Cuba 2016 Adventure

Well that’s another trip full of fun memories to put under my belt.  Or in a photo album for all to see.

Cuba.

To be precise, Melia Las Antillas on the Varadero peninsula.

Beautiful spot.

It’s an older hotel, but the updates they have done in the last couple of years (and still doing while we were there), it looks awesome.

Old look

Old look

New look

New look

My hubby and I were there in 2014 and fell in love with the people.  Yes it’s an older resort, but what awesome updates they have done in the past 2 years.  In fact, they were still working on the new stone walkways while we were there, and they look amazing.

Big difference!!!

We got there before our room was ready, the same one we had a couple of years ago, and didn’t mind the little bit of wait.  Because of the mishap from our first time visiting, the resort was very accommodating to my requests.

Me and Betsy

Everything was given a face lift as it were.  I’m excited to go back to see what else they’ve added.  Plus we miss our Cuban family.  They are the reason why we work hard to go back.  Betsy, Raul, Martica; love and miss them all.

Me and Martica

Me and Martica

These two ladies were awesome to get to chat with again.  There’s a funny story involving Martica that I’ll share in a little bit.  I’m sure she’ll never forget it any time soon.

We (my husband and I) didn’t bother with any excursions this time around. We did however visit Varadero for a few hours. Unfortunately, it was a day where it was high winds, even the beaches were closed down as the waves were really high and too dangerous to swim. Because of this, everyone had the bright idea of going to Varadero for the day, which caused every double-decker bus to be over the limit of people.  A couple of buses passed us by because they couldn’t take any more people.  Some people were grabbing taxis, we waited for the next bus.  Hoping it wasn’t too full.  No such luck though.  But we made it and went to the bigger of their flea markets.  Sorry I didn’t get a picture, I’ll get one on the next trip.  I didn’t think about the picture until after we were 2 blocks away.  Wasn’t going back, LOL.

And when I said ‘everyone’ I mean EVERYONE from every resort on the Varadero peninsula. LOL.  There were a couple of buses that past us by because they were loaded down.  To the point where they were actually leaning to one side.  I highly doubt that was safe, LOL.  But it was an adventure nonetheless. 🙂

We got to the market and browsed around first before committing on actually buying stuff.  Most things were the same as 2 years ago, others were new-ish.  Towards the end of the browsing, we stumbled across some wooden carvings.  What got our attention was the 3-headed dragon.  I looked at my hubby and we both said, “Yep.”  The young man there spoke great English, and apparently he works part time as a tour guide.  You will have to forgive me though, as I can’t remember his name.  But when I find his card, I’ll edit to add him in.

They had all kinds of wooden carvings.  And yes, they were finished wood to bring home.  So we ended up getting the 3-headed dragon, a dinosaur’s head (which really looked more like Nessy), a dolphin and a turtle (those 2 were for our daughter).  The gentleman was kind enough to burn on their names, Cuba and 2016 on the dinosaur’s head and the tail of the dolphin.  Our kids loved these most of all.

It was lovely this time to just relax and not have a care in the world.  Meeting new people from all over the world and just hanging out at the pool bar with Raul and the other 2 Musketeers 🙂  Miss those guys and can’t wait to see them again.

Now don’t get me wrong,, even though we had an awesome time with just me and hubby,, I did miss our friends we traveled with 2 years ago.  But when traveling with just your significant other, you get to think about a lot of things and people who matter to you the most.  And I’m so grateful for everyone I have in my circle.  Albeit it’s not a big circle, but I know who I can count on when I’m having a bad day. 🙂

Now before I end off this post,, mainly because I’ve had this in draft since MARCH, but I mentioned a funny story that happened.  So now’s a good a time as any to tell it.

Ok.  So we were having our last night at the Italiano restaurant, invited by Carlos, and we were enjoying the music being played in the back ground.  Well for whatever reason I happened to look at the PAINTED clocks on the wall that were opposite to our table when I felt the urge to want to hurry.  I knew we weren’t seated for that long, but the time on the “clock” was 10:14pm.  So I told hubby that we have to hurry or we’re going to miss the entertainment (it already started 9:30pm).  Well, he looked at me funny and looked at his real watch.  It was only 8pm at this point. He started laughing so much his face was turning red and he started crying.  When I realized what I said, I started laughing.  Our server, Martica seen us and came over to see what we were laughing at.  Hubby told her and she started laughing too.  Poor girl was even trying to server other customers or reset tables and not laugh.  I have to commend her for that one, LOL.  At one point she walked past us and spoke, “I can’t look at you right now”.  LOL.   Anyway, if you ever go to this resort and go to the Italiano restaurant, ask Martica if that’s the right time. LOL.Is that the real time?

