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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

DOWN BY THE SEA.........

more info on our DREAM CRUISE.......


HAS ANYONE NOTICED THE 'CRUISE COUNTDOWN' BUTTON ON MY SIDEBAR?
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DON'T YOU JUST LOVE IT WHEN ONE OF YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE !!?
I've always wanted to cruise !! On a hugh, fancy, beautiful ship to beautiful places!
Most of our family have been blessed to take cruises but.....
Bill and I have never had the pleasure.....until...
NOW ........... WOOOOO HOOOO, BABY...
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the WONDERMENT of all this, however, is the following fact:
My daughter, her hubby and 4 kids are going....
My son, his wife and 4 of their kids are going.....
Bill and I are going...............................................
WE...... ALL 14 OF US...........ARE GOING.....TOGETHER !
NOW, THAT IS ....AWESOME !
i am just beside myself !!!!!!
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THIS MAGNIFICENT SHIP IS THE CARNIVAL CONQUEST
one of the newest and largest in the Carnival fleet.....

OH HONEY !
taking a cruise during OFF SEASON, of course, is much more reasonable, PRICE-WISE ...

our kids are all good students and their parents decided missing one week of school wouldn't harm them....
you can't imagine how excited all the kids are...getting to take a week out of school....
going with their COUSINS on a 7 day cruise is just about more than they can stand...oh, what memories will be made on THIS fabulous vacation !!

they tell me that the swimming pool is salt water...they empty it each night and refill it each morning.............
AMAZING!
just take a look at ALL those loungers around the pool.....
the granddaughters just CAN'T WAIT to show me all around the ship...
all the fun things to do....
all the delicious and plentful foods offered...
the snorkling in COZUMEL, MEXICO....
the RAIN FOREST in JAMAICA
(oh, my gosh...i can't EVEN believe i am going to JAMAICA!!...if my hair were only longer, i would get those braids with all the colorful beads!!ha ha....)
the 5 granddaughters will SURE be having their hair braided by the Jamaican ladies on the beach....myself ?.....i will settle for a fantastic T-SHIRT or whatever treasures i might find waiting for me....
in this enchanted land that i've never been to before .....
i just can't wait to see the SUNRISES and the SUNSETS,
out on this beautiful world of WATER and SKY..
i know it is all going to be so beautiful and just breathtaking....


Our cruise itinerary is :
SUNDAY: LEAVE GALVESTON (has been changed to HOUSTON, due to IKE)
MONDAY: FUN DAY AT SEA
TUESDAY: FUN DAY AT SEA
WEDNESDAY: MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
THURSDAY: GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS
FRIDAY: COZUEL, MEXICO
SATURDAY: FUN DAY AT SEA
SUNDAY: GALVESON (probably HOUSTON)
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ALL THIS TAKES PLACE, STARTING
OCTOBER 12TH....

I have clothes, suitcases, hanging bags, shoes, undies, pj's, hair dryer, curling iron, makeup....
ALL kinds of STUFF already COVERING my bedroom....
should i take THIS top to go with THIS pair of shorts....
but THIS top will actually go with BOTH pairs of THESE shorts....
ahhh, and there's my BRAND NEW, AFTER 5 outfit that i just can't wait to wear...
and THESE shoes, that i bought 2 years ago and only worn that one time,....they will look FABULOUS with this new coctail dress !!!
i am SO excited !!

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love, bj

37 comments:

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi BJ,
What fun! Hope you enjoy it! I've never been on a cruise...but am going on one next summer.
Diane

Kathleen Grace said...

Oh BJ! The only thing better than going on a cruise is taking the whole family with you! I am so excited for you,I am sure it will be so much fun. I have never been on a cruise but the area you are going sounds so wonderful:>) I can't wait to hear all about it!

Stacey said...

BJ, you know we are all so happy for you. You obviously enjoy your family so much. This will be a wonderful adventure. Can't wait to hear more. :)

Beverly said...

It is all just too exciting for words. I am so happy for you.

santamaker said...

B.J.,
I'm so excited for you! Cruisin' IS life, is our motto! We usually take a cruise once a year and since the first one, 12 years ago, are seriously addicted. You will have a blast! Take tons of pictures! Carnival is such a fun ship... .lots of entertainment!
Girl...so happy for ya!
Be Good,
SAnta

Smilingsal said...

