Category: Kalina

We came out to California for a few days before school starts.  When we got in we went to Diane’s house to see Howard and Jerry.  We played some “soccer” with Howard.  Except we kept having to take breaks after a few minutes!

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Howard got into his “stance” and we tried to move him.  We usually won.


Grandma made Mommy’s favorite dinner.  Sukiyaki.  Autumn even tried kamaboko-and she liked it!

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When we got back to Grandma’s house Allie came over.  We went to B & R and got dessert.  Can you guess what Autumn had?


On Thursday we played in the morning.  This was our “hike” with Grandpa.

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Then we went to have lunch with Allie at her work.  While we waited for her to come get us we drooled over the candy dish in the lobby!

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It was national root beer float day, so we went to the coffee shop downstairs after lunch and got a root beer float.  Look at these ginormous chairs they have!

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One pic in the “in” sign.

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We went to the swimsuit store to see what they had and when we got home, Diane was there.  Autumn had an assignment from Alicia to give Diane a hug, even if she didn’t want one.  This was our proof.

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Later we went to dinner at La Fondue.  It’s like the Melting Pot at home, but Mom says this place is better!  We think chocolate tastes yummy wherever you have it.

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Friday mom rented a car for all of us to go to the aquarium.  We had 4 lattes, 3 hot chocolates, and 7 pastries and then we were ready to hit the road.

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Monterey wasn’t to far away.


Why do we have to stand by this sign?


This lady had baby moon jellies in a jar when we walked in.

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Mom told us to go and check out this exhibit.  We didn’t know it but a wave comes crashing over you.  It scared us at first!

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These are the touch pool areas.

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We went outside to see what was going on and Mom told us to go and sit in here with Allie.


Guess this is why.  This was from September of 2011!


Check out the anchovies swimming in circles!


More touch areas upstairs.  We touched a sea star, and I was brave enough to touch a crab!

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Allie showed us how to make a bookmark.


There was a coral reef area and I wanted mom to take a picture of these fish.

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Autumn wanted a picture with this sea star too.


Then we headed over to the open ocean exhibit and all the jelly fish.

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Look carefully.  These are Kalina and Autumn jelly fish!

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This was a place where you draw your own jelly fish and then it swims across the screen.  This one was Autumn’s.


Here’s mine.

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Autumn and grandpa were sitting on a jelly fish stool.


This was a real jelly fish that glows in the dark!


Ahhhhh!  We’re trapped in jelly fish tentacles!


These guys were in the tentacles exhibit.

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And here are the cute sea otters.  There was food in the little balls.

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We headed down to greet the Pacific ocean.  It was definitely colder than Bermuda!


Grandma gave us quarters to check out the spyglasses.

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Lunch was fine, but Dippin’ dots were better!

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Vacation time finally came!

Autumn and I made a pinky promise on the plane, but I’m not telling what it was.


We flew out to Boston on Th. and then boarded the ship on Friday.  This was my second cruise, but I don’t really remember the 1st one.  I was only 1.  This was Autumn’s first cruise.  She was excited, but a little nervous about falling overboard.  Grandma and Mommy joked about how she would be carrying her goggles around with her everywhere in case she did fall!  In Boston we ate at the Yankee Lobster Company.


Lots of people had lobster for dinner.  Grandpa got a whole lobster-boy was that messy to eat.  Good thing they gave him a bib!


We got on the ship and spent some time exploring.  First was our room.  We had a family suite so that we could all fit in 1 room.  Grandma, Grandpa, and Diane were right next door.

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Our room had a fancy coffee maker.  Allie and Mommy weren’t sure how to use it or which spout the coffee would come out of so they put cups under both of them!


Off to see the ship.  First stop, the pool and the ice cream shop by it!  We ate so much ice cream on this trip.  At least 1 everyday.  One day we had ice cream 3 times!  Since we were on vacation Mommy let us have treats and snacks all the time.  Did you know the regular pool is filled with ocean water?!  That was a big surprise for us!_


These are the stairs in the atrium area.  We spent a lot of time here because there were some singers that performed here and we would go to listen.  Also, the coffee shop was here too!


