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“I Want the Lobster, the Kind That’s Already Dead”

…   …   …   And my face drops in humiliation!

DSC_0600When traveling with kids you must be ready for a little of everything. You just hope you recognize that look in your kids face when they are fixing to do something truly & remarkably dumb. At least to give you the chance to defray the situation before utter humiliation is upon you.

We are blessed with a 17 yr old daughter and 14 year old son. We have always had a great time together.  Since they are getting older it has become easier to travel with them.  You start to notice their  maturity level rises each time. So when this conversation came up I was shocked.

August 2015 we took the kids to Beaches Negril Resort in Jamaica. Oh WOW is all I can say.  The resort boasts a fabulous kids water area with two huge water slides among many other kids activities. The life guards in charge of these areas are usually pretty laid back. I’m sure they’ve seen all kinds of stupid things that kids try to pull coming down the slides. I would walk over and check on Connor. Ask if he needed some “guidance?” I got a very casual “Yah, Mon he’s fine!” To which I was relieved and was able to settle back and enjoy my beach habitation. The glorious kids water park was right next to the beach and made it easy for me to keep an eye out. What marvelous planning on someone’s part!

This was truly a great vacation and everyone was doing what made them happy!

Truth is we like to eat!  We eat a good dinner then have a great room service for a 4th, 5th  or 6th meal of the day. We’re on vacation, whose counting?  This night we decided to go to the fanciest restaurant at the resort. Couldn’t help but think about how really uncomfortable this would have been on vacations in the past.  But I was feeling good about this and the vacation had gone well so far.

We walk in and to see a beautiful piano playing. It was an elegant domed shaped restaurant with dimmed lights. A very nice and upscale setting. Almost unexpected for a family resort.  Got to our seat and was started to look at the menu. A large family that we had eaten with the night before was already enjoying their dinner.  We had not noticed them until a loud man hollers, “Houston we have a problem!” This was due to the fact we were from Houston. Kind of embarrassing, but it was good to see them one last time since they were leaving early the next morning.  Time to order, and then it happened. Connor ordered the lobster.  Being unsure as to how it would be served, he then added with a cracking and unsure voice “the Lobster, you know the kind that is already dead.”

Because who wants to chase a lobster around your plate when you are starving?

I remember just closing my eyes and wondering what just happened. The waitress was very amused and so was the table beside us.  I knew exactly what he meant, we have all seen the live lobsters in restaurants where you pick out the one you want.

What do you say after that? Because something must be said…

So when you are traveling with kids, expect the unexpected.  Give them a little room to make mistakes and do something out of your comfort zone. If we have made a mistake, we learn from them. Then, maybe then we can’t call them a mistake call it a learning experience? When we travel we have these preconceived notions of how the vacation will be and the things we will do. But do those really happen every time? That is why it is called an adventure.  Don’t plan out every minute.  Take time to relax and just soak in the atmosphere.  Whether it is a beach with waves crashing or a fancy restaurant and your kid orders DEAD LOBSTER! Embrace the funny things, that is what your memories are made of.

Get out there, live, experience the world & order the dead lobster!  

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Sometimes You Just Need to Drive on the Wrong Side of the Road

hold on y'all!

Can you see Martin back there?

“I want to stay down here in the Caribbean sun, drive a little while on the wrong side of the road. Get this laying low off to a flying start.” –Kenny Chesney

Antigua Flag

Antigua Flag

We have all felt that stir crazy feeling.  You need to go and need to go now! The sun and beach bed calls to me about every month and a half. My sweet hubby doesn’t understand that it is rude not to answer when a beach bed calls. HaHa

When you finally get that chance to go, live a little.  Take a tour of the island with a local. Do what they do, eat where they eat.  They have a passion for the destination they call home and can’t wait to share it with you.  And if you are lucky, they may sing for you along the way.  Let’s face it island people are happy and very entertaining!

ATV tour took us to the highest part of the island.

ATV tour took us to the highest part of the island

While in Antigua last month we did the ATV tour offered thru Island Routes at our Sandals Resort.  It was a great opportunity to see the island and it’s scenic areas.  Also, it filled my need to drive on the wrong side of the road.  We were given a quick lesson on the ATV’s (most of us knew what we were doing but others did need it) and we were off. Traveling from the North East of Antigua on old cane roads, passing through old estates and rural farm lands to arrive at the the historical Monks Hill overlooking the scenic harbours of the South Coast with neighboring islands on the horizon. This is the ultimate riding experience traveling along dirt tracks and animal trails, while enjoying the natural beauty of the island’s interior.

If you are comfortable with renting a car- DO iT and experience driving on the left side of the road. If that seems impossible, do an ATV tour.  You will see parts of the island that is not accessible by car. Isn’t that what everyone one wants?  Something that you don’t do everyday?

Hard to drive and snap pics.  Sorry for the poor quality.

