Destination today – New York
Max and I are on the train heading to New York. We are in a sleeper car. Nice way to travel. Arrived at our hotel in New York. Can see Empire State building.
Update: 05 JAN 2017 – We have been at sea for two full days. The ship is lovely. Breakfast is typical, similar to our trip on the Norwegian Jade. Lunch has been awesome, all you can eat salmon nagihri and sashimi. Dinners are an elegant affair with everyone dressed. Photos can’t be uploaded or I’ll blow through my data connection time due to the slow speed.
Update: 08 JAN 2017 – Happy Birthday Robin. A day late on the blog though. Today is the QM2’s birthday. The ship is 13 years old. We are less than 1000 miles from England I believe. We went to a charity auction where they had folks bidding on a large printed nautical chart that shows our actual voyage path. It sold for $5000.00. Wow! The money is being donated to the Prince’s Trust. Saw an amazing sunset a day or two ago. Haven’t been able to see the stars due to clouds. This evening we dressed in our best suits and donned our masks for the masquerade ball. Stayed for some good big band music and people watching.
Update: 10 JAN 2017 – Arrived in Southampton and had to leave the ship. Bummer. Took a bus to St Pancras as our hotel was nearby. Wasn’t sure if the train strike was going to affect us. For lunch we got to have some Yo Sushi! Those who know, know what I’m talking about. Met up with Tina and Jack. Max was so happy. We went to Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and I was happy to see the boys enjoying themselves especially when we got to the Marvel and Star Wars areas.
Update: 11 JAN 2017 – Safely arrived at our final destination. Travels today went without any issues. Leave it to kids to say the darnedest things. Max turns the TV on and switches to Cartoon Network. He looks at me and says, “Can we change the language to American?” All I could do was smile.
Now that we have made it, I have determined the traveling by ship is THE BEST way to travel if you have the time. Next is by train. Pressed for time? Take a plane.
Update: Final one. Got some pictures uploaded.
Here is a copy of our yearly newsletter for those of you didn’t receive one in the mail. If you didn’t receive one in the mail, then that would mean I don’t have your address.
We hope everyone has a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
2017 family newsletter
My first Christmas without you and it is strange. You made Christmas amazing. You are in my thoughts as we sit together watching the Grinch. Everyone is gathered in the living room. Dad is napping on the love seat. Michael and Kaitlyn are on the floor. Robin, Max, and myself are on the couch. Heather is running about.
Not much for words right now. Mom passed 0055, 05AUG2016.
Mom’s obit in the Sunday paper.
and similar for the funeral home:
A post Michael put onto Instagram:
“Last night my grandmother passed away. I am so happy and thankful that I was able to see her yesterday. It broke my heart hearing about what was happening to her from my dad but when I was there with her yesterday she seemed perfectly normal. I still remember when I was little that I would go to the store with her to be her helper since she loved to shop, a few times she would take me to toy’s R us and I would spend tons of time looking at the Lego then sometimes getting a small transformer. She also made the best Christmas layout ever under and around the tree. There would be a white bottom made from the cushion stuffing-stuff for snow. She would then have houses to put on it to make an entire village. It was always the coolest thing to see, even at my age I still can’t get over how cool it looked. She was married to my grandfather for 54 years. Rest in peace grandma, you’re in a better place now. Love you. 1937-2016”