Finally, the adults were done looking at things and we could go swimming!  Autumn says the waterslides were one of her favorite things, even though we only came to this pool once.  This water was warm and not salty!

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Kevin found us after he got an adult beverage.  That’s him looking at the receipt.


This is him realizing that because they had a drink package, he only had to pay $1 port tax!


Diane found us at the pool too.


This was the boat leaving Boston.


And Mommy trying to take our picture while we we’re leaving.  We didn’t want to get out of the pool and the wind was COLD!


Say cheese!


After a fun time playing, Autumn needed a snack.  We had cupcakes from the Carlo’s Bake Shop, an extension of the business of the Cake Boss!


We had our 1st dinner at the Venetian restaurant.  Our dinners were filled with lots of pizza and mac and cheese.


We rode the ship all day Saturday.  Since Autumn, Daddy, and I slept in, Mommy went on a walk to take some pictures when she woke up.

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After she walked she stopped at Cagney’s restaurant for a quiet breakfast.  Since we had a suite we could go to this place for breakfast and lunch if we wanted.  This was a steak restaurant, but we didn’t eat there for dinner at all.  This day she had tahitian vanilla french toast with berries.  Other days she had steak and eggs that were super yummy!


Autumn and I went to kids club that morning.

It was a little windy at sea.  Hold on Autumn, don’t blow away!  Look at my crazy hair!

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Later, we explored the arcade and played games.  That night for dinner we went to Moderno which was a Brazilian steakhouse.  It was super yummy and Daddy’s favorite meal.  He stole the last bite of brown sugar cinnamon grilled pineapple off Mommy’s plate.  Autumn had a little trouble at dinner and didn’t quite make it.


We docked in Bermuda at about lunch time on Sunday.  We got off the boat and walked around the dockyard area.

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Allie took this picture for Alicia.


Look at these big anchors!

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We waited semi-patiently while the adults went into ALL of the shops.


Finally we went back to the boat and got our swimsuits on.  We headed to Snorkel Park beach which was right in the dockyard.  We took our snorkel gear to try it out.  Let’s just say that Autumn and I are not fans of seeing fish swim around in the ocean near us!  It was tough for Mommy to get me into the water just to take this picture!


I was searching for shells in the shallow, fishless water.  (at least I thought it was fishless)


Autumn was digging and playing in the sand.  She doesn’t like to get sand on her, so she always squats at the beach!


We ate at Bamboo restaurant.  It definitely wasn’t our favorite.  Then we rushed to see the show that night.  It was super cool.  They did lots of tricks and stuff.  Mom says it was like cirque du soleil.  We went and talked to the performers after the show.


A Bermuda dockyard sunset.


On Monday Mommy, Diane, and Allie went on a jet ski tour.  Mommy said it was super fun and she got to go super fast.  They saw the world’s smallest working drawbridge and stopped at a sunken ship.  When they stopped they fed the fish and Mommy and Allie jumped in.  They were swimming IN the Bermuda Triangle!

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These are them coming back.  Grandma took pictures of them from our room.

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When they came back we headed to the pool.  We drank pina colada’s and played so much!  Diane tried her first pina coloda on this trip. This was how Mommy watched us in the pool.

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Grandma hung out in the shade.


Daddy and Kevin went golfing at Mid Ocean golf course.  It’s part of the top 100 world list from Golf Magazine.

That night we ate at Aqua restaurant.  Well, most of us ate dinner.  Daddy ordered the volcano chocolate cake for appetizer, second appetizer, main course, and dessert.

Allie wanted some sunset pictures so we headed up to the deck.  This was Mom’s attempt to get a picture of us being nice together.


Sitting still is not what we do best!


Then we started taking selfies until the sun went down.


Autumn wouldn’t take a picture with Mom, so Mom took one with what she had to work with.


Then she finally rolled over.

