer

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. We're getting a little spot of rain.

Holstebro
September 23rd, 2012, 04:45 PM
And, Eva, our language expert, please realize that I don't know the meaning of any of these quotes (I barely speak English!), but I was really proud to google them! Please tell me if any of them are dirty, so that I can learn them!:D:p;)

Good job, Lena:D I'm pleased to tell you that there are no dirty words in the Danish edition. The lyrics are mainly about being able to do just as they please now that they are pirates, and that they'll follow the map to find the hidden treasure etc.

Holstebro
September 23rd, 2012, 04:51 PM
And here we have, as promised a couple of weeks ago:

The 3 children on Talk Like A Princess Night
The decorated cupcakes
Sir Rootbeer



They are really adorable - both the princesses and Sir Rootbeer. And such yummy cupcakes:p (though I suppose part of the decoration was for display purpose only).

I've spent most of the weekend grading papers but also found the time for a jog in the woods and a trip to the fitness centre. Ended up with two sore knees - I'm getting too old for all that exercise:(

Lena B
September 25th, 2012, 10:35 AM
Hey, Eva - Dianne, Tommy, Luddie and I have started a class in conversational Spanish! I don't know how well I'll do, but I'm really excited to learn another language.

Holstebro
September 26th, 2012, 11:34 AM
Hey, Eva - Dianne, Tommy, Luddie and I have started a class in conversational Spanish! I don't know how well I'll do, but I'm really excited to learn another language.

Good for you! I assume that even though many Latinos are fluent in English, you should have a pretty good chance of practising your conversational Spanish with native speakers in the US - not to mention securing yourself a better deal with the locals in Mexico:cool: Anyway, it's never too late to learn something new and with the four of you together it will never be boring:D

NewYearsBaby
September 27th, 2012, 09:36 AM
Eva, I have had piano students of Mexican descent who spoke English, but whose parents spoke very little English. That is one reason I'm interested in learning Spanish. I have studied it from time to time but then I don't use what I've learned and I forget it. Maybe by all of us learning a bit of Spanish we will practice together. Regardless of how it turns out, like you said, we'll have fun and it won't be boring.

Holstebro
September 27th, 2012, 02:06 PM
Eva, I have had piano students of Mexican descent who spoke English, but whose parents spoke very little English. That is one reason I'm interested in learning Spanish. I have studied it from time to time but then I don't use what I've learned and I forget it. Maybe by all of us learning a bit of Spanish we will practice together. Regardless of how it turns out, like you said, we'll have fun and it won't be boring.

Some day, I'd like to study Spanish, too. Actually, I prefer the intonation of Italian to that of Spanish (it sounds more romantic, I think;)), but as there are not that many parts of the world where they speak the former I'd better go for the latter.

Any interesting plans for the weekend, ladies and Luddie?

Lena B
September 27th, 2012, 02:55 PM
We're headed for a quick get-away to Pensacola Beach next weekend. It will be great to soak up a little sand and surf. And to soak up several dozen yummy oysters! I've got the call out to the house sitter now...I hope to hear back from her very soon. Luckily I do have house sitter B and house sitter C as back-ups!

This weekend, I'd better start scooping out the guest room/art room/throw all the junk that I don't know what to do with room!

alwalaska
September 27th, 2012, 10:58 PM
Have fun Lena. I'm thinking about booking a last minute cruise as a surprise for Melissa. I missed the great prices, but I'm still looking. Tuesday, I saw a RCCL cruise out of Cape Canaveral for $119 for 4 days. Taxes and all was only $540 for the 3 of us. NCL has the Sky out of Miami for $149 plus taxes that same week we are all available.

It would be nice to get away for a week with hubby and Missa rather than leaving them home all the time while I travel for work.

I just finished my photo book for our Niagara Falls trip after our Star cruise. You can find it here (http://weberfamilytravels.shutterfly.com/pictures/54)if you are interested. I still need to do a book on Bermuda. There is nothing like a coupon expiring to give me the incentive to get one of these done. :D

Holstebro
September 29th, 2012, 08:03 AM
Ann, I love your photo book:) I'd like to go to Canada some day, too, hopefully bringing the kids. I'm totally addicted to making photo books myself but I've no idea how to make them available online for others to see. Good luck with the booking of a last minute cruise!

Lena, I hope you and Luddie are having fun during your get-away. I would love to soak up some sun this time of the year, too.

Di and Donna: I suppose you're enjoying the priviledge of grand-parenthood this weekend?

Karen and Ginny: What is keeping you so busy that you haven't posted anything here lately?

Anyway, while many of you will be cruising in February, our small family of four we will be on the lookout for the Big Five in Tanzania:D
(I could not help doing an African tribal dance of joy yesterday after having completed booking ...... )

alwalaska
September 29th, 2012, 10:02 AM
Eva,

I'm not sure if Shutterfly is available to you for purchasing your books, but if it is, they are super easy to share online from there. I'm still trying to figure out how to make the site easier to navigate. They have a default and you can change it up, but I need someone like Lena to tell me what is visually pleasing.

Lena B
September 29th, 2012, 11:10 AM
Ann, I wish that I had your computer/technical skills! It just frustrates me to no end when something unexpected happens and I'm scared to push buttons for fear that the whole thing will explode into a big smoking mess of those little chips and plastic. But I do like to make things pretty...

We don't leave for Pensacola until next Friday and I'm ready for the getaway! I do get to endure a root canal on Wed. or Thurs., so I'll feel like I've really earned a chance to sit on the beach...

I do miss you Ginny! I hope that everythings ok in your world! And Donna - how's that renovation going? Have they started the cabinet installation yet? Are you just renovating the kitchen or are you modernizing the whole place?

Karen & Di, are you getting all geared up for your Carnival cruise? I lurked on your roll call the other day and it looks like things are picking up!

alwalaska
September 29th, 2012, 03:25 PM
Lena, if you ever have computer frustrations and Karen is out of reach, you can always call me. Email me before the computer breaks if you don't have my phone number yet.

In November we are doing a special evening for the girls at church and I want to take our boring classroom and turn it into something nice. Being the intelligent/resourceful woman that I am, I asked for help from someone else. I know what I like when I see it, but my brain just can't wrap itself around how to get there.

If we decide to book the 4 night Halloween cruise on the Sky, we will achieve Gold level after the first leg of our B2B next fall. We will get Platinum at the end of our cruise with all of you in 2014. Getting extra points for booking more than 9 months in advance is great. I just have to watch and see if this cruise ever gets on a Lattitude special. I doubt our Canada one ever will, plus we got such a good deal, I can't see prices dropping that low again.

Have a fun weekend all.

dr.d
September 30th, 2012, 01:09 AM
I am exhausted and ready for a cruise NOW! Ok, I know I must wait.

Stephen, Doug ans Suzanne are closing up the cabin in Fish Lake. I'm working on the remodel in Park City. Either project, hard work all around! Busy hands are happy hands. Yeh, right!???

Holstebro
September 30th, 2012, 02:41 AM
I am exhausted and ready for a cruise NOW! Ok, I know I must wait.

Stephen, Doug ans Suzanne are closing up the cabin in Fish Lake. I'm working on the remodel in Park City. Either project, hard work all around! Busy hands are happy hands. Yeh, right!???

I can't wait till one of you happy cruisers adds Al's animated count-down-to-cruising figure or a similar one:)

Anyway, what is "the remodel of Park City", Donna?

It's Sunday morning and I'm getting ready to drive Maja to her first handball match of the year. Outside, the leaves are turning orange and yellow - fall is truly in the air:(

dr.d
October 1st, 2012, 12:07 AM
I can't wait till one of you happy cruisers adds Al's animated count-down-to-cruising figure or a similar one:)

Anyway, what is "the remodel of Park City", Donna?

It's Sunday morning and I'm getting ready to drive Maja to her first handball match of the year. Outside, the leaves are turning orange and yellow - fall is truly in the air:(

Fall is here in full force with the leaves turning red, yellow, orange and gold.

