Ok, I promised you vacation photos, so here they are. Of course, we didn't take my mom this year because of her overall decline - most regular readers know she has Alzheimer's. She is getting much worse, and has hospice services now. I haven't said much about it lately because it is too hard, and I like this to be a happy place.
The background is that my parents bought this timeshare on Paradise Island when I was a child, about 35 years ago. They have gone in March for two weeks every year since. I went with thema few times before college, and then every year or two since. My husband has been coming since the year I met him, when we were 19 and 20. We got engaged there in 1993, and my mom was a big part of that. She went ring shopping with us on Nassau, and both of my parents helped us celebrate the night my husband wrote "Will you marry me?" in the gorgeous sand on Paradise Island. So, this, the first year without my mom there, was incredibly hard on all of us, probably most of all my father. I miss her to death, and would do anything to have her back.
But, as Mom would want, we did still have a great time. Especially the kids, who are less prone to reminiscing and really distracted us with their happiness. Who can be unhappy around a happy child? Watching them have fun made everything ok, somehow. Here they are, and a few of my husband and me. I didn't include my dad in these because he us still in the Bahamas and I haven't asked him how he feels about it, but we got some keepers of him with the kids, too!
I love these next two - both kids doing what they love most and do best:
Ok, notice how Ellie was very huggy and dancing like a fool in those last few? Well, that was the night she accidentally had a jello shot, not knowing there was vodka in it. Mother of the year right here ;)
Bobby rarely dances (13 and all, you now), but when he does, it's awesome!
Best one of us - I was happier than I look but annoyed at how long it was taking my dad to push the button already!
The best restaurant on Nassau - Cafe Matisse - you have to go if you ever visit! We've been going so long that they know my dad's name and give him the perfect table every time:
First Pina Colada in the pool, virgin this time ;)
So, that was our trip - nostalgic, sad, a first without mom, but still much needed and appreciated!
And onto the real reason you are here - the beautiful rooms:
I admit I love most lighting sales, but this one I REALLY love:
See you tomorrow!