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This summer was a little sad for us. Between household big ticket disasters and my hubby’s change of job, we weren’t able to take our annual week-long summer vacation. I think this is the first one we’ve missed since we were married! The great thing about vacations, though, is you have great memories to look back on and one of my favorite was our last vacation as non-parents (we were, however, parents-to-be).

On that trip, we went with our best friends on a weeklong cruise. It was INSANE because it was the last voyage of the actualLove Boat” – from the TV show. No, I’m not kidding! The “Love Boat” was filmed on a real cruise ship that was later purchased by the Princess cruise line.

Love, exciting and new 
Come Aboard. We’re expecting you.  

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We and our friends cruised to Bermuda, because we were from New York and that’s the closest Caribbean place you can without flying. Who wants to fly when the port is a short train ride away? I was 5 months pregnant and none of the indigestion had hit nor did I have morning sickness. So you can IMAGINE how much I ate on a cruise, lol!

You may be expecting me, but I was expecting too!

If you know me, you know I don’t swim (terrible phobia and inner ear issues – though I’ve no idea which came first), so when we took our first shore excursion I was nervous – snorkeling? I’d been on my honeymoon – also in Bermuda – and had brushed too near the coral, which you’re not allowed to touch. i got yelled at and freaked out! I had nightmares I’d be dying of poison in a Bermudan prison after this trip.

This time, however, I flooded with whatever makes you happy when you’re pregnant (which honestly could have been chocolate. It was literally served at every meal.) I sported a 2 piece tankini…I was only showing a little and damn proud of my body. I mean, I was hosting life here! Not only that, but I was totally feeling safe and comfy on a catamaran…not really the boat of choice for those who fear the water, but I loved it. I was still nervous and this was one snorkeling trip I could not have a drink beforehand!  (Yup, they make them on the boat.) We took the boat out to the water. So I climbed into the water - that was ok – and they gave me the flippers. If you don’t swim, these can freak you OUT.

You want me to get horizontal?!

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There’s 3 of us there. My baby is a stowaway :)

My brother in law, God bless his soul, saw how impatient my husband was with my terror and calmed me down. Together they helped me get my legs up (yes, I am THAT clueless) and then the 2 of them escorted me out into the water with a noodle. My husband got distracted (typical!), but Dimas was determined to make sure I didn’t give into my fear and enjoyed the day. I did.

I had a FANTASTIC time. I even got to go under a wee bit and see fish. (Yes, I hate that too. Me + water mix like OIL and water!) I was so relaxed and know what? We went right to the edge of where we were allowed, and actually had to be CALLED back. (You know when they threaten to leave without you? Yea, they don’t do that, especially if you are pregnant, lol.)

LOVED IT!

Not only did I have the best time ever, those amazing waters were like a beautiful massage. I was super relaxed and I know a growing Amelia was peaceful inside me. It was a lovely feeling that I could reach back and remember any time I was anxious or uncomfortable during the rest of my pregnancy.

But that’s not the only awesome memory. One night, my husband and I stayed up super late and went on deck alone. Looking up, we saw a meteor shower — beautiful shooting stars to bless our new journey as parents. It was such a romantic and beautiful moment.

To make it a really memorable trip, we were blessed to go with some of the funnest people and had a BLAST! We even limbo’d – although I was eliminated early. And did I mention the nonstop eating?? Chris and I were carefree, snorkeling, hiking, dancing and partying (me, sans alcohol) and made lasting memories. Bermuda will always remind me of the early days of my marriage and our excitement as we waited for our new baby to arrive.

Romance & Fun – It really WAS the Love Boat!

It’s also such a beautiful place to visit! The cute little town of Hamilton is wonderfully picturesque, great for photos from the ship. But all this fun would be harder to remember if it weren’t for our camera – and a healthy dose of Throwback Thursdays!
What would have been perfect? A great new camera, like the Canon EOS Rebel T5I! Perfect gift for newlyweds, so they can document their honeymoom. (Our photos from that look a lot these, except no baby on board – and a few racy shots too :)

Bermudans, of course, speak English, but if you know a couple honeymooning overseas or backpacking through Europe, you might want to consider a copy of Rosetta Stone Spanish V4 Totale T or the SwissGear City Pack (make sure to buy two of those). Check out more great ideas for the happy coupel at Target Wedding registry link.

