Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Vacation from Vacation . . . and a little something for you. :)

The boys and I went on a little getaway to San Antonio and a few surrounding small towns for Spring Break.

{Side note: Gruene, TX...officially my new favorite city.}

Isn't coming home from vacation always the best part?  Or am I weird?

Here's how you know you need a vacation from your vacation.....
  • a bird poops on your head in the first 15 minutes of strolling the RiverWalk,
  • your child & pollen do not mix and you spent 3 days subjecting fellow tourists to a hacking cough and lots of snuffling,
  • the hotel parking garage is full; driving around looking for another, your car overheats and smoke pours from under the hood (classy),
  • AND,  your husband forgets to pack PANTS.  
All in all, though, aren't those the vacations you remember?  "Hey, remember that time we went on vacation and Dad forgot to pack any pants?"   Yes, yes I do.

One place with NO mishaps was the Williams-Sonoma OUTLET, yes outlet, in San Marcos.  I am serious when I say my heart was going pitter-patter and I thought I might faint.  Oh, y'all...it's FUN! 

And, I brought home a little something for you, too!
  1. my beloved WS meringue powder,
  2. a jar of yellow sanding sugar, 
  3. and a darling little bunny spatula.
{Now here comes the infomercial part...} But WAIT, there's more!  I'm also including a $75 Williams-Sonoma gift card with your goodies.  

To enter:  tell me one of YOUR vacation stories (good or bad).

I'll draw a winner on April 1st (no foolin') at 8pm CST.  Giveaway CLOSED! Congrats, Samantha! 

{PS...this is not a sponsored post.  Just a little somethin' from me to you. :) Happy spring!}

957 comments:

  1. One of my favorite vacations was when my husband and I took a trip down to Florida to visit my grandparents. It was an action-packed trip, and highlights were a wonderful seaside farmer's market and a one-night trip to Key West. The drive through the Keys is a memorable one to say the least, and my grandparents definitely enjoyed it. :)

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  2. how nice of you! love your blog. We really havent been on vacation in um well 5yrs. we usually take the boys to a near by town for the night, go the beach and stay in a hotel. the boys love the indoor pool and cooking out. To them its a treat. love seeing them so happy.

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  3. Vacation Story: So my husband and I were in for a much needed vacation. Neither of us could get time off work to go a long relaxing getaway. So I very secretly planned a weekend trip to San Francisco! When my husband got home from work on Friday I had our bags packed and we were eating our dinner in the airport. We had no reservations for hotels or a rental car. We walked everywhere. It was great. Best vacation yet

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  4. Last year myself and a few friends from college went camping on Assateague Island, with the wild ponies! It was great-- until I ended up in the ER with cellulitis from a terrible sunburn on my ankles (the one part of me that was peeking out from the beach umbrella). I spent the last night in a hotel icing my feet and being teased mercilessly for being so fair that I can't go to the beach without being hospitalized!

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  5. On my honeymoon, I forgot my driver's license. Had to go through security as a "person of interest" and we missed our flight. Great way to start a marriage!

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  6. Oh how I love vacations!! One that stands out as a top was to the west coast of Ireland. Our last vacation as a family of 2. What a gorgeous spot!

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  7. One of my most interesting vacation stories is from when my aunt took me to England for a graduation gift the summer of 2007. We were in London, and we entered a park as we left the tube station. I look to my right, there are a bunch of naked people. To my left-- naked people. Basically, we're surrounded by naked people, some of which were riding bikes and/or had various body paintings.

    Turns out it was a anti-oil protest or something. But, it was quite a sight!!

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  8. My favorite vacation so far has been our honeymoon. We were in Las Vegas, rich with love and not much else. haha. With the money kindly gifted to us from our friends and family and free buffets and show tickets provided by sitting through timeshare presentations, we had a wonderful time. It is a vacation to remember and I can't wait to go back, this time without the timeshare stuff.

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  9. My favorite vacation memory is from when I was probably about 7 years old and our family was at the beach with my aunt and cousins. One night my dad fell asleep on the couch and the girls thought it would be funny to paint his nails. Well we thought he had no idea, but looking back on pictures years later, we definitely woke him up and he was only pretending to be asleep. But he left that nail polish on for days and we thought we were the trickiest kids ever.

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  10. Me and my family didn't real go on any vacations but one I do remember is when I was 5 we went to northern Wisconsin to go camping and I found some kids to play with in the park nearby the cabin, and one of the boys, who was a little bigger than me, went on the seesaw with me....and as I was in the air, he jumped off. Never cared for seesaws after that.

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  11. My favorite vacation recently was for my brother's wedding at Cape Cod...Cape Cod has so many wonderful areas and great beaches...fits in very well with my style! We are going back this summer.

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  12. Went on vacation with my family and grandparents when I was in 4th grade, 1985. PA to FL for Disney World. On the way home, I got sick after eating at a steakhouse. My grandfather held the bag while I puked in the front seat. Good times.

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  13. Living in a small town in Wyoming I love going to any vacation with good shopping and yummy places to eat! I love going to NYC because it is such an opposite how we live here!!

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  14. Once we went to Paris on a mission trip and we decided to go to the Eiffel Tower at night. Our hosts told us the subway quit running at 11 pm but it really quit at 9 pm. We spoke very little French and could barely figure out how to get back to our hotel in the suburbs. We were out until 1:30 AM trying to get enough taxis to take 11 girls back to our hotel. It was quite scary but led to some funny stories later.

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  15. My vacations are usually always the same, but good. I've been going to this big festival every summer for over ten years. I started going with my parents and now go with my fiancé and all our friends are there, camping out, giant bonfires and music and dancing all night long. But when I travel it's always been to visit family and never to go sightseeing or anything like that.

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  16. So fun! The best vacation I had was 5 years ago when all of my family and friends traveled to Florida for my wedding in Santa Rosa Beach. I have never vacationed with 110 people, but it couldn't have been more fun or special!

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  17. We just took our little ones (3 and 1) on their first camping trip. It was so fun, and we can't wait to go again. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. My favorite vacation was probably my honeymoon. We went to Hawaii and had so much fun! He learned to make Lei's and we also went snorkeling and did so much more. I could live in Hawaii, its such a great place!

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  19. We don't go on many long vacations. The most memorable was when our van overheated, the pistons seized up in the motor. We had to be towed to the next town. All 4 of us had to sit in the tow truck with the driver. We managed to rent a van from the "next" town! These are small Texas towns with lots of miles in between! We did finish our trip in a rented van. We rode the train on the Texas State Railroad and attended Scarborough Faire in Waxahachie.
    Blessings,
    Lorilee
    PS I love Gruene too!

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  20. The kids are all grown up now but the vacation we remember the most is the time we drove from Indiana to Florida, via Beaufort, SC. We brought along our basset hound and our oldest's hamster. Along the way we ran into road construction so we sat for hours in the hot sun pouring water on top of the dog's head to keep him cool. That night after we finally get to the motel in SC, our son's hamster died. We always wondered what the maid thought the next morning when she found this large dead rodent in the trash can. My kids still call this our "Family Vacation" and how lucky we were that we didn't have to strap the dead hamster onto the roof of the car.

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  21. My best story was our first time making the 18 hour drive to my parents place after my son was born. We still had 8 hours left, my husband's insulin pump was behaving weirdly, and the DQ we stopped at had no changing tables (we *needed* a changing table!!)... There were no other restaurants or places to stop nearby either. The DQ manager let us collect ourselves in her office, fix everyone up, and then when I asked them if I could buy a banana to feed my hungry toddler (instead of getting the banana split), they gave us THREE and refused to take any money :-) Started off bad, ended up good.

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  22. Our last mini vacation was a weekend at the beach. We had a blast and truly enjoyed the sun and water, the only tidbit was the AC at night in the hotel, too cold and not enough sheests, so I ending up using towels

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  23. You husband forgot pants. i LOVE it. When I was about 9 my parents took us camping. There was a horrible rain storm and the sleeping bags got soaked. My dad strung up some rope over the fire to dry the sleeping bags out and they caught on fire. We checked into a hotel.

