Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Day 4 – San Juan – Christmas Day

Did I forget to tell you that Odette found us in the middle of the Atlantic? Alas, she would say her goodbye on Christmas Day, but she brought Stinky and Blinky joy for a few days every time they returned to the cabin and found her in a new pose. Blinky and I were up… Continue reading Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Day 4 – San Juan – Christmas Day

Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Day 3 – Sea Day – Christmas Eve

We had three sea days on this sailing which made the DH a little nervous. He wondered if there would be sufficient activities to entertain our diverse party of eight. Having recently completed Royal Caribbean University, I knew we'd be just fine. The Cruise Compass (daily planner) seemed to overflow with activities. However, the kids… Continue reading Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas Day 3 – Sea Day – Christmas Eve

Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas Day 2 – Nassau and Formal Night

Nassau was a sort of bonus fourth port of call for us. Since half of our group were born and bred Bahamians, we divvied priorities and ended up splitting into two groups. I customized a sightseeing/snorkeling tour with my uncle taxi/tour guide so that my mother-in-law, for whom this was her first visit, could learn… Continue reading Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas Day 2 – Nassau and Formal Night

Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas Day 1 – Embarkation

While it is tradition for us to travel over Thanksgiving, the four of us typically spend Christmas close to home. However, in trying to manage the logistics of a big family Christmas with our group in three separate locations over two continents, the easy solution was just to plan a cruise, an eight-night Eastern Caribbean… Continue reading Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas Day 1 – Embarkation

Thanksgiving at Disney – Epcot

We were blessed with great weather our entire trip. And Saturday was extra sunny as we ventured over to Epcot. It was another late morning, so the kids took advantage of one more Animation Academy class before heading out. Highlights of Epcot include: Soarin'Living with the LandServeur Amusant Acrobat Show in the French Pavillion -… Continue reading Thanksgiving at Disney – Epcot

Thanksgiving at Disney – Magic Kingdom

I anticipated Magic Kingdom would be crazy busy, so I scheduled some down time for the morning. The DH and the kids hung out at the Big Blue Pool - Art of Animation's main pool and the largest pool on Disney property - while I attended another Animation Academy class. Check out my Goofy! After… Continue reading Thanksgiving at Disney – Magic Kingdom

Thanksgiving at Disney – Hollywood Studios

Just like yesterday, we were one bus late for opening Hollywood Studios. We were on a mission to get Stinky signed up for Jedi Training since that's what he was most looking forward to for months! He secured a spot in the afternoon, and for nearly the entire day, I was the coolest mom ever!!… Continue reading Thanksgiving at Disney – Hollywood Studios

Thanksgiving at Disney – Animal Kingdom

Had we gotten out of the hotel room 5 minutes earlier, we would have made the first bus out and opened Animal Kingdom park. Still, we arrived bright and early, ready to tackle the day. There were so many highlights to this day: Watching the kids' reaction as they explored Pandora in the morning AND… Continue reading Thanksgiving at Disney – Animal Kingdom

Thanksgiving at Disney – Resort Hopping

Exhausted, but excited, we were ready to check in to our Disney resort and do a little resort hopping. Disney's Art of Animation Resort Disney's Art of Animation Resort is my favorite value resort at Disney. It features "storybook landscapes seen in such classics as Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid."… Continue reading Thanksgiving at Disney – Resort Hopping