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Tuesday, November 29, 2011


I'm back. I had the best time on the cruise. It was fabulous. I honestly cannot remember a better Thanksgiving. Oh sure, I like the cooking and family bonding and eating. I like the traditional dinner and all the fixings. But, spending time on a boat with no where to go but be with each other was  wonderful.

Of course, I did gain some weight, but not too bad. I was very active and made mostly good choices. I drank too much alcohol and I ate more than I should have. I am still retaining water and I wonder if it wasn't from the medication I took for the motion sickness.  I'm still adjusting to being back on land. I'm really sensitive to motion. I get car sick really easy.  On the ship I did great except for the first day when I was adjusting,but I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't get sick once.

There were moments that were bitter sweet. The first night at dinner as I sat looking around the table and my cousin wasn't there.  Thanksgiving dinner after the blessing and as we toasted to him. I shed a few tears, but very few. It was actually very nice and a bit of closure for us all.  Life goes on. Although we miss him, we have to move on. Not forget, but move forward.

I've got tons of pictures and I'll share a few here.
The boat
Sailing away.

Stupid kids
Enjoying sunrise with my son. On the way to the gym.

Lounging on the deck after dinner

Ruins in Progresso, Mexico

Yes, I did climb all those steps. Twice.
View from the glass elevators that enchanted my girls.

Said elevators

Oh yes. I did watch Thanksgiving day football on the big screen!
At port, Cozumel
My view for Thanksgiving Day
Not a bad pic for a 5 year old. Dress I bought in Cozumel, one size DID finally fit all.

Adjusting to being home has been harder than on most trips. Mainly due to dizziness. I'm tired, but overall I'm doing well.  It sure was nice to sign up for excursions without worrying whether I could do them. Times sure have changed. no way I could have done those steps 2 years ago.

I'm determined to get back to working out. I have a belt test this Saturday. I'm kind of freaking out about it. No I haven't shopped. No the tree isn't up. No I'm not ready for the holidays. BUT, I'm happy. And I have some really wonderful memories.


  1. You look happy and completely relaxed!
    What a great trip!
    Glad you are back!

  2. Welcome home! I'm so glad the cruise was a great one and that you came back with memories for a lifetime.

  3. Welcome home! So glad you had a great Thanksgiving - it seems like this was a good year for so many around blogland. :)

    Sounds like you and I could be motion sickness sisters (I have actually made myself carsick when I'M driving), so I'm encouraged to hear that you did well on the cruise with motion sickness medicine. Maybe I'll actually consider a cruise one day!

    Great pics - now THAT is a big screen TV!!! And lovely dress - how awesome that you could buy a "one size" and it fit!

  4. You look fabulous, happy and rested! Glad you all had such a wonderful time.

  5. Love the pictures!! Wishing you tons of luck for this Saturday - go get that new belt!!!


  6. Welcome home! I really enjoyed your photos and glad that you had a good time. It is good to get away and have everything taken care of, especially cooking. I have not considered an ocean cruise because I have a pretty bad case of motion sickness, but if I can find the right meds without side effects, I may consider it.

  7. Looks like fun. Wow, that water is so blue. Welcome back. :)

  8. Looks like you had a great time!! Glad your back

  9. Looks like you managed it well. I still have my trip coming up and I have to admit I'm intimidated by the presence of all that food.

  10. You said it all when you wrote that you will not forget, but are moving forward. yes, life does go on and yours is no exception. Healthy attitude is what you have now, I think. Like I wrote before, that trip was a way for all to heal, you did and are.

    You also gained some respite, relaxation, and REST from the intensity of all in your life. That is perhaps another great big gift. Keep that rest in mind as you plow forward into this holiday season thinking of all you have to do. Give yourself some time to rest and recover on the mainland, too. Okay?? Your bloggy friend, michele

  11. Just stumbled across your blog. Welcome to the process of recovery. Keep that smile on your face.

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