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  24. One of my favorite vacation memories is less a memory and more a frequently told family story. We went to this park with my cousin where you drive around and all these animals a loose and you can feed them from your car. Long story short, I'm terrified of ostriches and the monkeys ripped our windshield wipers off!

    ljyoung85 at gmail.com

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  25. Wow! What a great giveaway! Sorry about the bird poop! Yuck!

    One of my "favorite" vacation memories involved a weekend getaway for a wedding of a dear friend. My hubby (then boyfriend) did the opposite of your hubby. He forgot his dress shirt (hanging in the dry cleaner packaging on a closet door at home). It was a black tie affair and it was in a secluded rural area. We could only find a Wal Mart (not there is anything wrong with Wal Mart) but the pickings were slim. He attended in plaid with a clip on tie:-) I still married him though.

    Thanks for hosting!

    Kerri

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  26. Last spring break was the best! A few friends and I went to Breckenridge, when everyone was else was at a sunny hot spot. We spent the week hanging out, skiing, and of course the spas. The last night we decided to cook spaghetti...which turned into a clogged garbage disposal. We spent the night under the sink trying to figure out how to unclog the mess so we didnt have to call a plumber (were broke college kids)! Good memories!!

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  27. About six weeks before our wedding, my husband and I went on a cruise that was gifted to us as a graduation/wedding/birthday present from his parents. (The timing worked that the best prices were right before the wedding.) After walking on the beach in Mexico, we were having a drink at a bar. My fiance looked at my hand and gasped, "look at your ring!" The diamond in my engagement ring was GONE. Apparently one of the prongs was faulty and covered under warranty (they replaced the whole ring, WOW!) We still had a great vacation, but that certainly threw a kink in our mood.

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  28. I dare say that the trip to Williams Sonoma Outlet more than made up for the little gift from overhead, the packed parking garage and overheated car, the forgotten pants and almost Kiddos allergies. So sweet of you to do a personal give away.

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  29. when my husbandd was still my boyfriend we took the car to go from Belgium to do a tour in the north of France. As we did not have too much money, we took some paying passengers till our first stop..they were stinky and it waas full summer weather!!! What an idea!!! After we dropped them we had to clean the car, but the rest of the vacations were great!!!!

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  30. One of my most memorable vacations was when my family and I went to Yellowstone National Park when I was around 12 years old. It was early in the year (June) and the temperature was still dropping really low every night. The first night we were there--camping, of course!!--we woke up in the middle of the night shivering and miserable. We had to all climb into one tent, share sleeping bags, put all of our clothes on, and light the lantern in the tent for extra warmth. The next day, we learned that it had dropped to 26 degrees!!!

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  31. Oh my word! My crazy vacation story is from our vacation in San Antonio also!!
    I too was pooped on at the River Walk!! I stopped in mid step and could only get out "are you serious, are you serious,...". My husband thought I lost my mind until I bowed my head down so he could see for himself! I never thought I would be using my toddlers baby wipes to clean bird poo out of my hair!

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  32. Ohh...a bad vacation memory was coming back from Thailand (flying stand by...stupid!) and getting stuck in L.A. by myself with no cell phone. I had been awake for 2 days straight and had not eaten....I was very unhappy. Now it makes for a good story :) I really want to go to San Antonio!

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  33. I love shopping San Marcos! Last year we went to San Antonio and my potty trained 3 year old had an accident between Dallas & San Marcos and we had no way of cleaning his carseat. NOT FUN! Our hotel in San Antonio did not have a laundromat so my hubby ended up hand washing the cover in the bath tub. Ugh.

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  34. Aw! I would LOVE to win this! My husband and I got married September 27th, 2008 and decided to drive to Key West for our honeymoon. Everyone told us we were crazy because it was during a gas shortage, but we decided it would be an adventure. It was by far the best vacation I have ever been on. We took the back roads and stopped whenever we saw something interesting. We took detours to eat at Uncle Bubba's and to play slots in Hollywood, Fla. It was a blast and totally unplanned, which if you knew me, you would know is totally unlike me. I'm looking forward to not planning another vacation soon.

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  35. The last vacation was my honeymoon in CA. It was wonderful!

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  36. My first (and pretty much only) vacation with my hubster was our wedding trip to Las Vegas. We, along with 50 of our closest friends an family, headed out there and had the best wedding experience ever! We stayed another few days for a mini-honeymoon but I'm secretly hoping we can go away for an actual honeymoon (years late) for our next trip together!

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  37. Oh my goodness! What an incredible giveaway.

    We were on a camping vacation when I was 6 months pregnant (sleeping on the ground, thank you very much). My husband was playing basketball with our daughter, son and our son's girlfriend. Suddenly, he reached out to try and get the ball and his shoulder came out of the socket. He was in incredible pain and we had to pack everything up and leave--not easy on an island. Also, our just-turned-three year old had spent the entire time up to that moment crying that he wanted to go home. When we had to leave, of course he was crying that he wanted to stay. :)

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  38. My absolute favorite vacation was of course my HONEYMOON!! (cue the awwwww's) My husband, now of over 2 years, and I went to Las Vegas, over to LA, to Santa Monica, then back to Vegas. We went sight seeing and had many romantic nights! Not to mention ALL the drinks and parties in Vegas!! My memories of that vacation will always weigh heavy on my heart! <3

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  39. My boyfriend and I went to Vancouver, BC for our first trip together. We decided to save money by staying at a hostel downtown and shared a 3 bunk-bed room with 3 European guys. It was a great reason to stay out of the room and explore the city!

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  40. I didn't know you live in Texas! We love San Antonio, but we haven't been there in a while. We usually stay at a small resort with a living area, bedroom and small kitchen space. It is super kid friendly. One year, we reserved one night at the Riverwalk (it was twice the price of the other place). The hotel was loud, the room was small, and there was a patio that made us nervous with our two year old. We had a great time during that week, but we decided that we would opt for our cheaper place the next time we went. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  41. For our honeymoon last summer we went to California. It was amazing! We spent the first few days in Napa (our favorite!), then a couple days in San Francisco and a couple days in San Diego. We're big foodies, so we relished in all the great food. One of the funny things that happened on that trip was airport security on our flight from Oklahoma City to San Francisco. It was the day after the wedding and I still had my hair in an updo, which set off the metal detectors. The security lady asked if I had bobby pins in my hair. It took all my might not to be too sarcastic since there were about 30+ bobby pins holding the updo together! I had to get the official pat down and all.

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  43. You are so sweet to us! We usually stick pretty close to home but my family owns 2 cabins in different directions about an hour from our house. They are both located in the beautiful Rocky Mountains and feel like a little piece of heaven with the gorgeous views of nature.

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  44. My husband forgot to pack his tennis shoes the year we went to Disney World. We had to SHOP for shoes before visiting the Magic Kingdom!

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  45. One of the best vacations was simply going up to the family cabin and relaxing for a solid week! Lots of swimming and tanning:)

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  46. My dad thought the flight was at 7am, got us all in the car by 4:30, airport by 6, bags checked, through security, sitting in the waiting area before we noticed the flight wasn't until 7pm, so we went back home and took naps. Happily (and to me, surprisingly) our luggage managed to not get lost in those 12 hours...

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  47. My husband is British and I grew up in small town America, so one of my most memorable vacations was travelling to Great Britain to meet his family for the first time and see what it was like for him to grow up in another country. Being my first time overseas, it was an amazing vacation that I'll never forget!

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  48. One of my most vivid vacation memories as a kid is when we visited Yosemite National Park and my dad (I'm sure he hates this story) backed into a tree...We drove around with a tree imprinted on the back of our van for a while!

    As an adult, I'd have to say the best vacation was visiting the Mayan ruins in Copan, Honduras. So much fun and so much to see!

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  49. I forgot to pack underwear on a trip to see our parents, not long after my husband and I got married. Whoops!

