Saturday, July 21, 2012

My Vacation ~pics and stuff

First, I want to thank all of you for supporting my blog while I was away. How delightful it was to return home and find your comments and tweets. We had an awesome time and I am slowly catching up. 
For those who weren't aware, I was on vacation from June 30 to July 17. My family and I traveled to New Jersey, spent time at my brother-in-laws and then went on a 10 day 9 Night Bermuda/Caribbean Cruise with close to thirty family members. All of this was made possible by my fabulous in-laws who sponsored the trip. 
We visited the port of Kings Wharf, Bermuda where my hubby and I took a bus tour of the island while my children went on a catamaran snorkel expedition. In St. Martin, we went on a snuba-snorkel excursion. This was neat, it's where you wear a regulator hooked to a tube that is connected to an oxygen tank on a raft above you. It allows you to experience scuba diving without being certified. This chick will not be getting certified. I am claustrophobic and had no idea, that being under water would make me feel trapped. I went down and after a few moments had to return to the surface, where I snorkeled and floated on a raft. My kids did awesome, but the hubby and I will not be doing it again! In San Juan we explored the city, saw a fort and shopped till we dropped. Labadee Haiti was awesome. We sat in beach chairs, swam in the crystal clear waters and yes..i did the zip-line. This is the longest zip-line over water and it was friggin amazing. On the ship we wined and dined, swam in the pool, watched a cool ice show and had a wonderful time with our family. Of course while in NJ, we ate our fair share of soft pretzels and enjoyed some of our favorite foods; meatball parms and Philly cheese steaks, NJ silver queen corn and tomatoes..yum! After that and the cruise..we never want to look at food again! 
I did manage to read 3 books on my list while on vacation and those reviews will post soon. 
Here are a few pictures of our vacation:

Our Family! My hubby, his brother and two sisters and all of their families along with my wonderful amazing in-laws :)

Kings Wharf, Bermuda

Labadee Haiti

Snuba and Snorkel Day in St. Martin
Me and my Peeps :)

The fabulous shirts Valerie @ Aquariusmediapro made for all of us in celebration of my in-laws 50th Anniversary!  She makes high quality shirts for any function and has the best pricing around! 

An awesome band on the ship

Ha..we took these pics in Bermuda, as Dr. Who fans we couldn't resist! 

St. Martin

St. Martin Rain forest


Balcony shot of  the port of St. Martin -the water was so blue it was incredible! 

Deck 11 and the pools
In the afternoon the Reggea band was rocking and the tropical drinks were fabulous! 

Elevators inside the shop and decks on each floor that over-looked the promenade deck 

Open 24 hrs a day with the yummiest sesame granola bars I have ever eaten! 

The ships library..located on my floor..people donate or leave books! 

 A very sexy young bartender's butt who we nicknamed "Shots" and shamelessly took pics of !!!

I am delighted to be home, but truly miss just getting dressed for dinner and leaving the dishes for someone else. I miss my room steward but most of all I miss our family. It was so much fun connecting with them all again. When we got home, my kids decided we should do this again. My youngest said, "Yeah, when you're Mommom and Poppop's age you can take us and our families on a cruise!" 
So much for early! 
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At July 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM , Blogger Pam said...

Great pics and commentary about your trip. What ship were you on? I think that is the one that we were on this past March. (Royal Caribbean, Voyager of the Seas)

Thanks also for the shout out for Valerie's shirts, I am so glad that you liked them.

At July 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM , Blogger Vicky @ Books, Biscuits, and Tea said...

St. Martin looks so beautiful! And that library! *gasps* I'm so glad you had a great time, Kimba - and it's nice to see you again! Welcome back :)

At July 21, 2012 at 10:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG ! Those pics ! :)
You look like you had an awesome-sauce time, Kim !
I'm so jealous. I'm so glad you had a great time, Kim. You totally deserved it.

I can't believe you took a photo of "Shots" butt, you shameless thing. ;)
You should totally have taken a full picture of him ! :P

Thanks for sharing!

At July 21, 2012 at 11:04 AM , Blogger Ajoop. S said...

Hhaha (at the Shots photo). Fun pictures! Looks like you had a great time, Kim!!

At July 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM , Blogger kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

Beautiful pics, sweetie! Thank you for sharing!

