After embarking the Westerdam and lunching on the Lido - I'm sorry, I can't stop saying it - we were ready to . . . wait for it . . . let go all lines and commence our sea voyage.
I just LOVE ship speak, don't you?
Here we are on deck, Seattle in the background and we're sailing away, completely unaware this was the last time we would see the sun for the entire voyage. Yep, Alaska is rainy and cool in the summer. I know that now and am very upset that I couldn't work on my tan while cruising.
Doesn't that sound high maintenance?
One more shot of the departure because the deck you see below and to the right is the . . . wait for it . . . LIDO DECK!
Now, let me introduce you to the family . . .
This is Duane's sister's family. Aren't these girls gorgeous? I'm pretty sure they're high maintenance, too. I tried to hang around them to soak up some of it because let's face it - they are young, cool and hip and I need more of that in my life. You know, to balance out the legos, Polly Pockets and litter box. Which brings me to a story.
See the cute little blonde on the left? That's my 22 year-old niece. She and I were in the Crow's Nest one afternoon. We left to meet the rest of the family for bingo and were running for the elevator. She was ahead of me when someone grabbed me from behind and put their arm around me. I was startled and looked up at this totally hunky (almost as hot as Duane) guy. He said "hey how are you" or something like that and for the briefest moment, a nanosecond, I thought, "I've still got it! I'm - dare I say it - HOT!" Then Hunky Guy asked, "Is she single?"
Is she single.
Sigh. I felt so used. Then I wanted to laugh and tell him, "Buddy, there are three more of them. You have NO IDEA what you're asking."
Here are all of the grandkids except Michael. Those four girls in the back are all drop-dead-gorgeous heart-breakers. They were so much fun to be around! I can't wait to have teenagers.
This is Duane's brother's family. His wife is the one who planned this entire cruise. Thanks, Laura! And finally, the reason we were all there . .
Duane's folks, celebrating 50 years with all seventeen of us!
Stay tuned for more. I'll bring you glaciers, ice cream and whales. In living, Karenpie color!
The suspense builds . . . .