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  50. As a family we used to visit my grandma in San Francisco. Two years ago she passed away, but her home still remains for family to use when in the city. My mom, sister and I met in San Francisco last March spending 5 days enjoying the city (food, sites, weather) like we used to do with Grandma. It was a wonderful vacation and stirred up many fond memories.

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  51. My favorite vacation was probably when I was in college and 7 of my friends and I converted a school bus into a big blue RV and drove all around the U.S. for 3 weeks!

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  52. aw... my WORST vacation story - we go to SXSW each year, and last year I was sick, I had bronchitis. I got started on antibiotics and told Jason to fly out as planned, I'd change my flight and meet him in a couple days... my bronchitis was getting better, but (what I thought was a side effect of antibiotic) my stomach pain was getting worse, until I could barely stand up! my appendix had literally burst - in two.

    I didn't make it to SXSW last year, BUT... the antibiotics saved my life!!

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  53. When I was 13(ish) me, my sister and our cousins went camping with my great-aunt and uncle. One day, my great-aunt gave us all some beef jerky. My sister and I, not being jerky fans, declined the treat. After my cousins had eaten their jerky, one of them noticed a picture of a dog on the package. Yes, my great-aunt had bought us DOG TREATS! I've never been so glad to hate beef jerky in my life!

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  54. It was the first trip I took with my husband's family. It was wonderful in that it was a cruise to the Carribean! However, In St. Marten I really wanted to go by the Harley Dealership (which I was told they had one) and get my dad a t-shirt. Well apparantly when you are in St. Marten- "not too far away" can turn out to be WORLDS away! We went from nice, safe feeling tourist central to OMG we will never make it out alive REAL St. Marten! It didn't help that our taxi driver was listening to a news channel that was going on about what an increase in robbing and kidnapping of tourists was increasing! My now-husband was furious at me for insisting that we take this "little" detour and I was praying as hard as possible to just get there and back to the touristy area unscathed. The Harley DAvidson dealership was no more than a repair shop that sold (probably un-official) t-shirts. I learned the valuable lesson to NOT stray from the well worn path when in another country! I've never been so happy as I was to finally get back to the cruise ship to see people trying to rip off dumb tourists like me!!!

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  55. My favorite vacation was with 2 friends last spring in Puerto Rico. One of the friends was from there so she knew all the great spots--not tourist spots. We stayed a couple of days in a former convent that had been converted into a hotel. The rest of the week we stayed at a cousin's country cottage with tons of fruit trees.

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  56. On one of our first vacations, I left our toiletry and underwear bag at home and didn't notice until we got there to get ready for bed.
    nadscrow@yahoo.com

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  57. Best vacation was with my husband to the coast of Maine, we fell in love with the sweet little town of Camden.

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  58. We too were in San Antonio during spring break for our son's Make-A-Wish trip. We went to Morgan's Wonderland, and a team roping where he got to meet George Strait...his favorite! No drama or funny stories, just pure joy! Thanks for the give!!!

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  59. We're gearing up for our first real family vacation in a long time - headin' to New Orleans next week and can't wait! I'm sure we'll end up with a few stories to remember. :)

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  60. Vacation?! We haven't seen one since 2007 (before our 2 kids). We went to Italy -- Lecce and Positano. Drove through beautiful country, stayed in lovely places and had delightful food (and gelato!) every single day.

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  61. Last fall, we took a trip to Venice, Italy. My two sons were ages 23-months and 9-months at the time. We stayed in a hotel together which is always a challenge with two so close in age. My youngest, Aidan, woke up at 4am and wouldn't shut-up, continuously baby blabbering away. My oldest, Connor, also woke-up but was so tired and just wanted to go back to sleep but couldn't because of Aidan blabbering. So he kept saying, "A-dee cork it!", "A-dee, kiet (quiet)", "Shhh!", "close your eyes!", etc, etc. basically pleading with his little brother to go back to sleep. We couldn't stop laughing despite being exhausted ourselves! ;)

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  62. My husband, my then 6yr old, my infant daughter&I were flying to grandma's house. On the flight my daughter threw up all over herself and in the midst of cleaning it up my husband says (urgently)"I need a wipe! Puker here! I need a wipe" as my son throws up on himself. The man next to me has the vomit bag in his hand, I assume to give to me, when he puts it over HIS mouth and throws up. He smiled at me weakly and said "sorry, I'm a sympathy puker."

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  63. When I was 7 or 8, my grandparents took my brother and I to Florida for a week-long vacation... with their new (giant) camcorder. My grandpa was taping my brother and I jumping over waves (with his back to the ocean) when he got hit from behind by a GIANT wave! Somehow, the video managed to survive, and when we watch it, we laugh so hard we cry!

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  64. I hope you got to go to the Gruene dance hall :)

    My husband and I got married on the riverwalk at Christmas, and I went to school in San Antonio; I really miss that San Marcos outlet mall!

    My worst vacation was a cruise with our extended family when my daughter was a toddler. She had been waking up at 5:00 every morning at home, which made it 4:00 ship time. So not fun. Now she is a great little traveler, though!

    Thanks for the contest!

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  65. One of my favorite vacations was when we took a trip to Walt Disney World (one of many times) and my dad was able to fly out from Cali to come. The best part was, though, that it was the first time he was able to meet my daughter! It was so awesome to see them together. It's hard to see my dad a lot since we live in a different country (hubby's in the Navy) so it was very, very special. :)

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  66. I'd have to go with our Disney World trip in '07. My family is pretty serious about Disney World and this was the first trip there that my husband and my sister's boyfriend joined us. We spent all 6 days going from park opening to park closing, strategically planning our every move. The boys were so deliriously tired by the end of the 6th day they skipped out of the park! Either that or they were just so happy to have survived our Disney 'boot camp'.

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  67. Our fav vacation story was how the airlines lost our luggage and my husband got the flu on our honeymoon. OMG what a crazy two weeks!!!

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  68. Along the same lines as your husband forgetting his pants, my family and I went camping one summer and my dad only packed one pair of shorts. About halfway into our trip, the zipper on his ONE pair of shorts broke!

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  69. Wow!! Thank you!! This November my boyfriend, my sister and I took a trip to London, we enjoyed it so much but when we arrived at home, we were so tired that we slept a whole day :)

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  70. One of my favorite vacations was in 2007,on our way to see my family we stopped in San Antonio,we actually stayed in a hotel that used to be a jail.Bars were still over the windows. We enjoyed the riverwalk and of course Sea World. So many good memories :)

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  71. Last August my boyfriend and I decided to take a two week long tour of Wisconsin. Our first stop was Milwaukee. We made our way to a brewery for a tour, where tickets were already sold out. So we decided to go to the Harley Davidson Museum instead. As we got in the car we noticed we had a flat. After nearly being killed by another driver, my boyfriend got the spare on. As we made our way to the Harley Museum, our GPS took us a backroads way, with a lot of potholes. No sooner as I said, "watch us get another flat", we did...the spare had totally blown out. So there we sat, for two hours in the middle of no where waiting for a tow truck. It was a Sunday, so we had to drop off the car and then walk a long ways to the hotel. Needless to say, we didn't get to do anything that day. The rest of the trip was great though!

    Read about it here:

    http://exscapes.blogspot.com/2010/08/wisconsin-tour-milwaukee.html

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  72. My mom has always said as we walk out the door to go on vacation, "What we don't have we'll buy when we get there." Now I say it whenever we leave (it makes you feel better about what you might have forgotten!)and it drives my husband crazy. All he sees are dollar signs. :)

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  73. I hope we aren't rubbing off on y'all! Because your vacation sounds a lot like our LIFE :) Welcome home!

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  74. The weekend before finals two of my friends and I decided to go camping as a break from studying. When we got back the next day I had gone past the lobster red sunburn and was heading to a purpley red colors. Finals were so uncomfortable that year. We did have fun throwing all unneeded papers into the fine be it paper balls of paper airplanes. Lots of card games, smores and junk food later we all passed our finals!

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  75. Last year my husband and I took a 2 week cruise to Alaska. It was amazing and we plan to go back agaiin. Our next trip is in Nov. to Thailand and Cambodia!