At July 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM , Blogger Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

It looks like you had an amazing vacation! The cruise ship looks incredible! I can't believe it even had a library, how awesome! How was the book selection? Lol

At July 21, 2012 at 1:12 PM , Blogger Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Reviews said...

Wow those pics are incredible! I'm glad you had a good time - though, who couldn't in a place so beautiful. And that's so amazingly generous of your in-laws!

Welcome back :)

At July 21, 2012 at 1:20 PM , Blogger Kristin @ My ParaHangover said...

I love the way kids think! Oh, yeah, there goes your retirement, that's for sure!! What an awesome trip and how incredibly gracious and wonderful of your in-laws to do that for your family!! And thank you sooooooo much for sharing your pics!! It looks like an awesome time but I bet you're glad to be back home. I always appreciate home more after a vacation!!

At July 21, 2012 at 1:40 PM , Blogger Crystal B. said...

Love this post! Looks like you had a great time.Everything looked beyond beautiful! I love the T-Shirts "All because two people fell in love" how cute :D

At July 21, 2012 at 1:50 PM , Blogger Bea said...

It looks like a fantastic time! Good for you for zip lining, I won't ever be doing it. Not with my fear of open heights. But that scuba experience, I could go for that. :) I'm glad you had such a good time. Your in-laws were so nice!

It's good to have you back.

At July 21, 2012 at 1:53 PM , Blogger Melissa said...

These are wonderful pictures! I'm really glad to read about what a good time you had, it all looks and sounds like so much fun.

At July 21, 2012 at 3:19 PM , Blogger Blodeuedd said...

I can just say wow wow wow :D I wished I had been there

At July 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM , Anonymous Christy @ Love of Books said...

Aw, looks and sounds like you had a blast! Great pictures! Ahem.... and I want some shots. lol

At July 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM , Blogger Sharon ObsessionwithBooks said...

Amazing photos Kimba! it sounds like you had the most wonderful time and it's great you did it with your family. The cruise ship looks and sounds fantastic & I am embarrassed to admit I would have spent a lot of time in that library ;)

Thankyou for sharing & welcome home!!

x Sharon

At July 21, 2012 at 9:18 PM , Blogger Jennifer @ A Librarians Library said...

That cruise looks and sounds amazing! I am so glad that you guys had so much fun!

At July 22, 2012 at 8:15 AM , Blogger Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

You know...I'd never really considered a cruise but those pictures are amazing....I'd love to see that blue water and rain forest!! So glad that you had an amazing time with your family!!

At July 22, 2012 at 10:35 AM , Blogger Book Savvy Babe said...

awesome pictures! I'm totally jealous, I wanna cruise to Bermuda :) I have always been curious about snuba, I get a little nervous in the water sometimes just snorkeling, maybe I will just stick with that... but the zip line, i totally want to try that too! Sounds like you had a fabulous trip, thanks for sharing your pictures! (I posted another vacation picture this week, it's of chickens, I think your vacation was better...just sayin) Book Savvy Babe

At July 22, 2012 at 2:32 PM , Blogger lisab said...

Great pics Kim. Sounds like a fun time was had by all. Good to have you back on CT.

At July 22, 2012 at 2:39 PM , Blogger Chapter by Chapter said...

That looks so beautiful! My and my husband constantly debate whether or not we should go on a cruise, but I get so seasick that I'm scared I'm gonna be dead in bed for the duration of the trip. The pictures are AMAZING! Such gorgeous pictures and scenery. Totally loving those shirts that were made. Made me smile :) And the butt pic made me LOL for reals! Glad your back home, and so happy that you had such a great, memorable time!

At July 22, 2012 at 2:57 PM , Blogger Loupe Duffy said...

Oh kimba! That looks great! It sounds like you really enjoyed yourself.
I'm glad your are back :)

At July 23, 2012 at 3:00 AM , Blogger bookbitereviews said...

Wow truly beautiful!! I'm going on a cruise pretty similar to yours with my whole family next April. Now your making me wish it was April today lmao

At July 23, 2012 at 8:56 AM , Blogger Tribute Books said...

Love the pic of the red Tardis :)

And good for you scuba-snorkeling and zip-lining - sounds like you had a great time!

At July 24, 2012 at 7:30 PM , Blogger Melissa (My words and pages) said...

That is just amazing! Beautiful. And love the shirt!! :D Glad you had a great time.

At July 24, 2012 at 8:22 PM , Blogger kimbacaffeinate said...

Explorer of the Seas


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