Friday, February 27, 2009

Pics From The Cruise

Good Morning! I thought it was about time I post something. I've been really busy this last week catching up on laundry, house stuff and battling a cold. I have the day off today and it's pretty quiet here right now so here goes.

We had a great time on our honeymoon. The cruise was wonderful, everything I expected it to be. Plenty of fun, food, warm sunshine and interesting people. We did a lot of nothing, sitting in the sun on deck by the pool, going to the casino and comedy club in the evenings, hitting the karaoke bar and enjoying the view from our balcony. We did go on shore to Jamaica when we ported there. Interesting, to say the least. Jamaica is a very poor, deprived country. I was surprised at the huge contrast. The beaches were pristine, beautiful white sand and turquoise water but you go one block away from the resorts and the beaches, the area is very filthy and kind of scary. We were approached by no less than 6 drug dealers and George was approached by 3 hookers just while we walked to the gift shops. We walked around a bit but decided it was maybe better to just get our souveniers and get back on board ship.
Grand Cayman was much nicer, very pretty area and there was a lot to do there. We only had a few hours to spend there so I didn't get to see as much as I would have liked. Maybe another time.

Everything went smoothly throughout the entire week. The weather was perfect, mid to upper 70's most days and there was only one day when the seas were a bit choppy. Other than that, you could hardly feel the movement of the ship at all. I was happy I didn't have to use any of the seasick meds I brought. I did get a little bit of sun, which I wanted and needed. I was careful to not get too crispy. :-)

Our flights home were good but we knew we were coming home to some bad weather. When we landed in Boston, it was raining but that soon turned to snow when we hit the Mass/NH border. So for the next 60 miles, we crept along the highway all the way home. It took us twice as long to get home as it would have normally and we ended up getting about a foot of snow out of that storm. How's that for a welcome home?

Hunter made it through the week as well, although he had a much more stressful week. We left him with George's daughter Nicole on Thursday night. We thought that would be best since she has a dog and someone is home most of the time because she and her husband work split shifts so they don't have to pay for day care for the two kids. I knew if we left him here, Pat wouldn't pay a whole lot of attention to him and I didn't want him to go stir crazy being home alone a lot. The first night went well but on Friday, it was apparent that Hunter and Nicole's dog Pepe were not going to be able to get along. They are both jealous, both males and both not used to sharing. When Hunter bit Pepe, it was time to take action. So Nicole brought Hunter back to our house and decided she would just come here every day and spend some time with him, make sure he is fed and taken care of. When I heard that, I knew that was going to be a lot of work for her especially since she works full time and has the kids to look after too. So I made a call to Sara, and she came up here to get Hunter. She brought him down to her house on Saturday and it turned out being a good solution. She certainly enjoyed having her puppy with her for a few days and he was much calmer.
Sara doesn't live too far from the airport in Boston so we went to pick Hunter up before we headed home. It was a happy reunion especially between George and Hunter. They have both become quite attached to each other.

I am going to post a few pics from the cruise. I have about 200 shots altogether but a lot of them are just different angles of the same thing and I won't bore you with that. LOL

Our Stateroom

Miami Skyline

On The Ship

Miami Sunset

Pirate Ship in Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman

Sunrise in Jamaica

With Our Waiter Gerald

They Were Celebrating Their 35th Anniversary

The Waitstaff Saying Goodbye

I've got tons more and I will post more at another time. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire cruise and we are planning to go again perhaps next year.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Back To Reality

Hi folks...we are home. Our vacation was awesome. Perfect weather, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, warm and relaxing. Until we hit Boston, then the fantasy of a warm tropical honeymoon in February went totally to hell. LOL Yup, we got off the plane and drove headlong into a snowstorm. How's that for a nasty taste of reality?

We made it home, I am now in process of doing mounds and mounds of laundry, but just wanted to let you all know I haven't forgotten about you. I will post pics and a recap of our week when time permits.

Hope you are all well and staying warm.


Friday, February 06, 2009

Wedding Pics For Your Viewing Pleasure

George and I would like to thank all of you for your well wishes. We had a wonderful wedding day and our wedding was quick, simple and intimate. We just had immediate family here at our house and our JP, Heidi and her husband. Everything went off without a hitch, and even Hunter was festive wearing a nice black bow tie made for him by George's daughter Nicole. I think everyone had a nice time. I know there were several pairs of wet eyes during the ceremony, including mine and Sara's. We sort of turned our 'reception' into a SuperBowl party since all of the formalities were done in plenty of time for the game. Several of our guests stayed for part of the game, which was fine by us. We did, however, kick Patrick out around 9PM so we could have a little time alone. Both of us did go to work on Monday since we are not leaving on our cruise until next Saturday.
I think everyone looked great, as you will all see in the pics. Nicole took all of the pictures for us and she did a fantastic job. Jon and Nikki brought the champagne and glasses and our cake was made at a local bakery, and was beautiful and delicious. Sara was my Maid of Honor and George's brother Ray was his Best Man.

So here are some pictures of our happy day. I don't think George stopped smiling the whole day. You have no idea how happy that makes me. :-)

Bridal Party


The happy couple

Bring on the Champagne

A toast to the Bride and Groom

Cutting the cake

Hunter all dressed up

Sara and Mumma tear aftermath

Dad and daughter

George and I with all our kids
Patrick, Sara, Jon, Me, George, Nicole and Eric

The whole family!