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  76. 13 years old with my family at Custer national park in south Dakota. People were feeding these wild donkeys. We didn't have anything but butter cookies, so my mom said sure, why not? One donkey told the rest and we were attacked by the herd. They blocked our car, stopped traffic, left tongue prints on the windows. It was hilarious!

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  77. Last year we went to Disney World for the first time. My son(5) was so excited. We drove from Missouri and spent 18 hours in the car. As soon as we pulled onto the Disney property, a giant sign over the road said "Welcome to Disney World!" I read it to my son and his reply was priceless. "All my dreams are coming true!" Best moment of the trip. =)

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  78. My favorite vacation so far was my honeymoon. We went to Jamaica and it was so nice to get away from everything and all the stress of planning our wedding. We had a fabulous time and we loved it so much, we said it's the only vacation destination we need! :)

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  79. This is my story:
    Back in december,1999 my cousin died tragically, a year later my cousin's mother (my aunt) was still very sad, so she and her other children decided to go to the beach in december of 2001, i felt very bad for them so i decided to join them, we spend christmas and new year in the beach, but here in venezuela nobody celebrates christmas in the beach, they do it in home with their family, in christmas an new year i was very sad, cause i missed my mom and grandma.. i have some fun, but no so much they were sad and i was to... so that was a very sad vacation

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  80. My favorite vacation was my honeymoon/babymoon with my husband. After being married 3.5 years and expecting our first baby, we knew that we HAD to go on a trip seeing as we never took the time to go on a honeymoon.

    We ended up heading out for a long weekend in Mont Tremblant, QC, Canada. It was freezing cold, but we really enjoyed walking around, eating yummy treats and just being together.

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  81. One of my favorite vacations was when I went with my family on a skying trip to Argentina, it rained for 2 days before we could actually got to sky, but it was worth the wait :)

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  82. When I was little, we went on vacation as a family to Disneyland & we drove from Idaho. My parents quickly discovered that I get motion sickness as I puked all over in the car! After that, I always took Dramamine :)

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  83. My favorite vacation was when we took our 4 month old son to Michigan (we live in California) so he could meet his grandparents for the first time! Aiden might not remember a thing, but I'll never forget the smiles on Grandma and Grandpa's faces!

    hmdavis1226@gmail.com

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  85. how sweet of you!!! I love the remember when vacation stories. One time when we went to Chicago for spring break, it was colder and snowier than it was in January. We had to buy hats and gloves Guess you can never tell what the weather will be like in the midwest. kim m. krmiller at wideopenwest dot com.

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  86. After that story, I'm suggesting that you find and read the Berenstain Bears' Too Much Vacation. It is one of our favorite books. My son used to fall over with laughter, and we still quote it, years later.

    As for a vacation story, I think I'll always remember when my husband thought it would be a good idea to let my young son have a McFlurry on a loooong road trip. I heard a terrible gurgling sound, then turned around and watched him puke three times down into his lap, all over clothes, carseat, car, everything.

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  87. i should win this giveaway :)

    My fav vacations was when my sister and 2 my bestfriends took a trip down to East Coast last year. from Boston-NYC- NJ -Thousand island-NiagaraFalls and It was all FUn FUN FUN.
    We would like to go again on vacation this winter to Florida ...i cannot wait to have more fun

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  88. I was in the Air Force and stationed in England, it was February and I was coming home to Philly for a visit. There happened to be a snow storm and I ended up in Chicago. They put this 18 year old in uniform up at the O'Hare Hilton complete with free room service! My mom was not as lucky, she was sleeping in a Pinto at Philly International waiting for me.
    Thanks for the fun give-away, I soooo wish there was a W-S outlet close to me:@)

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  89. My husband and I went to Disney World for our honeymoon. I surprised him with a night at the Animal Kingdom hotel, where we could see giraffes from our room.
    amandarwest at gmaildotcom

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  90. haha... oh dear! No pants?

    Well...when we went on a cruise in 09, my husband, who insisted he could pack for himself...only brought 3 pairs of underwear for a 12 day vacation. Of course he decided to tell me this once we set sail on the high seas really good. So for the entire vacation ALL I heard about was how he only had 3 pairs of underwear and had to send them out for washing (laundry service) every few days...so the next vacation I packed a bag just for him with about 20 pairs of underwear and made sure I let him know THE ENTIRE VACATION that he had PLENTY of underwear. LOL

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  91. I haven't been on many vacations - since I left for college 10 yrs ago, most of my "vacations" have been trips back home to see family - but my favorite true vacation to date was definitely our honeymoon last May. We spent 6 days in Asheville, NC - no agenda, free to do whatever we wanted - we saw some beautiful scenery, ate at some fantastic restaurants, and had a blast exploring the city as newlyweds!

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  92. Our best vacation was about 3 years ago when we went to San Diego and rented a beach condo for a week. It was a splurge, but laying around on the beach and in the condo, eating outside, and relaxing made it totally worth it!

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  93. I am from San Antonio and LOVE Gruene also...you must come back and float the Guadalupe River in the summer, its divine!!!

    I just had one of the most romantic and relaxing getaways this weekend to Fredericksburg, TX in the hill country of Texas. We stayed at the Magnolia House B&B, divine!!!!

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  94. My now husband and I drove down to AL from SC at the end of my college spring break to help a friend move. We drove the massive uhaul the whole way, got stuck in traffic beacause the road caught on fire, got lost and ended up trying to circle around a tiny culdesac, and get this- got the uhaul stuck in banners at a used car lot. But, now we have something to laugh about.

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  95. I'm sorry, I don't really have any vacation stories yet. But I can tell you that I am planning a fabulous trip to Greece this summer to meet my boyfriend's family (complete with a traditional Greek wedding!)I can't wait!

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  96. Top vacation of all time: Costa Rica for a week my senior year in high school. Just a bunch of high school seniors hanging out in the jungle.

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  97. One notable vacation was a road trip to Tennessee that required an 8-hr drive. We left after work on a Friday for the first leg of the trip. Around 8 pm, miles from anywhere, in the pouring rain, we got a flat. This meant my poor husband had to put on the spare on a dark stormy highway. Since we couldn't drive 5 more hours on a spare, we drove until we found a little shop where they could fix our tire. The next morning, we continued on until our arrival in Gatlinburg. We parked the car, went for lunch, came back - and found ANOTHER tire had gone flat! This time we were close to a walmart where we purchased a new tire. Who could've predicted two flats in 24 hrs. Thankfully, the rest of the trip was uneventful!

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  98. I love my family vacation to Europe the most. We were able to spend time in England, Paris, and Lyon, France. We had a wonderful time doing all of the touristy things in England and Paris: Eiffel Tower, Buckingham Palace, London Eye, etc. We also got to stay with a French family in Lyon and experience French life for a few days complete with delicious food. Looking forward to visiting Europe again some time soon.

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  99. My favorite vacation was when I and two great girlfriends took a driving tour through several east-coast states. We visited New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusettes and had the best time! We also made a goal of doing things we wouldn't normally do at home. My 'outside my comfort zone' activity was to sing with a live band, which I did twice! Very fond memories.

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  100. The Merigue powder!! One of the 10?ha ha ha!! -LOVE- Oh let's see, my vacation story culminates in the weirdest, most awkward situations bunched together in about 20 minutes. Hubby and I went on vacation with our firstborn son- a mere 2 months old. Well, new parents+road trip= bad idea. It was VREY stressful. Since we were in the state where hubby's grandma was buried we decided to visit the gravesite (not your typical vacation jaunt but hey whatever). So there we are and Baby has a diaper blowout. We have a tiny car and no room to change a diaper so I empty the trunk and proceed to do the deed. Then Baby needs to eat. Duh mom just used the last clean blanket to lay him down and change the diaper. So here we are at the gravesite and I'm nursing a baby out in the open. A weird grveyard person (undertaker?) comes by and starts talking my husband's ear off about what a lovely spot his grandma is buried in. Hubs is trying to block me from the strange man who does not understand I might need a little personal space. Fifteen minutes later the man moves on. Weird day to say the least. - Katrina

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  101. last september, my family and i went on vacation to disney world. this trip was not without it's mishaps, however, what with my mom getting the stomach flu the first night we were there, my dad falling off the bed (hysterical!), and losing my brother in one of the parks for a little while. regardless, we made some priceless memories and have some great pictures...and i still laugh when i think about my dad on the hotel floor at 3am!

