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Thread: Dion Family 8/9 - 8/16/19

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    Ahhhhh..... the anticipation..... godspeed.... and be safe!
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    Gotta be gettin close!

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    ....closer still.....
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    cp , go ahead. say it!!!

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    .......wait for it....... wait for it....... wait for it....... ARE WE THERE YET......?
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    lol. enjoy your trip.

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    WE ARE!!!

    Sorry - I never even opened the laptop yesterday!

    Friday 8/9
    Up at 3:30 am to finish packing, etc. Got the kids up and we left at 4:50 for the airport – just a few minutes late – good job Dions! J
    Got to Newark in no time and couldn’t find long term parking. It’s been so long since we’ve used it and the signage was terrible. Finally followed a EWR bus to the lot (smart girl here, right?). Got a spot right by the bus pickup and the bus arrived not even 5 minutes later.

    Two of the three United kiosks in the line we got in weren’t working (so my luck – I always pick the wrong line in the grocery store or anywhere). A United rep came over and helped which was nice. For some reason 3 of us were TSA pre-check so we separated, which made me really uncomfortable, but it was the two older ones (26 & 17) both of whom have been traveling without me lately so I chalked it up to a great experience for Jason (17).

    I got pulled out to be searched for some reason. The “upper thigh to waist region” is what the woman was the flagged area. Ummmmmm…….that was quite a start to my morning!

    Made it to the gate, all 5 of us, with an hour to spare. Got some breakfast and charged devices and played games and found out the flight was delayed an hour because of “technical issues with the plane – we are always concerned for your safety”. That’s enough to scare the crap out of me. We finally board and the captain says “Sorry folks, not excuses we were just plain running late and needed to complete some extra paperwork.” Ok….

    Flight was great – no issues, made up a little bit of time in the air. Arrived at AUA with no other flights. An agent asked if there were any children under 18 and scooted us through a different doorway, right to the agent who took our passports & ED cards and were at the baggage claim in less than 10 minutes!

    Brianna & I went to Duty free, grabbed a bottle of vodka and the boys had our bags by the time we were done. Walked out to our Royal transport guy and the five of us headed to royal to get our van.

    We stopped at The West Deck for some leg stretching (playing bean bag toss) and some awesome Aruban food and caught the island vibe!
    The road closures and traffic were a little crazy and since we were passing Lings we stopped in for some essentials.

    Checked in at La Cabana with no lines at all, around 5pm. Dropped our bags, unpacked a bit, put groceries away, made some drinks and headed to the beach for a quick swim and watched the sun set.

    Dinner was take out from Islander Grill – Mozz sticks, a mushroom burger, salad, chicken Caesar salad, and chicken fingers. We brought it back to the room and shared and watched some TV and crashed! It was a long day.

    It’s 5:44 now and Jason & I are heading to the beach. Bon Dia! WAKE UP MR. SUN!!



    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ
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    So glad you are there. Sounds like travel day wasn't too bad. Sun should be getting up to play shortly!

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    Must feel great to be back.... thanks for sharing!
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    The vacation vibe has already set in; wonderful!! Enjoy!!

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