We have been here a long time and we finally got to go on the Tango Dinner Cruise. Since this was part of Vaughn's birthday, I secretly invited a few of his classmates to join us on the cruise. This is us waiting to board the boat.Vaughn, Jason, Mary, Janelle, and Libby. These friends have been so good to us during our time here. I was so glad they could all come out to celebrate Vaughn's birthday.We left the docks at Pelican Key and headed around the island by way of Simpson Bay, Mullet Bay and on to the French side. The ride there was spectacular. Just look at this view. It really makes you feel like you live on a beautiful island.Vaughn and Jason were able to assist in the raising of the sails. Obviously by the looks on their faces, they laughed more than pulled. It took about an hour to get to our place of dining. We dropped anchor in a little cove just off of La Semanas. It was a full moon and we were lucky to be able to eat out on the front of the boat's deck. It was so romantic. Here is our nice little table setting. LOL Actually, the food was so good. They had ribs, Mahi Mahi, rice, salads, bread, and dessert, plus any kind of drink you could want. I was stuffed after the feeding frenzy.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Posted by Jackson's at 11:21 AM
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Today was Vaughn's 30th birthday. Tyson and I spent the day before making party preparations. We made a bunch of signs saying "Happy Birthday" and took a trip to Unique World to find a party hat and balloons. We kept these all hidden and then woke up early this morning and decorated the living room with our party stuff. When Vaughn woke up he was greeted with a much more colorful living room. We sang and gave him his present for a Dinner Cruise on Thursday, (since he is busy the rest of the week). He had to rush off to school and we didn't see him till later in the evening, like about 9 p.m. when all the studying and tutoring was over. We then had a nice dinner and he blew out his candles. (On a side note, I made Grandma Karen's famous cooked icing recipe. I tried this recipe last year and I made a mess of it. But this year I got it right).
Posted by Jackson's at 7:42 PM
Friday, September 21, 2007
Birthday parties, beaches, babies and the zoo, it was quite an eventful week here on the island. I am starting off by stating that I will be an aunt again in Feb and again in March 2008. Both of my sister-in-laws are having babies and I couldn't be happier. Kariann just found out today that she is having a girl, Jennifer doesn't know YET! So my days of spoiling my nieces and maybe a nephew are beginning. I have one niece already, Jaelyn, and she is a doll whom Tyson loves to pieces. I am just excited to have new members coming into the family.
Monday started off with a birthday party for Nathaniel Oh at their very nice pool in the Rainbow Beach Club. Fun was had by all present, and Vaughn even got a chance to enjoy some of the festivities. Tyson especially loved the Party Hats. He now associates parties with HATS.
During the middle of the week we had a huge thunderstorm with lightening and the works. The thunder was so loud that Tyson shook in fear, no joke. I finally had to explain thunder to a two year old the only way I knew how. I told him the angels in heaven had fallen down and that was the big BOOM he could hear. HA HA So when it would thunder he would say, "Mama, angel fell down, BOOM." (Yes that is it son.) LOL! Plus, when it rains we get a pool of water outside by our door and it comes under the door. Tyson went outside and played in the pool of water and was soaked by the end.
Thursday, Laura and I headed over to see Jill's new apartment in Pelican Key and the kids had a play day with Hillary's kids. It was loads of fun and Jill's new apartment is nice. I would live there. It beats our crackerjack box!
Friday was full of fun. A bunch of the ladies and I took the kiddos to the St. Maarten Zoo. Now you would think that this zoo might just show "cats, dogs and the occasional cockroach," but contrary to that belief they actually have some animals. Raccoons, an Ostrich, an Alligator, Snakes, Monkeys and Birds were just a few of the animals we saw. Tyson loves animals and getting to see some of them up close, was a treat for him. He and a little boy named Noah decided to scream at one of the bigger birds and were scared to death when it squawked right back at them. It was a comical sight laughed by everyone there.
These are just some of the animals present at the zoo.
Tyson liked the totem poll on the beach and wanted a picture by it.
Saturday Tyson and I took to the beach again but this time we went to Friar's Bay. Usually this beach has very few waves if any, but today the waves were present. Tyson didn't like the water; it kept knocking him over. After 20 minutes of fighting the waves, he opted to stay on the beach and play. The trip was short lived as he was ready to go 2 hours later. No worries. I was good to go as well. We have had such a fun time this week. I hope all the weeks from here on out are just as fun filled as this one.
Posted by Jackson's at 6:43 PM
Monday, September 17, 2007
It was Welcome Breakfast time again. (This took place last week) I always look forward to this day because after it is over, it really feels like the semester gets started. We have a lot of new spouses this semester and even a few more guys to add to the collective of girls. This group has been a life saver on this island. I don't know what it would be like coming here without it. I look forward to the Bunko nights and burrito sales one last time. WOW!! I cannot believe this will be my last post about a Welcome Breakfast. It makes me a little sad. I feel like a senior in high school with "Senioritis." Just ready to get going to something new, but I also am going to be sad to leave all my good friends here.
Posted by Jackson's at 8:34 AM
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Posted by Jackson's at 1:50 PM
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Last Friday night was the 1st semester's White Coat Ceremony, and Vaughn's induction into the National Honors Society for AUC. I had never been to a White Coat Ceremony, due to the fact that I was still teaching in the states when Vaughn had his, so this was quite interesting to go and see how it was conducted.