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Silly face!


The family.


Another picture of the dockyard.


Mom learned how to use the Pano button on her phone.


Finally, the sun went down.  Now we could go to the arcade!  Autumn beat Allie, Allie beat Kalina, and Kevin beat Allie at air hockey that night.

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Tuesday we got off the boat and went adventuring.  We took a bus to Horseshoe beach.  It was a pink sand beach, so it was a place on Mom’s list of things to do.

First thing Autumn and I did was go wave jumping.

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Mommy wanted a picture, we were having to much fun to pose!

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After a little water time it was time to play in the sand.

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A picture of Allie and Kevin


Mommy and Daddy.


At the beach there was a little cove off to one side.  When Autumn’s suit was full of sand we went over there to rinse off.  I didn’t want to go in the water because there were more fish there, but Mom made me take a picture with Grandpa first.


Kevin went off exploring.


Then he went digging in the rock.


See what he found!


Here are the boring “rocks and water” pictures Mom took.  She was trying to show the pink sand too.

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See, I told you there were fish in the water!



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Pink sand up close.  It’s the erosion of the coral reefs that make the sand pink.


Then we got back on the bus and went to Hamilton.  That’s a major city in Bermuda.  We had lunch and of course, ice cream!


We took the ferry back from Hamilton to the dockyard.  In the dockyard was the America’s Cup boat.  It’s there to practice for the race.

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Here’s our ship from the ferry.


Kevin went back to the boat while we went to get a souvenir shirt.  There wasn’t very much shopping time or stores on this trip for us.  See him up there on his balcony?


Mom took a picture of a rock next to our boat.  The water was really that color!


Tuesday night we ate at Blue Lagoon.  The boat left Bermuda that night.  We listened to the singers for country night.  Later we went back for the second performance but Autumn didn’t make that one.


Wednesday was a day at sea.  Autumn went to breakfast with Mommy, Diane, and Grandpa.  I never made it to breakfast with them.  I always slept in with Daddy.


We spent a lot of the day with Allie at the pool.  I worked on my tan with Allie, while Mom and Dad went to explore the bling.  (They found something too!)


Wednesday night we ate at Aqua again.  Most of us anyway.  Allie wasn’t feeling well later in the day, and didn’t show up for dinner.  We left her a note when we were going to the arcade in case she wanted to find us.


She felt better later and showed up to listen to the music and eat a snack at Blue Lagoon.  That night Autumn ate pizza at Aqua and mac and cheese for a second dinner!

Thursday was also a day at sea.  We went to the pool, but it was MUCH colder that day.

Thursday night was dinner at La Cucina.  Allie got to have affogato for dessert, and Grandma got to try it.  Did you know on a cruise you have to put out your suitcases the last night?  That’s weird!

Most nights we had a special towel animal made for us by Alfredo or Gian.  They treated us super special on the cruise.  Everyday we had special snacks, fruit, and treats in our room.  They even put chocolate milk in our room and Grandma’s for us!

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We docked early Friday morning.


Autumn was sitting in the window watching.


One last picture by the pool.


We asked Alfredo to take a picture with us.  He was our cabin steward.


This was Gian.  He was our butler.


We got off the boat and had a looooooong wait at the airport.  Mom says we were great because we never complained!




We have been having a very wet, rainy, snowy spring.  We finally had a weekend where we could go out.  We went to the zoo and the next day we went golfing.

We like to look at the maps and decide where to go.


One thing we have never done before is feed the birds at the zoo.  You hold the little cup up to them and they drink from it.

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Hippo sculpture.


And of course, our favorite-the carousel.

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The next day was cloudy but we still made it out to the club.  I’m getting good enough that Dad says he’ll take me on the big course when it’s empty.  I had a lot of 3 and 4 putts on the par 3!

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Follow up note-later that week Dad and Grandma and I went out to the course, in the rain, and I got to play holes 1, 8, and 9.  It was my first time on the big course.  I’m so excited to be able to do it again.