Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Family Day, Magical Evening

It has come to be that on non-block exam weekends Mike will usually spend a half day with us exploring or going to the beach.  It is a special treat for the boys to spend daddy time and get a meal out ( a true rarity when living as a student with a family).  This last Sunday morning was declared family time and it was decided that we would show or share Guana Bay and the fun boogie boarding with Dad.  The boys had a blast and it seemed Dad did to - with smiles all around and everyone staying in the water as long as possible.  After catching some good waves we headed back hitting up the grocery store on the way and eating lunch at Toppers - a place we had not tried before - the bruschetta was nice and garlicky and the boys loved the burgers.  With full bellies we headed home for an afternoon rest in the cool air conditioning.  This soon lead to a late afternoon power outage.....

Beach Bum McG's ready for some wave action.

Our oh so serious driver is in dire need of relaxation!!

A photo of our very UNRELIABLE power source on the way to Guana Bay

Guana Bay and St.Barths

Playing in the waves

The boys

AAAHHH, no studying for the moment.

Our happy water babies

Ro's drip castle

All smiles

What more do you need?

And a coconut.....

Pack mule dad bringing the kids to the car sand-free.

A local cricket match - we are still trying to figure out this game.....

We tried to rest as long as possible once the power went out - but it was not meant to be.  The boys were ansy so I took them to the pool while Mike studied.  You kinda know when the power is out as everyone congregates at the pool - what a better way to stay cool and something to do.  As we hung out longer and longer wondering when the power would come on.......we got word from dad - power is on......never mind....tricked ya, it is off again.  So, we stayed longer. Mike decided to join us as well.  Soon dusk began to fall and the bats came out to eat all the mosquitos.  Ronan squeeled with delight as he sat on dads shoulders in the pool and the bats dove down close to the pool.  Amazing and fun to watch.  The closer he could get the better for him (the bat and Ronan).  Eventually it was dark and we needed to head up to find our head lamps and fix some kind of dinner.  Along the way Dillon made a special discovery - he spotted lightening bugs.  These were always a special part of my childhood and it seems they are not as common as they used to be. Ronan was once again screeching with enthusiasm and running in the dark to catch one of these childhood wonders.  I am sure the whole neighborhood now knows Ronan as the loud one.......the security guard actually wandered over to check what all the fuss was......just a child enjoying these fun creatures of the night.  We took our time to watch the fireflys flash their special lights for us and slowly made our way home.  SO thankful for a wonderful day at the beach and finished off by a magical evening filled with bug eating bats and special lightening bugs.  All of this opportunity because the power was out.......nothing better than special opportunities at the least expected times.  I am so glad my boys had the experience of discovering fire flies in the dark unexpectedly - a special memory from my childhood that could not be re-created unless it just happened - and it did.  A perfect end to a perfect day!!!!!

Enjoy the video - sorry for the crappy quality it was our underwater camera - but as you can tell we are having a blast.     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWn1A3FmGJo


  1. I love your drip castles! My husband used to make the same thing as a kid and now we make them together here. He calls them 'drizzle castles' though!

  2. Yes, I loved making them as a kid as well. Cheyenne

  3. it looks like there's a mermaid on the top of ro's drip castle.. do you see that too? i am very impressed with mike's pack mule way of getting the boys to the car sand free. i bet they LOVED that! gorgeous shots of st. barth's in the distance.

  4. Yes, sand free was heaven for them and me. I totally see the mermaid - nice spot. It was a very clear day for photos of st.Barth's - thanks.cheyenne