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First Christmas Gift Of 2011 | But What is it?

So Sara and I went out to dinner with friends to start off Christmas vacation… We went to our favorite restaurant in Greensburg, El Patrons, yes that is right Mexican food and Margarita’s! Yes Mexican is one of my favorites… So we were surprised with two christmas packages sitting their on the table. So, we opened the first package which was a small package that had a wooden disc looking thing with one whole and 4 slots on each corner, what could it be… Sara and I sat and stared at the wooden looking thing wondering, what could this be. hmm… Scroll down…

Mom & Dad’s House Is Decorated For Christmas

So Sara and I had the chance to go to my mom and dad’s for dinner the other day. It was the first time we were able to go and visit and see the house decorated for the first time this year. I love to go and see everything all decorated for Christmas. Everything just seems to be in just the right place. I took my Canon S95 point and shoot camera to capture just a few things, It does a great job, for just being a point and shoot camera.

There is just something about Christmas that I can’t explain, but I love it! Every year we talk about what time we will be getting up for Christmas and every year my sister will say, we are not kids anymore, we don’t have to get up early… Well, I don’t care how old I get, I will always love Christmas.

I miss the Christmas mornings when I was little and my brother would go down stairs before I got up. He would put on all the Christmas lights so everything would be ready when I went downstairs to see what Santa brought me.  Yes even when we started getting older we would do the same thing, we would turn on all the lights upstairs and downstairs, time to start the coffee for my mom and dad because I sure wasn’t drinking that yucky stuff.  (I will take cocoa over coffee any-day, even today:)

Here are some pics from the other night!  David:)











Pittsburgh Aviary | Pittsburgh Photographer

Dave and I, along with his parents, find that even though we’ve lived within 15 miles of Pittsburgh since childhood, we have rarely explored some of the treasures Pittsburgh has to offer.  So on Father’s Day, in an attempt to be a tourist in our own city, we visited the Pittsburgh National Aviary.  What a nice experience!  Our feathered friends ran the gamut from Penguins to Parrots, and provided with many excellent photo opportunities.  Dave, armed with his Canon 5D, of course, was excited to take some great images of the wildlife.  It was a wonderful adventure, complete with feeding the Lorikeets sweet nectar right out of our own hands!  We definitely suggest that all you Pittsburghers get out to the Aviary and take a look around… That 5th grade field trip doesn’t count as a real visit anymore… View it  from a new perspective, from adult eyes, with a child’s heart, and I promise, you’ll learn something new and enjoy it!

Pittsburgh Aviary

Pittsburgh Aviary

Pittsburgh Aviary

Pittsburgh Aviary

Pittsburgh Aviary

Pittsburgh Aviary

Pittsburgh Aviary

Pittsburgh Aviary

Pittsburgh Aviary

Pittsburgh Aviary

Pittsburgh Aviary

Pittsburgh Aviary

Pittsburgh Aviary

The squirrel was taking a little break right before he stated roaming again…

Pittsburgh Aviary

Bahamas Cruise | Mini Golf On The Carnival Cruise Line

Sara and I took a cruise to the Bahamas for the first time and while we were on the ship we decided that we would like to try the mini gold course that was on the top level of the Carnival Pride cruise ship.  Let me tell you, if you have never been a cruise before that it can get very windy at times and you should be carful.  We must have chosen the windiest day of our cruise because we felt like we were going to fly right off of this ship.  It was pretty funny trying to play mini golf with this heavy wind.  Check out my video clip of us trying to play mini golf, I think it was hilarious!  Sara don’t lose your golf ball…

Last Day At Sea | Caribbean Cruise Vacation

On our last day at sea, we were sad to see the blue, crystal clear water replaced by the deep and endless navy blue of the Atlantic.  The sun slipped behind the clouds, and the rain came in.  We spent the last day eating and talking and touring the ship again.  And we bought some nice souvenirs in the Shops, which offered everything from Alcohol and candy to clothes and diamond jewelry.  But Dave and I ended our trip in style, making use of the Ship’s Beautiful Mind and Body Spa, with a Couples’ Hot Stone Massage.  I recommend that everyone get a Hot Stone Massage!  WOW!  I have never gotten a professional full body massage before, with or without hot stones, and neither had Dave.  What a luxury!  Dave and I loved it!  We loved it so much we are looking around our hometown and in Pittsburgh for a spa that offers them!  The stones weren’t simply placed on our backs as I envisioned, oh no, our lovely masseuses used the stones to do some of the massaging.  It was incredible.  I am still relaxed!  We ended the day at the Piano Bar, where I got up and sang because Roger, the piano man, heard me singing along and thought I ought to sing on my own.  J  That was nice!  What a great trip.  We can’t wait to cruise again!  How do you pass up a trip to the Caribbean on a floating 5-Star Hotel?   With our next trip, already in the planning stages to Maui, Hawaii!  World travelers we are!  Woohoo!

Caribbean Cruise

Caribbean Cruise

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