Sunday, September 13, 2009

North To Alaska

Hello, Dear Ones! I wanted to share with you my latest trip and hopefully my last trip for some time! :) We went on an Alaskan cruise and it was wonderful! We took the same cruise 20 years ago and had always wanted to do it again and we got the chance!



I'm going to post for the entire week in this post...Blue Monday ~ blue is everywhere Dear Sally. Met Monday ~ me! Being transformed from place to place Dear Susan ( I know, I'm fudging a bit! ). Foodie Friday ~ you can see some of the delicious food I did not prepare but I sure did devour it Dear Gollum! Pink Saturday - Pink is in the flowers and DD's shirt Dear Beverly! :)

Is this legal in the Land of Blog to post once for the entire week? Well, I think it is! :)

We left from Seattle, Washington. I must tell you ~ it has been so hot in Texas and it was a wonderful change to have cooler weather!


We were on the MS Amsterdam, Holland American Cruise line. This is a much smaller ship than what we've sailed on before, but a very lovely ship!

Now I'd like to tell you a little story and you know how I love to tell you little stories...We kept seeing 'dam ship' on t-shirts, mugs, just all kinds of items. At first I thought, that's a little vulgar and it's spelled incorrectly! Then I understood why 'dam' was written on everything! I realized it was okay to say 'dam ship'! All the ships in the Holland American fleet have 'dam' in their tiny names...Amsterdam, Norderdam, Oosterdam, etc. Cute huh? I know the spelling isn't what you think it should be...but it's the way it's spelled in the names. Those 'dam' ships! :)

Mr. Precious and I took our Dear Daughter and Son-in-law along. It was their first cruise. We all sailed off with excitement (did I tell you I'm going to be a grandmother?)! See how we're all smiling our tiny faces off?

If you've been following my blog you know we've just received the news that our Dear Daughter is going to have a baby! We're thrilled! She is due in March and we just couldn't keep from smiling! She and hubby have been married eleven years! Move over granddog baby! :) Just look at that smile on Mr. Precious' face! That says it all! :)

We had a Veranda Suite. Mr. Precious just has to have a tiny balcony! :) I like it too! We had the smallest little bathtub! Even in all my shortness, I had to angle just right to get out of it! :P Do you see me snapping for you in the picture on the bottom right? Hello, Dear Ones!

Gorgeous flowers all over the ship! Real ones, I know because I touched them. I always must touch the flowers.

If you've been on a cruise, you know there is always food! All of the food was wonderful! Here's Mr. Precious and me looking ridiculous in our chef hats. I ate my share of all the lovely tasty food...and ate and ate and ate...

Alaskan views...

Lovely eagle...not in the wild, but injured and being taken care of and posing for me! Then a sweet little lady owl - she was about eight inches high. Isn't she cute! That's the back of a hawk. He didn't want me to see his tiny face! What a little booger! :)

Walks in the Forrest, salmon swimming upstream and a tiny mushroom!

Hubbard Glacier...so lovely and so cool!! We also viewed a whale flopping around in the water and spraying his little water pipe up in the air and little sea otters playing on the ice.

Beautiful starfish...fat and sassy!

More views...

God painted us quite a few lovely pictures!

On the streets and shopping. We always have time for a little silliness! Between silly me and silly Dear Daughter what is my Dear Grandbaby to be gonna be like?! Silly, I hope! :)
Is this moose hat me or what? :) Do you remember.."Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit outta my hat! Oops, wrong hat!" I know, I know, I'm showing my age. If you're a young one you probably didn't get it!

Our ports of call were Sitka, Juneau, Ketchican and Victoria Island. We arrived after dark at Victoria and we just walked around a bit and I didn't take any pictures. I was waving my tiny dainty hand off to all of my Canadian friends!

We had a great time but how wonderful it feels to finally be home. Hope you've enjoyed seeing a bit of my cruise. Shoot! We didn't see Sarah Palin! :) Did I tell you I'm going to be a grandmother?? :)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

North To Alaska

Way up north, (North To Alaska.)
Way up north, (North To Alaska.)
North to Alaska,
They're goin' North, the rush is on.
North to Alaska,
They're goin' North, the rush is on.