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  102. As a child my parents would pack up my brother and I in the back of the truck and tow our travel trailer around to a ton of different places. North, south, east west. While I don't have specific memory to share, those vacations were phenomenal. Just the four of us, camping out in some of the most beautiful scenery this country has to offer. I treasure these memories! :-)

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  103. I'm so glad that y'all had a good time down here in spite of the mishaps.

    One of my favorite vacations happened to be for our Anniversary near Fredericksburg, TX at a B&B. It was composed of various ancient building restored and turned into homes for people to stay. I LOVED staying there in that old rickity house in the country!

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  104. We just got home from taking our kids to Disneyland for the first time. It was a great trip, we got rained on, but all in all we had a blast
    I think it is hilarious that your husband forgot to pack pants, that cracked me up

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  105. Toooooo cute! we only do day trips, but last year, on the highway, my t
    then 3 year old son opened his door. Talk about freak out! I had to pull over, and needless to say, child lock is now engaged!

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  106. LOL no pants; that is hilarious!

    Oh, the stories I could tell you about our anniversary trips. Every. Single. One. was laden with one disaster after another - from going out of town to a hotel for a nice getaway in a jacuzzi suite only to find out upon our arrival that our room wasn't available, to going on a hike and spending half of it getting chased and bitten by flies - until last year that is, when we finally decided to call it and stay home. We ordered pizza and watched a movie, and it was the best anniversary ever!

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  107. Where to begin... there was the vacation to England where my father drove the wrong way in a roundabout...we nearly died! There was the 'vacation' to Mount Leconte where we had to hike down a mountain in a full-blown blizzard. There was the vacation in Arches National Park where my parents went on a hike and left my driver-licenseless sister and I to drive the car to meet them...there were a lot of tears. Last, but certainly not least, there was the vacation to Chincoteague Island where I had an allergic reaction to the sunscreen and spent a couple of days with giant blisters all over my back!
    We have made a lot of fun memories over the years, and I cherish every single one!

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  108. Our family vacation that definitely had the most "doh!" moments was the summer after my sister graduated from high school. My sister and I were 18 and 14 respectively (such fun ages to have 2 daughters...not) and my parents decided to take us to...drum roll...Branson, MO! While driving there my sister and I exclaim "When are we going to get out of these hills and mountains?" to which my Dad responded "What? These are part of what we came to see!" Once we got there, they took us to the "Dixie Stampede" where while waiting in line to get in I exclaimed LOUDLY "Ugh. I hate horses" and received no less than 300 glares from everyone around us. Also while waiting in line, I opened a door that said "Do Not Open" only for a guy to be inside of it looking like his head was floating in the space. I screamed loudly, slammed the door, my sister goes "What?" and opens the door too, screams loudly, and slams said door. We were def the favorites in that line. I could go on and on about that vacay...it brings so many laughs looking back on it now though. I've also realized with age how lucky I was to take those *awful* family vacations and wouldn't trade them for anything.

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  109. My favorite vacation has to be my honeymoon...to vegas!! it was soo much fun!

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  110. One of my favorite vacations was for my 21st birthday my DB planned a weekend in Cape May, NJ. It was the first time we went away together and to just spend a weekend that was just us was great. It was Oct so it was not crowded and so peaceful.

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  111. One of my favorite vacations was with my husband and we went out west. We drove through 7 states over 8 days and saw the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. The most amazing thing I have ever seen. So much fun just driving, enjoying the scenery and talking.

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  112. Our last vacation, we took a cruise to Grand Cayman. We got to swim in the wild with stingrays. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life!

    navybaby1113 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  113. My most memorable vacation has to have been a cruise my family took when I was younger. Most of the people on the boat were well above the age of 60, and being that I was in middle school and there was like 3 other kids on the boat, we made sure we had fun including food fights in the buffet and accidentally throwing basketballs overboard!

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  114. My favorite vacation was when we went on a cruise to Mexico. My Mom took 8 of us: Her, her Boyfriend, her Dad, Me, My (then) Boyfriend, and my 3 little brothers. We took the train to LA and spent a couple days there with family before we got on the boat and then spent a couple more days there after the cruise before we went home. That was our last 'family' vacation.

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  115. My first vacation memory is a family trip to Disney World when I was 5. I remember Mr Toad's Wild Ride, orange and yellow roller coasters and my 9 month old brother running 104 fever and my parents flipping out!

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  116. That spatula is so cute!I think My most rememberable vacations was my honeymoon. We had a small cerimony and my mom flew in for a week. Where we got married included a honeymoon cottage package. My mom was there with us (in a diif hotel) the whole time.. Fun times having your mother on you honeymoon with you.. lol

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  117. well, my family and i went on a 3 week trip out west and on the first 2 days: 1) our A/C broke (this was in july) and 2) we went through 2 tornado warnings and a hailstorm. we didn't know about the tornado warnings until we stopped for the night, but it was fun...

    colorado in july/august isn't enjoyable without A/C :)

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  118. Oh my! I got a little "present" from a bird on my vacation/study abroad trip in Athens, Greece! I was walking out of the market and *PLOP* right down the front of me! In a tank top! We couldn't stop laughing and crying at the same time! Used a grocery bag to get most of it off and then made the 2 mile walk back to the hotel to get cleaned up! It definitely made it unforgettable!

    It looks like, despite the bird pooping and sneezy and pollen attacks, you had a great time! And maybe hubby got some great new pants out of the deal hahaha. Have a great week!

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  119. Last year we took a trip to Disneyland, and I forgot to pack pull-ups for my newly potty trained son to sleep in. He didn't have one accident!

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  120. My family did not go on vacations, but rather, we liked to go camping. Into out bags we would pack all our gear, and would canoe out to various destinations along a route, starting at one place, ending at another. It was great fun. I remember the beauty of North-west-Ontario and am very proud that I got to see much of it.

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  121. Wow, is all I have to say. You DO need a vacation from your vacation! My husband and I love San Antonio, but we've had some rough times down there too. Our best vacation was our most recent when we drove out to the Grand Canyon. It was great IN SPITE OF it snowing the whole time we were there and getting NO sleep because our room had no insulation (old hotel) and the people in the room next to our stayed up all night and talked loudly.

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  122. Long story short. Was travelling my myself with a 7,5 and 7 month old from California to Boston to visit my family. My husband could not leave work...I thought I could do this by myself. Wrong! The 5 year old threw up on me, the 7 month old pooped on me. I did NOT smell good by the end of the flight. I really felt sorry for the other passengers. Thanks for the chance, lovey, love WS.

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  123. Last year i was over in europe for school. for spring break i took a trip to Brussels, ireland, and scotland. Well on my way home, i flew threw brussels again and the passport inspector stopped me, looked at my passport, asked where i was going (back to Italy), and then proceeded to tell me that i was living illegally in Italy. WHAT! I had to convince him that i wasnt, that i had the proper papers, and that they were all i needed. This continued on for, about 10 minutes. finally he just didnt want to deal with it anymore and just punched me through. Probably the worst thing that ever happened to me in Europe.

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  124. I love San Antonio, but my favorite vacation was a couple years ago when my entire family met at Disney World. There were so many of us that we didn't even all eat together. But it was the absolute BEST time!

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  125. We go to Table Rock Lake in Branson, MO every year. We absolutely cannot wait to get there. Let's just say it's been a long year and we need a VACATION!!!!!

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  126. WHEN I WAS YOUNGER WE WOULD GO CAMPING. I STILL BELIEVE TO THIS DAY THAT MY MOTHER IS THE ONLY PERSON OUT THERE WHO BROUGH A VACUUM CLEANER TO THE CAMPGROUND IN ORDER TO VACCUUM THE POP UP WE HAD!!

