Tuesday, June 21, 2011


4 wks after surgery for Tasha, 8 months old + for Teo
I spent 6 weeks and 3 days in Hawaii.  Going just a short 6 wks after Ric got home from his last deployment.
Our daughter Tasha had back surgery.  Dr. Orchowski fused her L-5 to S-1.  I visited Tripler so much that by the end of my trip I was able to direct people to different area's of the hospital.  Our grandson Mateo was 7 months old when I arrived.
Ric and I went to the International Market in 1989

 6 days before I left I made the girls get in the car and I drove them around the island.  They told me some 20 miles into the drive I had to turn around cause the road ended and we would fall off into the ocean.   Later they realized we were on the opposite side of the island and we hadn't fallen off into the ocean.  Tasha was able to see parts of the island she hadn't seen in her almost 3 years.


He has promised me a cruise since Christmas 1988.  He took me!  We went to the Eastern Caribbean, San Juan, Saint Martin, and Saint Thomas, on Celebrity Solstice.
I can honestly tell anyone that for me this is on the same level as the first time I went to Paris.  Celebrity treated us to such decadent luxury!
We left on the cruise on 3rd of April returning 7 days later on the 10th.  Ric had just returned from a deployment to Kuwait of almost a year.

State Room 3133

Old Town San Juan PR

Marigot, St Martin

St. Thomas

Ric's favorite pic from the cruise
From the moment we checked our luggage at the porters we were treated like royalty.  We boarded and had lunch, afterward making out way to the Solstice deck our favorite quiet place to sit.  We had such a wonderful time that by the 5th day Ric was talking about the next cruise.  I think my favorite part of the cruise was the lack of phone coverage and internet.   We actually spent time together without interruption.

There will be more cruises!  I so enjoy the days at sea that I can just sit and watch the water pass.  Loving our quiet time.  Other than that the days we disembarked we were able to see places that we wouldn't go for a vacation to for any length of time, and we did not have to schlepp our luggage from hotel to hotel.  Most important was the service I received being gluten intolerant. (They even bake g-free on board)