In November, my sister Carol and her husband Bill and I, took our kids (those who could go) and grandkids on a week-long cruise to the Mexican Rivera. It was a wonderful time! Someone said, "Isn't that a pretty expensive way to get out of cooking Thanksgiving dinner??" It was worth every penny to be together as a large extended family.
To be in the sunshine during November was a real treat for us Oregonians who live in the rain so many months of the year. Our ports of call were a great experience for the children. We had three ports of call, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. The family had two days in which they were able to go in the ocean.
By the end of the week, the children all had beautiful tans, as they lived in the swimming pool every spare minute that they had. Thanksgiving day we toured Puerto Vallarta, got back to the ship and the kids raced to get into swimming gear, and a large group of them went to the seashore for swimming. Then they barely got back in time for showering and changing into dress clothes for a lovely dinner in the dining room. After dinner, it was a race to see who could get to the pool deck first!! It was an unusual Thanksgiving, but a great one!! There is nothing better than being with family! The older I get, the more I appreciate the extended family that I have. I am so thankful for each of them. Enjoy the pictures!!
Mary, Bill, Scott G
Matt, Bill, Carol, Mary, Scott, Jonathan
Gaye and Matt with Bailey and Uncle Scott in background
Zach, Bailey,and their Mother Gaye outside the ice-cream parlor
Jonathan, Leah, and kids, Molly and Elliot
The "G" Crew
Carol and Bill and their 5 grandchildrenTammy, my foster daughter, who had her last name legally changed to "T" before the trip, after using it unofficially since she was nine years old!
My grandchildren and I--Molly, Gram, Elliot
Tanner, with parents, Scott and Mary
This is all the pictures I am going to post!! It takes too long!! And I can't get the words under the pictures correctly, and I'm frustrated no end, and so I will say good night for now and trust that tomorrow my lesson on blogging will continue with more success than tonight's trial and error.