Monday, August 2, 2010

Okay..... Aruba here we come!! UPDATED!!

Okay..... I know we are soooo behind in our updates!!

So, here's the deal - the photos are up from our Aruba vacation, however, you'll have to come back for my humorous, witty and sometimes frustrating commentary!!

In the meantime, hope you like the photos!!

Okay, here goes:  As we were contemplating what to do for our 10th wedding anniversary, we decided to take a family vacation.  We also decided to bring my sister, Debra, along as well.  So, we hustled to get expedited passports for Debra and Jillian.

When we were sure we had passports in hand, we booked an all-inclusive for 8 days/7 nights at the 0ccidental Gr@nd in what we now call Aruba - "Mommy's Ruba" and/or "Myruba"!!
We packed our bags, picked up Debra and headed for the airport.

At check in, we found that one of our carry on bags was mixed up and the wrong bag was checked. We found this out when we went though security and had to throw out 3/4 of our sunscreen intended for Jillian and Debra - which cost a small fortune let me tell you!!

Outside of going down to the Jersey shore with us last year, Debra really hasn't been on a vacation that she could remember.  Sure, as kids and at a very young age, our parents took us to Lake George ( I can't remember this except for seeing old photos), as well as, various day trips though the years.  

Debra knew we were going somewhere, however, she had absolutely no idea what we had planned for her!!  Debra, at the age of 53, was getting on a plane for the very first time and heading to tropical paradise!!!  

When we got to the airport, she was sooooo excited - and when the plane took off, Debra was so shocked, she grabbed Jillian's "Baby".  Jillian starts crying, no make that, screaming when Baby gets ripped out of her hands.  I take Baby back from Debra and give her back to Jillian.  Then Debra takes "Buddy" (the elephant).  Jillian starts screaming all over again.  I take Buddy back , give him back to Jillian and try my best to reassure both of them that everything is okay.  They both calm down and we were on our way.

It was absolutely wonderful to see the shear joy and excitement on Debra's face looking out the window.

As for Jillian, she thought she was on a big bus and proceeded to sing what else of course, "The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round...." followed by a repertoire of:  "Twinkle, twinkle little star",  the ABC's, "Old Mc Donald had a farm" - with several farm animals including a cat and a dog", "Ring around the Rosie",  "Row, row, row your boat" and "Bingo was his namo", as well as, other favorite tunes that Jillian favors - probably not much to the delight of those sitting around us!!

Upon our arrival, we went through customs.  Thankfully no problems there - only to find we were missing two bags at the baggage carousel - all of which contained everything that John needed for our trip, as well as, diapers,wipes and A&D 0intment for Jillian!!

There was more drama when we had no hotel shuttle vouchers which the travel agent had not provided!!  Gratefully, the hotel shuttle driver provided us with said vouchers for arrival and departure.

The drama didn't end there - The hotel had no reservation for us!!
I said what do you mean there is no reservation??!!  I have a receipt!!! 

They put us in a mini suite, told us they would move us to another room the next day as we had a reservation for an ocean front room.  For our inconvenience they upgraded us to VIP status which included room service.

And, this was only the first day!!

Naturally, we took SEVERAL photos of our feet in the water!!!

Not that we have any foot fetishes mind you, it's just that I always argue that I won't go in any water that I can't see my feet in the water and the only water I want to see my feet in is Aruba!!

So, since it isn't very often we can make our way to "Myruba" especially on a regular basis, the first thing we do when we can go is take a picture - or several pictures of my feet in the water - only now we all get in on the act!!  Don't know how we missed John's feet this time!!

Of course, we had to get Jillian a hat!!  And when Jillian got a hat.....

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1 comment:

Duchess of Lanier said...

Ya'll broke the sink?!
Can't wait to hear that one!
Adorable darling and beautifully joyful photos as always!