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  127. What an awesome giveaway! I've wanted meringue powder for a long time now but haven't found any at a store and haven't looked into ordering any. Vacation story... Umm... The most recent thing I can think of is when my husband and I took our 2 kids to a lake near the town we live in... Well it's a fairly curvy road and it's a highway so the speed limit is still fairly fast. Well we made it all the way to the top and back looking for a certain beach. We got out and walked around another beach but it wasn't as nice so we continued looking for the right one. Finally my son said he was feeling sick so we stopped and tried to get him out of the vehicle, but we didn't get him out in time. Needless to say the car reeked the entire time home. Oh, and we passed the beach we were looking for on the way home, after we had given up. Lol!

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  128. We've had our share of not great things happen on fun vacations. Most recently I ended up in the ER severely dehydrated from the stomach flu 12 hours before we were to fly home. Then there was the childhood vacation where my dad lost not 1 or 2 but 3 pairs of prescription glasses & sunglasses in the ocean. His secretary had to get the prescription sent to him. That was the mid 80s before it was as easy as it would be today. And he's legally blind w/o them.
    All ended up being funny stories to tell once some time had gone by.

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  129. A favorite vacation memory is when my parents came to visit me while I was teaching in Taiwan. We were traveling around the coast by train and nearly missed our stop. My mom literally jumped from a moving train so we wouldn't get separated! Except after the dust settled we realized we were at the wrong station, after all. It all worked out in the end, but vacationing in a place where you're functionally illiterate (or unfunctionally literate?) makes for a lot of laughs and enduring memories!

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  130. A NYC girl's trip with my conservative mother-in-law and fly-by-the seat-of-your-pants-mother...who asked the waiter in the Scottish pub we went to if he did or didn't wear anything under his kilt (Yes, I am serious). Lordy be, I think I've earned this bunny, don;t you?

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  131. One of my favorites was a cruise we planned with 8 couples to celebrate the year of many of us turning 40. The cruise was amazing and the friend are too.

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  132. I was pregnant with my 4th child when my husband and 3 sons and I went on a road trip to NC. After 18 hours of driving, we arrived at the hotel I had booked online. it was run down, dirty, our room smelled faintly of urine and 3 of us got trapped in the elevator for 10 minutes. While hiding in the bathroom trying to find a new place to stay, I ended up breaking down while on the phone with the desk clerk at a nearby hotel. She told us to come immediately over. We got there and she gave us a beautiful room at a ridiculously low price and a completely wonderful hotel we would NEVER have been able to afford otherwise.

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  133. My family Vacations aren't considered a vacation until something goes wrong or we get lost. That being said they are all very memorable. One of the most memorable vacations is when my family was headed to Disneyland for Spring break and my dad, a pilot, was flying us, all the sudden we heard a thump and the next thing i knew we were searching frantically for somewhere to land. We landed in a TINY town in California had to wait out side it the crazy wind until the person who owned the airport came back then rented a van and drove the rest of the way. Apparently we blew a gasket and it shot a hole through our engine and we were leaking gas. That is one of the most memorable trip I can think of. Thank you for being so amazing!! I love you Blog!

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  134. Freshmen year of college for spring break I went to Arizona with a couple friends and had a blast. It was the first time I flew, saw the Grand Canyon, walked on Route 66, and drove around on an ATV. Needless to say it was one of my favorite vacations!

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  135. Two years ago I surprised my husband and left from Utah and drove to Cali and took him to Disneyland, just the two of us (my two little toddlers vacations with with family). It was a blast arranging all the details and keeping it a secret from him, including arranging for time off his work! It was fun to be kids ourselves and enjoy "the happiest place on earth."

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  136. I took a few days off of work (teaching 1st grade) and went to Orlando with my family. We had a lot packed in our 6 days: Disney, visiting old friends and neighbors, Daytona 500. One thing we didn't plan on was my tonsils swelling up to the size of golf balls, me going to the minor care ER, driving around for TWO hours just to find the antibiotic the doctor prescribed for me. After that unexpected side trip, I started to feel better and the rest of the vacation was awesome!

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  137. kelgirl105 at yahoo dot comMarch 27, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    My favorite vacation story (also the most embarrassing):
    My mother, sister, my sister's boyfriend, and I went to Cancun one summer. We went to our hotels very formal restaurant for dinner one nite-- I wore a crisp white dress I had bought earlier in the day that showed off my entire bronzed back and a pair of Pucci-inspired heels. As we were walking out of the restaurant, all eyes on me, I slipped on the marble floor and went FLYING up into the air. My sister's boyfriend caught me before I actually hit the floor. Everyone stood/sat stunned for a second and then everyone start to chuckle. I, being the only one in our group that spoke Spanish, was the only one that understood what the staff was saying about the accident, laughing at the "little American girl". Very embarrassing, but now that I look back on it also hilarious!

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  138. My husband and I took a week long cruise last year. It was amazing, aside from the seasickness and threat of hurricanes. :) It was our first time ever taking a cruise and our first time ever snorkeling. I loved it and would get a seasickness patch and do it again in a heartbeat! :) Thank you for this giveaway!!!

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  139. When i was seventeen i went on an 8 WEEK road trip with my parents and 2 younger brothers. In our suburban. June and July. And the air conditioning was broken.

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  140. My favorite vacation was about 2 years ago, DH had to go to San Antonio for a work related conference - the kids and I tagged along. On his day off we went to the San Antonio zoo...it was windy and the wind blew my 2 year old's cap right off and into the Ostrich cage...where the Ostrich decided to play with his brand new baseball cap...we laughed, Aidan cried, and the zookeeper came to the rescue and returned the poo- covered hat...then we went to a Mexican restaurant and had queso and everything was right with the world again ;)

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  141. I guess everyone wants this huh?? (I sure do) :))))
    Well... My most memorable vacation was the one I took with my 3 best friends 9 years ago. I was only 19 at the time. We took a road trip from NYC to FL. Everything was great. But I have fond memories of that time because now, we broke apart. We are all grown and took different paths in life. And that vacation reminds me of how life was sweet and worry free. Miss my girls together. Miss the innocence of my early adulthood. Miss having time for road trips!!!

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  142. Worst vacation was our honeymoon. We had a 13 hour delay from the Austin airport to Cancun. We FINALLY got there first thing the next morning and before we had a chance to actually sight-see, visit the pool or beach or anything, my husband started throwing up. And this lasted (on and off) most of the trip. The last day we finally were able to get away from the hotel and do a little sight-seeing.

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  143. Being a foodie at heart, there was no place I'd rather spend my 40th birthday at than in New Orleans. My first morning was filled with the smell of hot beignets and cafe ole that my husband brought into our hotel room. Everyday was a culinary adventure. We spent five days going to all the restaurants I've drooled over from watching way too much Food Network.

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  144. We went to the Ozarks with my husbands extended family when our daughter was 5 months old. She screamed for 2 and 1/2 hours straight in the car on the way there. There was a tornado warning the first night we were there. And you also can't really do too much boating/water sports with a 5 month old baby. So I was stuck at the house for most of the time with the baby, but at least I got to catch up on my food network and HGTV while I was there.

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  145. Hey, a bird decided to use my head as a toilet on the Riverwalk as well! Gruene is definitely one of my favorite vacation spots: tubing down the Guadalupe River, then eating dinner at the Gristmill. Yum!

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  146. I've actually had some pretty good luck with my vacations! I mean, there are always mishaps, but nothing too extreme comes to mind, which must be a good thing!!

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  147. I've never had a vacation disaster, but on some class trips in middle school and high school I remember being so sick of my friends after spending so much time together, we weren't even on speaking terms by the end of the trip! Coming home is usually my favorite part too!

