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Thread: Dion Family trip 8/3 - 8/19/16

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    Dion Family trip 8/3 - 8/19/16

    Touched our passports this morning, time to start this year's thread

    5 days, 23 hours till take off and I finally reserved our cars yesterday! Yaris or similar for the first week, Dodge Caravan for the 2nd week.

    Still need to work on a ride to the airport or parking in a lot, or park/sleep/fly.

    Dogs are situated, still need to get cat covered. Still have shopping to do, not one item has been packed. Haven't even brought the luggage upstairs yet. Makes me miss my Missy girl. She was so smart. She knew what was going on when she saw suitcases.

    Anyway - it will be very different this year - just me, Rich & the boys for the first 2 days. then my parents join on Friday the 5th, then my daughter arrives on Wed 8/10, then my SsIL from California arrive on 8/12 along with my brother, his wife & their daughter (if that actually happens).

    Very excited!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Thanks Jacki..... let the good times roll....!!!!

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    How exciting! Seems like you have been talking about this trip forever. Can't wait to read your trip reports!

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    I have been Darlene! lol
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    i am glad that you are getting organized....well somewhat organized

    your missy pup would "just know"

    where do the dogs go?

    so you suspect that your brother and co. may not make it?

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    This year the dogs will go to my aunt's house for the first week or so, then my daughter's friend (a second daughter of sorts) will pick them up from my aunt's and bring them home to our house (using her own key to my front door lol) Kassy will stay at the house and take care of everything (cat, pool, etc.) till we get home.

    It's a possibility. They already reduced their time in Aruba by one week. His MIL has a 3rd recurrence of Leukemia. She has already been through 2 stem cell replacement procedures & chemo.

    ETA: I think Missy's happy she'll be coming with us in spirit this year
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Parking in a covered lot - driving to Newark, using a groupon - $99 for the first 14 days, then $9.99 each additional day - not bad!
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    Parking in a covered lot - driving to Newark, using a groupon - $99 for the first 14 days, then $9.99 each additional day - not bad!
    Have you looked into Uber as an option in your area? We haven't used it for the airport but we use it as our DD when we need it.
    7 trips in and still finding things to love. #8 will be great in November!

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    Sounds crazy, but, I don't want to bother anyone if I don't have to, which is why I wouldn't ask a friend to drive us using our van. We plan to leave the house around 3:30am. And on the way home I don't want to wait. I want to call the shuttle while we wait for our luggage. Also I get VERY car sick. Very. I typically don't make it to the airport without getting sick when my mother insists on getting a car service for all 9 of us plus our luggage. Ugh. So I'm very very happy to drive myself there and home
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Excited for you Jacki! Sounds like a very busy time in Aruba with different people coming different days! I would rather drive ourselves to and from as well just for peace of mind, sorry to hear about your car sickness. I thought only little kids got car sick Did you every ask your MD for something to help? I wish you could sip on a ginger ale or ginger snaps to get you through your ride smoothly. Your trip will be here before you know it as you will be busy packing and all that fun stuff. Can't wait to hear all about your trip. Positive thoughts for your brother's MIL.

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