Friday, December 17, 2010

Family Reunion While Sailing and Pink Favorites

I am still so far behind in everything and I cannot believe Christmas is next week already. Anyway, busy or not, I have to post for Sightseeing Saturday today.

I am also linking with Beverly for Pink Saturday at

and Laurie's "A Few of My Favorite Things" at

And this fine china set is my favorite for this week. I just got them from Ebay and they are a complete servings for 12, all in excellent condition. The pattern is "Dogwood" and they are Tirschenreuth Bavarian dishes. They are still sitting on our kitchen counter while I figure out where to store them. So far, I have not stored any dishes in bedrooms yet but it seems like I might have to start soon, lol.

And for my Pink contribution are 2 pictures taken during our reunion on the cruise. Below are 2 cousins, AJ and Bhrielle (my niece's daughter) and they just posted for us before the laser tag. Yep, they are both wearing pink.

The 2 of them are posing with another one of their cousins (Alyssa), another niece's daughter. The wall is pink from the light's reflection.

This ship looks huge but it's actually one of the smallest cruise ship that we ever sailed in. We were such a big group that everywhere we went, we saw somebody we know.

My children and their spouses and my grandchildren. Oh, my mom too! So, this photo actually shows 4 generations, my mom, me, my children and then grandchildren.

One reason I enjoy going on a cruise, aside from the value you get for your money, is that it is very relaxing.
They have a big water slide but I never go to it. The kids really enjoy it though.

This was taken as we were just sailing out of Miami Port.

Lunch and dinner

If you have been on a cruise, you know that we never run out of food there. Here is the Mongolian barbecue bar.

Below, you will see me and John, my brother and his wife, my sister and her husband, my nephew and his wife and on the bottom right are relatives of my brother's wife.

The kids had a lot of fun singing (and I had so much fun and pride listening) during karaoke sessions. My son sang "Traveling Man" and announced that he was singing it for his mom (he knows how much I like Rick Nelson and in fact, they grew up with his music) and then added that "maybe she will give him some gambling money", lol. He also sang a duet with his wife, Becky and the crowd went crazy. My daughter Rochelle also sang and so did my nephews.

I uploaded 2 videos below of my son and his wife Becky singing a duet and my daughter, Rochelle singing on the second one.

Some of the younger kids' activities. They sure had a great time playing with cousins.

Ma and me on the top photo and my 2 sisters are in the bottom photo with me. And I just had to show you one of the towels that the stewards create and leave in the cabin for us every night.
Here is my mom with all her children. My mom is 92, my eldest sister is 73 and my youngest brother is 57.

Jed and Becky singing "Picture".

Rochelle singing "Strawberry Wine"


pinkkandy said...

Have a very MERRY and BLESSED CHRISTmas....we have many things to be thankful for...I just feel overwhelmed with Gods goodness and grace...

Gloria said...

Christine! How I thoroughly enjoyed this post! I loved meeting your whole big family. You are so lucky to have such a nice, big, happy family where everyone gets along. Everyone is so pretty and handsome, and especially YOU! You look gorgeous on your cruise pictures. And I enjoyed the talents of your kids with their singing in the videos. Wow, they sounded professional, you were probaly so proud of them up there. Man, I gotta go with my son on a cruise one of these days, it look like so much fun! Thanks for sharing, Christine. I loved seeing everyone.
Gloria said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful time. You are right I can't beleive it is almost Christmas. I am kind of looking forward to the quiet days of January.What about you?

Carol at Serendipity said...


Loved this post. Beautiful pictures of your beautiful family. I love a cruise. We are going in February or March.

Have a wonderful holiday week.


Dredd said...

Christine, I loved meeting all your beautiful family and your kids are very sweet to sang a song for you. Cruising is one of my favorite forms of relaxation especially when they have themes.

