We left Greenville as the snow began to fall. We needed an adventure from our daily lives and nothing screams adventure like an island off the coast of Honduras. Needing to make sure the swimsuits still fit we clearly had to try them on before we left.
Utila is not a quick hop on a plane and you are there. Once we landed it took two boats to get to the island, it adds to the feel of the adventure, unless you are sleeping.
Once we got to the island we stayed just outside of town (a nice little walk down along the ocean).
To this beautiful resort of our good friends CJ and Tonya.
Before the students from Greenville arrived we had a week to ourselves. The island is mostly for scuba divers so the beaches are fairly open. It was great as we got to spend a lot of time by ourselves enjoying the peace of the ocean.
Charlotte experienced her first time snorkeling. Her comfort in the water was amazing, as the current could be strong and this was a long way from Greenville's pool. Her favorite part was seeing the school of Blue Tangs, but also a parrot fish not to mention some of the most beautiful coral in the world.
This proved to be a mistake in hindsight... but really when on an adventure what doesn't prove to be a mistake?
So this beautiful bird gave us our true adventure. We went to see him and two other Scarlett Macaws on the other side of the island. At first they were loud, but great fun to watch until they had enough of us being there and in what seemed like a planned and coordinated event all three came charging at us and bit both of the girls. Charlotte got the most significant bite on the back of her heel, sending me into a panic as I thought he took out her Achilles tendon. In true adventure form we were on a four wheeler so we jumped back on that and headed to the local clinic to find that he missed the tendon and all was well. We didn't go back.
My favorite bridge in the world on the Kay (an even smaller island off the coast of Utila). They also have the greatest fish burgers ever.
Christmas in Wisconsin this year with Grammy and Baba. Jake's grandma and his cousin Julie were able to join us which made for a festive experience.
Charlotte's highlight was the easy-bake over (aka. gender role generator) that Santa brought her. I would probably protest more (or purchased a tool set for her) if I didn't love cupcakes so darn much. Charlotte learning to bake really is a win-win for everyone anyway. This is her first batch of red-velvet cupcakes... hindsight I should have placed a penny next to these so that you could appreciate the size of these "cupcakes".
However even the tiny cupcakes led to a grand tea-party.
The other favorite gift was that I downloaded the new Taylor Swift album onto the iPod. On iTunes you are able to see how many times a song has been played... at last count, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" had been played 55 times. wow. just wow. I tried and could barely get though the whole song one time. Kid's these days with their blasted music.
BUT with Wisconsin also comes snow, and lots of it. We had a blast with the hats that Aunt Becky sent us from China and the perfect hill just behind Grammy and Baba's house.