The Life of Bon: Throwback Thursday Week 8: Favorite Summer Vacation

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Throwback Thursday Week 8: Favorite Summer Vacation

Welcome to another round of Throwback Thursdays, folks! For those of you who are joining us for the first time, here's the rundown.


Here's how it works:

1.  Every Thursday through August we'll be throwing it back here at  We want to see pictures of course, but we want the stories that go behind those pictures even more!  And because I'm a total control freak, I've even mapped out a nice little schedule for all of us.  I figure the prompts will make it easier to come up with something to write about every week.

TH  6/13  A memory of learning to drive, your first car or the early driving days.
TH  6/20  Elementary school crush
TH  6/27  Throwback birthday
TH  7/4   Throwback fourth of July
TH  7/11  First job
TH  7/18  Moving away from home
TH  7/25  Memory of one or both of your parents from childhood
TH  8/1   Favorite summer vacation
TH  8/8   Childhood friends
TH  8/15  First kiss
TH  8/22  Memory of a high school teacher or high school class
TH  8/29  Back to school memory

In 2001, my family went on a cruise.

It was all of my mom's side of the family that was going- cousins, aunts, grandparents, etc.  My dad decided to stay home.  My dad's a quiet country boy at heart- I just don't know that he could quite tackle the luxurious food, the dazzling gowns, and all my loud, big extended family.  But my mom was determined to go, and so we did!

I don't know that it would have mattered much to me if my dad was there or not because I hung out with my cousin besties, Cami and Marissa, all day and all night.  We shared a table in the dining room together, (I'll never forget the waiter asking my ten year old cousin, Marianne, what kind of dressing she wanted on her salad.  Her reply: "Salad dressing."),  we stalked cute boys on the boat together, we lay out at the pool together. (Sidenote- did you know that I'm using the correct form of "lay" there?  I know it sounds so weird but the past tense of lie (to rest) is lay.  You just got English teachered.)

I remember there being a little bit of "cousin drama" when we were there, but when I read my journal from the trip it seemed we were fighting like bandits the whole time.  I'm not sure if this was because we really were fighting that much or if that was what my mind decided to focus on. 

For example:

"The only problem so far with the cruise is that Cami and Riss don't get along very well, so they are always at it.  It drives me nuts.  They fight all the time and often I get stuck in the middle.  It sucks."

"After dinner Cami wanted to go to a "Hoe down".  Me and Riss went with her and it was so lame.  Hardly anybody was there and when we said we wanted to leave Cami got really mad.  Rissa left anyway but I stayed.  It was pretty dumb but I acted like it was fun.  We line danced and that part was okay, but I really wasn't enjoying myself that much."

"Friday night me, Riss and Cami sort of got in an argument over going to a dance and I was so frustrated that I just went back to our room and played cards with the little girls."

"All in all the cruise was a blast.  Even though Riss and Cami fought a lot, they did get along sometimes and I had a lot fun with them.  However, I am excited to go home."

HA!  I love the "However, I am excited to go home."  So formal!  Also, sorry Riss and Cami if I threw you under the bus on this post.  We're all grown up and past that petty teenage stuff, right?

The other hilarious thing is I said like five times in my journal how much I missed my high school crush, Kevin.  Which is pathetic because Kevin never talked to me.

Moral of the story:  don't take teenagers on nice vacations.

I got a little carried away cutting this picture out.  Sorry, Katie.


  1. That sounds like the best vacation! I've never been on a cruise... or on a fancy vacation with my whole family. You're lucky! And aren't old journal entries the best? I have some hilarious ones that make me wonder what in the world could have been going on in my head at the time.

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  2. Ha, this sounds like an amazing vacation! I actually started laughing when you said "You just got English teachered." Back in elementary school to get through english I'd tell myself, "Chances are if it doesn't sound right in a's right." I still use that today. Loved this!

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  3. What a fun vacation - I hope to cruise one day!

  4. Has anyone ever told you that you look like Lori Loughlin? You know, Aunt Becky from Full House? It's totally a great thing. Also, I appreciate with my whole entire heart that you are a stickler for correct grammar!


  5. I have never been on a cruise, but I really want to go on one! And that sounds like my middle school journal entries, I remember it being semi-dramatic but reading the different entries, everyday was drama filled. Also, thank you for the teacher lesson on lay vs laid!

  6. I wrote about my cruise, too! :) Loved reading about your memories from yours.

  7. Anonymous2:08 PM

    Ha! I totally remember the high school crushes who never talked to me, too. Why was I always drawn to the people who honestly didn't even realize I existed?


  8. Oh my gosh I just read this post for the first time! What the heck you totally threw me under the bus ha ha! I remember fighting but not that much. I feel like I ruined your trip! Ha ha good thing we all grew up a bit!