Aruba Vacation Highlights & Returning Home

Hi Friends!  How has your holiday weekend been?  I can’t believe that we are flying back home to San Diego today. We’ve been here in Aruba since December 5 and the time has gone by extremely fast for us.  It’s been a wonderful escape from “real life”, work, the pressures of day-to-day life and we’ve cherished our time together as a family and made the most of our days here!

Here are some of the Highlights.  This post is as much for me, as it is for you.   Now I have it all in one place and can easily look back on it all.  Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Drinks Out

Drinks Out on the Beach


Meals at Home
Caribbean Citrus & Veggie Stir Fry  

Pan Seared Lemon Pepper Grouper with Sweet Dipping Sauce  

Edamame Salads & Fresh Veggies

Desserts I made like Chocolate Covered Oreo Balls

GF Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars with Vegan Chocolate Frosting

Butterscotch Rice Krispy Treats with Vegan Chocolate Frosting

And from This Post: GF Vegan “Rice Krispie” Treats with Vegan Chocolate Frosting
I would imagine I will tire of these and then not make them for months/year(s) but on this trip, have been loving them!

Friends’ Dessert Recipes I want to Make (Huge Post!)

Scott’s Birthday

My 12 Days & Recipes of Christmas Post

Pool Days


More Aruba Pool Pictures

A New Camera on Order 
I am looking forward to this camera so much.  Like, kid in a candy store looking forward to it!

EOS Rebel T2i EF-S 18-55mm IS Kit

Beach Days

Even though there has been tons and tons of rain!  The beach is still wonderful!

Walks & Runs on our Exercise Path

Cookie Decorating


Holiday Card

Early Presents

Christmas Day and Santa Presents with Skylar

It’s been an absolutely wonderful trip and makes the long journey back home, the “re-entry” process and return back to real life, totally worth it!

From yesterday’s Champange Time, Or Not post, it was fun to hear if you can handle wine-in-a-box or cheapie champagne, or if your taste is more along the lines of “champagne taste”.  And to everyone who’s mind is on New Years parties and festivities, can’t wait to hear more!

1. Has the month of December gone by fast for you?  
Sometimes with the holidays I feel like time flies in December because we are all so busy.

But also something strange happens with the passage of time because we all have so much anticipation for the holidays that to think back to December 1 feels like a lifetime ago for me.

So the passage of time is a bit surreal in December, for me.

2. At the end of trips, are you usually ready to get back to your real life?  Yes, no, a little bit, or no way, not at all?
It depends on the trip for me.  Sometimes I actually want to get back to real life.

I am okay with getting back to real life after our trip here.  I have lots to do and am ready to get started.

It’s just the “re-entry process” as I term it that I am dreading.   Nearly a month’s worth of mail, voicemails, errands, unpacking, returning to work on Tuesday, an immediate need to go grocery shopping, and basically hit the ground running does not sound appealing, at all.  And on the heels of an 18 hour travel journey later with a 3 year old in hand  and jet lag, well, not looking forward to that.

3. Do you have to work today and what’s your schedule for the rest of the week?
I am hitting the ground running on Tuesday.  It’s a work day.  And for many more in a row after that, it will be work days for me.  Over and beyond unpacking, grocery shopping, sorting the mail, and the laundry, of course.

Well gang, I am about to run on my exercise path one last time, get our bags our fully packed, and head to the airport for the long journey home.  I have a two hour layover from Atlanta and I may try to say hi and blog from there, but if not, I will see you from San Diego.  Fingers crossed the winter weather all over the east coast doesn’t impact our travel plans!

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