Posts Tagged ‘BBQ’

Pool Par-tay!

Posted: June 17, 2014 in Dogs, Family Fun, Friends, Tampa
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Yesterday, we headed over to a friends’ house for some super relaxing BBQing and pool time… what fun it was!  Both pups were exhausted at the end of the day..

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I am so very sorry I have been slacking on my blog postings… I didn’t realize how far behind I have gotten!! So, gonna try and back up to catch up those who are interested in reading about my life.. Having such a great time in Tampa… Can’t believe I am actually going back to Bar Harbor tomorrow!

So, a long, long time ago in a not so far away place…

Friday (july 31)
The highlight for today was going to the Tampa Bay Rays baseball game at Tropicana Field in St. Pete. There was a total of eleven people that made an appearance… and I had such a great time! It was neat to get a bunch of friends together that didn’t really know each other, but are lively enough to hang out with people that they don’t know so well. Of course, the Rays won so that made the night that much more awesome. Funny enough, the reason we decided to go to the game was because of a television ad announcing the a hip hop artist was going to be giving a concert after the game… 🙂 Not that I enjoy hip hop all that much, but it was like the icing on the cake… too funny to pass up!

Saturday (august 1)
Spent the day at Universal Studios with some friends that also went to the ballgame. Had a really good time hanging out in the sun, wandering around (lines were massively long!) and eating (of course..)
We didn’t stay out too late… Cruising was the next day.

Sunday – Sunday (august 2 – august 9)

Sunday (august 2)
Signed onto Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas today, and holy cow, it is a HUGE ship!! Drove over from Tampa this morning and stopped for lunch at Kaye’s Place, near the terminal in Port Canaveral. Joined the ship a little after 1pm… and wandered around… I think that I dragged my chin around on the ground all day long.
Absolutely an amazing ship, beautiful! We participated in the mandatory “Safety Drill,” basically we had to put on the gorgeous life vests and join everyone on an upper deck to learn what to do in the event of an emergency. (There were no photos taken!) Tonight’s entertainment was the Welcome Aboard Show… with two acrobats from Cirque… awesome performance. It was followed by the Party Around the World Parade, which was a cute way to highlight some of the different departments on board and hear all sorts of music.

Monday (august 3)
At Sea

Tuesday (august 4)
Labadee, Haiti — So pretty! Had a great time here, although the heat was unbelievable… Went jet skiing and laid on the beach and in hammocks, such a very nice way to start the vacation!

Wednesday (august 5)
Ocho Rios, Jamaica — Jamaica is another beautiful location… We opted for the shore excursion that would allow us access to all inclusive Sandals resort and I am so glad that is the one we picked! Sandals Dunn’s River is set about 15 minutes drive from the pier in Ocho Rios, and the driver was pretty relaxed… no crazy changing lanes, passing other cars, etc. We spent the day lounging in the sun and cooling off in the pool, always with an adult beverage in hand and plenty of sunscreen applied.

Thursday (august 6)
Grand Cayman — No excursion, just cheap alcohol!!

Friday (august 7)
Cozumel, Mexico — Wandered… Been here before…

Saturday (august 8)
At Sea — Where, in one place, can you ice skate, rock climb and surf? On the ship of course!! So much fun!!!

Sunday (august 9)
We were off the ship, regrettably, at a very early hour this morning… But it was so nice to be able to make one of the services at church and see everyone. Definitely can’t wait to be back for good… I watch online, but it just isn’t the same. Picked up Brisbee from Grandma and Pop’s house… (She says she had a great time playing in the backyard with them.) Headed back over to Richard’s apartment, and alternated taking naps and watching golf / Nascar — which are both great programs to take naps with!!

Monday (august 10)
Tonight was couple’s game night… SO MUCH FUN! Greg agreed to giving up his house for the night and we brought over some games, ordered pizza and hung out. I think we all showed up about 7 or so and unbelievably, we didn’t leave til 11:30pm.. it was great. Hoping that we will be able to make this into a frequent occurrence, it was fun to hang out with other couples and have fun and be goofy.

Tuesday (august 11)
Tonight we had a great BBQ at Mom and Dad’s house.. had quite a few people show up… Nice to see everyone and get a chance to catch up with everyone. Dad was in charge of the grill and Mom kept a drink in everyone’s hand… So I think everyone really enjoyed it! Tried to clean up a little of my own apartment and did laundry, started packing my bags and did a little bit of work.. A very busy day… I might need a vacation from this vacation!! It really has been so wonderful to be home, and although I am looking forward to what the next two and a half months have to bring… I can’t wait til ALL of my stuff is in one place!

Wednesday (august 12)
Officially back in Bar Harbor. Long day of flights, the one from Philadelphia was delayed for two hours, so we sat on the tarmac… super boring, but I made a friend named Sarah and I got a load of work done… Hard to argue right?
Going to be very busy the next couple of weeks… amazingly enough I only have ten more weeks until I am back in Tampa, this time for at least six months… I can’t believe how the time has flown!!