Thursday, November 13, 2008
I can't believe it was almost two years ago that I was sitting in the hospital on Christmas Eve wondering why I ever thought this would be a good time of year to have a baby!
Monday, November 03, 2008
The ship was the Adventure of the Seas on Royal Caribbean. The itinerary was perfect, we left out of San Juan, Puerto Rico and spent the first day at sea then went to Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Maarten, and St. Thomas. On a tip from my brother Jeff we took a ferry from St. Thomas to St. John and spent the day there. We are dying to get back there some day, it was amazing. If I would have blogged about this right after the trip I would have had a lot more to say about the trip but in an effort to do some quick updates here's a few pics.
Lovin' our first beach on Barbados
Here's a view of the Pytons on St. Lucia, it reminded us a lot of Hawaii. We took an amazing tour that wasn't booked through the cruise. Travis found it online and we got an all day tour from some local guy named Cosal, it was my favorite excursion. We got to see the entire island and they fed us local cuisine for lunch that I'm pretty sure his girlfriend made for all of us, I still crave the coconut cake.
Trav in front of an active volcano on St. Lucia, it smelled like sulfur so bad I could taste rotten eggs in my mouth, not my favorite stop but cool to see a volcano so close.
We had to take a shot in front of the Del Sol to honor Carrie, Tyler and Brittany. Carrie did you work on this one in St. Maarten?
And of course a shot of the "Hey Mon"shirt purchased for Travis years ago by his grandparents when they were serving a mission on St. Maarten, he still has it and brought it to wear on the island. If you're a Rhodes you understand the significance of the shirt, we spent a long time looking for an equivalent for the boys but only came up with a Hey Mon we be jammin' shirt with two drunk looking fish on it.
On to our last port which was St. Thomas. We hopped on a ferry to St. John which is a U.S. Virgin Island and 2/3 of it is a national park so it is completely pristine and undeveloped. It is the most beautiful place I have ever been, well besides the Swiss Alps but you can't really compare them to each other. We spent the day at Trunk Bay which has an awesome underwater trail that you can snorkel on with signs along the way to explain about the fish and corral. It was some great snorkeling, Travis could do it for hours but I get a little freaked out when the fish come so close.
This is shot when we first got to the beach, it was empty and pretty much stayed that way the whole day. The facilities were very nice because it was a national park and no one was walking up to you every five minutes asking you buy things. It was one of the most perfect days I have ever had.
Before heading to the airport we took a tour of San Juan and stopped at an old Spanish Fort, it was pretty cool to walk around the fortress and go down into the tunnels.
After this we headed to airport for a long flight home, it was so nice to see the boys again but they had a great time with Aunt Darcy. She kept them busy with trips to the zoo and aquarium and constant entertainment from her pet bunny Winchester. I hope we get to go on a vacation like this again some day. We head to Hawaii in a month but this time the boys will come along and I can't wait for some more beach and sun, but I have a feeling the Hawaii trip won't be quite as relaxing!
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Ethan the astronaut, we added the snow boots last minute and I think they made the outfit.
Hot dogs were the weapon of choice for this cowboy, oh Calvin.
Our annual trip to pumpkin patch this year.
Ethan preferred the wheelbarrow to walking.
Saturday, June 07, 2008
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
He likes dirt
We ended the weekend with a bbq at friends and decided to make a last minute stop at the family bbq afterwards. Ethan went on a wagon ride with cousins and this was the end result, a face plant on the driveway. We were a little worried about a concussion but he seems fine today, it's so sad to see him all banged up. Happy Memorial Day!