Touring The Whitney Plantation

Prior to my trip to  New Orleans, people would say “oh you’ll love it.. make sure you do “this” make sure you go “here”, make sure you have “this” – which was all good advice.  No one suggested to take … Continue reading

It Went Fast

Time sure flies when you’re having fun!!  Here’s the gang, boarded and headed to the ship..It seems like I just said my Bon Voyages to you… geeez –did vacation go fast-LOL!!  Our family reunion was a major hit and everyone had the most enjoyable time.  As a member of the planning committee – we try to make sure everyone has a good time (although sometimes its not an easy task) but this time we did it!  Yayyy  :-)..  See all the happy  We boarded, we ate, we partied, we sun-bathed, we partied, relaxed, we partied, rested and partied some more.  They say it’s better in the Bahamas.. and Yea.. I kinda agree.. cause we had a ball.  Just thought I’d share a few memorable photos of our good time..

Here are my sons, ready for action with their aunt and cousin

That’s moi.. with Amir (my youngest)

These are the men in my life.. Clowning around – trying to look hip… chuckles.

Look at that water..  they’re ready to hit the waves!

Can’t leave Gma out.. these boys know they love her

Cousins showin’ love.. heeeheee (these four ..hung tough)

One of our intentions was to get up early to watch the sun rise.. do some meditation, while thanking God for his many blessings… while we did thank him..but getting up was the hardest part, but thankfully some of the younger folks took care of it the best way.. they stayed up all night to watch it come up and caught the shot..  and what beautiful pictures they took.

Ahhhhhh…….. can you feel the relaxation and tranquility….  🙂  ….  That sums up our wonderful time, and now it’s back to the RiseNGrind.. but some of the items we had in the gift bags were these lovely coasters we had ordered from Sonya Nutter of Just-A-Nutter Favor.

It’s a perfect reminder for me while I’m at work, to reflect back as I keep my Pandora on the Bob Marley station reminiscing on the Caribbean vacation.

Every year we also include a House Music mixed cd (it’s a Jersey thing) and we had these fantastic cd covers made by Johanna Lewis of Perpetual Pixels

Thinking about all the fun and laughter.. spending time with my family and enjoying every moment.  I hope I didn’t bore you too much, but I wanted to share some of my personal happiness with you.  If you ever want to book a reunion or group, we used the most friendliest (and patient) agent Christine Austin of A&B Travel Services (her contact info is, her motto, “We Make Travel Dreams Happen” and that she did.. Thanks Chris for all your help.

Now back to the grind.. until next time… Smooches…


Off the Grid

Hello everyone!! In the words of Olivia Pope – Your girl is going off the grid for a bit.  This week starts our family reunion and I’m totally happy.  I’m always happy when my family gets together – we have so much fun and laughter.. but this particular reunion started me smiling earlier than usual.. Why?? Because this year is a special reunion…. We will be on board of Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Sea cruise ship headed to the sunny island of the Nassau Bahamas!  Friday was my last day at the grind and I was happy and decided to take a smiley-selfie..

I’ll get better at doing that but yes, right now all I can think about is sun, relaxation, fun and food.

And a week before the cruise I learned I won a survey contest that was hosted by Elle Gibson who blogs at Splendid Habitat.. you can guess I was doubly smiling.  If you’ve never visited her blog, by all means stop over and enjoy reading.. she’s really another inspiration.  Once again.. thanks Elle!  When I return, I’ll show you the goodie I purchased with my gift certificate.  🙂

Also another surprise I got was my twin found some lights for the rest haven and believe me.. I’m so happy about that.. so needless to say, we put them up, and decided to have some margaritas and toast it up on our last night home.  Thanks to Amir for serving up the drinks

Cheers to you!! bfr9

It looks so nice at night.. ahhhhh.. we really enjoyed our evening in there relaxing before our voyage..

We’ll all be up early and headed to Florida to board.. So I’ll see you when we get back..

So while I’m gone, I hope you have an enjoyable week, and I’ll talk to you soon…

Smooches and Bon Voyage!!!!!