Eva, we have a condo in Park City, Utah at the base of the Canyons Ski Resort. We're updating and remodeling the condo from top to bottom. It's a big job but will be fantastic when everything is completed.

Love to have you come to ski "the greatest snow on earth" with us!

NewYearsBaby
October 1st, 2012, 12:29 PM
Fall is here in full force with the leaves turning red, yellow, orange and gold.

Eva, we have a condo in Park City, Utah at the base of the Canyons Ski Resort. We're updating and remodeling the condo from top to bottom. It's a big job but will be fantastic when everything is completed.

Love to have you come to ski "the greatest snow on earth" with us!
We're not seeing much fall color yet, but that's okay by me. Y'all know how I hate winter - and it's hard for me to enjoy fall because I know what's coming.

But hold on! Getting through this winter means cruising together again!!!!! Yippee!!! Okay, now I look forward to fall and winter.

NewYearsBaby
October 2nd, 2012, 12:31 AM
:(
Our fabulous Spirit roll call for 2011 has slipped to page 2. (Sob).

alwalaska
October 2nd, 2012, 10:58 AM
Fall is here in full force with the leaves turning red, yellow, orange and gold.

Eva, we have a condo in Park City, Utah at the base of the Canyons Ski Resort. We're updating and remodeling the condo from top to bottom. It's a big job but will be fantastic when everything is completed.

Love to have you come to ski "the greatest snow on earth" with us!
Donna, I told Scott that if he has the chance to ski, he should take it, but I also warned him to take lessons since being a "flat-lander", he has never skied before.

I'm coming to Utah the first weekend in December from Friday to Tuesday, but it is a family trip and I probably won't be able to get away. If I get to the point where I need sanity or I'll kill someone, I'll call you and you can help me find my sanity again. :p

Eva, translation for you :D - I live in OH where everything is mostly flat, so people call us flat-landers. They also call this part of the country Fly-over country since there isn't as much to see, people fly over rather than driving through and stopping. I really like life here in OH, but I miss the hills and variety of trees from farther east and I miss the mountains from the west. Utah was way too dry for me.

dr.d
October 3rd, 2012, 02:27 AM
I always recommend a lesson before going down the mountain. Skiing is fun but skills make it more enjoyable, especially to avoid injuries. Education isn't just for skill but builds confidence. Learning how to "stop" on skis is a great confidence builder especially on our slopes at 9000 feet.

Hope to see you in Dec and love to provide a sanity break! My, I'm honored. Sanity. I don't hear that in association with me very often!!!

I don't think that came out right!

:eek:

Holstebro
October 3rd, 2012, 11:23 AM
Donna, that ski cabin of yours sounds wonderful (or at least it probably will be after the renovation) and I'd love to take you up on the invitation some day. Being a true flat-lander myself (and no explanation needed, Ann, but thanks anyway:)), I have not done any skiing since the kids were born. However, when we were about 20 years younger, Preben and I spent a couple of vacations in Austria, doing down-hill skiing plus one in Sweden doing both downhill and cross-country. It was so much fun, but I wonder whether I'd be to scared to try it out again.

Di: I also get depressed when the leaves start to drop because around here it means that it will be at least 5 1/2 months till we can sit outdoor again without wearing a coat.

alwalaska
October 3rd, 2012, 02:27 PM
Donna, I totally understood - it must be the virtual sister thing or something. :D

OK, here is the news that I can only post here and can't do a signature for ...

I booked the Oct 29th Sky cruise out of Miami. I booked an Oceanview guarantee cabin, so here is hoping that we get a bump too.

I talked it over with Ron and we are going to surprise Melissa. We are driving to FL (just 18 hours - ha ha) and will stop one night in between and arrive the night before the cruise. I have to get busy seeing if I can find hotels with the points that I have. :eek:

We are going to tell Melissa that I just accepted a last minute class in FL and because I have been away for 8 weeks, I talked her dad into coming along and I am taking her too. They can supposedly spend their days on the FL beaches and bopping around doing things while we all get together in the evenings.

She is pretty clueless, so hopefully I can pull it off. I am not telling anyone else at this point. Ron, me, the TA, and now all of you my friends far enough away to not accidentally say anything.

I'm not sure how we will pull off getting up and loading up all the suitcases Monday morning and checking out of the hotel - hmmm, just she will know something is up at that point. It will be fun any way.

I will only be able to read this thread now when I am out of town working (5 days this week, 4 next, and 3 each the two following - so don't worry, I will be here) or when she is not at home. I need a place to get excited, but I also need to be careful.

3dogsrule
October 3rd, 2012, 08:09 PM
October 29th, like, in 26 days from now?? WOW!! Way to go!!!

Let's see...you could maybe excuse the packing and leaving the hotel as you found something really disgusting and won't stay another minute in this hotel...and as you drive up to the port, point at your new room in the Sky! Or, tell her that there is no class on Monday so you thought y'all would go spend the night in _________ (Key Largo, Fort Lauderdale, etc) to experience something different and then head to the port. I'm sure you'll come up with something!

Well, good luck Ann, what a wonderful surprise for her, I'm sure y'all will have a wonderful time!!

Karen

Lena B
October 3rd, 2012, 08:34 PM
Oh, what fun, Ann! And Karen, you are very sly!

When we lived in NYC several of our friends really got into skiing for a while - it always looked painful to me...give me the nice cushy ocean!

alwalaska
October 3rd, 2012, 09:37 PM
Thanks for the ideas Karen. I had to tell her I was planning on taking her with me on a work trip to FL because she got some initiative today and applied for a job at a Halloween store - ahhhh! Best laid plans. She is totally excited to go to FLL or Miami to work with me. Ha ha. We are supposedly trying to talk Dad into going with us. ;);) nudge nudge.

I am getting the scoop for us in Miami for next Feb. I am debating now between spending all of my points plus $70 to get a Holiday Inn out on the beach or right next to the cruise port, or only spending half my points and staying by the airport, or using my Marriott and staying in FLL which I like better than Miami as a place to stay.

I found a wonderful parking lot (I believe Ginny doesn't fly - I don't know who else plans on driving to Miami in 2014) for $8 per day plus tax and a FREE shuttle both directions to and from the port. Most hotels in the area offer rides to the port, but not from.

I thought I was booking last minute when a booked a cruise 6 months out. http://img.xiaba.cvimage.cn/4d7dbbced1869ffc11020000.jpg
Eeek - panic - but in a good way! 26 Days!

vriecke
October 3rd, 2012, 09:58 PM
Ann, good luck on your plans! I admire you for being brave enough to even attempt it. What a wonderful surprise!

Would appreciate the info on the parking lot (you remembered I don't fly - how nice). Last year in Ft. Lauderdale, we stayed at a Hampton Inn, which had a shuttle to and from the port. However, I was uncomfortable leaving our van in the hotel parking lot for 11 days, and thought this time we'd use a secure lot instead. Sure would save me time looking for a hotel with a shuttle.

The closest we've ever booked a cruise was 8 weeks out, for the Panama Canal cruise last year. It was quite an adventure, but so worth it!

Don't even worry about the sea days. We will make sure they are filled with good times, won't we guys???

alwalaska
October 3rd, 2012, 10:13 PM
I booked a Townplace Suites for only 10,000 points at Miami Lakes which seems to be about 30 minutes to the port.

The parking lot info can be found here (http://premierparkingusa.com/cruise-parking/port-of-miami). It is supposedly $8/day with free shuttles both directions, so we will be checking it out this round and I will let you all know how it goes.

dr.d
October 3rd, 2012, 10:56 PM
Ann, I am so excited for you. What fun!!! Melissa will have a story to tell for a lifetime. Isn't it fun to surprise people you love and really enjoy being successful pulling it off?

You are master cruise deal finder. Karen is the expert at masterminding surprises!

Eva and everyone..... I'm warming up the hot job in Park City for our apres ski mocha choc relaxation!

