Tuesday, August 27, 2013


You may have noticed ( all 5 of you who follow my blog.) that there were no posts for a little more than three weeks –  That’s because we have been on vacation and then school started.  And my luck is that I drew the assignment for Early Morning Seminary again so my nights have been short.  Anyways, I’m not complaining, just explaining.

Let me tell you a little about our trip to the Bahamas.  I won’t give a lot of detail because I can’t remember (no alcohol induced memory lapses like we saw on the ship, just old age) but I will refer you to my daughter’s blog where she has some great stuff.  Here and here.

The boat was big (though by some standards this was a little cruise), the plane ride was long and tiresome, and the activities were stupendous.
Missy and Elie wiped out
That pretty much encapsulates the whole trip but I want to highlight a few things that I especially enjoyed. 

1.   The shark dive was awesome.  For a video presentation, please see Joel’s posting on YouTube (Bahamas SharkDive).  Never in my life did I expect to be in the same water with ruthless, dangerous, sharp-toothed, living sharks.  What a story I have for my great-grandchildren and others.  Woohoo, thank you my little wifey!!!!

And that's not all of them!!!
2.  Cruise food is pretty good – not quite five-star but way better than any other buffet food I have eaten.  I am still suffering the after-effects but hopefully I will drop the extra soon.   (BTW, did you know they have an ice-cream machine on board most ships and you can get a cone whenever you want?  I do AND I did ----- quite often – thus the extra poundage)

3.  Para sailing is pretty fun but not nearly as “tummy-tickling” as I thought it would be.  I would do it again but when compared to our dive………well, no contest.

Look out, here come the Whitmer's
4.  Despite what some in my family may think, I really, really, really, loved being with all the kids and grandkids.  These are the times that we will look back on in eternity as those wondrous experiences of mortality.  And I have my amazing, beautiful, patient and forgiving wife to blame for every memory we created.  Sadly, if it were up to me we would probably all go to Taco Bell and have some food and then go home. 

5.  I was very touched by the reception we received as we visited the LDS ward in Ft. Lauderdale.  They are used to “cruisers” but that doesn't mean they have to reach out and welcome us so warmly.  We really felt like we were part of the ward and had no reservations in participating.  They were such pleasant people. 

All dressed for Sunday
That’s it for my synopsis.  As I said, check out Missy’s blog for more details.  Maybe I will add more later but for now that’s enough.

That's our fabulous Teresa and some guy she tolerates.
Families are what it is all about.  This is why we are here on earth and what God wants us to perfect.  And without concerned, generous grandma’s, most of the good wouldn't happen.  Thanks sweetheart.

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