Monday, July 21, 2008
Posted by Nathan at 11:39 PM
So, we are back, and that was the most AMAZING trip ever!! Here is a brief lowdown of what we did, because there was just so much that everyone would get bored and this entry would be huge. First we got to Nassau, and stayed at a resort there. I did get to fulfill my dream of swimming with dolphins the second day we were at Nassau! It was a blast. I was in the "Trainer for a Day" program, so I got to do all sorts of behind the scenes things like tour the lab, help prepare fish, see the brand new baby dolphin, and of course swim with them. Nathan got to watch and record the swimming part, but he got to go to have a massage while I was behind scenes. This wasn't the place we stayed at in Nassau, it was a little too expensive, but it was fun being there.
Nathan loved looking to see who was at beaches down the way from ours. He would check it out through the telescope, and we could see the few people around. It was the off season though in the Bahamas, so even "popular" beaches never had people. It was a perfect retreat for the two of us.
We opened a coconut! Though this one was going bad a little bit, and it wasn't as good to eat, but it was still neat to open it.
This is the right half of our beach, it goes up to the rocks that were impassable because they were "razor sharp". The part that juts out from the mainland is Twin Cove, where we took the glass bottomed kayak to one day. This was the beach that Nathan liked to see if there were people on with the telescope. We couldn't see many fish from the kayak, which was probably a good thing, because this area had more fish than any other, and even on the very last day of snorkeling we saw a 7' shark only about ten feet in front of us only 20yards off shore!! Let's just say I've never swam so fast in my entire life to get back to shore, and luckily it was on the very last day too.
This is Nathan snorkeling just off our shore, and I'm taking the picture from our porch. Just gorgeous water, and tons of fish! That is about how far we where when we saw the shark. There were also beautiful parrot fish, angelfish, and lots of others that I don't know the names too. I was really scared of snorkeling as I'm afraid of fish touching me, and really afraid of sharks. I would always hold Nathan's hand, and finally when I was feeling confident and let go of his hand was when we saw it.
This was our favorite beach, Club Med. We came back here four of our days. The sand was hard so we loved playing frisbee here as well. The water was really clear too. Nathan had a school of fish follow him in the water when he was snorkeling here one day. We also saw a 5' shark here when we were on shore. It was catching waves, so we followed for awhile, until it caught a wave and came up into water that was just under my knee, and his fins and everything was out of the water. I screamed, but I just scared him as much as he scared me. It was still a neat experience, and they aren't the dangerous kind around here. They are more interested in eating the abundant fish, and the water is clear so they wouldn't bite thinking you were a fish. Anyway, check out that sand and the sky! We loved that beach!
On another day a Club Med. These were our "beach friends". These dogs had collars, so we are sure they lived close, but they were there everyday, and they liked just walking along the beach with us, and we liked watching them play and chase crabs. They really knew what it meant to relax in the Bahamas, so we followed cue.
On our last night, all dressed up going out to dinner. This was the car that we rented. We think that it was a condemed car from Japan because of the Japanese bumpersticker on it, and it was British so the stearing was on the right side, and we had to drive on the left side of the street. Pretty interesting. We were just grateful that this car started each time, it had obvioulsly seen better days!
Greetings from the Bahamas! I think this picture will be our Christmas Card picture this year. Check out that sunset! This was at Governor's Harbor, on Eluethera, on our last night there. Governor's Harbor was the town that we stayed at, though on a private house on the beach on the Atlantic side. This was on the Caribbean side, which was calmer, but also more salty.
Conch fritters on our last night on Eluethera at the Buccanear Club. They were huge, and soooo good. I love those things!
Nathan utilizing the outside shower. He loved it and never used the inside one. This obviously shows just how private this place was.
All in all the best vacation ever, and we'll try to do it again as soon as we have enough Delta miles again. Thanks to my wonderful husband putting so much research and planning into our best, and much needed trip!
Posted by Kendra at 12:46 PM
Thanks to my Grandma Kitty (my mom's mom), who has a timeshare in Vail, Colorado, there has been a family reunion now for a few summers. It is neat because it is for two weeks, so you come when you can, enjoy dinners together, and view the beauty of the surrounding mountains. I've been going now for as long as I can remember, so this year I still wanted a few days in Vail. Nathan could not be there this year, so I went and enjoyed time with my mama, saw my dad in Denver since he had to work, and also both of my uncle's, Dana and Kyle, my aunt Carol, my cousin Tim, and again my Great Aunt Carol. We had great grilled dinners, mom and I went on a bike ride, enjoyed the art galleries in town, and breathed in the fresh mountain air. I came back yesterday since Nathan and I were leaving today for vacation, but it was THE best visit I had ever had with that part of my family. Thank you everyone for making it a huge success!
Posted by Kendra at 12:20 PM
My dad sent us some caterpillars to raise for fun from the ones that he is currently raising. He is a very good amateur entomologist. So the four polyphemus moth caterpillars that he sent have now successfully made cocoons. This has been neat because we used to do this every summer when I lived at home in Colorado. It was fun to see how fast they grew, and the changes that they went through. Now I can't wait to see when they will hatch!
Posted by Kendra at 11:53 AM
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
This last week we had a great time with our Great Aunt Carol Berridge, who is from Killeen, TX. When we lived in Arlington, she was our only family in the state, and so visiting her often was a privilege for us. She is awesome, and so after her time in Salt Lake she stayed with us for a few days. We had so much fun making dinners, going on walks, watching the sunset from Rock Canyon Park, and making memories. We also took her to BYU's campus, where she enjoyed the Museum of Art, and all the beautiful flowers. I must agree that it is one of the most beautifully kept campuses. Here we all are outside the MOA:
Thank you for coming to stay with us GAC! We love you:)
Posted by Kendra at 8:53 AM
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I love the 4th of July! And this year it was on Friday, so we got a 3 day weekend, and we went to the farm and actually got to stay more than a day, we stayed all 3!! We got there on Thursday evening, and talked with Grandma and Grandpa Haworth. Jason and Nicole came up with us as well. Then on the 4th we went to a parade with just Grandma and Grandpa, and got to collect the candy that was thrown. At the Parade with Grandma and Grandpa:)
Nathan and I at the parade, that is one good looking couple isn't it?
Grandpa Haworth and Kendra chillin' at the parade, wearing our ReD, WhItE, and BlUe
Then we took a beautiful bike ride up there, and found our dream house on 11 acres for sale, we'll just have to wait a few more years:) Then after lunch we went on fourwheelers and saw Mike, Misty, and Tate Porter, and we got them to come to dinner, and then to the fireworks. I love fireworks, and AMERICA!!!
Where we stopped for lunch, absolutely gorgeous in this field.
Nathan and Tate at lunch in the hammock we found, they are best buds.
Going through a creek on the ride
Mike and Misty at the top of the mountain we got to, Debbie is in the background.
Posted by Kendra at 11:44 AM
Last summer our nephew's Tanner and Tyler got to spend a few days with us, so this year it was our niece's turn, Kira. We had lots of fun with her. We stayed up late, watched movies, went shopping, made cookies, and even went to the water park with her.
Posted by Kendra at 11:44 AM