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Old 01-16-2015, 01:20 PM   #166
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Wow! You weren't kidding when you said you were getting it done!!! ..........can you finish mine for me??

Thanks for sharing! Looks like you all had a great, relaxing time!!
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Wow, when you set out to get something done, you DO it! Loved the updates and the mix of family and alone time you all managed. Cruises are great for that. It does look like it was a wonderful get-away and a terrific birthday present for Nadine. I have to comment on the placement of the lifeboats on the upper deck. Now, that's just stupid!
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Old 01-16-2015, 01:34 PM   #168
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My goodness, you certainly did crank those remaining updates out! What a great time you guys had - it sounds (and looks! ) very relaxing and like the perfect getaway. Oh and that cake, that just looks so
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Thanks for the follow-up on your Mom's fabulous birthday cruise. As always your TR was informative and entertaining!!
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Wow! You weren't kidding when you said you were getting it done!!! ..........can you finish mine for me??

Thanks for sharing! Looks like you all had a great, relaxing time!!
I'll gladly finish yours! Send me the pictures, and I'll make up an awesome trip report to go along with it. Wait, it doesn't have to be ACCURATE does it??

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Wow, when you set out to get something done, you DO it! Loved the updates and the mix of family and alone time you all managed. Cruises are great for that. It does look like it was a wonderful get-away and a terrific birthday present for Nadine. I have to comment on the placement of the lifeboats on the upper deck. Now, that's just stupid!
Yeah the lifeboats were so dumb. We really did have a nice mix of together and apart time. I got naps, which almost never happens, and we all had a really nice time.

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The cake was absolutely delicious! I even brought tupperware, and we packed up the leftovers and brought it home! (Lesson learned from the Disney cruise when they wouldn't let us bring the cake off of the ship).

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You did get it done today! Wow! The cruise does sound like it was a wonderful way to celebrate your mom's birthday, and all of you got to relax. That sounds pretty close to perfect to me. for sharing with us!
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Wow, look at you cranking that all out! Maybe you can do mine when you're done with Lisa's? Or maybe you have me motivated to get back to mine....we'll see.
The cake looked SO good, and then beignets?!?! I need sugar!
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Thanks for coming back to finish it up Melanie! I'm glad you had a great time on the cruise! The beach looked great, and your Mom's cake looked delish! Thanks for taking us along for the ride!
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Wow! I just read through your entire TR! Love it! You have some great family pics and wonderful memories! Thanks for sharing!
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Great TR! What a wonderful way to celebrate your mom's 75th!!
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That's so sweet of you! I'm sure your mother appreciated all your efforts and enjoyed the cruise. I'm also thinking of bringing my mother to a cruise on her 65th birthday. It's still 2 years from now but I would like to start saving as early as now just to make sure.
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