Big Sam left Seattle in the year of '92,
With George Pratt, his partner, and brother, Billy, too.
They crossed the Yukon River and found the bonanza gold.
Below that old white mountain just a little south-east of Nome.

Sam crossed the majestic mountains to the valleys far below.
He talked to his team of huskies as he mushed on through the snow.
With the northern lights a-running wild in the land of the midnight sun,
Yes, Sam McCord was a mighty man in the year of nineteen-one.

Where the river is winding,
Big nuggets they're finding.
North to Alaska,
They're goin' North, the rush is on.

Way up north, (North To Alaska.)
Way up north, (North To Alaska.)
North to Alaska,
They're goin' North, the rush is on.
North to Alaska,
They're goin' North, the rush is on.

George turned to Sam with his gold in his hand,
Said: "Sam you're a-lookin'at a lonely, lonely man.
"I'd trade all the gold that's buried in this land,
"For one small band of gold to place on sweet little Ginnie's hand.

"'Cos a man needs a woman to love him all the time.
"Remember, Sam, a true love is so hard to find.
"I'd build for my Ginnie, a honeymoon home.
"Below that old white mountain just a little south-east of Nome."

Where the river is winding,
Big nuggets they're finding.
North to Alaska,
They're goin' North, the rush is on.
North to Alaska,
They're goin' North, the rush is on.

Way up north, (North To Alaska.)
Way up north, (North To Alaska.)
Way up north, (North To Alaska.)
~sung by Johnny Horton


82 comments:

  1. Sheila, I have always wanted to do this, this looks like a wonderful trip. And congratulations again on the new grand baby soon....I can not wait for that myself...who knows when...but I do look forward to it!

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  2. DH loves Alaska, lived there a bit in USN & travelled there on business a few times. Enjoyed your pictures. Was the city pics of Juneau, he asks.

    Have a great week ... TTFN ~ Marydon

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  3. Congrats on becoming a Grandmother soon! How exciting. Your cruise to Alaska looked like the best fun! I have always wanted to do that. Someday I will....thanks for sharing such a beautiful trip with us.
    xo
    Penny

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  4. PS I forgot the congrats on the wee one ... DH looked again & said 'Yup!]

    We are originally from just south of Seattle.

    TTFN ~Marydon

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  5. It is quite the exciting news that you will be a grandmother!!!!! YIPPEE!!!

    I enjoyed ALL your pictures so much. It looks like it is beautiful there and the ship looks fabulous too! What a wonderful trip for the four of you to take and thanks for sharing all your beautiful pictures.

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  6. Dear Shelia,
    I use to walk around and sing, sing, sing this song as a little girl, North To Alaska. Our Family saw the movie. Remember that?

    God bless you all with a Grand Baby! Ahhhh...you are in for such a treat. When you lay your eyes on this precious baby for the first time, your heart will melt.

    This is a great post addressing what you did with these great pics.

    God bless,
    d

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  7. Hi Sheila,
    Like Wow!!! That trip looks amazing! Your pics are gorgeous, your daughter is the spitting image of you and I bet that will be one cute baby! Poor little doggie is going to have his nose bent out of shape. I love the pic of you and hubby in the chef's hats! Too cute! This is certainly a weeks worth of posts! hugs, Cindy

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  8. Shelia, this post is absolutely incredible. I love every bit of it!

    You are so cute. I spotted you, right away, in the beautiful bathroom diva shot, in the corner of the mosaic!

    Rest up from your fabulous travels...I think it is quite alright to post for an entire week, in one!

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  9. Yeah, Shelia! This is so wonderful. First, you will absolutely love being a grandmother. It is the best thing since sliced bread. Secondly, your pictures and the mosaics are just beautiful. I love the ones that God painted for you. Finally, I enjoy your blog each and every time I read it.

    Have a super week and thank you for sharing.

    Charla

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  10. I've never been to your blog before....I enjoyed reading all about your fabulous cruise. Your pictures were stunning and I loved the mosaics....very well done! Congrats on the new grandbaby in March!!