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200 thoughts on “Best Vacation Ever & Target Card Giveaway #ad #TargetWedding

  1. Gina M (Wild Orchid)

    My favorite vacation memory was going snorkeling in Jamaica with my husband.

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  2. Sarah

    Our first family vacation, our daughter was 3 months old and we took a vacation with her godparents and their five children to Gatlinburg, TN. It was so fun and relaxing…. now we have 2 kids and another on the way and we are hoping to have a repeat next year!
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  3. kelly mcgrew

    going on my first vacation alone instead of with my whole family! it was nice to do whatever i wanted & not worry about if others would want to do it or not.

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  4. Reesa Lewandowski

    What an awesome trip! I am loving reading everyone’s stories too!

    My memory is my honeymoon to Key West. My husband is an avid fisherman and it was during lobster season. We hunted for spiny lobsters and ate lobsters like kings all week! We are hoping to go back next year for our 10th anniversary.
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  5. Tamara

    i think my favorite vacation was when my husband and I went to Punta Cana! I had had my 5th and final baby only 10 months before. I was in desperate need of some adult time and some fun time! We had an absolute blast! we were only gone for 4 days and 3 nights but it was the perfect amount of time. I went para sailing for the first time. As well as sailing on a catamaran. I had a blast. I want to go back just writing about it!

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  6. Margaret Smith

    Going to the Jersey Shore with my family when we were kids. We spent the summer there and went boating, fishing and swimming almost everyday.

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  7. Ann Fantom

    My most memorable family vacation was my parent’s 50th anniversary get together in Walt Disney World. Family members from all over the country met at WDW and it was awesome.

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  8. Tari Lawson

    My favorite vacation memory was hiking down into the Grand Canyon with my husband and two sons (ages 15 and 7). Part of the way down the trail my youngest turned to me and said “this is better than Disney.”

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  9. Elisabeth Ashley

    My favorite vacation memory was honeymooning for two weeks on the Mediterranean. All of the old cities were so beautiful.

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  10. Tram Le

    My favorite vacation family was taking a trip with my relatives all around the tourist areas in central Vietnam this summer.

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  11. Charlotte W

    My favorite vacation memory is the only vacation my family ever took when I was a kid. We rented an RV and traveled through several states visiting places like Yellowstone Park and ghost towns.

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  12. Christina G.

    My favorite vacation memory is driving down to the Smoky Mountains one summer. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. Crystal F

    Spending a week at the Outer Banks with my family. It was my family, my brother’s family and both of my sister’s families. We stayed in a 3 story house and had an absolute blast. I would do just about anything to be able to do that again. Thank you!

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  14. Stacy F.

    Favorite vacation memory by far was my honeymoon because it was a secret so I didn’t know until the day before! I said I just wanted to be on the water. It was Tahiti! And we were LITERALLY ON the water, in a bungalow out in the ocean! AMAZING!!!!!

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  15. Tara Liebing

    My favorite vacation memory is when I took my son to Minneapolis for a week when he was 5. We went to Mall of America, Under Water World (at the time), and the Zoo. We had so much fun!

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  16. Candace B

    My favorite vacation memory involves the time I spent with my friends during competitions. We would visit various areas on the East Coast and spend a few days enjoying ourselves in the area we were in.

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  17. Peggy D

    My favorite vacation memory is our trip to Disney World as a family. Once you enter those gates you forget everything you left at home, and all you have is to enjoy the time with your family. It was fun!!

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  18. Starla B

    My favorite vacation memory would have to be last summer when I took my Nana on a cruise to the Bahamas. It was such a beautiful trip. It was a life long memory!

