I know, I know…..You all are anxiously awaiting the vacation report…..Of course, I wanted to write a super special post and not just a review. A post full of heart and soul and meaning and everything else awesome. Just the prospect alone landed me in a severe state of writer’s block because I wanted it SO BAD.
There is so much riding on the post beyond the review. There is the ultimate meaning of the holidays and family and the message behind holidays in years to come….
This year, our family skipped lots of presents and went on a BIG family trip for the holidays. I thought it was important that our family enjoy face-to-face time and learn just how much we have and how amazing it is to reconnect. A difficult choice for a blogger who shares her day-to-day ‘stuff’ on a regular basis, but determination to unplug and BE together took over.
On the docket was a 5 night Royal Caribbean Cruise on the Freedom of the Seas.
The Hubs, the boys, and my mom boarded the ship with great anticipation, and the first day did not disappoint. My mom and I were all smiles the first evening as we saw the rewards of our idea unfold. With the glow of the Freedom of the Seas Promenade in the background, we watched the boys explore the ship after a FAB dinner TOGETHER!
When we left home to head to Florida, it was 28 degrees, so the entire gang welcomed the warm weather and the THREE pools and numerous hot tubs onboard the Freedom. Our first day at seas was full of jumping, cannon-balling, and relaxing in the WARMTH.
We had one tiny problem on the 2nd night that was EASILY solved — Monday Night Football and the Steelers were playing. No worries for our gang! We grabbed a casual dinner at Johnny Rockets with our friends from the ‘Burgh and headed up to the pool deck to watch the game on the BIG screen. Nothing better than burgers, fries, shakes and football to bond over for a family full of boys.
Docking in Grand Cayman Island and tendering to shore was totally worth it…..We snorkeled and HELD turtles at the Turtle Farm. This is certainly a memory that I will not forget because it was a dream come true for BB. JB was happy to look on at the excitement as BB rushed around the turtle tank.
We celebrated 2 major occasions on the Freedom. Hanukkah and JB’s birthday fell during the 5 days. There were candles, potato latkes, and doughnuts for Hanukkah, AND more candles and cake for JB’s Birthday. Sharing this as a family with friends made this even more spectacular and festive, not to mention that it really drove home the meaning of togetherness.
As the days went on, some of our favorites were the rush of the FlowRider, the creaminess of Ben and Jerry’s, mini golf and just chillaxing.
I know it is cliché’, but the trip was AMAZING and PERFECT. In reality, we all got what we wanted….The boys had FUN and indulged in ice cream and swimming and everything else and FOR ME and the HUBS – being with the family (my mom too) is/was priceless.
The boys actually never asked for presents! Somewhere deep inside that has to mean something?
The trip was extravagant, but IMO worth it and left DEAR hubs a very satisfied customer….
Merry Everything, Happy 2012, and wishing you all health and happiness for years to come….