Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Posted by Jackson's at 6:35 PM
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
I am making this post for my friend Wendy who is coming down in one week. YAHOO! She looked at the previous post and thought the weather is still crappy here. No! It is once again beautiful and HOT. Come on down Kabonics!!!
Posted by Jackson's at 9:37 AM
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Posted by Jackson's at 5:34 PM
Friday, October 26, 2007
Tyson and I got soaking wet at a birthday party yesterday. It has been raining off and on for the last 2 days, and yesterday was no exception. While we were beginning to eat cake, the heavens opened up and down came a little sprinkle, so we started to clean up. All of the sudden, buckets and buckets came tumbling down. We all huddled underneath the play ground equipment but didn't stay dry for long. Then it was a sprint to the cars and by then we were soaked. Just look at Tyson's shirt. He and I laughed and laughed. What else could we do. We weren't going to be dry, might as well enjoy it. He loved jumping in the puddles outside our door. It was a very wet day.
Posted by Jackson's at 12:13 PM
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Papa Westwood sent Tyson a jumbo multicolored slinky in the mail a few weeks ago. He loves to play with it. Well.....today he learned that he can contort it around his little body. He was so proud of himself that he came running in to show me. I laughed and grabbed the camera before he had a chance to unravel himself. Life is never dull around here.
Posted by Jackson's at 5:36 PM
Monday, October 22, 2007
I tried Sushi for the first time last Friday night. I have been out with Vaughn many times where he would order it, but I have always been a little squeamish to give it a try.That night at Halsey's the gals told me I didn't have a choice, I had to try at least one. So I ordered the best sushi for starters, or so that is what I was told to order, I had no clue. I was hesitant at first and it took a minute to get that thing inside my mouth, but once I did and chewed, YUMMY! It was pretty good. Mind you, it took me a minute to decide that, just because I had to finish chewing it and swallow and make sure it stayed down. I would definitely try it again. It was a good experience. It was nice to have time to sit with the gals and talk without chasing Tyson around. Granted I love him so much, but having a night off was much needed. We tried taking pictures of us and the poor waitress had to take like 5 to get one good one. But after seeing them, I thought we all looked like America's Next Top Models of St. Maarten. LOL. No really, we looked good. It was nice to spend time with Jessi, since she is leaving soon, and nice to spend time with everyone else, since Laura and I are leaving in 46 days.
As you can see the wind was a blowing that night.
Posted by Jackson's at 6:31 PM
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Just a quick cap on what is going on in the lives of the Jackson's. We have 51 days left and we have our flights booked, our check out date and time for our apartment and a hotel room to stay in the night before we leave. Now all we have to do is finish up this semester, clean, pack and get on the airplane. I am hating the fact that the trees are changing into the beautiful fall colors back home and I am missing it for another year in a row. Hopefully by this time next year we are in clinicals somewhere with beautiful color changing trees. I am also jealous that those of you back home are experiencing COLD weather. What I wouldn't give to not sweat anymore. However, I will miss my comfort of wearing flip flops 24/7 all year round. That has been fun. Tyson is getting excited to go home and ride 4 wheelers and tractors, so grandpas you had better be prepared. I think he will be in heaven when we get home to the snow and the yard space. Vaughn is studying hard, trying to get ready to take the step one test when we return home. We get to see him for a few hours at night, but we can't complain. At least we get to see him. Other than that, all is well here on St. Maarten.
Posted by Jackson's at 7:45 AM
Monday, October 15, 2007
Posted by Jackson's at 2:24 PM
Thursday, October 11, 2007
That is about how it happened. I was minding my own business, just put Tyson down for a nap, and was beginning to wash my dishes, when I heard metal pipes fall from above my head. Oh, let me back up a second. In Palm Court, we have three levels, well the people who own the apartment building have NOW decided to add a forth level. Why? I have no idea! Anyway, the workers begin about 7am and stop around 5pm, and the banging and clanking is non stop.
Ok with that said, on to my story.
So there I was, minding my own business, and CRASH, BANG, (you get the idea), I jumped and then heard what sounded like the opening of a fire hydrant. Pretty close, it was my main water line, and it was broken and there was water gushing into the apartment from the bathroom and kitchen sinks. OH CRAP!!!
I bolt out of the apartment running and realized I have no shoes on, so I run back to the apartment and slip on the water. I know I was hurt but my adrenaline had kicked in and I felt nothing. I found my shoes and again bolted out the door and up the make shift stairs to get someone to stop the water. I began to scream and tell the workers just what I thought about them, and finally one of them SLOWLY came down to look at my apartment. When he could see that I had an inch of water on the floor he quickly told me it wasn't them. I really didn't care at that point in time for apologies, I wanted the water OFF! So I yelled again and jump started him into action and he shut off my water. When he came back to the apartment, I was physically shaking because of my frustration and because I was standing in and inch or more of water. HOW DO I CLEAN THIS UP? I must have looked like a crazy woman.
To make this novel short, I called up the apartment management and demanded to have help NOW! The plumber came and assessed the problem and sure enough, the workers from up above had dropped a metal beam down a shaft and broke my water line. GREAT! He said he could fix it, but that he had to run into Phillipsburg for parts, and that I should start sweeping up the water. I was glad for the instruction, because I had no idea how to get the water out. This is what my balcony looked like:
And the outside walk way held all of my living room furniture. The management also sent me over a pair of maids to help me with the cleaning. They must have had to do this before, because they had it cleaned up in a hour. I was so grateful for their help. We had to get everything off of the floor and move everything around, but after that we all swept the water out the front door, no small task and then mopped up the rest. During all of this time my friends Laura and Kelly helped in finding Vaughn to let him know what had happened and I was blessed that Tyson slept through most of it. (Thanks gals!!)
The plumber finally fixed the water problem late last night and we could finally eat and then sleep. However, the toilet, now, takes about an hour to fill up so that it can be flushed, but hey, at least it will flush and I have water to it. It could be worse. I got up this morning to finish cleaning up from the plumber's work and from the water damage. The apartment is clean, and looks ok, I just have a lingering moldy smell coming from my rug, I think it is going to get tossed SOON.
Ah, the stories of St. Maarten, they are soon about to end. 58 more days, and counting...........
Posted by Jackson's at 7:57 PM
Thursday, October 4, 2007
This is how the island has looked since this afternoon. It has been an on and off cycle of rain. So we have been in the house today, which was ok, I really needed to give Tyson a hair cut. And boy did he get a hair cut; a slightly short one. I got a little scissor happy. Thank goodness they say the difference between a bad hair cut and a good one, is a week. I will post a picture of his hair cut next week. (When it isn't so short) What can I say, I am no professional. I just don't want to pay 20 dollars to cut my small son's hair. We have 65 days left here on the island, not that I am keeping track or anything, and it is going by fast. Enjoy the photo!
Posted by Jackson's at 4:50 PM
Monday, October 1, 2007
Kelly was ready for her close up! Looking good Kelly! She had a lot of fun playing Bunko and gets into the game "intensely" I won't mention her funny story, for she might get me later, but let's just say it involved a mini Bunko and a chair flying backwards. HA HA HA!!!Ashley, Steph, Wendy and Megan all had their game faces on and were ready to play!The only one who actually knew I took this picture was Hillary, if you notice she is making a face at me. I am not sure Jill nor Laura had a clue. Nice faces gals. Thanks for making this night a great one!
Posted by Jackson's at 11:03 AM
So I am computer challenged at the moment, and I cannot get this to upload. Click on the link Below to see how Tyson reacted to the scary bird.
Posted by Jackson's at 5:57 AM