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  11. Your trip looks like such a fabulous one. That is something I would like to do one of these days. Loved all of your pictures. CONGRATULATIONS GRANDMA . What wonderful news. Hugs, Marty

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  12. Moose hat. Moose hat. Moose hat. Your grandchildren will know how very cool you really ares.

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  13. I promise you! Someday I'm going on a Cruise...

    Now that said...

    I have NEVER seen a picture of living Star Fish...only dead ones. Unless of course you count "PATRICK" on "SPONGE BOG" (who I just love!) :)

    I'm so glad you had a wonderful time.

    Someday! Someday!

    Love to you~
    Rebecca PS: Congrats again on baby coming. I'm thrilled for you!

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  14. Love all your excitement! It's infectious! You're going to be a wonderful grandmother! And you are going to enter a whole new world of joy! Congratulations!

    Your mosaics were great!
    Loved all your photos!
    Beautiful trip! I'd love to make that trip one day too! Thanks for sharing!

    All the best,
    Eileen

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  15. You took such beautiful pictures! Looks like it was a wonderful trip!

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  16. Hmmmm .. . I don't recall you saying anywhere in that post that you are going to be a grandma!!
    CONGRATULATIONS! Great news! How very fun!
    Your trip looked absolutely DIVINE!!!! I sooo want to go on an Alaskan cruise! Oh my! The scenery! The wildlife! The CLEAN FRESH AIR!
    How awesome. I know you just had the best time!
    Your mosaics are just FABULOUS! You don't by any chance have a Mac computer do you?
    Thanks for sharing! Great post!
    Karen - Some Days Are Diamonds

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  17. Oh Shelia, your mosaics are beautiful. What breathtaking sceneries. I have taken so many cruises but never an Alaskan one so this is a real treat. You all look so happy, I can tell you are all excited about the baby. The food is making me hungry but I am glad they're only pictures b/c I always gain so much weight in cruises.... Christine

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  18. it looks like you had a wonderful trip!
    I have never been there...or anywhere for that matter other than florida....but now thanks to you...I can say I have seen Alaska!

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  19. Looks like a GREAT trip! I heard that was an amazing cruise! LOVE the photos too!

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  20. Shelia, What a great adventure and to be able to share with your daughter and son-in-law. So happy for you...grandmother -to-be.

    Roy and I would love to go and maybe one day soon.

    Your pictures are great and the food looks very fattening. So glad you all had such a fun time, look forward this week to seeing more pictures/

    Barbara

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  21. What exciting news! Congratulations!

    The cruise looks wonderful! I've never been on a cruise but I hear the food is always fabulous and lots of it! Your mosaics are gorgeous!

    Manuela

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  22. Oh Shelia, What "funness"! Looks like you guys had a great time of scenery, shopping and lots of great food!
    Congrats! on that grandbaby again.

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  23. Nice pictures. Specially the glacier ones. Thanks for sharing.
    Happy Blue Monday,
    Val

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  24. Hi Shelia, what a wonderful trip with family.. I have never been to Alaska or on a cruise ship..

    Congrats on a grand baby coming soon. Nothing is more special than having grands..Keep us posted and show lots of pictures after the baby arrives... hugs, Baba

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  25. Well, CONGRATULATIONS on your grandbaby on the way! So very exciting! Enjoyed your photos very much and looks like you all had a splendid time. Thanks for sharing and have yourself a Happy Blue Monday.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  26. I would love to go on an Alaskan cruise too someday! Looks like a great time!

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  27. Wonderful pictures! That is an amazing cruise, isn't it?
    I love your blog banner.
    Congrats on being a gramma; there's nothing like it!

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  28. We have considered doing this! My son lives in Seattle. I just didn't know if I would enjoy it with all that cold ;-). Beautiful pics of the glacier areas!! WOW--...I definetly don't want to try it during flu season...but maybe some day. Congrats--hope everything goes well with the grandbaby--they are wonderful!!

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  29. Sheila, I have always wanted totake an alaskian cruise! Lucky you! What GREAT pics! I like how you made them collage pics. LOve the hoats photos-animals and chefs. this looks like a wonderful trip. And congratulations again on the new grand baby soon! I am sooo happy for you!