All the best/Dredd

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

What a fun time it looks like your family had! I imagine your crew about took over the ship! And I adore your dishes. Very pretty!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Thanks for sharing more of your cruise with us. You have some talented singers in your family. :)
Enjoy your weekend.

The Charm of Home said...

That looks like loads of fun! What an awesome idea for a reunion. Your children are beautiful. I don't think I have ever seen pictures of your daughters before. They are just gorgeous. Have a very Merry Christmas!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What a wonderful trip you had. I have never been on a cruise. That ship looks pretty big to me. The pictures are all to beautiful and priceless.
Love the new dishes!

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

What delightful photos of an amazing trip! That baby is just scrumptious! Thanks for sharing and Merry Pinks to you and your family!

Debra said...

Christine, you have a beautiful family! Love the photo of you and your mother!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Donnie said...

I loved all your photos. Happy Pink Saturday.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Christine, it is so wonderful that your whole family can get together so often and vacation together. I know you enjoy it and I am sure your mom is always in 7th heaven to have all of her family together. Your pictures are just wonderful. AJ is growing so fast. She's quite the young lady now. I hope you all have the most Blessed Christmas ever. Hugs, Marty

Savannah Granny said...

Christine, You guys look like you are having so much fun. Yes cruising is so much fun. We have that so much in common, I love cruising. I do need to post some of two cruises this year.
I love the photos with all your family especially the one of you with your Mom. Merry Christmas and Happy New year. Ginger

Christmas-etc... said...

Wow! I almost feel as if I was with you and your family on this cruise! Thanks so much for introducing everyone! How great that you were all able to get away together!
Blessings for a wonderful Christmas week!
PS Thanks so much for entering my GIVEAWAY!

Dolores said...

Christine, your family is so beautiful..... you all are so blessed to have all these wonderful times together and capture your times together with photos like these!!!
Merry Christmas... and God bless you all!

Debbiedoos said...

Oh boy that does look fun. And how nice to go with all your family like that. Thanks for sharing your beautiful cruise! Happy Holidays to you Christine.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Wonderful family post! All the photos you shared were great, and I especially love the photo collage of the 4 generations, the one of the couples, the kid's collage. And the group photo of your mom with her children. What a blessing to have spent that time together. And also great video clips of your son and his wife and the one of your daughter singing.

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bj said...

You have such a beautiful family. It must have been so fun to cruise with all of them.

Have a wonderful Christmas.
love, bj

susan said...

Christine~This cruise looks like so much fun! How wonderful that your mom is able to share all of this with you! I am so glad she is fully recovered. Love the dishes and I don't see one thing wrong with storing them in bedrooms---of course, you may have to keep notes to remind you where you put them :) Thanks for the good wishes for our upcoming weddings--2011 will be busy! Merry Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine! Honey, you are the cruiseingest little gal I've ever seen! What fun you have! I've loved seeing your beautiful family. Beautifulness runs in your family~ Your mother is precious and I didn't realize she was that age - she does not look her age! I can see by all the smiles on the faces that everyone had a lovely time! Now I'm going back and listen to your children sing.
Merry Christmas, sweet friend,
Shelia ;)

Haven and Home said...

Wow I don't know where to begin, it looks like such a great trip and your family is so gorgeous!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a fun way to spent time with yoru family! Everyone looks so relaxed and happy -- love your pretty new dishes.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, your family is not only beautiful, they are talented! Wow! The cruise looks like a wonderful time. Your new dishes are so pretty. Good luck finding some place to store them!! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas. laurie

lvroftiques said...

Christine I really want to go on one of those cruises with you! It looks like such a blast! And I know I've said it before but your whole family all look so darn young! And your kids sounded pretty good too! I love to sing to myself but I don't think I could sing like that in front of strangers. That's pretty brave. *winks* Vanna

Kathleen said...

Oh I love that china, it is gorgeous!
Is this another cruise, or one you showed us earlier.
I get confused, you go so many places! Adopt me, please!

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