Friday, October 19, 2012

Some Family Photos

When the teacher gets taught

We've been working on doing more service lately with the kids. 

Today 4 year old Joshua woke me up and showed me his pillowcase full of toys (with, not surprisingly, a crying Jacob behind him because his favorite Elmo was in the pillowcase :) He said the toys were Christmas presents for other children. He asked who we could give them to and then told me to call Santa and tell him that he didn't need to go to their house to drop off presents anymore because we were going to do it. Then he walked out of the room and started collecting even more toys. 

Stuff like this makes parenting all worth it. He is such a sweet boy. Mischievous at times, but what a sweet heart he has!

Here are three photos he had me take of him while he posed.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Caribbean Cruise

A couple weeks ago James and I took some time off without the kids and went on a week long cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. Our friends, Jamie and Stuart came along which made things especially fun.

We got into florida a day early and went to the The Animal Kingdom, The Epcot Center and Disney Land.

This is suppose to be a look of amazement at seeing the magic kingdom for the first time ;)

We took a Royal Caribbean Cruise and they had a lot of fun stuff to do on the boat.

Stuart and I reading. A favorite past time.
We laughed so hard during one of the shows that timid Jamie accidentally broke a cup.

We learned to play shuffle board. Stuart in his fencing pose to shuffle.
We had a good time doing boogie boarding (and wiping out) on the wave rider and James was even able to surf a little too. I didn't do too well with surfing ;)

On the cruise we stopped by St. Thomas, St. Maartin, Coco Cay and a took a side trip to Tortola to swim with the dolphins.
Jamie and Stuart

Swimming with the dolphins in Tortola

We did some kayaking around the island of Coco Cay

A huge star fish I found in the ocean.  We also found sting rays and conchs.

Coco Cay

St Thomas

The homes of some very famous (and wealthy) people like Michael Jordan.
We also did some snorkeling and learned to do snuba in St. Maarten. Snuba is a hybrid between snorkeling and scuba that doesn't require certification.

Island Time

St Maarten

James jumping into the water to scuba