Lena B
October 4th, 2012, 12:00 AM
Now, THAT's my favorite winter sport! Sitting in a toasty home, having a good giggle fest with a mocha-choc in hand, looking out at the snow saying "Isn't that pretty!!!":D:p;):D

Lena B
October 4th, 2012, 12:01 AM
Hey - did anyone notice? We're approaching the 500 post mark!!!

NewYearsBaby
October 4th, 2012, 09:31 AM
I could be up for the Park City girl fest as long as I don't have to strap on a ski!!:eek:

Ann, your trip with Melissa sounds absolutely fabulous. Here's hoping you can prolong the surprise right up until she sees the ship. "Couple unexpected days off so we're going farther south" might work for a few miles:), then when you get to the terminal, you and Melissa could ;)"take these two bags to a co-worker who is going on a cruise today and accidentally left them at the hotel". Then Dad could park and schlep the rest of the luggage.

I would have loved to surprise Laura with her 40th birthday cruise (departing one month from tomorrow!!):D But there were issues that made keeping it a surprise completely impossible. Nevertheless, we're excited!

And, Ginny, yes absolutely we'll ensure that Ann has a fabulous time on her sea days.

dr.d
October 4th, 2012, 11:10 PM
I'd love to pull off a good surprise for Stephen, Suzie and Doug someday but they are too smart for me!

Lena B
October 5th, 2012, 12:27 AM
I think that you should try it sometime around Feb in 2014, Donna!!!:D:p;) If they're that smart, they'll play dumb!:D

Holstebro
October 6th, 2012, 05:10 AM
Ann, what a wonderful surprise you have prepared for Melissa:D However, if you do not plan to dress casually for all dinners onboard, it might be a good idea to sort of suggest to Melissa that she brings a nice dress or two, just in case you decide to go to a fancy restaurant "while you are in Miami"....

Last June, we ended up booking our Baltic cruise 5 weeks before embarkation and that was the shortest count-down I've ever experienced. I'm a long-term planner, so I prefer to have plenty of time to arrange things, but on the other hand nothing beats spontaneity and surprises.

I actually considered keeping it a secret to the kids that we were going on a safari in February, but as I spend a lot of time online reading about the different places we are going to visit, the animals we are hopefully going to see and what to wear, I realized that I would never be able to pull it off.

Today, we are going to the first-night show (or whatever it is called) of the film n which Thomas plays a part. The film has been produced as a "no-budget film" with all actors, including the professional ones, acting for free to support the young, female director. However, the result has been a full-length movie about what happens to two children during WWII. Thomas, who plays the part of a baker's assistant turned saboteur, actually ends up getting shot by the Germans:eek:.

Have a nice weekend everybody and keep those posts coming, working our way to the 500 post milestone:)

NewYearsBaby
October 6th, 2012, 01:12 PM
Hi, everybody. Eva, how great to hear from you. Planning a safari! Wow! Closest we've ever come to such an experience was the sunrise safari at Disney World. That was fun but surely nothing to compare to what you are about to experience! Lena and Lud are soaking up the sun in Pensacola while we are watching a cold rainfall at about 44 degrees.

Here's a pic of Eden's latest creation. I think it's fabulous. Does everybody get it? It's Mickey Mouse all ready for Halloween. She created him with construction paper, markers, and tape. The pumpkin's eyes and nose are rhinestones. Her art teacher will be proud to know he has well-formed feet and hands.

Holstebro
October 7th, 2012, 11:28 AM
Hi, everybody. Eva, how great to hear from you. Planning a safari! Wow! Closest we've ever come to such an experience was the sunrise safari at Disney World.

Even though we have booked the safari and the down payment has been paid, I can hardly believe it that we'll be going:) Ever since I was a small child a safari has been at the top of my bucket list. We will be visiting the Serengeti at the time when the wildebeests have their calves, and with around 300,000 of them being born during that period, I'm sure we're in for a truly memorable experience.

Eden's creation is really great - what an artistic granddaughter you have got, Di:D.

alwalaska
October 7th, 2012, 07:56 PM
Eva, you must be so proud of Thomas. I hope the premier went well. I remember the clip you posted a while back. What an accomplishment for a young man.

Donna, there are definite advantages to having very trusting space cadet for a child. I agree with Lean about the Feb 2014 surprise.:D

Di, you and Karen are great with the suggestions. We are parking off site and taking the parking lot shuttle. She thinks we are staying in Miami the night before and then working off of Karen's suggestion, I told her we need to move into the hotel the company is paying for Monday morning before I go to work at noon. I'm not sure if she will figure it out when we get to the parking lot, or when the shuttle gets close to the boat. I'm just hoping she is not disappointed that she won't have a week in Miami. Ha Ha.

I snuck the passports into my laptop back this trip so that I can fill out the paperwork while I am out of town. 3 weeks - EEEEK. At least it is just the Bahamas and we have been on this exact cruise before.

I just found out NCL has a Halloween party so I am trying to talk Melissa into taking a costume in case we can find something fun to do in Miami. She is sad that she is missing the haunted house the young single adults are doing at church, but luckily she decided out trip was more fun than that one night.

dr.d
October 8th, 2012, 12:22 AM
Di, Eden is so gifted and creative! Good job, Eden.

Eva, I'm anxious to hear how the premier went and how Thomas felt about his performance. The safari sounds like a fantastic vacation!

You are so cunning, Ann! I doubt Melissa will even have a clue. What a neat trip you'll have together.

Hope to hear from Lena about sunshine and beach time.

3dogsrule
October 8th, 2012, 08:36 AM
Yes, Di, Eden certainly is gifted! What a cute creation she made! BTW have you talked to Lena? I was wondering if she was having a relaxing time on the beach.

Ann, sounds like your plans are coming along for the big surprise! The Halloween party on the ship outta be a lot of fun.

Ginny, how are you feeling these days? Did you ever get cured from your ailments??

Eva, your safari adventure sounds crazy fun! I can't imagine how many pictures you'll be taking, especially with the wildebeest activities. What an amazing time you all are going to have!!

Donna, you'll have to post a picture of your condo's kitchen when the remodel is done! Hope all is going well with it. Y'all having much cold weather there yet? Any new grandkid adventures to share with us??

Hope everyone has a great week!

Karen

NewYearsBaby
October 8th, 2012, 08:39 AM
Karen and Tommy and I enjoyed a fire in our new firepit Saturday night. I think next time we're going to bring marshmallows and hot dogs!
Eden appreciates your compliments, Donna and Eva. Before the day was over she had made trick-or-treating: Mickey for Rootbeer, Minnie for Hope, Daisy Duck for her Mom and another, I think it was Donald Duck for Dad. And then she climbed into Tommy's lap and announced that she had been working all day and she was exhausted! Ah, the hard life of a young and struggling artist!
Ann, we can't wait to hear how long you manage to keep the surprise.

NewYearsBaby
October 8th, 2012, 08:40 AM
Oh, hi Karen!. We must have been typing away at exactly the same time.

Holstebro
October 8th, 2012, 05:04 PM
I miss you so much, ladies, but how wonderful it is to be able to keep in touch this way.

Lena, tell us all about your time at the beach. Did you get your tan renewed, sipping away whatever cocktails they serve there;)

Di, only four more weeks to go before you get to hear the swoosh-swoosh again on your girlie cruise:D

Ann, I told Maja about your secret plans, and she loved it. However, much as I had expected she also said that if she were in Melissa's shoes she would very much like to get hints at what to bring instead of ending up on a cruise without the proper wardrobe and shoes. Anyway, your count-down clock is really ticking, too:D

Donna, I never heard whether you had the second eye done and whether you have gradually learned to ignore the wobbling of the first one?

Karen, any wildlife sightings lately? And what about (good) news from Ken?

Ginny, what keeps you busy these days?

