Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rissy Turns 2 and James's Ninja Turtle Birthday...

Our baby girl turned 2 Sept 27th.  
We kept it simple with a crepe for a birthday cake and a trip to the zoo to ride the carousel ride. 
 It turned out she wasn't the biggest fan of her birthday gift but she still had a fun day.
 James turned 5 on October 11th.  He got to have his very first birthday party. 
We had a ninja turtle training camp.  The boys had to complete challenges to earn their ninja weapons.  Here I am teaching them karate kickboxing.  
Next they had to use their ninja swords to slice opalescent spheres in half. Hi ya!
And use their agility to climb to the top of the tallest tree.
 They also had to throw ninja stars and chop boards with their bare hands.
Their final challenge was a death match with Shredder (John used his traditional Mongolian atire and a drugstore mask).  
All the boys past their tests, earned their armbands, and became ninja masters. 
James picked out everything for his cake and helped make it himself.  He was pretty proud of it.  
It was fun to celebrate these sweet souls the last couple of weeks.  We are so blessed to have them in our family. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tommy Crawling

Tommy wants so bad to run and play with his brother and sister.  He is jumping the gun and trying to crawl early.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Gregory's Island...

By the end of our vacation we had once again fully adapted to island living.  Our beach was often so empty I felt like we were marooned on Gilligan's Island...John The Professor, Grandma Ginger Gregory,  my pig-tailed Mary Ann, Gilligan James, and Nana Eunice...I guess that leaves me as either the captain or the monkey:)  

Doesn't Rissy look like the Coppertone baby from the old commercials.  
  Good bye beautiful Bahamas.  
I heard someone ask, "If The Professor could make a radio from a coconut, why couldn't he patch up a hole in a boat."  If I was him, I wouldn't have tried too hard to leave either:)
We would love to have more friends and family come along and be "castaways" with us next time. Mark your calenders for 2017!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tommy Bahamas...Plus Grandmas Gone Wild...

Typical day in the Bahamas:
6:45 Watch the Sunrise
8:00 Cartoons and breakfast 
9:00 Lather sunscreen/pack diaper bags
9:30-12:00 Snorkel, build sand castles, and play in the pool
12:30 Lunch
1:00 Pay a visit to the Swiss pastry shop across the street
1:30-4:00 Naps and relax
4:00-5:00 Snacks and repack for sunset on the beach
5:00-7:30 Play in the sand, pool, ocean.
7:30 Dinner
8:00 Movie and popcorn
9:00 Prayers and bedtime
  I love staying in a Condo with a kitchen and a short walk from the water.  We don't have to rent a car because there is a grocery store down the street.  I would recommend taking kids to this spot in the Caribbean to anyone!  It is so relaxing! 
Tommy often cat napped under his Tommy Bahama cabana.
A sunrise swim.
One day we ventured on a bus to Orange Hill beach for some new scenery.

John watched the babies while Nana, Carla, James, and I went to the "Fish Fry."  It was a memorable night!!!
I've been craving this conch salad for three years now.  It is made with the critter that comes out of conch shells.
This is when our low key Caribbean vacation got CRAZY.  The Junkanoo performers turned out to be more like Magic Mike dancers than the kid friendly cultural experience we thought we were there to see.  Carla said she has never blushed so much in her life.  
There are so many awesome captions for this, but I will just leave it at "Nana getting her groove on:)"
James met a little girl at dinner and danced the night away with her.  I have no idea where he gets his  moves;)
The cab ride home was hilarious.  Carla was cracking the funniest jokes with the driver about our wild night.  It was mostly a "had to be there" moment.  When we walked in the condo from our adventure we were practically crying from laughing so hard.  John was a little taken back.  I caught some of the cab ride on camera and I am posting it for a rainy day when I need a good laugh.  Carla, I hope you don't mind;)  Seriously, such a funny memory! 

Our one family adventure was to the island Zoo.   We practically had the place to ourselves.  The birds and gardens were beautiful.  It was a serene morning.

Zoo personnel train the flamingos to march.  I loved it when their instructor would tell them to "pick it up" if they weren't moving fast enough.  I wish I could train my two year old to follow my orders so succinctly. 

One of our favorite activities was feeding parakeets apples.

Rissy is a tough chicca.  She didn't even mind having a bird on her head.  

Family flamingo stance.

A picture from a stop at our favorite Swiss shop. 
  I love enjoying nature with Nana!  My mom and I saw some incredible sunrises together and had some nice talks and walks on the beach.  

We definitely ate better this time around to the Bahamas!  Our moms know how to whip up an amazing meal out of small means.  

I could wright a psalm about this palm.  I must have a hundred pictures of this spot!  I hope Tommy can some day toddle up and down this beach just like his big brother and sister. 
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