Friday, November 25, 2016


About 2 years ago, our twins came to us and asked for a cruise to celebrate their 18th birthday.  They turned 18 this past February but we waited until November due to hurricane season and our oldest daughter who works at the local Supervisor of Elections office.

November 10th found our family along with my mom boarding ship for our first cruise.  We started off enjoying our first meal and quickly learned how much food was going to be available for the next 3 days.  Overall the food was very good on the ship and we enjoyed having the opportunity to try unusual foods like escargot and roasted duck that we normally would not purchase or make.  We chose the earlier evening meal time which usually worked well as we would be hungry and ready for lots of food.  I was disappointed that Carnival apparently just started putting a surcharge on things like lobster and other more expensive meats so I wasn't able to have the lobster I was looking forward to.   Our wait staff was wonderful and quickly learned that coffee was a standard with dessert.

We were able to get into our cabins right away although we didn't get all our luggage until later in the day.  The 5 girls were in one cabin with 2 twin beds, 2 bunk beds that were folded up against the wall during the day and a trundle bed.  My mom shared a cabin with my husband and I.  We had 2 twin beds pushed together and a trundle bed.  The beds were actually very comfortable and while there wasn't much walking room, we had plenty of storage.  The one thing we would definitely do different on our next cruise is get a room with at least a window!  Our room was very dark so there was no way to know if the sun was up or not.  That was not easy for me as my habit is to look out a window shortly after getting up in the mornings.

When we went up for breakfast Friday morning, I was amazed at the color of the ocean!  I had heard how pretty the Caribbean was but to see it in person is breathtaking. After breakfast, we headed up top to watch as we pulled into our first stop, Freeport.  While I found the water to be beautiful, I was not overly impressed with the port itself.  It was very industrial looking.  Since this was our first cruise and because they are expensive, we didn't arrange to do any excursions so everyone but my husband and I chose to get off at Freeport.  There was a small shopping area that we walked through. It was mostly the same things like your standard souvenirs but we also saw some different things like a turtle made from coconut shells.  Cruise elegant was dinner that evening and you can believe it was much looked forwarded to with our boatload of girls.

Saturday morning, we awoke to find that we were in port at Nassau.  This was more the look I was expecting.  We all got off after breakfast and headed into the town.  We had to walk past the other 4 ships that were also there and made our ship look like the runt of the bunch.  There were quite a few locals trying to get us to take their tour or taxi or carriage ride or get our hair braided.  Thanks to advice of friends, the girls had their hair up or under hats.  We then headed down the street where there were shops of all kinds and offering everything you could imagine.  We went to the closest beach where we put our feet in the water - cold water that is!  We then headed back to do some shopping and enjoy some activities on the ship.  We pulled out right around sunset so we had some opportunities for some beautiful pictures.

Sunday was our day at sea so we enjoyed many of the activities on board like trivia. We actually played trivia every day and I, along with my husband and mom, won a trophy or ship on a stick the first day.  We also took in the pg rated comedy shows and the Hasbro family show.  I was able to get on stage for the Hasbro show Saturday night and my team won so I had a shot at the grand prize.  I ended up in 2nd but I received a new game for the family to enjoy.

We were ready to be home on Monday but hubby and I are already thinking and talking about future cruises.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Why I Didn't Vote For Trump

I early voted the other day and I didn't vote for Trump.  Now if you were to look at my ballot, you would probably say, "Um, I don't think you are being truthful because there is a mark next to Trump's name."  You would be correct but I still didn't vote for Trump.  Instead I voted against some things:

- I voted against a person and party who praise Planned Parenthood from the platform.  A person who has openly said they have no problem with killing a child in the womb regardless of how far along the pregnancy is and no matter the reason.

- I voted against a person and party who think the government, both nationally and internationally, should have more say in how my child is raised than the parents.  Remember, it takes a village to raise a child.

- I voted against a person and party who want us to have less choices with our healthcare so that they can then make decisions on when someone doesn't have enough value to treat their issues.  We aren't there yet but it is the direction they are wanting us to go by causing insurance and prices to go so high no one can afford it.  Take a look at the Affordable Healthcare Act and see how "affordable" it is.

- I voted against a person who has been caught in lie after lie and doesn't think the rules and laws apply to her.  She doesn't take national security seriously so why would I want her as head of the country with access to everything.  Then there are those who have lost their lives as a result of her actions whether directly or indirectly.  Benghazi can start that conversation.

There are many other reasons I voted against this person and party but these are among the top.

I didn't vote for Trump, I voted to take a stand for those who can't because their lives are cut short before they even enter this world because someone views them as a mistake or a problem that would be too difficult to deal with.  To take a stand for the freedoms that thousands have given their lives for through the 200+ years of our country's history and that those in other countries risk their lives for to come and have a part of.

I pray you go and vote tomorrow for what you stand for.