Preben and I are considering getting married at the local city hall on December 12 (= 12/12/2012). In Denmark, it is not unusual to live together and have kids without being married, but last year - as you may remember - Preben proposed to me on my 50th birthday. However, as we do not want any big, fancy wedding in a church, we might just have our parents and Thomas and Maja attend the ceremony. Still, Maja wants to help me buy a nice dress for the occasion, and there might also be other arrangements to make, so we are in a bit of a hurry.... Anyway, that sort of justifies the expenses for the safari if we can call it our honeymoon - with the kids;)

alwalaska
October 8th, 2012, 08:36 PM
Ahh Eva, Maja must be a true girl. :D Melissa isn't too particular about clothes, but I am trying to convince her to take a costume. The Sky is super casual since it is only the short cruises (they allowed shorts in the dining room before any other NCL ship I think), but I am telling her to take one nice outfit in case we find a classy place in Miami to go to. (Thanks all for the suggestion)

I already asked about a bathing suit for the Miami beaches. What else does Maja suggest?

NewYearsBaby
October 8th, 2012, 10:32 PM
Eva, I miss you too. So funny I was just wondering if you and Preben had wedding plans and then you posted them! I am happy for your family.
I wish I could see Thomas' movie. I told Tommy when I met him that he had charisma and that he would do well in movies or broadcasting or something in front of a camera!

Ann, I sure hope you get a picture of the moment Melissa realizes y'all are going on a cruise.

dr.d
October 9th, 2012, 12:54 AM
I'm sitting here smiling and tearing up some too. I love feeling a special connection & concern with all you. We don't need to talk every day. We're just here for each other. We are blessed.

Thank you, dear hearts.

Holstebro
October 9th, 2012, 11:51 AM
Ahh Eva, Maja must be a true girl. :D Melissa isn't too particular about clothes, but I am trying to convince her to take a costume. The Sky is super casual since it is only the short cruises (they allowed shorts in the dining room before any other NCL ship I think), but I am telling her to take one nice outfit in case we find a classy place in Miami to go to. (Thanks all for the suggestion)

I already asked about a bathing suit for the Miami beaches. What else does Maja suggest?

Maja did not suggest other "must-brings" (that word doesn't exist, does it?:confused:), but I know that she would hate to go cruising without her flip-flops for the pool area and a very small bag for her ship card.

Holstebro
October 9th, 2012, 11:56 AM
I wish I could see Thomas' movie. I told Tommy when I met him that he had charisma and that he would do well in movies or broadcasting or something in front of a camera!



I strongly doubt that Thomas will ever star in any other movie, and he did not play a major part in this one either. However, I think he mainly auditioned for the chance to get a behind-the-scene impression of how a movie is produced, and he had a great time with the crew and cast.

Lena B
October 14th, 2012, 02:29 PM
Thomas and Maja are both sooo charming, Eva! And your intimate courthouse wedding just sounds perfectly romantic. I love the date 12/12/12. Neither of you will ever have an excuse to forget that! Do have someone holding a camera, so that you can post a picture for all of us to see. We may have to have a celebration dinner here in Arkansas, so that we can toast you from halfway across the world.:D

Pensacola was just wonderful - that is such an amazing beach. We just had one day at home, then Luddie had to head down to waaaay south Texas (very near the Mexico border) to deliver some cabinets to a car dealership. He got home last night, suffering from a serious case of TB (tired butt). Dianne and Tommy left yesterday morning for San Antonio - so I guess Arkansas is wearing out the road to TX! Karen, when are you going? Oh yeah...about a month from now...:p

alwalaska
October 14th, 2012, 09:30 PM
Well friends, the cat may be out of the bag. I'm not totally sure what happened, but when I was talking to Ron tonight when I got to my hotel in Mason, OH (on speaker of course) I said that it will be nice to not have to buy candy for trick or treat since we will be gone. He then said something about trick or treating on the cruise. He tried to cover up by saying something about my Cruise Critic friends trick or treating. I just played dumb and asked what he was talking about. I can't call back and ask him about it. I emailed his email that is on his email, but I haven't heard back from him yet.

I'm wondering if she did figure it out, will the 2 of them try to convince me she doesn't know to not ruin my being able to surprise her. When she heard the word cruise - there was a squeal before he dad starting explaining my CC thing or whatever.

Lena, I bet your trip was relaxing. I'm glad you had a great time. What beach did you go to? I thought we were the only people with a name for TBS (tired butt syndrome). :D We use that all the time.

Eva, if Melissa does not know we are going on a cruise - I will make sure that she has her flip flops. She typically just sticks her card in her pocket, but maybe I will take a small bag for her too. Especially since she won't have her brother's pockets to use too. :)

dr.d
October 15th, 2012, 11:57 PM
Does the timing really change the joy of a surprise? If Melissa has put 2 and 2 together, what excitement she'll have getting ready! Ron may be able to keep her guessing which only adds to the fun and excitement as well.

What a fantastic family cruise you all will have!

alwalaska
October 16th, 2012, 01:26 PM
Believe it or not, the cat is still in the bag. She thought Ron was walking about his and my cruise next year and the squeal was because she thought he was going to get in trouble for moaning about my cruise critic activities. :D

It sure pays to have a naive air-heady little girl. ;)

I think I will put my phone or camera in video mode so I can get all her facial expressions when she figures it out.

They have done a lot of work on the private island since I was last there. I hope the weather and seas cooperate so that we can go. It sounds really great.

I added a Bahamas stop to our 2014 cruise so that I can research and save data without looking funny. Ha ha.

Holstebro
October 16th, 2012, 01:57 PM
Believe it or not, the cat is still in the bag.
It sure pays to have a naive air-heady little girl. ;)



Good for you;) But are you absolutely sure Melissa has not just fooled Ron, too, because she realized how important the secrecy was to you?

alwalaska
October 16th, 2012, 02:05 PM
Good for you;) But are you absolutely sure Melissa has not just fooled Ron, too, because she realized how important the secrecy was to you?

There is a very slim chance that is the case, but I don't think so. If her and her dad were conspiring to keep it from me, then I could definitely believe it, but her alone, probably not.

I will be able to tell more when we are face to face later this week. :D

Christmas at our house is hilarious since she can't keep secrets very well.

dr.d
October 19th, 2012, 12:13 AM
Ann, I do want to see the video or pictures of Melissa's reaction to the cruise surprise.

Di, are you getting excited for your cruise? I'm excited for all of you when or wherever you're traveling!!!

NewYearsBaby
October 19th, 2012, 01:42 AM
Ann, I do want to see the video or pictures of Melissa's reaction to the cruise surprise.

Di, are you getting excited for your cruise? I'm excited for all of you when or wherever you're traveling!!!
Oh, yeah, baby, we are counting down the days!
I will start packing this weekend.

3dogsrule
October 19th, 2012, 11:12 PM
I'm testing out a new dogsitter so that I don't have to truck the dogs to Dallas when I go on vacations, so in order to see how it'd work out I had to leave for the weekend. Darn the bad luck! My bud Joann and I have escaped to Memphis, staying in a little motel two blocks from Beale Street. We're taking it easy tonight, just had a couple of drinks and listened to one band, but we're planning to rest up and tear the place down tomorrow night. Kiya, where are you?? We may need bail money, we gonna get so wild and crazy. We may even stay up to 11pm tomorrow! We be girls gone wild! :p

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Di, keep that porch warmed up for me, I'll be home Sunday! I expect to see the first place trophy you and Lena will get tomorrow night...

Lena B
October 19th, 2012, 11:23 PM
You gotta go hear Barbara Blue at Silky O'Sullivan's. Tell her crazy Hawaiian shirt Dan and Lena from near LR/Hot Springs wish that we were there! It's been waaaaay too long since we've been on Beale Street!

CCCChhhheeeeerrrrrssss!

