Sun and Fun in Jamaica

First of all I want to thank everyone (American) who voted. There are far too many things at risk for us to sit out an election. Every vote does count. 

We had election day off and the kids also had two days off for a teacher's convention. So we decided to go away. Last year we had spent a couple of days in New York City. This time we decided to go to Jamaica. 

But before we were able to get on that plane just about everything went wrong. Earlier that week H had a fever. He tested negative for Covid. Phew. Felt better went back to school. Towards the end of the week was sent home from school because had a fever again. Felt perfectly fine again and then Sunday afternoon he lost his voice and start coughing a lot. No fever. Come evening, he runs to us coughing and hitting his chest gasping for air!! I feared RSV which is the new trending virus popular with the kids. Urgent care took excellent care of him, back to breathing normally again. Gave him some medicine and told us to nebulize him, turned out he had croup?! In the meantime D was also not feeling so good when he woke up on Sunday so just for the heck of it we took him to the doctor with H. Turns out he tested positive for the flu. Fun times. During all this we had M's cousin and family visiting for the weekend from Chicago. We didn't know how we were going to make this trip happen. We all masked around the house and kept our distance. And when the day to leave come they were both thankfully doing perfectly fine. 

We stayed at the Hilton Rose Hall in Montego Bay. 









Now for the hotel review.. we have stayed in better, we have eaten better food and had speedier service. None of it was bad, the staff was very nice but it wasn't amazing. The hotel was constantly running low on towels, coffee arrived when we were already almost done with our breakfast... there were not enough umbrellas' for the melatonin rich who don't want to tan more under the sun. It sounds nitpicky but when the whole point of the vacation is never leave the resort than the resort has to be so good you don't want to leave.

But on the plus, one of the pools had slides and a lazy river and it just about made up for everything that was wrong with the hotel. 

We all had a blast. There was a rainy afternoon so we had to evacuate the pool due to lightning but other than that it was sunny perfection.  

We booked an excursion on one of the days which I will share with you in another post. 

Hope all of you who are celebrating have a Happy Thanksgiving, full of good food, family, friends and lots of laughs.
 
We will be off again exploring some place new. Follow me on Instagram to find out where. 
    
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Comments

  1. Anonymous11/21/2022

    It is so nice so see sun while in my place is snowing. Enjoy in beautiful sunny days and vacation with family.
    www.exclusivebeautydiary.com

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  2. I'm sorry to hear about both H. and D. being unwell, and I'm glad all was back to normal just in time.
    Sounds like you had a relaxing holiday in spite of the mediocre resort.
    Happy Thanksgiving! xxx P.S. I'll check out your Instagram!

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  3. Glad the boys recovered quickly and your vacation went ahead as planned. It looks like everyone had fun!

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  4. I'm glad the boys got better so you could go!

    Jennifer
    Curated by Jennifer

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  5. Jamaica looks really nice!
    Have a great week,
    S

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  6. Anonymous11/21/2022

    I've only been to Jamaica once and it was just for a half day when our cruise ship docked there. Beautiful place! Oh man, it seems stuff like that always happens before a trip. Glad everyone was ok and you got to go!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  7. Hope everyone feels better. It is so cold here and boy does Jamaica sound inviting.

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  8. We enjoyed our stay at this Hotel years ago we loved the grounds. Interestingly my friend visited after that and rated it a 3 star

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  9. It's been decades since I visited Jamaica, but it appears to still be a wonderful place to visit when it's cold at home! It looks like a fun trip and I'm glad it all worked out. I'll be watching to see where you are this week!

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  10. I'm so sorry your son had the flu, and the other one had croup. It's awful when the young ones get sick. I hope they both are feeling better. Looks like a wonderful time you had in Jamaica. Love the "feet" photo. And my favorite pic was your son sitting on the hammock reading a book. : ) It really is a dear picture.

    ~Sheri

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  11. I love that your family travels so much. Jamaica looks amazing!

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  12. That looks like that a lot of fun!

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  13. sorry the boys were ill (ugh!) but I'm glad you got to do a little getaway!! Our son had croup once and it sounded awful.

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  14. I'm glad everyone is feeling better now. That's so hard when that happens. I hear what you're saying about the hotel. Although I do feel for them with having troubles getting employees (I'm assuming that's still an issue for many).
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  15. Anonymous11/21/2022

    Glad to hear H and D are both okay and you guys were able to still go on this Jamaican excursion. Looks like it was a blast.

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  16. Glad to hear that H and D are both okay and you guys were still able to make your Jamaican excursion. Looks like it was a blast.

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  17. Glad you got to get out with all the sickness that hit your family. Sorry about the hotel, but at least it wasn't too terrible a time.

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  18. I bet it was nice to get away for a few days. Especially after going through the stress of the boys not feeling well!

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  19. Oh no sorry to hear about the sickness, but glad you were able to still make the trip! Sorry to hear the resort wasn't great, although yes a good lazy river can make up for lots. :)

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  20. LOL...the lazy river is EVERYTHING!!! But seriously....so sorry to hear about all the sicknesses. My youngest is sick right now too, and the boys are not faring much better, but fingers crossed....anyhoo...yay that everyone was better when the trip happened!

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  21. I'm glad everyone is feeling better now.
    Jamaica looks amazing!

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  22. Looks like a lot of fun! 
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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  23. I'm glad your beautiful boys were well enough to enjoy their trip!
    My brother's a crazy cricket fan and travelled to Jamaica to see a few games, he loved the vibe. xxx

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  24. all of you look very enjoy....
    thank you for sharing details and beautiful photos...

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  25. Glad the boys were feeling better by the time the trip rolled around- and sorry to hear the resort was just kinda so-so. I totally get what you mean- when you go on vacation, you want to be able to relax and enjoy everything, no fuss.

    -Ashley
    https://lestylorouge.com

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  26. Yikes, you guys had quite a saga leading up to your trip! I hope everyone is feeling better by now, and I'm glad that you still got to go on your vacation! :)

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  27. I'm glad everyone was feeling better and you didn't have to cancel the trip! It looks like you had a good trip despite the hotel not being up to par.

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  28. Prayers for everyone's good health
    Your photos made my day! The smiling face, ocean, and the palm trees does a spirit hood to see. Safe Travels!

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  29. Happy Sunday to you and your family.

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  30. Well, I'm sorry to hear about all your families sicknesses, but it looks like you had a lot of fun on your trip!

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  31. Thanksgiving feels so far away and was only last week! That looked pretty dreamy in Jamaica!! Sorry the hotel wasn't up to snuff but it looks like you made the best of it!

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