Thursday, January 13, 2011

Getting There

Our cruise embarked on January 2.  And yet, we left our house on December 31.

First, we drove four hours to Green Bay where we ate at Five Guys Burgers and Fries (pretty good, won't go there again) and welcomed in 2011 in a hotel room.
What's a Television?

A hotel room that had cable, which is totally foreign to my children as we have not had it for the last five years.  They were absolutely enthralled.   What was so interesting you ask?   The commercials.  They insisted we buy every little gadget they saw.  Thank heavens we don't have cable at home or I would have no money.

In the morning, we leisurely ate breakfast and got packed up and then braved the subzero temperatures to head for the airport.  Oh wait, except our flight didn't leave until 4:30 pm (we only came a day early because the weather reports were scary for January 1 and we didn't want to drive in that or be stuck in it).  So, we went and hung out at Barnes and Noble for a while and then went out to lunch.

Then we headed to the airport via a friend's parents who live close to the airport and let us keep our car in their driveway all week to avoid paying for long term parking.

Little Travelers

Aren't my little travelers so cute with their matching suitcases?  They carried these on and they have ALL of their clothing in them for the entire trip.  Which included (for each of them) 4 pairs of shoes, 5 swimsuits, 2 formal dresses and lots of shorts/pants and t-shirts.  I was pretty proud of myself and my packing prowess, thankyouverymuch.  And yes, of course it was to avoid paying through the nose for all the airport baggage fees.  Ugh.

And we're off!

Then we were off.

Detroit moving sidewalk

To Detroit, that is.  Home of the amazing moving sidewalk with the light show set to music.

And after that I have no more pictures because our flight to Miami out of Detroit was so delayed that we didn't get into our hotel until around 1:00 am.  Fun times.

Next post (maybe even later tonight!) we'll meet the ship.  I know you're on pins and needles....
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I'm not on pins and needles, but I am excited to hear the next intsallment of your adventure.

  2. I totally am on pins and needles! Jeff's been wanting to take our family on a cruise ever since we enjoyed our own last year. SO I look forward to hearing what the kids thought. Good job on the packing too! PS- regarding commercials, I tell my kids that the entire purpose of commercials is to trick kids into wanting stuff, so if they ask for something they see on Saturday morning- my only answer is that the commercial people did their job right. And they don't get it.

  3. I can't wait to see more!

  4. Just looking at how your girls have grown up. (Have I really been reading your blog that long? They're so big!)

  5. We have a five guys here, it's pretty delicious.

  6. Looks like you are all having fun!!

  7. A moving walk with lightshow, huh? And how the heck did you pack all of that into their suitcases? I need lessons!

  8. We don't have cable either and my kids are the same way. Even when we did have cable, we had tivo and could fast forward through commercials. I don't miss them one bit.