Lena B
October 19th, 2012, 11:27 PM
And make sure that you stop in at Handy's late! Is Dr. Feelgood still playing? How's the music at the park? O.K. - now I'm salivating for a little Beer, Blues and BB-Q (please tell me that you've compared the ribs at the Blues Cafe to the ones at Rendevous and that you've had a hamburger cooked in grease that hasn't been changed since 1842! The trolley will take you within a few blocks of Interstate BBQ!)

dr.d
October 19th, 2012, 11:43 PM
All sorts of fun travel adventures for my girlfriends going on. Have fun, Karen!

luddite
October 20th, 2012, 09:40 AM
Miss Polly's for breakfast.
Chicken-fried steak and eggs. Right up your alley.
Tell Barbara we said hi.

alwalaska
October 20th, 2012, 03:14 PM
Karen, I hope you have a good trip.

I can't remember when the "girls" cruise is and who all is going - but have a great cruise!

We're getting down to the wire for our trip here. I am really excited. Ron is going to drop Melissa and me at the port because I am such a cruise freak, and then he is going to go elsewhere to park and then "walk" back to meet us. When he gets back on the shuttle with all our luggage, we will tell her we are getting on the ship.

NewYearsBaby
October 21st, 2012, 09:30 AM
Ann, we will be in Galveston two weeks from today. My daughter Laura, Karen and I are cruising together to celebrate Laura's 40th birthday.
Gotta pack! I think we will have time to hear from you, though, before we leave, and I look forward to hearing about your adventure and Melissa's big surprise. I would have loved to surprise La, but for a couple of reasons, it wasn't possible to try to pull it off.

Holstebro
October 21st, 2012, 11:36 AM
Karen, I hope you have had a lot of fun and have misbehaved;)

Di and Ann: How's your packing going? Count down to cruising is wonderful - it's the unpacking and laundry afterwards I hate:rolleyes:

Speaking of unpacking: Preben, Maja and I have just returned from a 3-day vacation relaxing with some friends in a summer cottage in the southern part of Denmark. Yesterday, we went for a walk in the beautiful park surrounding one of the Queen's castles (from year 1759) and I could not help thinking how wonderful it would be to have you come and visit one day so you could see some of the beautiful places in Denmark.

3dogsrule
October 21st, 2012, 03:00 PM
Owww my head. Dang hurricanes. More later after I recover.

Karen

alwalaska
October 21st, 2012, 05:00 PM
Well Karen, I'm guessing you had fun. I hope the dogsitter trial went well also. :)

Eva, it sounds like a wonderful 3 day retreat. Someday, I will definitely come to your part of the world and will tell you when I am coming. Hawaii, Northern Europe (funny thing is I'm not that interested in Southern Europe), and the South Pacific (New Zealand and Australia and maybe more islands too) are what is left on my bucket list.

I haven't started packing (or even doing laundry). It is going to be a crazy 2 days before I leave for my job this week, then I just have to sit and worry that Ron and Melissa remember everything that I have put on their lists.

Di, I will try to post from our hotel or my phone to let you all know how it goes. We are considering 2 courses of action since we are parking at the offsite location. 1) Telling her at breakfast that there is a problem with our hotel that my job booked for us and that it won't be walking distance to a beach like she thought and that the room would be really small. I would then give her a picture of a cabin like ours, and a Sky brochure and ask her if she thought she could live with that. 2) the other option is for Ron to drop her and me at the port with all the luggage and tell her that is our new hotel. He would then go park and return for all of us to check in. The parking lot is like 10 minutes from the port, so we will have a short wait, but the surprise would be better. We are going to play it by ear.

Have an awesome time on your cruise. I have you pictured as a 30-something - so you can't have a daughter that old - Sorry.

dr.d
October 21st, 2012, 11:24 PM
Karen, I hope your head clears up so you can remember all the fun you had!

The count down for cruise adventures is getting very short. How exciting!

Holstebro
October 22nd, 2012, 03:18 AM
Karen, it sounds like you have had a terrific time:D

Ann, I look forward to hearing which of your courses of action you end up choosing. Either way, Melissa will definitely be pleasantly surprised. As for your bucket list, I would advise you to put Australia/New Zealand at the top followed by Hawaii. 10 years ago we spent 4 weeks "Down Under" but I still hope to be able to go back some day. New Zealand is absolutely picturesque. As for Europe, I still recommend Southern Europe over Northern Europe, but I do hope to see you in Denmark some day.

3dogsrule
October 23rd, 2012, 09:05 AM
Ugh, I'm recovered. After the hurricanes I moved to some other drink, I couldn't hear what the tarbender said the name of it was over the loud music, but I did hear "kinda like a grape-flavored long island ice tea". That's the one that did me in. Good thing Joann kept me out of Coyote Ugly, I might have given them young chickies a run for their money. We did hang out in Silky's for a little bit, but what was happening didn't match their music schedule on their website, so I'm not sure if we were listening to Barbara Blue or not; whatever it was was a little too laid back for our mood so we moved on. The park had some great music Friday night but something happened to the scheduled band Saturday (they were supposed to be there by 9pm after playing somewhere else earlier) but they never showed up, so it ended up being some duo from Austin playing old country music that had been playing on a street corner earlier...while they were good, it didn't draw a crowd. We ended up in one of the music alleys and that's when things got a little fuzzy. :p But we did get to have dinner earlier that night at Rendzvous, it was very good. All the people we encountered in Memphis were very friendly, and we never felt unsafe (even stumbling back to the less-than-4-star motel that night). And best of all, the dogsitter did well, and she's agreed to take care of my babies for the November cruise, yea! Now I just gotta start packing.

Have a great week everyone!

Karen

Lena B
October 24th, 2012, 10:55 AM
Woo-Hoo! It sounds like a great weekend Karen - even though we missed seeing you for the gumbo cook-off. We did manage to bring home some fun wine - We got the big-a$$ed bottle of Uppercut that looks really fun in the kitchen. It's as big as 4 normal bottles - I think it's called a double magnum. We might have to rent a wheelchair to bring it on the ship in February! We did get some yummy wines to bring along and a bottle of one star champagne.

I'm so glad that your dog sitter worked out. Having someone dependable to watch the animals and house makes such a big difference in life.

Ann, your surprise sounds like soooo much fun. I'd sure love to have someone surprise me with a cruise!

Eva, your weekend sounds really wonderful! Have you decided on the 12/12/12 wedding? Shall I throw the keyboard on an airplane and surprise you at the courthouse? We really do need to plan a 12/12/12 celebration in Arkansas. That may be when we open the big-a$$ed bottle of wine - to toast your marriage!

Time to go play with melted beeswax!

vriecke
October 24th, 2012, 11:15 AM
Woo-Hoo!
Eva, your weekend sounds really wonderful! Have you decided on the 12/12/12 wedding? Shall I throw the keyboard on an airplane and surprise you at the courthouse? We really do need to plan a 12/12/12 celebration in Arkansas. That may be when we open the big-a$$ed bottle of wine - to toast your marriage!


Eva, the 12/12/12 date for your wedding is perfect! It also happens to be the birthday of my youngest son, who will be 42. Yikes!!!!:eek::eek::eek:
We will definitely be remembering you (and your love) on that wonderful day!
My oldest son, whose birthday is 12/23, keeps saying he's going to get gypped out of a birthday, since it's 2 days after the end of the world, according to the Mayan Calendar. But I bought him a real, ordinary, "Mayan" calendar when we were in Costa Maya in February, and it goes all the way to Dec. 31, 2012, so no worries.

Lena B
October 24th, 2012, 10:42 PM
Thank you, Ginny! I've been so worried! It's nice to know that we'll be able to make it until New Year's Eve - I guess our merry little ghosties will be enjoying that aft of the Star in February. That's a good thing, because I hear that calories don't count in the afterlife....bring on the margaritas! Let's hear it for more creme brulee! You're in a sweet suite - can't you order up endless chocolate fountains from Le Bistro for your cruise buddies????

dr.d
October 27th, 2012, 02:25 AM
Eva, How perfect for a wedding day... 12/12/12! Actually any day would be a good one to wish the very best for you and Preben!