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  30. I'd wear a silly hat too if I got to eat all of those goodies! You and your family look so very happy, and you sure know how to have a fabulous time! What a trip!

    You thought of everything ... except for one tiny thing ... I don't believe you linked in to Blue Monday. I see the pretty BLUE bird, but no one can find me. Please add:

    http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/

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  31. My goodness, those are some gorgeous photos!!! I especially think the chef hat one is cute!!

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  32. Hi Sheila
    A whole's post...wow! You did so good. I love your pictures. One can tell you had a fabulous time and how special to have your daughter and SIL with you on such a great trip.
    Aren't cruise's wonderful? Your mosaic pics tell the tale of delicious food and you do have to eat it you know...*s*... the scenery pictures are sooo nice too.

    Great family pictures too Shelia.
    Thank you for sharing...
    Vacations are grand aren't they....
    have a super day
    Judi
    *hugs*...grandmother to be..*s*...

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  33. That post is allowed to be linked for a week or more. You included so much and the pictures were just amazing! Looks like you had a great time and have much to look forward to. Congratulations!

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  34. Sheila-My husband said just this weekend that he would like to do an Alaskan cruise. After seeing your pictures, I'm IN!!! Just think...the baby's first cruise :)

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  35. absolutely breathtaking photos! what a wonderful trip. and yes we're all so excited for the grandbaby to be!!!!

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  36. I have always wanted to do that, but I get so dizzy and it last for months whenever I do a cruise of fly...It looks so beautiful. S. you were the first to notice the lack of a mirror in the photo I posted...that was the first thing I noticed! I think the space is pretty, but so strange...thanks for visiting today.

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  37. Shelia this post definitely covered ALL the bases for a week. I've never been on a cruise, so it was fun to go along on yours!The Alaskan scenery is breathtaking--and so is the food! I'm so glad you could share this great week with your daughter and SIL. You can remind us that you're going to be a grandma all you want!

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  38. Look at you! Even the memes you are joining are in a great mosaic! You should have added Mosaic Monday to your list of memes! What wonderful photographs you took on your trip! Your accomodations look so nice, and the food looks fabulous, but that scenerey is just breath taking. You and your family look so cute and so joyful! I loved seeing these photos. I believe you've taken the Queen of Mosaics title! laurie

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  39. Shelia, you look like the happiest people in the world, what a wonderful vacation! I'm drooling over your photos (and not just the food ones!) I'm glad you had such a great time, and I hope your grandbaby is just as silly (and sweet) as you.

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  40. Wonderful pictures! If that new baby looks anything like his/her pretty MaMa, it will be a gorgeous hunk and/or beauty!! Happy Fall. Sally

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  41. Wonderful pictures! If that new baby looks anything like his/her pretty MaMa, it will be a gorgeous hunk and/or beauty!! Happy Fall. Sally

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  42. WONDERFUL pictures. I have always wanted to go to Alaska.

    I hope you will come by for a visit as well. I have a fun party on Mondays and another on Wed that just started up.

    Cheri
    Its So Very Cheri

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  43. What a wonderful post. How grand it must have been to travel with your daughter and her husband. Your food and accomodations look wonderful. I hope you are having a good Blue Monday.

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  44. Awww, congrats on the grandbaby! How exciting! And I think your beautiful daughter looks like you.

    Wonderful pictures of your trip. I will have to show them to DH as he has always wanted to take an Alaskan cruise. It looks like you had a great time.

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  45. Your cruise to Alaska photos are great...Congratulations on being a Grandma soon!!!!Nothing like it in the world!!!!!Loved all the food shots, we love to cruise too... Glad it was fun and you had the opportunity to go with your daughter and son-in-law. Makes it a lot more fun to go with family I think...xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  46. Looks like yall had a wonderful time! Your daughter is just a cutie ..I bet your grandbaby is gonna be just as sweet~

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  47. Wow, Sheila, this beautiful post took a long time and it is awesome. We have been to Alaska and it was one of the best vacations ever. We visited all the places you visited including Victoria Island. Cruising is the best vacation. I gained 10 lbs in one week. LOL. One day I will show some of those photos. Your mosaics are so well done. I think you covered every event this week and you did a great job. I LOVED it all and was sad when it ended. Thank you for the hard work you did to share your wonderful.