I've never been on a cruise, but my son thinks that it's the only way to vacation. I think the idea of including your family is the BEST! Dream on.

Sweetie said...

Good Morning BJ, I am sooooooo very happy for you and your family. It is great that you are all going together. We have only been on one cruise. That was three years ago. It was an eight day cruise. We left out of Philadelphia and went to Nova Scotia. The best part is that 14 of you are going together. You can eat all day and never have to cook. I loved wearing a cocktail dress and getting our pictures taken. Your itinerary sounds wonderful.
I wanted to tell you that Halloween is my second favorite holiday also. I love to dress up. Before I retired, some of us in the office would dress up every year. We would try to see who was the ugliest, prettiest, etc. It was so much fun. We have "Trick or Treat" night in our little town and the next night have a wonderful parade. It's great fun.
Love,
Sweetie

Brown-Eyes said...

Hey BJ...Cruising is the BEST vacation! My only advice to you is take stretch waistband clothing,
'cuz you will eat yourself silly...and why not??? It is part of the adventure... ;-) Bo

Twice as Nice said...

How wonderful for you. A once in a lifetime-take lots of pictures-eat lots of food-soak in the sun and the surroundings-enjoy the love of family trip-PRICELESS!!! Heaven for 7 days. ENJOY!! Twin2

GABRIELA DELWORTH said...

Good morning,

This sounds like a wonderful trip!
Can't wait to see photos! Enjoy!

~ Gabriela ~

jeanne said...

BJ, I am jealous, I love to go on a cruise. My dh and my family and friends (50) went on a Carnival cruise on our 25th wedding anniversary. We had the time of our lives. All of my family came along except one sister. You are going to have the most wonderful trip with your family ever. Cruising is a total luxury. All you have to do is have fun. I am so happy for you all.

It is 47 degrees this am, we put the fireplace on (gas). I love this time of year. Slowly I have managed to decorate for fall. My dh could not find my box of fall things in the attic. sigh. Men are so blind and I can't get up their yet. Thanks for asking I am improving each day.

I love your pumpkins on your header. I wish I could change mine at will.

Hugs and love...Jeanne

Marcela said...

Hi dear
I've noticed the cruise countdown on your side bar. and it was the way I knew that you are going to a cruise!!! It is Amazing BJ !!!! I would love to go on a cruise someday!
Please visit my blog, there is something waiting for you
Hugs
Marcela

PEA said...

Why don't you make it 15 and let me come along???? hehe Oh BJ, I'm soooo excited for you!! How wonderful that not only will this be your first cruise but that your family is coming along as well...what fun!!! I've never been on a cruise but I've heard how wonderful they are. You will have so much fun and of course we're expecting you to take tons of pictures:-) xoxo

nikkicrumpet said...

I think somebody needs to send a warning message to the cruise ship.....LOOK OUT BJ IS COMING ABOARD!!! BATTEN THE HATCHES AND MAN THE LIFE BOATS!!!! You are gonna have such a wonderful time!!! I'm so tickled for you...and I'm jealous of anyone who is gonna be on the same boat...because I just know you're gonna add spice and fun to this cruise! And oh my the pictures you're gonna bring back to us!!!

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh you LUCKY dog you ! Take about a million pics and show everyone of them to us ! can't wait !

beddow said...

Oh wow! I am excited and I am not even going! BJ be sure and take pictures to share with us! Most of all I wish you the best of times on your cruise.

Betty

Nancy said...

Oh BJ, You will have so much fun. What a blessing your family gets to go along too! Nancy

Alice said...

the trip of a lifetime for sure. have a safe and wonderful time! will be eager to see photos etc.
blessings, al

Cyndy said...

Oh, I'm so happy for you! You're going to love it!!!! Take in everything, all the sites, the fresh smell of the ocean, the wonderful smell of the food, the great shows. And since you're back to walking, it's great walking around the ship, such great things to see that you won't even realize you're walking!!!! My sweet hubby took me on a cruise 3 years ago for our 30th anniversary and it was awesome. We left out of Galveston, too. Take lots of pictures and oh, you're going to have so much to tell us when you get back!!!!
Cyndy

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Oh My Gosh! What fun! You lucky girl you. Take lots of pictures so we can feel like we went with you too!
Hugs,
Peny

Karen said...

