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Meet the man…

Now it’s time to meet my amazing husband.  We met when I was only 19 and he was divorced and had full custody of his two beautiful girls.  People thought I was crazy to even consider it but I knew he was the one for me.  We got married in Jamaica when I turned 21 and we’ve never looked back….well at least I haven’t!!  ha ha 

Here’s where we got married…

This is a Sandals resort in Dunns River, Jamaica and it was beautiful.  We spent  7 days in this paradise, swimming, cruising, laying on the beach.  From the minute we got there, the service was amazing.  We sipped champagne while we were checked in and met with the wedding planner when we were settled.  We had to be in Jamaica for 48 hours before we could be married, so we picked where we wanted to get married, the flowers and met the photographer.  It was a busy afternoon, but we never felt rushed at all.  The day of our wedding everything went perfect!  The Sandals resorts are beautiful and the service was incredible.

So what can I say about Richard??  Well, he is an amazing father, incredible husband and hard worker…and he just turned 40! 

For his 40th birthday weekend, we jetted off to Los Angeles for a little alone time.  It was great…we relaxed, slept in, and did some touristy things we may not have done with the kids.  I know a lot of you out there don’t like to travel with your kids, or never leave home without them.  I appreciate each and every one of you and entitle you to your opinions.  I like a mixture of both…I love to take the kids.  I like to show them things they normally wouldn’t see.  But I also love to go on vacations without the kids.  The beginning of our lives together showed me I was meant to be a wife and mother, but when C was born, it was very stressful.  Anyone who has had a child with life threatening medical issues knows that.  I learned to appreciate the time that Richard and I had alone together too…it is how our marriage works.  I have an amazing family.

Sunday Suggestions…

Every Sunday I am going to post a suggestion…just different websites and links that Richard and I use when we are trying to find the best prices for travel.

I am a researcher…ask anyone. If I want to know something I will research until I am satisfied that I have found all the answers. My sister-in-law calls me the master “googler”! Richard figures I have reached the end of the internet! When we are taking the kids on a holiday, I find that it does require more time and energy to plan. A bigger place to stay or two hotel rooms, activities for the kids and more substantial meal planning! Depending on where we are going, we love to rent houses. We have rented houses in Orlando, Maricopa and Las Vegas. My favorite site to go to is www.vrbo.com.

Last Christmas we rented a 3500 sq foot house in Las Vegas for all of Richard’s family…all 18 of us! It was excellent and we were all in the pool on Christmas day! Doing it this way, it was way cheaper than hotel rooms for everyone! Granted, we are very lucky that our family gets along very well. Even renting in Orlando with just our 5 was great…everyone gets their own room and you have a private pool for the duration of your stay! Go check it out for your next holiday!

Tanya