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  19. danielle Marie

    i took a trip to mexico with a few friends a while back. it was an amazing bonding experience. loved our pirate ship excursion.

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  20. Jennifer Reed

    My favorite vacation memory was having a fancy candlelit dinner in a cave front with the ocean waves crashing outside in Jamaica with my husband to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary.

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  21. Ashley B.

    Traveling to the Galapagos Islands. It was the trip of a lifetime. Such beautiful people, land and animals are there.

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  22. beth shepherd

    My favorite vacation memory is of when my husband and I went to Bar Harbor, ME. It was so amazing. The town was super small and everything was in walking distance. We went whale watching and saw some whales. It was a wonderful adventure!

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  23. marnie ward

    My best vacation memory is my honeymoon. My husband and I drove around Alaska for 3 weeks. We camped, took a fairy, fished in Seward and made love all across Alaska. Now how can you beat that! At least I loved it. It was the perfect was to start out our marriage and we are still going strong!

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  24. jenn giannetto

    my favorite vacation memory was the first vacation we took together as a family and the hours we spent collecting sea shells on a beach in florida. we still have them in a glass jar.

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  25. Andrea v

    My favorite vacation memory was spending my 18th bday with my older sister in Orlando. The clubs, Disney, the food and seaworld were amazing! Can’t wait to go back and take my boys when they are older.

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  26. Jill Myrick

    My favorite vacation memory was taking my kids to the beach for the very first time.
    The look of awe on their faces the first time that they saw the waves was priceless.

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  27. Cheryl B.

    It was a trip to Florida, we took our children to Disnay, Universal and Sea World. We made so many memories that year.

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  28. Geoff K

    My favorite vacation memory is the family trip we took to Tennessee, especially visiting Dollywood and spending time in the Smoky Mountains. We had a blast, ate great food, and had tons of laughs and memories on that trip!

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  29. Jenn Corter

    My favorite vacation memory is from when my husband and I went up to Cape Vincent, NY. It is SO beautiful up there. He took me down to the river and we just sat around with our toes in the water laughing and giggling.

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  30. Tina W

    I once spent a few days in Oregon with my little sister while she was dealing with her marriage breaking up. We hung out, did a road trip to Crater Lake, just silly stuff. It was great because we had been really close as kids, then kind of drifted apart as we went our own ways as young adults and this was us back to being total pals again.

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  31. Tammy Schweitzer

    I would say my trip too London saw the sights plus went too Royal Shakespeare theater. The restaurant upstairs have an amazing view of the river Avon

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  32. Kimberley Thomas

    My favorite vacation was this past March when my daughter took me to Las Vegas ( my 1st time !) for a mother/daughter sabatacle

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  33. Ellie W

    My favorite vacation memory was when I went to Galveston with my family. It was the first time any of us had seen the ocean.

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  34. Sonia

    Going to Reno for my mother’s wedding was my most recent fun vacation. The snow was a lovely sight to see and the wedding was long and beautiful.

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  35. Cheryl

    My favorite is a long back roads ride to my grandparents. We camped out along side the road by a river. It was one of the last years my dad was alive and it is vivid in my memory.

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  36. The Happy Wife/Danielle Garcia

    My favorite vacation memory is our cross-country road trip with our (then) 4 children. We left from western NY, headed southwest to Carlsbad Caverns and then up the California coast to northwest WA. We returned home by going straight east.
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  37. Pat B

    My mom and I take 2 mini-vacations a year, gambling in Cherokee, NC and Biloxi or Tunica, MS. We have so much fun every time we go, whether we win or lose.

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  38. Samantha Daleo

    I love all of the Vacation memories I have been blessed with but if I had to pick a favorite I think it would be the 1st time we went to NY. Myself, my husband and our two kids. We all have a special place in our heart for NYC and it was just so awesome to be able to actually go and experience it together, in person.

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  39. Shannon F

    When I was a teenager, my parents took my brother, my Grandma, and I on a 3 week roadtrip out West and it was seriously one of the best experiences of my life. My dad died a few years later and it was one of our last vacations together so it makes it extra special.