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  148. When driving home from San Diego we had mapped out "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" featured by Guy Fieri and ate our way back home to Kansas!
    debbmaarie@me.com

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  149. One of my favorite vacations was driving across the country with my two best friends from college. We drove all the way from Philadelphia to California and back. It was three weeks of fun, laughs, and lots of memories!

    jessica.k.oneill@gmail.com

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  150. Snorkeling in the Bahamas...my, oh my, it was incredible. My then boyfriend and I went on a cruise, just the two of us, and our last day was spent getting sunburned and searching for shells on the sea floor and feeding dog treats to the fish (don't ask). Bliss.

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  151. I haven't been on vacation in a while but this story is fresh on my mind because my sister and I talked about it last week. When my sister was very pregnant we went on a cruise. Her feet swelled to the point she couldn't wear her shoes. I wear a 1/2 size larger, so we traded shoes for the rest of the cruise. Not very comfortable for me.

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  152. WOW you were in my neck of the woods....kind of I'm in Ft Worth :0) Love Schlitterbahn!! Great place to take the kids when it warms up AND you can visit Gruene too! We took a vacation to Dominican Republic about two days after my husband had his back injections and THEN we took an excursion that involved riding horses and 4 wheelers. Good thing the doctor gave him LOTS Of pain pills to take with us! Great trip!!!

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  153. My vacation story is actually from San Antonio as well. It was my honeymoon and we spent so many days on the Riverwalk. I loved it! Luckily for us, there was no bird poop involved :).

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  154. I love what you found at WS! One of our best vacations was a driving trip from FL to Niagra Falls. A lot of hours in the car, but great family bonding and Canada was beautiful! Lots of great memories!

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  155. this last winter I went with my family to say in a lodge up in leavenworth. it was so much fun just being together. My brothers decided to get the fire place as hot as we could, but once it got going it was so hot they had to open all the doors. so you either had to sit by the door with a few blankets on or sit in the other room away from the fire place. it was a good time :)

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  156. Best Vacation: honeymoon to Topsail Island, NC. Reading on the beach, fireworks, sea turtles, looking for sharks teeth. The Best!!

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  157. My husband and I were on a Caribbean cruise and we nearly missed our ship leaving Cozmel. They had pulled the gang plank and were about to leave when we came running up. I tripped over a huge rope and fell flat on my face, with hundreds of passengers watching on deck and on their balconies. We had misunderstood the sailing time. Apparently the captain wasn't very happy with us. Needless to say, I was mortified and didn't come out of our room for the rest of the night. :)

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  158. When I was a kid my dad took us to a granite quarry and we picked out a piece and by the time we left they made it into earings, I am 49 years old and still have them, it warms my heart!

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  159. My husband and I got married in Utah and my husbands family is from Washington. We were going to be in WA for our honeymoon but before we got to our destination we stopped at my husbands house to get some kayaks and other supplies for our trip. There was a little confusion--we thought his family wasnt going to be home for another day so we decided to stay the night at his house before making the drive to get to the cabin we were staying in. When I woke up the next morning and went for the bathroom I noticed someone sleeping in by brother-in-laws bed. This was a real shock! We discovered that the whole family had arrived late that night and we were no longer alone like we thought! My mother in law ended up cooking us pancakes the next morning! Opps! We think its really funny now.

    lindsayhimmer@gmail.com

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  160. Our Disney Cruise last November was such a wonderful trip for me and the kids. It's something we're going to talk about for a long time!

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  161. Was at the San Antonio Hyatt Riverwalk with my diabetic Granma. My Granma went to lunch in the hotel with my aunt and cousin and I was to meet them down there. I come down the glass elevator and see my diabetic Granma being served a HUGE banana split. I walked up to the table poured salsa all over the banana split. I said to the waiter..My Granma and I have lots of plans for the weekend and she would feel sick for days after eating that as she is diabetic, please take it away. Everyone at the table was open mouth speechless, Then everyone laughed and pretty much said all at the same time -- Only you would do something like that!...I said Well yeah and ya'll just sit here and let her eat that kind of crap!...We still laugh about it.

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  162. We were driving down the interstate in FL on our way from Indiana to Orlando. My husband spotted a couple who have been life-long friends of ours in the other lane. We hadn't talked to them in a while and had no idea what the vacations plans were. We flagged them down (no cell phones back then) and found they were staying about a mile from where we were staying. Our families spent a day at Disney together as well, as an evening. It was an unexpected nice surprise.

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  163. My most recent vacation was supposed to be a girls getaway... only all of the girls backed out at the last minute. Luckily, my great boyfriend took off work last minute and we were able to spend a few great days together in Charleston. It was a real treat because we live about 5 hours away from each other right now.

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  164. Cute giveaway! My favorite vacation so far has been our trip to Israel just last year. To keep things entertaining, my husband kept asking me if I had my passport, e-v-e-r-y time we would leave our hotel room. It was funny! :)

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  165. On our honeymoon, we thought it would be fun to take an excursion on the island, so we signed up for a bike trip. Not only were we the only two on the trip, the guide spent the whole trip telling us about his random hook-ups and how he can't imagine ever getting married...but my poor husband fell off his bike into a bamboo patch. We can laugh about it all, but we were so exhausted after that trip!

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  166. It wasn't a vacation, but we did drive 1000 miles for my father-in-laws funeral. My husband forgot his dress shoes - I forgot my coat and we forgot the pillows.... had to buy or borrow all of the above.

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  167. My favorite vacation was taking Kidlet to California. We were there for my cousin's wedding but spent over a week doing other touristy things. On one of the days my brother decided to take us to Disneyland which was about an hour away from where we were staying. Kidlet was 6 and we told him we were going to play at the park. He fell asleep in the car and woke up just as we were pulling in to the park. He looked around, stunned and said "Disney....Disney PARK??!" My brother responded "Oh yes, didn't we tell you? I'm sure we mentioned that" Seeing the look of suprise and excitement on his little face is something I will always treasure!

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  168. Wow! What a fun prize to win! Our last vacation was last year over Easter. My in-laws took us on a "dream vacation" to Disney. We had a fantastic time, but the pictures are terrible! I am so bummed that this "dream vacation" to the "happiest place on Earth" is not anything I want to frame- because I am so overweight! Those pictures inspired me to join weight watchers a few months later and I have now lost 45 lbs with 25 more to go! Thanks for the chance! Happy Spring! amberloo22@aol.com

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  169. One of my favorite vacations was surprising my husband for his birthday with a trip to Florida. He didn't know where we were going, but asked me to ship a box for him, to our destination hotel (little did he know, I made reservations at a B&B). I told him to pack for warm weather and he thought we were going to Vegas. He was very surprised and we had beautiful weather. P.S. The box was his guitar and he serenaded me with a song - very romantic!

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  170. Well...there was the trip where mom, her best friend, and four of us kiddos got stranded when the car broke down outside of Abilene. The only (and I mean ONLY) place within walking distance was an "adult" store. This was pre-cell phones, so mom donned her sunglasses and hurried down to the store to call for help. The bare minimum of explanation was given about why we had to wait in the hot car instead of the air conditioning of the store. Not fun at the time, but it's quite amusing now. ;)

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  171. While we were camping there was a thunder/lightning storm and hail (we were in a tent!). Lightning struck a nearby tree, starting a fire...my dad and brother we instrumental in helping dig a trench around the tree to keep the fire from spreading while we waited for the fire department to arrive!

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  172. My best vacation memory is renting a house in St. Pete's Beach with my husband for our honeymoon. We ate breakfast and lunch by the pool (cereal and sandwiches) so we could enjoy dinner each night at local restaurants. It was a fantastic week!

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  173. Best vacation was when I went out west with my husband and two kids. We had so much fun, no distractions in the mountains, just us!

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  174. Oh, I love that place! I had to do a site visit in San Antonio and Austin and the San Marcos outlets were conveniently halfway through. What I'd wish I'd known to buy at the WS outlet.