    I heard a birdie say you are going to have a grand baby. OH! that birdie was cute little you. I am so happy for you Sheila.

    Hugs xoxo, Jeanne

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  48. Oops, forgot to say 'wonderful trip'

    silly me...Jeanne again!

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  49. Shelia...what wonderful news! I am so happy for all of you! What a wonderful thing to come on and read about! :)
    Your pictures are wonderful. It is like being able to go too. My summer was not a good one and I had to stay home from our trip to Maine. I sent Howard off without me. His mother is 99 and I didn't think he should miss seeing her. I will go next year. I will be all well and back on track and we will have a wonderful time.
    It's nice to see that you had such a great time. It looks like a trip I would like to take one day.
    Love and hugs..and CONGRATULATIONS!!
    Mona :)

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  50. Morning dear Shelia~

    I'm in awe over your pictures...WOW...just amazing. :)

    Hope your day is beautiful.

    Hugs~ J

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  51. I enjoyed your cruise... the photos are beautiful! My sister-in-law just returned from a similar cruise with two of her girlfriends. I wonder if they were on your ship too. Glad you had a wonderful time with your daughter before the baby arrives.

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  52. Oh Sheila, I loved your taking us along on your little cruise. Ironically, a friend of mine and I were talking the other night that "someday" we would like to go to Alaska... I can't wait to show them beautiful pictures and what could be in store for us if it ever happens. Congrats!!! A baby coming.. oh girl there is nothing like a grandbaby... hugs ~lynne~

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  53. Good Morning Shelia ~

    You have taken my dream vacation! What a wonderful time for your family. Thank you for sharing such gorgeous photos...it just proves what a "sweetie" you are!!!

    Smiles ~ Ramona

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  54. Hi Sheila (future best Grandma)!
    My daughter and I have just really enjoyed your amazing pictures from the cruise. We have added a cruise to Alaska onto our wish list of places to visit! Your room looked gorgeous as did all the delicious food. You took such great pictures of the spectacular scenery. I really enjoy all these little trips you keep taking us on. The pictures of you and your lovely family are just beautiful. Glad you managed to get a bathroom divas picture.
    Have a great week.
    Lindsay
    x

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  55. Oh Sheila youo are just the dearest and cutest person I know in blogland! What a wonderful trip with Mr. Precious and your beautiful daughter and son in law! Congratulations to you and them on the new arrival coming soon! I wish I had grandchildren...some day. I really enjoyed sailing through this trip with you...thanks for posting it...what fun! The only thing I missed what No-No-Nannette!

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  56. Shelia, it looks like you had a wonderful time. How nice that your daughter and her husband could join you. You must be so excited about your daughter's pregnancy!

    Jane

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  57. Funny...we have been in discussions recently in our house about where to go for Summer vacation next year. The two choices are Alaskan Cruise or Hawaii....love your photos of Alaska! Makes me think Alaska is the way to go!!!

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  58. Shelia, I sure enjoyed this post...all the photos were lovely and I'm looking forward to watching the months go by while you're waiting on that baby!!!

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  59. Sheila,
    What a wonderful post full of great pictures!!!
    I enjoyed every minute of it!
    :0)
    Have a wonderful day and welcome home.
    :0)
    Gayle

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  60. Shelia, every time I think of you becoming a grandmother, I get a great big smile. This baby is so blessed to have such a loving family.

    And, your trip looks spectacular. Thanks for including Pink Saturday. I've missed you so much on Saturdays, and you are my sister. You know?! ;-)

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  61. Your trip looks amazing!!! The photos of Alaska are stunning!!! We have been talking about doing an Alaskan cruise for a long time...you have pushed me over the edge...I feel a cruise in my future. How sweet of you to take your family. Congrats on the wonderful news...I am thrilled for you!!!

    Your header is gorgeous...just love it!!!