Ginny, Soybean's birthday is Dec. 23 also. He'll be 4 this year and it hasn't bothered him yet that he is doing double duty with Christmas gifts. It's so nice to be so young that every day is its own new adventure and not to be tied to a specific occasion or event. I love being drawn into his world and lingering there.

Holstebro
October 27th, 2012, 06:09 AM
Karen, it sounds like you have had a really fun time in Memphis. Long Island Ice Tea (no matter which version) is, in fac, my favourite drink but the name of it is very deceptive. I still remember having two of them last New Year's Eve - and they finished me off - and on our Baltic cruise in July, they were part of our all inclusive beverage package:p

As for 12/12/12, we have not done much planning yet. However, I did try out a couple of dresses yesterday in downtown Holstebro, so hopefully I'll be able to find one that fits me and can be used for other purposes, too. I'd love for you to toast me on our wedding day - or even better, to fly over for a surprise visit:D. Do bear in mind the time difference. Our wedding will be at 1.30 pm Danish time because unfortunately 12 o'clock was already taken when we got our acts together and contacted the city hall.

Ginny, I'd better congratulate your son on his 42nd birthday now because I'm afraid I'm going to forget it in december:) Hopefully, the Mayans will be wrong when it comes to forecasting the end of the world - as many others before them.

Have a nice weekend everybody. I'll spend most of the time grading English papers:( and looking out the window where the first frost of the year has taken its toll of my flowers.

Lena B
October 27th, 2012, 09:55 PM
Eva, if it's 1:30 pm on 12/12/12 in Denmark what time and date is it here? I'm serious about popping open something to toast you! If I can't hop on a plane, sending good cheer from half-way across the world might be my only gift, unless you and Prebin can make it onto the Star or the Sun - then I could up the ante!

Everyone, send some good MOJO to Dianne & Tommy's grandson, Zack. He was involved in a 4-wheeler accident this afternoon. They look for a good recovery, but a bit of a head injury and surgery are probably involved. She'll post more when she gets time, I'm sure...meanwhile...sending MAJOR MOJO & hugs from Benton, Di!

Donna, even if birthday/Christmas becomes a squished up holiday for Soybean when he's older, I'm pretty sure that little boy is the best Christmas gift you ever received! It sounds like he's much better than the red rider bb gun or a Schwinn Bike or a Betsy Wetsy...

alwalaska
October 27th, 2012, 10:14 PM
Donna, lots of prayers and Mojo heading out for Zack and the family. Accidents are always scary.

NewYearsBaby
October 28th, 2012, 01:45 AM
Thank you, Lena. I just logged on here to tell everybody about our beloved boy and ask for prayers and mojo, and find that you've already done it for me. I love this group. I sincerely thank God for this group of friends because I feel that together we find miracles.

Zack, our first grandchild, is a terrific 16-year-old with a great head on his shoulders. Good driver (I've ridden with him and I'm pretty easily spooked as a passenger). He and his friend were visiting us for the weekend. We live in a very rural area with little traffic. G-Dad (Tommy my DH) and Zack and his friend were working on a project that involved woodworking. Some tools they were needing were at Zack's Aunt's house (my daughter Laura) about half a mile away. So Zack went on the ATV to get them. On the way back, he remembers that he suddenly was unable to steer it, lost control and went a few yards off the road. He doesn't remember it overturning. Thank God he was thrown clear of it. Thank God Laura was on her way to our house. Thank God a perfect stranger noticed the overturned ATV and went to investigate. Thank God he saw Laura and flagged her down. Thank God our nurse- practitioner-neighbor/bff was home and went there immediately. Thank God that, even though he's in the hospital and in a great deal of pain, he can be fixed.

He has a number of facial compound fractures, jawbone on both sides, nose, the bones under his eyes. He has some pretty bad abrasions on his right leg. Some bruising. That's bad of course, but that's all. No spinal injuries. No other broken bones. We are anticipating surgery. A neurosurgeon will be watching him for signs of any more serious head injury but fairly certain he's in the clear in that regard. Please keep him uppermost in your prayers and I will keep you updated.

vriecke
October 28th, 2012, 07:57 AM
Di and Tommy, lots of prayers heading your way from us. Sometimes things do seem miraculous. We saw that when my granddaughter was diagnosed with Leukemia. I firmly believe that, since God knew ahead of time, all of the people who would be praying for her, that the gave her "advance credit".
May He bless Zack and his family with healing and peace.

Oh, I've sent along a lot of this, too:

http://i1115.photobucket.com/albums/k547/vriecke/For%20Cruise%20Critics/mojo.gif

NewYearsBaby
October 28th, 2012, 09:25 AM
Thank you, Ginny!! He was kept comfortable last night. We are anxiously waiting to hear from the maxilofacial (sp?) surgeon and the neurologist. I certainly believe Zack had some advance credit yesterday (though I wouldn't have thought to put it that way, thanks for that!).

Holstebro
October 28th, 2012, 01:21 PM
Dianne, I'm sending lots of mojo and prayers to Zack and to the rest of the family. What a shock it must have been to all of you, and his injuries sound pretty bad. However, thank goodness he has not suffered any spinal injuries, so I do hope he will be able to fully recover. From what you have written about Zack in the past, he sounds like a terrific young man, so hopefully all the love he is surrounded by will help him through this ordeal. Keep us posted, please.

alwalaska
October 28th, 2012, 07:42 PM
Hello from Miami! This really is not my favorite place to sail from, but the surprise tomorrow is going to be awesome!

I will try and post a quick message from my phone after we get there. I probably am not savy enough to post a picture from the phone, but I will post pictures and/or video when I get back on Friday. :)

Donna, I hope to hear that Zack is all better by the time I get home. You have provided a good lesson for all of us on attitude. While you could have been bemoaning why it was his vehicle that lost control, you were counting your blessings.

NewYearsBaby
October 29th, 2012, 12:18 AM
The blessings have been numerous. Zack knows it too. Today, Laura said, "he might not feel so lucky right now" and he was quick to say "Yes I do!" He has been surrounded by so much love. When we arrived today, the youth minister from his church was there and we gathered around his bed to pray for him. Another friend from church and her mother were there later. And family. His surgery has been scheduled for Tuesday (don't know a time yet). Please continue to send your healing thoughts.
Ann, best of luck with your surprise for Melissa. I hope you have a very, very large time!

alwalaska
October 29th, 2012, 04:34 PM
We pullled it off. She was totally surprised. She is happy but not sure if she is glad we surprised her.

vriecke
October 29th, 2012, 04:58 PM
We pullled it off. She was totally surprised. She is happy but not sure if she is glad we surprised her.

Ann, good for you! What a wonderful surprise!!! Now you will really be able to enjoy your cruise, knowing all your hard work paid off. Have a fantastic time!:D:D

3dogsrule
October 29th, 2012, 07:22 PM
Congrats Ann! I'm sure y'all will have a wonderful time and it will have all been worth it!

Big mojo going to Zack with his surgery scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. I have utter faith it will all go well and he'll be on the road to recovery very shortly.

Also mojo going out to the people out in the Northeast! If anybody has talked to their family/friends getting tortured by Hurricane Sandy, please let us know how they're doing.

I gotta go do some more packing for the girlie cruise!

NewYearsBaby
October 29th, 2012, 08:27 PM
My daughter-in-law's parents live on Long Island and didn't evacuate. They are without power but doing okay.

I have New Jersey acquaintances from a previous cruise. I hope they will check in.

Good going, Ann. Have a great time and come back to us with details!

Zack should be able to leave the hospital tomorrow after surgery. G-Dad has already stocked him up on the groceries he needs to maintain a liquid diet.

Lena B
October 29th, 2012, 10:40 PM
Dianne - I'm glad to hear that Zack is doing ok! I'll have to get busy concocting the perfect liquid Thanksgiving dinner recipes for you. A pumpkin pie milkshake topped with homemade whipped cream sounds pretty darn good - that may just begin a new Thanksgiving tradition!