Thank you to Melia Las Antillas for sending me the picture.

It was definitely the most memorable visit.  One that I doubt we (or Martica) will ever forget, LOL

So until next time.

K ❤

 

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A Quick Thought.

Contemplating as to what to write as my first entry for this new year, I’m left with a blank.  I know right?  For someone who’s always got something on her mind, for once I’m left with thinking on what to actually write that will be interesting for those who care to read it.

As I sit here at my kitchen table, listening to my oldest child mutter something as he’s constantly going from his bedroom, to the living room and back up to his room again, I realize how he can eat so much and not gain a pound.  Well, part of it is he’s on a gluten-free diet.  So he’s not eating the same junk food I am.

Hmmm.  Maybe that’s something I should do.  Be gluten-free, stop eating so much junk, or exercise.  I think the “stop eating so much junk food” is the likely thing I can accomplish.  I know some of you are laughing, but I’ve done it before.  I can do it again. 🙂

And by now I’ve put all the gifts away.  Only thing left to do is to take down all the decorations and put the tree away.  I think I’ll start with the decorations tomorrow.  The tree I’ll leave up for a couple more days.  But seeing as we get no visitors around this time,, not much point in leaving it up for a “just in case”.

What can you all expect from me in 2013?? Well between this website and my professional one, you’ll all have to subscribe to each one to stay updated.  And I intend on keeping you all updated too.  Plus if you’re on Twitter,, you can follow if you wish.  Though, that being said, I don’t follow back every person who follows me on there.  I’m already following over 1300 people as it is.  The timeline can get quite hectic on the best of days.  So don’t take offense if I don’t follow back.  However, I do answer my messages on there.  So if ya wanna chat, I will answer. 🙂

Well I can smell our meal for tonight in the oven.  Hubby made a Tur-duck.  Sorry, there’s no ‘-ken’.  It’s only duck wrapped up in a turkey breast.  No chicken this time. 🙂

So with the aroma of that cooking, I’m going to head off and enjoy the rest of this day with the family.  Seeing as this is hubby’s only day off for New Years.  And I’ll try not to rant about his work and other things online.  Though, I might need to invest in a punching bad in the very near future.

Anyway, all the best to each and every one of you.  Hope you all enjoy your day.  And may you all have a fantastic year.

Bless

K.

Our Christmas Excursion

This is what it’s all about.

Christmas time spent with family and friends.

I must say, even though hubby didn’t get the holidays he had hoped for, it was still a nice time.

We ended up leaving on Christmas Eve to head for hubby’s parents house.  They had family coming for Christmas day supper (dinner for everyone else, 🙂 ) and where she threw her back out a week prior, we knew she wasn’t going to be able to do it with just the 2 of them there.  So we packed up half the presents, 3 suitcases, the dog and ourselves and headed off.

Yes, I had the iPad with us.  But it was more for Denise to use when she wanted to play with it.  I tweeted a couple of times, but not that often.  At least it took up less space then the laptop I usually take on excursions like this, 🙂

Well, Christmas morning came and we ate breakfast first.  I think Brett was a little confused with it all as he’s not used to opening up gifts anywhere but at home.  But he sat on the floor and I started passing them their gifts.

I brought out gifts from my parents, the in-laws, a couple of aunts, and a friend from the mainland.  They were all a hit.  Especially the dinosaur movies that we and a friend gave Brett.  He won’t watch them though, until Christmas is actually over and all the gifts are put away.

Denise got a camera this year.  She was always using ours, or the video camera (that takes both pictures and videos).  So we thought it was time to give her her own.  Only thing I misread was the fact that it takes 3 AAA batteries. not the double A’s.  So we figure we’ll have to get the rechargeable AAA package for her.  Though, I figure we’ll need lots of the small batteries as the camera sucks the life out of them fast, LOL.

I have to still set up her camera on the computer, so I figure I’ll get that done when things gets put away.  Which won’t be that long from now.  I tend to start putting things away even before the New Years ring in.  Definitely before Brett’s birthday.  The last thing to get put away is the tree.  Then I figure I’ll be re-arranging the living room again.

