Saturday, July 4, 2009

Yah Mon

Our time in Jamaica was great. There were lots of opportunity to relax.
Here are some pictures taken around the resort.

Hammocks are all over the grounds.

I decided to get in one of those hammocks. I read My Sister's Keeper while I was down there and Jane Austen Ruined My Life. Both were great books.
I had to get out of hammock and go upstairs to read the last chapter of My Sister's Keeper. I didn't want to ball my eyes out in front of everyone out there.

I also played golf twice with Keith, Ann and Scotty.

This is a picture from our room on the 4th floor. The vegetation there is so lush and beautiful.

A view of the oceanside of the building we were in. We stayed on the garden side.

This is the Sandals Resort in Ocho Rios. Keith and I were surrounded by lots of newlyweds. We were feeling quite "seasoned" around all those young couples. It was fun talking to different couples and finding out where they were from.

Keith and I had a great week together. It was so nice to get away and spend time doing a whole lot of nothing. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our 21 years together.

We flew back to Orlando on Sunday and there was a long line at the airport in Montego Bay. Keith and I checked in at the Air Jamaica desk, but when my mother-in-law, her husband and his son and wife (directly behind us) went to check in they were told the flight was full. We've had our tickets since February mind you. Long story short. I flew back to Orlando with Keith. Keith caught his connecting flight to Houston and I had to stay in Orlando until Ann and Scotty flew in the next morning. Air Jamaica put me up in a hotel. When Ann and Scotty finally flew in the next day I drove back to Tampa with them where my girls were staying with my parents.

While I was in Orlando I hung out with some of the locals:
Her make-up looks a little better than mine. It was an early departure that day and a little stressful when the rest of our party was left behind.

They really do say "mon" a lot in Jamaica. They also say m'lady when addressing women. I thought that was sweet.
I'll leave you with a Jamaican sunset. I probably won't ever go back there, but it was a nice place to visit and do some relaxing and hear some really nice people say
"No Problem Mon"


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Looks like the perfect vacation for rest and relaxation. Glad you got to go. Love that picture of you and Keith.

Thanks for the gorgeous pictures. I'd love those hammocks.

Congrats for 21 years of marriage. Were your girls glad to see yoU???? Bet they had a good time in Tampa.


Susan said...

Looks wonderful. We;ve never been there but our older daughter and her hubby have been.

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

What a wonderful vacation with the hubby!!

I would love to just rock in those hammocks with a book.

Jamaica is on my wish list!!!

Thanks for sharing those!

Tiffany said...

Looks heavenly! So glad you had the opportunity to go!

I'm like you - I'd like to visit to say I have, but it's probably not some place I would frequent ;o)

And what keeps running through my head is "we be jammin'" - it's in some song, just don't remember any of the other words!

The Farmer Files said...

Looks peaceful! I am about to get on a plane today headed WEST.

Cicero Sings said...

I went to the Cook Islands once and while interesting, once was enough so I know what you mean.

I have a friend from Trinidad and she always calls me "my ladyship".

Glad you had such a good vacation and anniversary. Those hammocks look very inviting.

I've read "My Sister's Keeper" too ... really makes you think.

Louise said...

Oh it looks like you had a great time. (21 years -- congratulations!). Glad you liked Jane Austen Ruined My Life!

Betty said...

Gorgeous pictures! Looks like the perfect place to relax and celebrate your marriage! Congrats on the 21 years!
I bet it´s good to be home too, though....

Tracy P. said...

How beautiful! That is a great picture of the two of you. So glad you got to truly relax and spend the time together!

Charity Joy Bell Childs said...

Much, much, much fun, Joy! :) I can tell by the way your feet are up there on that hammock like that! hahahahahahaahah! Rockin' the pedicure, ey? :))

I'm really happy that you had so much fun, Joy! :))


Shelley in SC said...

Oooh, Jamaica looks divine! Actually just one of those hammocks would be fine with me!! So glad you had such a great time!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Looks like paradise to me!!!! What a wonderful vacation.

Berni said...

Which one is Snow White? He He

Glad you had a lovely trip

Pam said...

It looks like a great place to read and relax! I'm so glad you enjoyed your time there, but welcome back. I've missed you.

I wonder which day you were in Tampa! I bet it was the day I was in Miami, but in any case, I hate to think you were that close and we didn't get to meet!

Mary said...

The perfect vacation, rest and relaxation and great reads! Looks like you had a wonderful time. I have never been anywhere but the US and Canada, I rarely fly, but I would love to go to the Islands.
I enjoyed My Sisters Keeper, I think it was one of Picoult's best. I never heard of the Austin book but I'll look for it.
I'm reading The Guernsay Literary and Potato Peel Society right now. I'm half way through it and recommending it to all my reader friends, that's how much I'm enjoying it!
Congratulations on 21 years!

Charity Joy Bell Childs said...

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Melody said...

Wow! I'm envious of you! What a great way to spend your anniversary. Good for you! Those pics are beautiful.

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Joy,
Thank you your condolences regarding Ryan. His Mom also lost her dad about a week and a half ago, now she has to bury them both in the same month.

What a beautiful vacation!!! I would love to fo there ondeay. I went to see the movie my sister's keeper and it was so touching indeed. Have a blessed week ahead.

Hugz Lorie

LuLu said...

Your trip looked wonderful. Happy 21 years!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Me Again!! We're home after a wonderful weekend in the gorgeous North Carolina mountains. I'll post in the morning.

Hope you had a great weekend.

Persuaded said...

Oh my, those are beautiful pictures... I especially love the shade of the water. Lovely!

and thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment♥