Monday, April 25, 2011

Bahama Mama


Aloha my friends! Okay, wrong tropical paradise, but hello all the same!
I recently returned from a fabulous family vacation to Paradise Island in the Bahamas. We stayed at the Atlantis resort that has everything an adult or child could wish for in a trip: several pools, ocean beaches, secluded lagoon beaches, variety of restaurants, kids club, dolphin encounters, shopping, casino, huge salt water fish tanks, snorkeling and other water sporty fun, water park & slides, and SUN! Needless to say (but I'm going to say it anyway), we loved it and had a fabulous time. My inlaws, hubby, three kids and I had great family fun in the warm Bahama sun! I even had time to read The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan and The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker - both excellent page turners!

Here's a few fun pics from vacation, and this week I'm looking forward to catching up on your blogs!


I kissed a dolphin and I liked it. The seven of us loved our dolphin encounter. We all got to hug, kiss, and watch our dolphin, Missi, do tricks. She even headbanged with me! Not kidding!
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My sweet kiddos at the beach.
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I even went to an author signing! This is me and author/actress Carolyn Hennesy. She signed Pandora Gets Jealous for me from her popular Pandora middle grade series.
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And another view from our room.
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Have a fabulous week! I'll be applying and reapplying lotion to try and keep my tan as long as I can!

36 comments:

Jonathon Arntson said...

So you'll be super tan when we skype and I'll look like a ghost?

I am glad you had a good time! I have some SE wordage to add to the google doc.

Anita said...

The island looks beautiful and so do you! Glad you had a great time.

Monica Mansfield said...

Sounds fabulous. What a great trip!

I am reading The Dark and Hollow Places this week. So pumped for it!

Laura Pauling said...

What a great vacation. Looks like a wonderful place. Glad you're back!

Her highness, Samantha VĂ©rant said...

Yay! I was waiting for the dolphin shot! So glad you had fun! And so random you found an author signing when you were on vacation. I want to be the kind of author that signs books at Atlantis...

Kelly said...

Jon- My tan will probably fade fast...but I still will probably be tanner than you! :)
Yay on SE wordage!
Thank you, Anita! I practiced some island dancing while I was there for our challenge. ;)
Monica- Carrie Ryan's books are so suspenseful and well written!!
Thank you, Laura, and you have a great trip, too!

Kelly said...

Sam- It was very random! We were taking a walk through the expansive resort and stumbled upon it! And yes, I would love to do a book signing at Atlantis one day too!! I wondered if she happened to be vacationing there and set it up or how it came about.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

My daughter saw the dophin picture and decided that's where we're going on our next vacation. ;)

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Wow, wow, and wow. Paradise, dolphin kissing AND a signed MG.
J-e-a-l-o-u-s! :-)

Solvang Sherrie said...

Looks like a fabulous time! We were supposed to be there in January, but the passport gods had other ideas. I can't believe you found an author signing in the Bahamas!!

Bish Denham said...

I'm glad you and the family had a good time Kelly! (But then I keep getting this feeling that wherever you are a good time will be had, that you will make it happen!)

Lydia K said...

We may got there next year. Glad you are having a great time!!!

Kelly said...

Stina - I highly recommend it!
The dolphins were my favorite event!
Shannon - Yes, now I can add dolphin kisser to my resume! :)
Sherrie - Oh, man! I'm sorry about your passports! Hope you get there another time!
Bish - I try!
Lydia - I do love Atlantis. It was my fourth time there. Great for kids and adults!

cleemckenzie said...

What a beautiful holiday, Kelly. Welcome back. I know you've brought a lot of great memories with you.

Matthew MacNish said...

We went on a Disney cruise that stopped there years ago, it was beautiful, but it was summer, so it was hell.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Oh man, looks so amazing. I'm so glad you had such a good time! What a fabulous trip. How awesome that you even got an author signing in! That's so cool. Love the pictures. Makes me anxious to get away. I love the idea of staying at the Atlantis. I've heard it's just unbelievable. So glad to have you home safe and sound, and that you've had such a memorable time.

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Beautiful pics. Beautiful tan. Welcome back.

Christina Lee said...

AWWW YEAH-- sounds awesome. such lovely pics!

Kim Kasch said...

Whoo-Hooo that looks funtabulous! I love the dolphin encounter. I'll have to have one of those someday.

Kate said...

Okay, I'm officially jealous.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wow...four times! We spent the day there on our (ahem) funship cruise. It was beautiful. Glad you got some sun and had some fun.

Paul Michael Murphy said...

One of my students is reading that book.

James Garcia Jr said...

I'm glad to hear everyone had a great time, Kelly. Good for you guys!

-Jimmy

Kelly said...

Lee- Such great memories! The kids are still smiling about the trip!
Matthew - Yes, I imagine it isn't as comfy in the summer! It was 85 and I loved it!
Carol - Atlantis seriously is a great spot for families. So much to do!
Tina - Thank you! My milky white oldest son was so trying to get a tan despite my slathering him in sunblock. He still got some color!
Thanks,Christina!
Kim - The dolphin encounter is definitely a bucket list item!
Kate - The place is envy worthy!
Sharon - And we hope to go again! My mom stopped by the resort on her cruise too last year. So many huge cruise ships are docked nearby.
Murph - The Pandora one? My third grade daughter is hoping to start it soon. She just finished Origami Yoda a few minutes ago when she was supposed to be sleeping!
Thanks,, Jimmy!!

Katie Mills said...

omg I'm so jealous I could spit! That place looks like paradise! So glad you had a great time with the fam!

Kiki Hamilton said...

OMG Paradise Island sounds like the perfect name!! It looks like heaven!!! Thanks for sharing pics - always so fun. I swam with dolphins in Cancun - aren't they perfectly amazing?? Glad you're had such a great time!

Lola Sharp said...

We've stayed there and it IS fantastic! I'm glad y'all had a wonderful time. :)

(reading in the sunshine with a tropical cocktail by my side is up there in my list of favorite things to do :)

Kinda hard to come back to reality, though, isn't it?

Huggles,
Lola

DEZMOND said...

what? No bikini pics??? Have I taught you nothing? :))

Jennifer Shirk said...

I'm so jealous! I absolutely adore The Atlantis! It's my favorite place to vacation! It's just $$$, otherwise I would go every year. LOL

Suzanne Casamento said...

Sounds like a great trip! You even found an author signing - incredible!

Rena said...

Whoa -- awesome!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Wow! That sounds so awesome. I wish I could go.

Susan Fields said...

I saw your album on Facebook - it's fabulous! Looks like you all had a wonderful time!

Kelly said...

Katie - It is paradise...
Kiki- The dolphins were highlight of our trip!
Lola- I couldn't read while by the pool due to watching the children but I read a lot at night!!
Dezz- I've had three children. NO bikini pics . :)
Jennifer - I so love it too. And yes, it's way too much $!
Suz- The author signing was a definite bonus!
Rena - Such an amazing time with the family.
Natalie - I highly recommend the resort!
Thanks, Susan. We certainly did!

Elana Johnson said...

Awesomely fun! I am supremely jealous, but I'm glad you had fun.

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Your vacation sounds awesome, Kelly! I'm so glad you had such a great time. What great photos. Welcome home!