It has been almost 4 years since we took a winter family vacation. This is due mostly to the fact the the girls are now in college and their winter breaks never match with Martha's. So Christmas week was the only time we could get this together.
It was very bizarre for us to be on the beach in a bathing suit while church bells were playing Christmas carols.
Houses were decorated
and "trees" were trimmed
Every morning I would rise early and walk through neighborhoods
or by the harbor
and we rented these to explore further than we could walk
One day we went kayaking in the mangroves
which was an extremely interesting ecosystem
And one day we went snorkeling on a coral reef.
I wish I'd had an underwater camera -
the ocean life was as awesome as you see
in a National Geographic spread.
I do worry that kids today, spending so much time on the internet,
have no appreciation of the biodiversity of their world
and it's need for protection.
This was our hotel
and what I woke to every morning
And watched the sun go down every night
And I ate of LOT of these
Mostly the vacation was awesome because we were together. Peachie would often accompany me on my morning adventures as we explored nooks and crannies and Beanie and I would sit together on the beach at night and revel in the stars.
I often struggle with the abundance I now have in my life and knowing how others struggle. Like the Woody Allen quote " I can't enjoy anything unless everybody is. If one guy is starving someplace, that puts a crimp in my evening." I made sure that when we saw the immense wealth, that we also saw the poverty and hard labor. And when the vacation was over, we were all grateful that we can (occasionally) experience such beauty and ease.
I know that this kind of one-on-one time will soon be over as the girls begin their own lives. And so I cherish this time, and the memories made, and the things we learned together. And the warmth. It all goes by so fast.