Hard to drive and snap pics. Sorry for the poor quality.

Loved it.  I had to tell them "Mind your momma and read your Bible." Why ?? I don't know it was one of those things I knew I would regret not doing when I got home.

Passed these kids playing cricket in their front yard. Loved it. I had to tell them “Mind your momma and read your Bible.” Why ?? I don’t know it was one of those things I knew I would regret not doing when I got home.

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Palm tree plantations!

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Overlooking the English Harbor. You could see other islands in the distance.

I caught this neat picture as we drove off.

Long Live “Road Worker Orange”

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Connor waiting for a flight in Miami.

Family Travel…

A couple of weeks ago we travelled with our family to Jamaica from Houston.  Being a parent I over pack and over think.  My 14 yr old son Connor loves the color orange.  It is just about ridiculous.  So the time came to lay out clothes for our early morning flight, he had all orange clothes set out (notice I was able to switch out the shorts.) I am talking head to toe!  It was late and not worth the argument.

We arrive the IAH airport and the lines are long, people are everywhere.  Multiple check in lines forced us to “divide and conqueror.” Here we go, we will NOT miss this flight.

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Waiting to take off. Have I told you I hate selfies? But had to do the airport check in thing!

I lost Martin (hubby) and I lost Payton (17 yr old daughter). In record time, they were missing.  But not my sweet little “Connor Mon” decked out in full orange.  He was easy to find and always where we needed him to be.  My theory on the “Road Worker Orange,” has changed.

It reminded me of a family that had gone to Disney World with us several years ago.  They all wore Lime green shirts the entire time.  We did not have to look hard to find them. Just look for a cluster of lime green and there they were!

Think about this post the next time you plan to travel to heavily populated areas.  Pick a color that is easily seen or everyone wear close to the same color.  People may look at you funny when you are all together but guess what? You are ALL together.  Not frantically searching for each other. Airports can be weird and stressful.  Kids with phones look down and never know where you have gone.  While they are aimlessly walking thru an airport, you are frantic! Not a good way to start or end a vacation.

 Wishing you 80° & Palm Trees

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Leaving Beaches Negril. It was so early and the camera was fuzzy. My babies were easy to find at all times!

7 Grenadian Expressions Explained

From the Grenada Tourism Offices

I was in Grenada 2 weeks ago and it is truly indescribable. The people are the most friendly of all the islands I have been to. Call me to see Grenada!

I was in Grenada 2 weeks ago and it is truly indescribable. The people are the most friendly of all the islands I have been to. Call me to see Grenada!

Every country has special terms and phrases that are unique to them.  When it comes to the Spice Islands of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, it is no different.  Every year, our islands are filled with vacationers most of whom are left totally confused by the colloquial expressions, which when coupled with our strong Grenadian accent, becomes even more bewildering.  Due to this, we have created a list of commonly used Grenadian expressions that should help you understand us locals whenever you are here. Feel free to use them at any time.

Tabanka (tah-bank-ah)

Whenever you hear the word ‘tabanka’ used to describe what a person is experiencing, it simply means the state of depression following the breakup of a romantic relationship.
Sentence: When Shelly broke off their relationship, it was obvious that he had a serious case of tabanka.

Lime

If you’re ‘liming’ then you are either hanging out with friends, relaxing or ‘chillaxing’ as others say.  It is not uncommon to hear ‘let’s make a lime.’
Sentence: We decided to go make a lime on Paradise Beach before the start of the Carriacou Parang Festival.

Whine

This is the term used to describe gyrations of the waist in a circular motion most commonly practiced with the sound of soca or calypso music.
Sentence: Upon arrival at the National Stadium, she was amazed to see the way that Grenadians whine whenever runs were scored during England’s Tour of West Indies.

Cabusai (cah-boo-say)

If something is twisted, bent or contains dents, then it is described as cabusai.
Sentence: The box was so cabusai when it arrived, that we decided to call the shipping company to complain.

Sweet Eye

Wendi and Hon. Alexandra Otway-Noel

Wendi in Grenada with Hon. Alexandra Otway-Noel. She is the Minister for Tourism, civil aviation & culture.

‘Sweet eye’ can be described as a seductive wink used to show affection.  Some persons use it simply as a sign of approval.
Sentence: I knew he wanted to talk when he gave me the ‘sweet eye’ during the ‘Pure Grenada Nutmeg & Spice Cocktail Competition.’

Cheups/Steups

This is the sound made when the tongue is placed between the teeth as an expression of anger or annoyance.
Sentence: After speaking with him about his disrespectful attitude to his supervisor, all he did was steups. It was very rude indeed.

Wah go/Wah say?

Term commonly used to find out how someone is doing in place of the question ‘How are you?’
Question: Wah say?
Response: I’m good.

This list can get quite extensive.  What other Grenadian terms do you know of?

Grenada is one of a kind.

Grenada is one of a kind. It is a great place to kick back and relax!