Posted by Jackson's at 8:59 PM
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Posted by Jackson's at 10:15 AM
We finished up the day with some normal art work. Markers are always fun and the boys had fun marking up the papers and each other, luckily for Laura and I the markers are washable. I don't know how mom's did it before "washable anything."
Posted by Jackson's at 5:53 AM
Monday, September 10, 2007
YUP! You guessed it. Another stay over in the airport hotel in San Juan. I shouldn't be surprised. Getting back to the island was proving to be harder than I thought.
We left Alamosa, at 6:30 in the morning, oh wait!!! We didn't leave the Alamosa airport because some idiot there didn't have the plane ready! So we waited with an awake Tyson for 45 minutes before we could board the little peddle jumper plane that was taking us to Denver. Now, since this plane was late, we knew it would be a rush to make our plane in Denver, and we were right! Once they let us off the plane in Denver, we ran, again, to the ticket counter to get our tickets only to find out that our plane was delayed. YES! This was good news, we could actually get breakfast and slow down a bit. We had a 3 hour layover in Dallas so this delay in Denver cut that down to an hour. No worries. The day was looking up. (Boy did I jinx us again!)
We had breakfast, walked around the airport, found our terminal and got on our plane headed to Dallas. Now here is where the story gets a bit scary.....We are on the runway, actually taking off, with the nose of the plane in the air and the engines shut down. My heart sunk down to my stomach. We were going to crash and burn right there on the runway!!! Luckily the pilot touched it down carefully and taxied us back to the terminal gate. He came over the speakers and said that there was a malfunction with the landing gear and we had to get off of the plane in order for them to fix it. At least they found this out before we took off completely and couldn't land in Dallas. So we waited for 1 hour while they fixed the plane. Tyson had lots of fun going up and down the escalator.
Finally we were allowed back on the plane and the flying resumed. We also figured that we now had 10 minutes to get to our connecting flight. We figured that our luggage would be lost forever, and that that moment in time we didn't care. We darted off the plane and briskly walked down the hall way to our next flight, which they were already boarding. We were all hungry for lunch so Vaughn quickly ran to a pretzel shop and bought some pretzels and drinks and we boarded our plane. What a deal!! This flight from Dallas to San Juan is about 5 hours. Lucky us! We ate our pretzels and then bought us some of the airline food and were doing well. Tyson was a bit restless for 2 hours but then settled into another nap. About 4 hours into the flight I was ready to scream. My butt felt like a cement brick, and my legs were screaming to walk. The last hour drug on, and to make matters worse, we were going to have to sprint again to another airplane that was leaving 20 minutes after we touched down. ARG!!!!
The stroller took forever to be brought up, so we left it and sprinted to our gate, only to find out..............that the plane was delayed....what else is new!!! Vaughn walked back to our last terminal and retrieved the stroller and came back to where we were waiting, again. I think I did something wrong in a past life and will be punished for it every time I get on a plane. What is the deal?
10 minutes later, we hear "Flight 270 to St. Maarten has been canceled." What the hell!???? Are you serious? I have to spend the night here? Oh for the love of Aunt Mabel!!! Oh, and we did. By this time it is 10:30 at night and we are tired, hungry and lost n the Caribbean and all we can do is laugh. It was more of a laugh cry for me, but a laugh nonetheless. Lucky us, the airline put us up in the airport hotel for the night and gave us 40 dollars in meal vouchers. Now that seems all fine and dandy, but the restaurant was a sushi one and didn't have much for toddlers. I was smart enough to pack some oatmeal packets in my suitcase, (which by the way, surprisingly made it all the way to San Juan), and so we mixed up Tyson some of that for his dinner. What a night.
The flight out of San Juan was 45 minutes late leaving the next morning, but that didn't surprise us. I couldn't wait to get back to St. Maarten and I was shocked I was actually thinking this, but I was ready to be off of the planes for a while. So, in a nutshell, we made it back and life is just the same as when we left it. Only 90 days left to go until the next plane saga!!!!
Posted by Jackson's at 12:01 PM
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Now you would think our journey is over..................but then we had to get on the planes to come home.........
Posted by Jackson's at 5:13 PM
Friday, September 7, 2007
After the horrific/hilarious experience to get to the states, we headed for good old Circleville, the town of my birth. I love home. It is called Circleville because we are surrounded by mountains in a huge circle. It's the kind of town where you know everyone and you feel safe to be out and about. I love that about being home. While we were home we got to do a lot of fun things. Tyson's favorite thing to do was to wake up, at the butt crack of dawn, (ARG!!) and go get his Papa Westwood loaded on the 4 wheeler for a ride. He didn't even let me change his pj's he just wanted to ride, first thing in the morning. We also took a day to go and visit Aunt D down to Hurricane, Utah and swim in her pool. Tyson loved the water, as always and his aunt was amazed at the way he would jump into the water with no fear! Here is Aunt D and Tyson making a dive for the water. Notice that Tyson is already in the water. Danielle couldn't jump fast enough for him.
We also had the surprise to see his cousin Jaelyn in St. George. We haven't seen her for a while and the two of them were like peas in a pod. They played and played.
Posted by Jackson's at 11:11 AM