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PRINCESS CAYS, BAHAMAS September 19, 2010

So this is a private beach for Princess cruise lines.  It is really nice.  Secluded and fairly private.  We spent the day here.  We rented a private bungalow for our family.  We didn’t spend much time there.  We did some snorkeling and enjoyed the beach.  So here is our day in pictures.

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Welcome to St. Martin or st. maarten or sint maarten September 18, 2010

Anyway you spell it, it is magnificent!  Wow what a wonderful place.  My step nephew is living here in Philipsburg going to medical school.  So while my brother and his wife spent the day with him, my mom sister and husband explored the shopping!  Here are some photos of our arrival to the island.




Chris (hubby), Steven (brother), Mom.




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144    Me again…cover your eyes for the next one.  I think this is called copping a feel.  Ahahahhaa.



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We found an amazing chocolate place here on this side street.  And a great french owned cafe where we ate lunch.  The french bottled water was yummy.  The cafe was really trendy and the eating area was located upstairs from a store front.  The following are photos of my lil box o chocolate and the interior of the cafe.




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We did get lunch here…we were famished so there was no time for photos of it.  Basically pretty generic club sandwiches.  Nothing fancy.  But there were other patrons who had pizza that looked just amazing. 


And no Chris did not allow me to shop here…..sometimes he is a poopy head!  🙂


And everyone was very surprised that I actually owned real estate on the island!


171 The beach was great but the island had just been hit my hurricane Earl.  So there were so many seashells I could not even walk along or in the water without risking cutting my feet.  I did go in but I was the only one.  The piles of stuff you see in the picture are piles of debris they were raking up from the storm.  Lots of bottles, glass, and junk.



Our ship along with one from Royal.


So that is some of the fun from the Isle of St. Martin.  We had lots of fun and the weather was perfect. 



THE SHIP September 17, 2010



This is not a stock photo from the company but one I took.  This ship is big and awsome.   I have been on 6 prior cruises and this is the biggest ship so far.




I took so many pics I am having a hard time choosing which ones to post.  I don’t want to overwhelm every post with to many.  But then again nobody reads this so I guess it’s pretty much just for me anyway.    So anyway the ship was great.  Had some really nice features.  The crew on the other hand was not the most friendly that I have ever dealt with.  It seems the higher up the food chain the cruise line the bitchier the people. 


View from the onboard gym






FINALLY!!  Finally I am here to update my blog from vacation.  It has been a busy week getting back in the swing of things.  Vacation was really a great time.  The weather was perfect!  We could not have asked for better.  It was all sun and sand!  I took a tons of pictures and I am determined to get them on here.  So I will try and do them in separate posts depending on location.  I also just uploaded Windows Writer so that is new to me and I am trying to figure that out as well.  I also have news about work etc.  so I will work on getting all of that posted as well.  So my first post is from the airplane on our way to Ft. Lauderdale.


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Ft. Lauderdale Crown Plaza

This was our pre cruise hotel  My hubby and my mom stayed here.  Really a nice place and brand new.  However it really is not convenient to much.  It was a taxi ride to get anywhere which really made us stay there most of the time.  Which was ok with us.  We spent a lot of time in the pool.  And even though it was the first day of my vacation I did get a work out in.  I wanted to run down near the beach or boat docks but my husband did not think that was a great idea so I ended up running on the treadmill and putting some time in on the eliptical.  So here are some photos of our room and the fab pool. 

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We also had dinner at the BEST pizza place……so yummy we need one of these in Cleveland.  ANTHONY’S COAL FIRED PIZZA.  Oh how I wish for a slice now.

gift_card I could not seem to find the photos that I took there.  But trust me when I say delicous! 

So that was pretty much our time in Ft. Lauderdale.  It was relaxing and fun.  We could see our ship from the roof top pool area and it made us very excited for the week ahead.



Self pity & Vacation September 2, 2010

Sometimes things don’t go like we had hoped they would.  Recently my life has not been going in the direction that I like.  Things have not been well on the home front with kids and spouse.  It has been extremely STRESSFUL!  I have been drowning in it for at least 2 weeks now.  But today if even only briefly that ends.  As of 5pm today I am officially starting my vacation!  On Saturday morning my husband and I will be flying to Ft. Lauderdale.  And on Sunday afternoon we will be boarding a Princess cruise bound for the Virgin Islands.  We are going with my mother, sister, brother and sister in law.  I have had so much stress at home I have had a really hard time getting excited for this trip.  But I have realized that this is not only exactly what I need but I deserve it.  And I feel fortunate to even be doing this.  This trip to many people would be there dream vacation and I have to really appreciate it for what it is.  And I do …. I do appreciate the fact that I can go on a fab vacation with my family!!!  The stress will still be here when I get home.  And what happens after that well I will worry about it then.  I am going to try and get my head on straight, get some really great excercise, take tons and tons of pics and eat super yummy stuff.  This is my first vacation since my almost 100 pound weight loss and I am taking advantage of every moment of it.  I will finally feel comfortable on the beach and at the pool and dressing up for dinner!  I have been on 5 or 6 cruises but this one is special.  And I will make the most of every moment.  Goodbye stress I will see your ugly ass when I get back!