I have talked to my friends in NY/NJ. My buddy in Brooklyn said that some of the wind gusts made him think "Just make it stop!" (The 5th floor can really sway in those winds!) He still has power and phone, but no cable or internet. My friend in JC still has a roof on her house (the original portion was built in the 1700's) but she has her hands full with her invalid mother who survived the bombing of Berlin as a teenager...it doesn't take much to set off full panic mode. She said the pavillion in the nearby park was gone. I'm glad to not be a resident tonight!

Ann, I'm so happy that the Melissa surprise worked! Silly girl, if she doesn't totally appreciate it. Luddie, just so you know, you can surprise me with a cruise to any where any time. I'll happy do Alaska in a red nightie or the Caribbean in footed pajamas!

Dianne and Karen - enjoy the girlie cruise! Give me a toast at Nachi! Give us all a toast! Cheers to you all, Cinderellas!

Ginny, our leaves are starting to change, but they're not really in sync this year. I love when they all change at one time and we have the red leaves on the dogwoods, with the yellow from the hickories and maples, and the orange tones from the oaks all going off at once! A lot of years we have a real TA-DA day - open the blinds and say "Hello Fall!". This year it's really stretching out. One thing is for sure. The BIG leaf drop will occur the week after we set out the one hundred and (how many, Luddie?) soldiers... You should just travel up to Arkansas for the Italian Christmas Feast and kick the silly leaves on the ground!

dr.d
October 29th, 2012, 11:22 PM
Ann, I am so glad Melissa was surprised. Have a great cruise and stay away from Sandy!

Di and Karen, enjoy the cruise and try not to get into too much girl trouble with La!

Sandy hit dead center in our little town, Avalon, NJ. Most of southern NJ and all the barrier islands were evacuated so I hope there won't be any fatalities. I haven't heard from my friends how the houses or island has survived but it seems things are okay according to the County information system.

Prayers to all touched by the storm.

dr.d
October 29th, 2012, 11:31 PM
Di, how is Zack doing? I've been so engrossed in the storm the past 2 days that I didn't read about the accident until tonight. I hope Zach is doing better and sending love and prayers to all of you!

NewYearsBaby
October 30th, 2012, 12:20 AM
Oh yes, Donna, I forgot for a moment that you are a New Jersey/Pennsylvania girl at heart. Prayers for you and those you know who are touched by this awful storm.

Zack is keeping the faith. He's such a great young man. I can't even begin to tell you how special he is. He thought he would get to go home today for some 24 - 36 hours before surgery and he was looking forward to it. But then some doctors' orders got messed up and the "red tape" got stuck so he's still in hospital until probably Wednesday morning after tomorrow's surgery. I actually don't think it's such a bad thing that he's in the hospital.
Tommy and he will play cards and board games tomorrow while they await his late afternoon surgery appointment.
Tommy and Zack's Uncle Calvin went today to stock up on whey protein, cream of chicken soup, v-8 Fusion, etc. to try to satisfy his teenage boy appetite during the recuperation phase!
Poor guy. He's starving!

Holstebro
October 30th, 2012, 04:57 PM
Dianne: I hope Zack's surgery has gone well by the time you read this (he might actually be undergoing surgery right now as I write). I do hope you will be able to leave for your girlie cruise with Karen and Laura without worrying too much about Zack's recovery.

Ann: I'm so happy to hear that your surprise plans worked out and I look forward to hearing more about your cruise.

Donna: I hope Sandy has not caused too much damage to your beloved New Jersey but the pictures published by various media do not hold any good news.

Lena: I'd love to see your soldiers in the leaves. Our leaves are all colours of yellow and red right now, but unfortunately the rain does not allow them to fall gracefully to the ground:(

Karen: Happy packing:D I suppose the dogs can feel something's going on and hate it.....

dr.d
October 30th, 2012, 09:51 PM
No news is good news from New Jersey. The island is still evacuated so I hope to hear more from neighbors in the next few days.

I'm sitting here playing the completion of my costume. I'm a moose. And, thinking of the fun ahead for my friends on SWOOSHHHHH duty.

Ann, please enjoy listening to the ocean for me. Not the hurricane crashing sound just the SWOOOSHHHH lullaby.

Oh, Dianne, Karen and Lala..... hear it for me too!

NewYearsBaby
October 31st, 2012, 12:06 AM
No news is good news from New Jersey. The island is still evacuated so I hope to hear more from neighbors in the next few days.

I'm sitting here playing the completion of my costume. I'm a moose. And, thinking of the fun ahead for my friends on SWOOSHHHHH duty.

Ann, please enjoy listening to the ocean for me. Not the hurricane crashing sound just the SWOOOSHHHH lullaby.

Oh, Dianne, Karen and Lala..... hear it for me too!
Karen and Lala and I will be hearing the swoooosh very soon, Donna. And we will enjoy it enough for all of us!
I just five minutes ago heard that Zack's surgery is finished and went well. Now he just has to get through a few weeks of discomfort and liquid diet.

Lena B
October 31st, 2012, 12:12 AM
Swwwwooooosssshhhh right back at ya, Donna! I did talk to my friend in Brooklyn today and he's pretty isolated and bored, but didn't even loose power, although he lost cable tv & internet. I haven't been able to talk to my friend in Jersey City- I suspect they are without power, but I trust that everyone's ok, since I haven't heard differently. I hope that you find all is well with your friends.

I'm ready for the lovely Swwwoooossssshhh of our February cruise and I hope that we'll have two more friends joining us - and one's another Suzy! Jan is my painting buddy - so maybe we'll be able to concoct some more Nachi souveniers for everyone. I wish that it were easier to travel with melted beeswax and pigments and hot plates, heat guns and torches....Jan is also a brilliant potter - One of my favorite pieces that she has done is a snake platter...She has a series of dishes that have these jungly snakey patterns all over them and she uses really nice earthy colors. I'm really hoping that she and her Suzy travel with us.

Soon our Arkansas Lake Ladies will be hearing that Swwoooossshhhh for us! Then it's our turn together again! I'm planning on the BIGGEST aft party that the Star has ever seen...I do pity any poor stick in the muds who've booked back there that week! I hope that those 10(?) cabins are ready for some fun...

We don't have big Halloween plans. Sadly, no trick or treaters at our house, maybe we'll find a scarey movie, or maybe I'll pull out a Stephen King novel tonight.

Eva, I'm not so sure that our leaves all fall graciously to the ground! Right now we have a lot of graceful flutterers. But as soon as we put out the Christmas stuff...we're guaranteed to have a huge rain/wind storm that forces a lot of wet brown leaves to thud themselves all over our majestic soldiers!

I am already looking forward to and preparing for all of our Christmas fun. It's time to start getting those little duckies in order. By the time that we get all of the duckies put back into storage....SSSSwwwwwoooooshhhh and giggle, giggle, giggle!

Dianne - again we were posting at the same time! I'm glad that Zack's surgery went well. I do want to prepare a few Thanksgiving through a straw surprises for him.

NewYearsBaby
October 31st, 2012, 12:08 PM
He rested fairly well last night. Still in hospital. Won't discharge him until he's steady on his feet and that hasn't happened yet. Apparently he's a real light-weight when it comes to anesthesia and pain meds.
I think that's a good thing.
Funny thing for him to remember, sedated and in the middle of the night. When I had oral surgery seven years ago - he was just nine years old - I had a bell to ring when I needed someone to do something for me. He asked in the wee hours of the morning if he could borrow my bell!!

vriecke
October 31st, 2012, 01:37 PM
Di - so glad to hear that he is doing well. Still sending lots of prayers for his recovery!

NewYearsBaby
October 31st, 2012, 09:50 PM
Thank you. He still needs lots of prayers. And good old-fashioned mojo.
He is home now and last I heard was playing video games with his friend (the same friend who was visiting here with him when the accident happened - sweet, wonderful kid AND GOOD FRIEND TO OUR ZACK-MAN!) Z had consumed a Boost shake and pronounced it to be pretty good.
He hates the taste of the liquid pain meds, so only took half of what he was allowed.
He has a big old cow bell to summon for help.
SIX WEEKS ... I just keep telling myself ... six weeks and he will be back to normal.

dr.d
November 1st, 2012, 12:28 AM
Di, I am so happy to hear that Zach is doing well. Mucho mojo coming his way!