    My good vacation story is my hubby and I are planning a week vacation to Punta Cana in two weeks for our little fam of three. It will be my 3+ year old daughter's first visit to the beach. She is more excited about the pedi that I told her we'd get before the trip, tho. ;)

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  175. I went with a friend to the beginning of the Great Wall. Both of us thought the other had planned the trip better. We took a train to a city 20 minutes away instead of the city where the wall starts. We didn't have the name of any hotels to tell the taxi driver just scribbled addresses. We found one of the hotels, only to be told that only one hotel in town could house foreigners. It was a crazy trip.

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  176. My sister took me to London for a law school graduation present. We packed in a lot of fun in a few days. She called it a whirlwind. :) We saw Stonehenge and the city of Bath, strolled the streets of London, went to the theater and visited the Tate museum. It was all beautiful. It was a great bonding trip with my big sis.

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  177. My personal favorite childhood vacation memory is when my family went camping. We couldn't figure out why there was nobody else around until we got hit by the remnants of Hurricane Bob and got caught in a flash flood zone. Good times. It took a long time before we went camping again.

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  178. Looks like you had a great time! One of my favourite vacations was the Canary Islands with my parents and brother. We did a lot of exploring and sightseeing until one night involving a few too many cocktails with pretty umbrellas and strong alcohols stopped the exploration for a few days. We ended up in a cool darkened room or under parasols around the hotel pool unable to bear the sun with our hangovers! so bad at the time but so funny to look back on!
    great giveaway and happy spring to you too!

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  179. What a wonderful gesture to bring back goodies for a giveaway!

    My favorite vacation was one of the timeshare promos at a new development in Tennesee. We didn't have enough money for a real vacation, so we accepted the offer to stay for free at a fully furnished condo and use all of the amenities for free . . . in exchange for listening to their sales pitch. Our children had a wonderful time. It was very relaxing and peaceful. It gave us a chance to see a part of the country that we would have never visited otherwise.

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  180. One of my favorite trips was when my bf drove me over 12 hours during a torrential downpour so we could visit my sick grandma for only 2 days. It was so sweet and special, especially since that ended up being the last time I was able to see her.

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  181. My husband and I just took our first vacation with our new 5-week-old son. We drove 2 and a half days each way from Houston to Utah for my in-laws to meet the little man. Truth be told, the baby did far better than I. 25 hours driving time plus stopping every 3 to feed/change/burp put me into meltdown mode. I have vowed to never make the drive again. It was not a vacation I fancied, but it has sure given us something to laugh about now.

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  182. Last weekend we actually got to go back to one of our favorite spots in Nags Head. It's where we stayed almost 5 years ago for our honeymoon, so it was really nice getting to go back!!

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  183. I went to Paris on my honeymoon.

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  184. My favorite vacation was my honeymoon a few years ago, to Costa Rica!!

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  185. My Hubby and I went to Paris and London and I left my 35mm (film) Canaon camera in a taxi cab...never to be seen again. :( Then the day we were leaving to take the train back to London somehow we overslept (which has never ever happened before) and nearly missed our train. I was so focused on getting to my destination that I blew straight through the security at the train station and my Hubby started calling out to me, "Wait, Come Back!". The French security were not amused!

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  186. How nice of you! My favorite vacation was when we went to visit my in-laws in South Africa! They were there serving a mission for our church. We went to Kruger National Park and got pretty close up to some incredible animals! Best trip ever!!!

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  187. No joke I just came back from vacation and also forgot to pack more than one pair of jeans for the whole trip! Oh well, hope no one noticed :)

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  188. Its not a trip to the beach if i don't get pooped on by a seagull!

    And my most recent vacation had a (good/bad) occurrence when the waiter at happy hour misunderstood my drink order and brought me two of the same drink...at the same time!

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  189. Our last real vacation was for our anniversary last year. We went to Zion National Park in southern Utah for a weekend. It was actually a pretty low stress vacation... Until we discovered, a few days later, that a restaurant had charged us double what we actually spent there. Fortunately, our bank got our money back and the meal ended up being free!

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  190. My husband and I planned a romantic getaway in Charleston, SC a few years ago full with a room at a beautiful bed and breakfast, reservations at a top rated restaurant and moonlight sail among other things. The first night we spent walking on the waterfront and looking at the amazing architecture. It was so beautiful. The next morning we got up early for a full day when I started to not feel so well. After breakfast I became so ill I couldn't leave our room! After 12hrs of stomach distress I couldn't take it anymore and ended up in the ER for about 6hrs getting fluids and meds! I didn't get to enjoy any of our wonderful vacation! We have yet to return but are planning on going again one of these days! It really is an amazing place to visit.

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  191. My suitcase fell off of the top of the car on the way to the airport, and we didn't notice it was gone until we arrived at the airport. By the time we made it back, someone had stolen the luggage off the side of the road! NYC isn't a bad place to "need" to go shopping, though :)

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  192. My husband and I honeymooned in Costa Rica. After a few days in the mountains doing adventurous things like zip lining and hiking in the rain forest, we were so ready for the rest and relaxation of the beach. Well, while at the beach resort my husband comes down with a terrible ear infection. He was in so much pain we went to a local pharmacy to get antibiotics. In the mean time, I get food poisoning and end up puking the bathroom all night! It was crappy at the time, but it makes for a great story!

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  193. I took a vacation from my child. I hid in the bathroom for 5 minutes.

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  194. My favorite vacation was to India with the family unit. This trip involved a rickety boat ride off the coast of Mumbai to an Island with giant elephant carvings. The boat ride had me throwing up over the side of the boat and my brother documenting everything on camera *shakes fist* and the cutest little monkey that stole a tote bag of snacks from my hands! This monkey jumps on a tree branch pulls out MY package of cookies and opens it and eats away in front of me lol. It was the most memorable trip ever :)

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  195. When my husband and I arrived in Aruba on our honeymoon or reservations got messed up and the first night we were there we were stuck in a room with twin beds! They were completely booked and couldn't move us untilnthe next day. We made due and my hubby tried to push the beds together but no such luck, they were bolted to the ground! Six years later and still happily married!

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  196. Worst vacation involved our then 16 month old daughter with a bad case of the runs and advice to give her only water or diluted juice to drink. She bawled so piteously, wanting milk, it was heartbreaking to hear. Add to that, washing out her dirty onesies in bathroom sinks at Disneyland. Not exactly the stuff good memories are made of. (Happy ending, discovered she would drink rice milk, as it was opaque and white, looked close enough to cow's milk.) As parents to two little girls now, we are prepared for anything to happen on our vacations!

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  197. Two years ago, my parents, brother, his girlfriend and I went to Destin, FL for Spring Break. The beach was beautiful and we had a great time, but on the way home my brother's truck completely broke down in some podunk town in Louisiana, which left us all stranded there for a few hours. His truck was towed to the nearest town (another hour and a half away) so we could get it to a certain dealership. We all had to pack ourselves and our luggage in to the other car. The dealership didn't even have the right part to fix it, which delayed us even more and we had to stay overnight. It was so miserable. And you're right, getting home after the vacation is the best part! Especially after the getting home part has so many mishaps!

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  198. My favorite vacation was the last one my family took before my sister and I both got married. We took a Caribbean cruise. Other than our waiter asking us to meet him in port, it was absolutely a blast.
    My crazy story is the first night of my honeymoon when the hotel gave us a room, but when we got there someone else was in the room! They yelled and we ran! The hotel upgraded our room though!
    I'm new to your blog, but I love it and I love this giveaway! Thanks for sharing!

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  199. The short version: 2004 family vacation to Chautauqua NY - the whole family plus grandparents. We arrive in town to have one car break-down at the village limits (and Audi is not in their vocabulary), the rental "cabin" by the lake is covered in mold causing my mom's asthma to take off, it's the middle of tourist season, my younger brother is sulking because the girlfriend wasn't allowed to be part of the fun, my older brother is threatening to fly back to Las Vegas, my mom is hyperventilating, everything is "about a mile (or 5) away down the road", we find a beautiful last minute rental thank you Lord, we drive around all week crammed like sardines in one car - all 7 of us visiting vineyards and sheep farms. In the end it was a wonderful family vacation but boy howdy it was touch and go for a while!

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