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  40. Missy

    My favorite memory was spending Valentine’s Day with my husband of 10 years in Puerto Vallarta. We had an amazing night!

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  41. Annmarie W.

    The year after we were married, my hubby & I spent a week on Grand Cayman Island! Lots of time on the beach, touring the island, and feeding the Rays in Stingray City! So much fun all week long!

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  42. Lesley M

    My favorite vacation memory is my honeymoon. It was the first true vacation I had ever been on, the first time I had flown on a plane, and I got to spend it my husband!! We went to Florida to be with my husband’s Great Grandfather which made it that much more special!!

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  43. Rosey

    Seeing my teen son’s face when we landed in Prague was my favorite vacation moment. He i s a nervous flyer, but it was his dream trip, and he got to go.

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  44. Dara Nix

    My favorite vacation memory is going on a family cruise for my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary! We had entirely TOO much fun!

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  45. Laura

    My favorite vacation memory is walking around the historic district in Savannah, GA during our honeymoon 2 years ago. It was beautiful!

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  46. AEKZ2

    My favorite vacation memory is when my husband and I took our 3 year old and 1 year old to Disneyland for the first time. I loved the excitement on their faces.

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  47. Ashley Busse

    I will always cherish my tip to Boluxi, MS with my grandparents. I was real young, and I thought it was so cool that my parents let me go with them. They’re both dead now, so I’m real glad that I had the time with them that I did.

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  48. jodi

    my favorite was when we took my daughter to Disneyworld for the first time. Her face was priceless when she first walked into the park

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  49. Kendra W.

    When I was around 10 and my brother was 7 my Mom surprised us with a limo out in front of the house. She told us we were going to visit our Uncle’s farm in Vermont, and we got really excited. When we got into the limo she gave us a goodie bag filled with Mickey ears, stickers, a signature pad for Disney World and a bunch of other little fun, cute Disney-related things. She told us that we weren’t really going to visit our Uncle, that we had to guess where we were going! We hesitantly guessed Disney and she said we were right! We got SO excited! The limo took us to the airport and we felt like a little princess and prince when we arrived. We had a blast and it’s one of my favorite vacation memory, I’ll remember it for eternity! I love my Mommie <3

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  50. Diane Cooper

    My best vacation memory ever is when my husband’s job sent him to work in Naples, Florida for three weeks. My husband is one of those who doesn’t vacation well, he is only happy when he is working. It was the best of both worlds – my sixteen year old daughter and I had a blast going to a different beach every day while my husband was working and because he got to work every day he was ready to have fun every evening. We got to stay in a really nice all expenses paid condo and took day trips to Sannibel Island and Captiva.

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  51. Nicole

    Going out for ice cream with my parents and always knowing what everyone was going to order. We always got ice cream on vacation, and I loved knowing that my mom would get pistachio and my dad mint chocolate chip

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  52. Tina

    My favorite memory is when we took our daughter to the beach for the first time. Seeing her face when she touched the cold water was priceless.

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  53. Becky Amy

    I studied in Italy, and after my program ended, my family came to Italy to go on vacation with me. We went to Italy, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Great vacation, great sight seeing, great shopping, great food, great everything!

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  54. Charlene Kuser

    My favorite memory is going to the bahama’s and going to a buffet with games and dancing.I actually went under the pole without moving it and almost put out my back.

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  55. Seyma Shabbir

    My best memory is going on a road trip from germany to Italy with my sister and parents when I was 16. I loved Italy!

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  56. Brittney House

    I remember my first time going on a plane to the Bahamas because not only did we get on a plane, we got on a boat, which was also my first time.

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  57. Carolyn Daley

    My favorite vacation memory was going to Vail, CO with my boyfriend last year. We had a nice Chalet apartment for three days and enjoyed the cold weather.

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  58. Angela Saver

    My best vacation memory is when my family went to Gulf Shores, Alabama, & my kids saw the beach for the first time! They loved it! It was an awesome time!

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