– See more at: http://puregrenada.com/blog/8-grenadian-expressions-explained/#sthash.04569TKt.dpuf

Fast, Free And Everywhere: WIFI at Sandals and Beaches

Certified-Sandals-SpecialistPerfect for those that keep their smartphones and tablets as close as their sunscreen while on vacation, Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts will introduce free Wi-Fi beginning December 1, 2014.

Click to see what Sandals has to offer!

Fast and Free and Everywhere!

Unlike most other resorts, Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts are giving guests the connection they need, wherever and whenever, for free. Whether accessing the latest news and gossip while lounging poolside; uploading pictures of a romantic beachfront sunset via social media straight from the beach; or checking emails while relaxing in their luxurious suites, Wi-Fi will be available to all guests, in all room categories and public areas. Guests are unrestricted in the number of their devices they can connect.

“Offering free Wi-Fi is an important Sandals Resorts difference, not only to our guests who want to stay connected to their lives at home, but to our agent partners who may confidently sell the most comprehensive all-inclusive luxury experience in the marketplace,” said Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International. We’ve always been a leader in providing the best Wi-Fi service with the best equipment for several years and we are now offering this class leading service for free. This is what sets us apart from the rest.”

The introduction of this connection courtesy joins a wide selection of impressive inclusions that demonstrate the Sandals Resorts difference. Among these offerings, guests will find luxurious accommodations, fine dining options, unlimited premium brand wine and spirits including wines by Beringer Vineyards and Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, international a la carte culinary delights through Discovery Dining, land and water sports including scuba diving for certified divers, fitness centers, airport transfers, gratuities and more.

“I personally am asking guests to tweet to us at @SandalsResorts or @BeachesResorts and let us know how we can further improve their vacation,” added Stewart. “We value our guests’ feedback and encourage them to share their experiences with us.”

Decide which Sandals or Beaches Resort you want to be tweeting graming and hastaging from by visiting Sandals.com or Beaches.com.

The Houston Bridal Extravaganza

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WOW! What a wonderful show.

We met so many neat brides. It is always interesting to hear a wish list for honeymooners and Destination Weddings.

We are offering many specials and invite you to call for the details. Don’t forget we have the $100 Gift Certificate offer going on till 8/15/2014.

The show was hard work to get set up seeing Launa and I were both out of town with in the 2 weeks before the show. The booth came out great and we are excited to be working with brides and grooms for the perfect honeymoon or destination wedding.

One of my favorite things that happened at the show was this. I was talking to a bride and groom about a Destination Wedding. One of the first and most important questions is, “will you have kids attending your wedding?” I don’t know what he was thinking but he responded with, “well they won’t be born yet? We are going to have kids but in a couple of years.” Judging from the look on my face he said, “ok, I don’t think I understood your question?” We had a good laugh and I am now working to get the Destination Wedding of their dreams in motion.

We had Valeria from the Karisma Resorts come and help us out a couple of minutes. Brides were instantly amazed at the tropical setting they offer.

Thanks to everyone that came by our booth. It was nice to meet so many nice people and to say hi to all the brides, grooms and moms!

 

Bringing a Little Polynesian Home

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As some of you may know my home is decorated in a tropical setting.  There is nothing I love more than palm trees, pineapples and hammocks. In the last several years I have tried to give my kids lessons on foreign languages.  It just helps them be a little more well rounded, Right?  In the past we have done Italian and Spanish.  I didn’t want them to be to overwhelmed.  But this week we are going to work on the Polynesian culture.  You never know, we may end up in Hawaii sometime.  Let me explain, as a South Pacific specialist I like to concentrate on Tahiti, Fiji, Cook Islands and Hawaii.  Each of these cultures have their own language.  Though they may sound similar they are truly different.

There are approximately forty Polynesian languages. The most prominent of these are Tahitian, Samoan, Tongan, Māori and Hawaiian.

So these are some of the Hawaiian words that we are working on this week:

Wiki-Wiki which means hurry hurry.  Thought it was interesting that this is the meaning for the word Wikipedia.

Mahalo  — Thank you                                   Nani – Beautiful — name from Lilo and Stitch

Pa’ani– Test                                                    Wahine- Women, Lady, Female

Lani — Patio                                                     inu– drink

napo’o ‘ana o ka la– sunset                      pupule– crazy

pololi –hungry

Sunday – Lapule (lay-poo-lay )
Monday – Po’akahi (poh ah-kah-hee)
Tuesday – Po’alua (poh ah-loo-ah)
Wednesday – Po’akolu  (poh ah-ko-loo)
Thursday – Po’aha  (poh ah-ha)
Friday – Po’alima  (poh ah-lee-mah)
Saturday – Po ‘aono  (poh ah-o-no)

Do you use any Hawaiian phrases?

This is just a few words.  I hope to inspire you to broaden your horizons.  What can you learn about a different a different culture?

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