What a fun trip! I've been on one cruise; a river cruise on the Danube and it was great. Much smaller ship than yours. My mom would already be packed weeks ahead for trips and then be unpacking and repacking! Have a wonderful time. Karen

Picket said...

Oh girl I am sitting here with tears in my eyes as I read your post! I am so happy for you sweetie and to get to go with all the family!!!!! Yahoo...that is my kind of vacation! Take lots of pictures and make notes so you won't forget a single detail to tell us about! lol

Susie said...

Your will have a fabulous time. Bill and I love to cruise. It's such a relaxing way to travel. I always take way too many clothes..
hugs))

Mary said...

Oh how exciting!!! I'm sure you will have loads of fun, and take lots of great pictures for us to drool over. :)

Have fun, dear BJ!!!
xoxo,
Mary

Mary said...

BJ,

You are leaving on your cruise on my birthday, which is a good omen. You will have a wonderful time, my friend. I am so happy that this dream has come true for you and it's awesome that your entire family is going. Be safe and enjoy. The time is almost here.

Blessings,
Mary

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

That'a just wonderful how exciting for you and your family!!!!
I have never been either so I get to see it through your eyes.
Diane

Linda's Blue Gate said...

WOW that will be the trip of a life time.... with your family .... really it couldn't have happened to a more deserving couple.... what a great time ....
HUgs
Linda
We couldn't do something like that we have too many CRAZY relatives in our family....not fun....

Anita said...

I'm sure you'll have a fabulous time!

ko said...

ok, well have fun...WITHOUT ME (IM CRYING)
My hubby and I have been on that cruise out of galveston.....IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST VACATIONS OF MY LIFE! I hope it is the same for you!!
HAVE FUN>>>I WOULD LOVE TO GO WITH our GANG...WOW!
Kyley

...... Kristina ...... said...

Hi Sweet BJ,
YOU so deserve this..it will be an amazing to experience this with all the family...ooohhh can't wait to see your piccies.
Love and kisses Kristina XxX

Debbie from NJ said...

Oh BJ,

I am dying to go on a cruise! I know you will have a wonderful time with your family!

Debbie xo

Baby Vagabond said...

I missed our coffee date this morning (another stupid migraine) but I'm sharing my after supper chocolate with you instead :-)

Your trip sounds so wonderful. How fun to be going with your grandkids. I will put this on my wishlist of things to i want to do with my family someday! Can't wait to read all about it.

((hugs)) Rosie

judy said...

How much fun!!! Your whole family. You're going to LOVE it!

We went on almost the exact same ports of call except, at the time, we also went to Haiti and the island owned by Carnival....can't think of the name right now.

Anyway, you're going to have a great time eating, sightseeing and being with your family. ENJOY!

God bless you and have a fun time.

judy said...

One more thing.....
I had to laugh when I saw the cartoon. Made me think of a friend of mine who recently went on an Alaskan cruise.

She'd not flown before (hard to believe in this day and age, hugh?)

So, the three women she was traveling with had gotten all of their things in one suitcase each. They had "small" containers for their shampoo, etc..

Not my friend! She had four suitcases plus her carry on filled with giant size containers of shampoo, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc...

The guy checking her got to laughing and told her he could tell she'd never flown before. When asked why by her, he told her....."oh, no reason in particular."......

He let her in with all that stuff. LOL

Neabear said...

What fun! I also have never been on a cruise. I hope to someday. Looking forward to see your pictures of the fun time you will have.

Becky said...

I am sooooo jealous!!! Seriously, you are going to have a blast!!! Alvin and went on the Conquest four years ago and it is HUGE!!!!!!! Alvin still couldn't find the dining room on the last night. I was cracking up! HAVE FUN!

Cottage Contessa said...

Oh WOW BJ! That's just sooooooo exciting! I'm thrilled for you and hope you all have an awesome time! Don't forget to take loads of photo's to share with/tease us when you get home! lol Hugs for you sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)