I’ll skip some time now and go straight to the preparing for the Christmas Day supper.  Dinner to some people, :).  Either way, it was 5:30pm when we all sat to eat.

And what a meal it was too.  Turkey, stuffing, veggies, gravy.  Yummmm.

It was a nice time.  Catching up with people we don’t see every day.

We even had hubby’s brother on skype to join in on the conversation. 🙂

I think it was about 7pm when we all started to clear out.  Hubby packed up the truck with the clothes and gifts.  Brett was constantly asking for “Nanny Williams house”.  So at least he knew that was where we were going next to stay the night.

We said our good-byes and headed for my parents house.

Well, we got there and the car was gone.  Although, I was calling dad’s cell and the house phone to let them know we were on the way.  Cell phones are great to have, though, it would be loads better if we can actually get service with them.

Oh well, I got out of the truck and surprisingly the door was unlocked for us.  I guess they figured we wouldn’t be too much longer.  So I went to the door to let hubby know to come on in.  Then I went in search for a phone book.

I figured there was 1 of 3 places they would be, Uncle Dean’s, Aunt Irene’s or my cousins place.  So I called my uncle’s place first.  They weren’t there.  So I called my aunt’s place and got a chuckle when I heard her answer the phone.  “You’ve got company.”  I couldn’t use my cell as the service is weird out there, so I had to use mom’s house phone.  She passed the phone to mom and then a few minutes after that, they were home too.

The kids seen they had stockings there too, so they were excited to see what they got in them.  Though, now I figure this will be a yearly tradition.  Taking turns between the in-laws house or my parents for Christmas.

While the kids settled into their beds, we sat around the kitchen table and had a yarn with some munchies.

Not long after that, we all went to bed.  We had a long day ahead of us.

Morning came and I didn’t want to get out of bed.  It was too comfy to leave.  But if I wanted to eat, I had to get up.

Aunt Irene popped up to see what mom and dad got.  Brett was either in the room or watching Discovery Channel.  That and Animal Planet are his 2 favorite channels to watch.  Denise was wherever we all were :).

They say time flies.  Well it sure did.  Especially after we had some lunch, which was leftover chicken from the day before.  Sadly I didn’t get many pictures.  However, between mom and Denise, there were quite a few taken that day. 🙂

Soon it was 2pm and time for us to head home again.  The kids still had gifts in here to open yet.  But besides that, where I was checking facebook and twitter on the iPad from time to time, I was given a message from a friend that there was some things left by the door for us.  That puzzled us.  Who could it be from and what was it?

I come to find out that it was some little oranges from our neighbour across the street who I usually try and do gardening for.  She’s such a sweet lady.

The only thing I should have done was to have heaters on in the house so we’d come back to a warm home.  *facepalm*.  I turned on the heater in the living room so it wouldn’t take so long to heat up.

Well we kept our jackets on and our slippers, while we waited for the house to warm up from the wood stove.  Of course, Denise was excited to see what the big gift was from my sister to her. 🙂

Well after a little while, the house was warmed enough that the kids could open the rest of the presents.  It was funny though.  After the kids got their last gift, Denise spoke up, “is that all?”  LOL.  Had to remind her that she opened half of them out to Nanny Ford’s house on Christmas Day.  🙂

Well the gift my sister gave Denise was a huge success.  It’s a Disney Princess arts & crafts set.  It’s all on Cinderella.  One of Denise’s favorite princesses.  But you can’t go wrong with the Monster High dolls. 🙂

Sorry I don’t have a picture right now to post with this blog, I’ll most likely have one to post via the iPad on twitter and facebook sometime today.

As for me and hubby, we got some clothes, gun cleaning set, and a few other things.  I think our favorite (I know it’s mine) is the Keurig single cup coffee maker we got from my parents.  It came with sample K-cups.  I guess to see which ones we like the best.  I couldn’t wait to get it registered.  Though, had to call my parents to find out the date of purchase.  The rest I was able to fill out.

By doing so, I was sent a thank you email for registering the new machine, and given a code to buy two 24 pack K-cups and get two others for free.  However, I think we’ll have these samples gone before we get our order, 😀 .

Anyway, thank you for taking the time to read about our holidays.  I hope you will keep coming back to see what’s in store for 2013.

Until next time,

K.