    Enjoy!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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  62. Hey Grandma Shelia; What lovely photos of your trip. And they way you are showing them is just amazing... I can't wait to see more,,,, I love the photo of you peeking in the mirror,, so cute... and loved your hat...lol what a luck little baby to have a Mommy and Grandma silly and fun.... have great week...

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  63. First off, I am thrilled beyond words that a new baby is coming into your family! What a lucky little one!! Blessings to you all!!
    I so want to g on a cruise like this...I LOVED seeing all your lovely photos! It was almost like being there with you! Well, almost! : ) It just whetted my appetite for a trip like this one!
    Thank you for sharing it all with us...I loved each photo and word!

    Congratulations to the entire family!!! How exciting!

    Love,
    Sue

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  64. I have never been on a cruise, but your post made me feel like I had gone with you! SO beautiful! Funny about the "dam" ships!!!
    And I do hope your grandbaby will be silly - silly people have the most fun, don't we? :D Jewel

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  65. What a great post thanks for taking us along....looks like you all had a great time...
    xoxo
    Julie

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  66. Shelia, if you have a minute, please go to my blog and get the information to send a card to a very ill young lady as soon as possible. Thank you so much. laurie

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  67. Hi Shelia, gracious, how in the world have I missed this post?

    Your pictures are simply gorgeous. You all look so happy and the settings are simply stunning. I know you have memories to last a lifetime. Wow, I will have to bring my hubby in to look at these.

    So glad you had a good and happy trip!!!

    Big hugs, Barb :-)

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  68. What fantastic pictures. Congratulations on your sweet grandbaby to be. I imagine he/she will be throughly spoiled.

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  69. Oh Shelia
    What fabulous photos! I hope to go on a cruise to Alaska one day too. It's on our bucket list.
    Rhondi

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  70. Great pictures! There is no doubt in my mind that you have one silly grandbaby on the way! I'm afraid I did get the Rocky reference, wish I could say I didn't but I was a big fan of Bullwinkle.

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  71. Oh I want to go too. Maybe next summer. I love Alaska, it is my favorite cruise. Your photos are perfect and how nice to go with family.

    The Raggedy Girl

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  72. Oh Sheila! I so apologize: this is my FIRST viait to your blog but I WILL BE BACK!!!! I see your SWEET comments on other blogs and feel like I know you:):) CONGRATULATIONS on being a GRANNY (almost)!!!! What a blessing! I am still hoping.....my daughter is 38, just got engaged....so I am still hoping:):):) YOur trip looked wonderful! I ahve never been on a cruise. Thanks for the great pics!!!! XOXO, Pinky

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  73. So much good news. A cruise and a Grandbaby, How wonderful!

    I have yet to take an Alaskan Cruise but you choosen my favorite line. I've been on a few other lines but Holland America really knows how to treat you to make you feel special. Your pictures are great.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  74. I love all your photo mosaics. I like how you have made each mosaic a theme. Looks like a wonderful trip.

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  75. Thank you, Pinkie for coming to visit me! I wish the best for your daughter and you!
    Be a sweetie and come back any time,
    Shelia ;)

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  76. Congratulations on becoming a grandma! It is the best. Our last little one was born on Sept 2, just two weeks ago and I am telling you, your heart will melt and you will never be the same!
    These little ones bring not only sweet delight but adventures that can stop your heart! I am watching 4 of mine this week while my daughter is off playing in the Ocean!
    Loved all your pictures of your cruise! Happy Foodie Friday:)

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  77. Isn't it just beautiful in Alaska. Now all the food on the ship looks amazing. I usually diet for a full month prior to setting foot on the ship:) I hope the new baby is silly and sweet like his GM :)
    Joyce

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  78. Oooooo lucky you! I have always wanted to go on an Alaskan cruise. It is on my bucket list of things to do. Those pictures are wonderful!

    And how wonderful that you are going to be a grandma! That is the bestest part of all!

    Kady

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  79. Ah ... what a marvelous post FILLED with lovely photos and mosaics reminding me of the cruise I took to Alaska about a decade ago with family and friends. Looks like you had lots of fun. We did too ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

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