Holstebro
November 1st, 2012, 04:58 PM
Thank you. He still needs lots of prayers. And good old-fashioned mojo.

SIX WEEKS ... I just keep telling myself ... six weeks and he will be back to normal.

I'm glad to hear that Zack's surgery went well. But six weeks - that's a long time:( However, if that's what it takes to bring him back to his former self, then I suppose he should consider himself lucky. Still, he'll probably be bored and frustrated and restless before he gets to the end of his recuperation period. Lots of prayers and mojo for him.

Di and Karen and Laura: When will you leave home for your cruise? Is anybody else joining you? When is Laura's birthday - and what are your plans for that day?
I've just realized that I do not even know your itinerary?

Happy cruising to you and have a Swooooosh time:D

NewYearsBaby
November 1st, 2012, 09:08 PM
We considered canceling the cruise after Zack got hurt. It was (is) really hard to imagine having a jolly good time. But surgery is done and successful. He'll probably even go back to school before we get back home. Tommy assured us he will step in and stay with Zack as long as he needs someone so Molly can get back to her job.

So there's truly not much we would be doing for him next week anyway. Even if insurance reimbursed us for a cancelation, it would be hard to find a different week we could go for the same amount of money. We chose well when we chose next week.
So we will proceed with our plans. Leaving Saturday for the drive toward Galveston but we won't actually arrive in Galveston until Sunday morning. We plan to enjoy Galveston for about 24 hours before boarding the ship on Monday. It's a five night cruise with two sea days and two port days: Cozumel and Progreso Mexico.

It's just Karen and Laura and me (well, and a whole boatload of other people but we don't know them!)

Her birthday is actually the 12th so we will return home the day before the big day. But next week worked best for several reasons. This ship alternates 4 and 5 day cruises and we wanted the 5 day itinerary. It's a day when La already had two days out of school. And it was a really good price.

NewYearsBaby
November 2nd, 2012, 12:12 AM
:eek:Well, I guess it's obvious I'm tired. It's a week - not a day - when she already has two days off. And we'll be coming home on the 10th, so I guess that's two days before her birthday.
Whew. Glad I got that straightened out before someone made fun of me.:o

Holstebro
November 2nd, 2012, 05:08 AM
:eek:Well, I guess it's obvious I'm tired. It's a week - not a day - when she already has two days off. And we'll be coming home on the 10th, so I guess that's two days before her birthday.
Whew. Glad I got that straightened out before someone made fun of me.:o

We would never make fun of you:rolleyes:

Anyway, it sounds like you have carefully considered which week to cruise and which itinerary to choose (viz. the longer one), but of course you had no possible ways to foresee Zack's accident. However, I'm sure he would strongly resist your cancelling the cruise because of him, so even though you cannot help worrying about him I hope you will eventually be able to enjoy yourselves on the cruise. You owe that to yourselves - and especially to Laura.

Have a safe drive to Galveston and have fun ashore as well as onboard:D

NewYearsBaby
November 2nd, 2012, 08:38 AM
Yes, especially Laura needs a diversion. She's the one who found him. I may have said this already. She thought she was responding to a stranger. He was lying face down. Her first impression was of a 20-or-so year old (he's very tall). Then she recognized his hat lying on the ground and she knew. But she didn't know how badly he was injured or even if he was dead or alive. It was ony a heart-stopping moment before he responded to her, but she's having trouble sleeping and she cries every time she thinks about it. There are just no words for how she loves him. She did a lot of care-taking when he was little and his mom was a single mother, in college and working. La couldn't love a son more than she loves Zack.

Well, anyway, I'm being a downer. This has been emotionally draining and you all are my dear friends. We will have a good, warm, sunny, healing week and when we get back we'll be less than three months from our own reunion swoooooooosh! Except Eva, but you'll be there in spirit, right, Eva?

vriecke
November 2nd, 2012, 09:31 AM
Di, I thank God every day that Zack is healing well, and that you and Laura are able to take a little time off. Nobody knows that better than I do. Last November was particularly bad for me, and Bill & I managed to get away during the week between Christmas and New Year's. It was just a few days, but enough to heal a little. Hoping this trip will do that for both of you. Karen, I know you must be missing Ken a lot, so this will be good for you, as well.
I'm glad things worked out so well for Zack and the cruise timing. I firmly believe there are no coincidences.
Have a blast, and consume a few Margaritas for me!



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NewYearsBaby
November 2nd, 2012, 04:55 PM
Thank you, Ginny!!! We promise to have one for you, and one for Eva, and one for Lena, and one for Donna, and one for Suzy, and one for ......

I got my hair deep conditioned and trimmed today and got a pedicure so I'm definitely getting in the mood!!

This probably won't be my last post before boarding because Karen is going to give me a lesson on how to CC from my iphone.

Hooooooooo--oo-weeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Holstebro
November 3rd, 2012, 07:31 AM
Dianne, finding Zack must have been the worst experience ever for Laura, so I hope the cruise will make all of you think happier thoughts and relax. I'll be with you in spirit and if only you tell me when you will be sailing, I'll figure out the time difference and toast your sailaway:)

alwalaska
November 3rd, 2012, 09:56 AM
Hi all! I'm glad that Zack is still healing well. Have an awesome cruise if you aren't all gone already.

The surprise was great and so was the cruise. I tried to get off a message to you all, but I'm not sure if I succeeded. I will try and post more tonight. We are hitting the road again on our drive home. I will post pictures and videos soon.

vriecke
November 3rd, 2012, 09:57 AM
Hi all! I'm glad that Zack is still healing well. Have an awesome cruise if you aren't all gone already.

The surprise was great and so was the cruise. I tried to get off a message to you all, but I'm not sure if I succeeded. I will try and post more tonight. We are hitting the road again on our drive home. I will post pictures and videos soon.
Ann - welcome back! So glad everything went well. Can't wait to hear all the details!

Holstebro
November 3rd, 2012, 11:33 AM
Welcome back, Ann. I look forward to hearing how it went and to see pics and videos from your fabulous surprise cruise:D

Lena B
November 3rd, 2012, 10:32 PM
Welcome back from me too, Ann! Put me on the list of people who need a cruise fix!

dr.d
November 3rd, 2012, 11:08 PM
Welcome home Ann! Bon Voyage to Di, Karen and La!!!!

NewYearsBaby
November 3rd, 2012, 11:24 PM
Thanks everyone for the warm Bon voyage wishes. We have completed leg one of our journey and we are still friends! Eva our sail away is Monday the 5th at 4 pm central standard - no longer daylight - time. Karen says hi to all. She is letting me read and post from her iPad. Ann we do look forward to hearing more.

Lena B
November 3rd, 2012, 11:49 PM
Have a great time! I've been thinking of you 3 today. Is Galveston wonderful? Cheers!

3dogsrule
November 4th, 2012, 07:51 AM
Welcome back Ann! Glad y'all had a great time!

We should be in Galveston later this morning, there was a huge motorcycle rally in Galveston this weekend that prevented us from getting a reasonably priced room so we stayed near Houston last night. But we'll finish the journey this morning and get to enjoy the island for a bit. Some rain moved thru overnight but it looks like we'll have beautiful weather today. Di and I are chugging motel swill coffee right now trying to let La catch up on some sleep (love that the time change hit this weekend, the extra hour was appreciated!!).

Holstebro
November 4th, 2012, 05:07 PM
Thank you for the update, Karen, and for letting me know when to toast your sail away:) I hope Calveston has been good to you and that you are now ready for some real R & R. Please soak up some sun for me:D

Lena B
November 4th, 2012, 10:49 PM
Cheers, Dears! Have an awesome Girlie Cruise!