Saturday, January 24, 2009


I just can’t help myself in the winter dreaming of things past - and this is one of the things….A couple years ago we took our kids on a cruise. I think that was one of our best vacations ever and wish we could repeat it!

We were on Royal Caribbean’s VOYAGER OF THE SEAS for a one week cruise headed for the Western Caribbean - Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Labadee Haiti.

I know the kids had a great time because we barely saw them except at dinner or to go on shore….while we were on the ship they were doing their own thing. We usually split up to do the shore fun because we all had our own ideas of ‘what was fun’. Being younger the kids took part in all the snorkeling, horseback riding, water sports and one of their favorites - ‘Carlos & Charlie’s’.

On one of the islands our middle son purchased an engagement ring and proposed to our now daughter in-law….a very special day for all of us.

So enjoy these warm filled pictures and let it take you to a warmer place like it does me.

Arriving on bus to the ship

At embarkation

In lounge before semi-formal evening

One of the formal evenings

A day on the ship

Brett, Doug and Darren on the cruise lines private island LABADEE, HAITI

And the ever popular Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Our ship at Ocho, Rios embarking passengers to their shore excursions

Our three sons, Doug and daughter in-law on next to last night.
They didn't know I was behind them with the camera...seriously - I guess that's why I think this picture is so special and perfect

Last of the sunset and ships trail


  1. Karen, we just went to the Caymen Islands last July. It would be so nice to be able to take the kids along.
    Thank you so much for sharing. I want you to know that you are such an inspiration to me. I am almost finished cleaning and organizing my craft space. Can't wait to share it with you...


  2. Karen,
    What wonderful pictures you have shared with us and such special memories you have. That sunshine and water ssure look good to me about now, how about you?


  3. What a beautiful family! You all look like you were having so much fun! awesome pics!!!!

  4. Karen,
    Looks like you all had a wonderful trip with lots of great memories. We have talked about someday taking an Alaska Cruise, but right now that just sounds too cold. lol...

  5. I'm free whenever you want to go again...

  6. Karen,

    That looks like SO much fun and to be able to spend that special time with all your family is just wonderful! I love all the photos, but I do love the one that you took when they didn't know. I love photos like that! Thanks for sharing your cruise with us!

    Have a great weekend!

  7. That looks like a wonderful vacation Karen ! I enjoyed looking at them as I sit here freezing in my house ( I don't know why I'm so cold today ) Now I can just dream that I'm at the beach ! Hope you are having a great weekend !
    Janae :-)

  8. Karen, Thanks for sharing your family pictures. It looks and sounds like you had a fabulous time and you have a nice looking family. Makes me feel warmer just looking.

  9. Those are great pictures Karen! Mike and I went to Montego Bay Jamaica for our honeymoon and we went to Dunn's River Falls. It was a lot colder than I was expecting :)

  10. It certainly looks a wonderful trip Karen, what beautiful memories.

  11. What a lovely family trip! Look at the memories you made. Your smiles say it all!

    LOL I was just saying that in an email to Donna, I know I am my own worst critic! It still was wonderful and exciting and thrilling! I am ready to do it again any time they are.

    Now we have your home to look forward to and I can't wait !

  12. i got my goodies and will post them on my blog in the morning. :)
    thank you so much!!!!!

  13. Karen,
    What a wonderful trip! Family vacations are always the best!

  14. Hi Karen!
    OH! What a wonderful (memory filled) fun trip-I've never been on a cruise!
    I'd love to have that sunny warm weather right about now!
    What a wonderful time to get engaged-adding even more happy memories to an already unforgettable family trip!! :)
    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Have a great day!


  15. Oh just don't know how nice that looks. It's 18 degrees here today!
    How nice to be able to have a vacation like that with the whole family.
    You have some nice looking boys.


  16. Karen-How special, I love family vacations. Someday we would love to all cruise together. Your pictures actually made me all teary eyed. Life is so short-enjoy every moment we have together.

  17. Oh how fun that must have been for all of you! I just love the pictures, especially the one of you all in the waterfall. So tropical!
    We went on a cruise about three years ago and went to the Bahama's. Oh to be there now and away from all this snow...
    thanks for sharing your fond family memories of a very wonderful vacation.
    Hugs & blessings to you~ Birgit

  18. Karen,
    That looks like so much fun! Those memories will last forever with your kids. I just love the picture of your 2nd birthday with your family..that is priceless!!!!

  19. Oh, that looks like so much fun thanks for sharing love the size of that cruise ship:0


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