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Friday, July 29, 2011

Another great year at Keewaydin and Songadeewin!

We had a great time hanging out with M and M for a day of activities and songs. Truly an amazing place for my kids. Old school tripping, self esteem building, goal setting, making friendships that last and a really wonderful independence that shows.

Every year at pick up, this is the moment I look forward to at Songa. MJ's sprint across the field for our first hello after 4 weeks.

The hug is pretty great.

And the kiss, too.

Mathilda with her BFF Claire.

Canoe demonstration prep.

Songa silly.

Under the birch tree and maple keepsake made in arts and crafts.

With cabin mate Veronica.

Saying good bye to staff Julia.

The happy reunion at Keewaydin.

A hug from Dad.

His wrestling K. Very proud!!

With buddy Milo!

Showing Gary and Carlos how it's done. (Carlos's dad and Josh were campers together:)

Hanging with New Orleanian Jasper.

Saying goodbye to Tent 9.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Feeling happy today. And quite smiley.

Smiley pouf from Calypso Home.

Love, love this pillow!

A kippah we are looking at for MJ's Bat Mitzvah :-D

Sunday, July 17, 2011

While the kids were at camp this year, and in honor of Josh and his BFF David's 50th year, we headed down to the Bahamas Eleuthera Island.

Pink sand and every color of blue water. Scrabble and Dark and Stormy rum drinks. Lots of driving, tennis and mosquitoes. Snorkeling with orange and purple sea anemones and eating conch fritters. An awesome trip with great friends.

Birthday boys.

We hung out on the beach at The Cove. We had a great spot up on the point with an awesome view. The caribbean beach quiet and cool with fantastic snorkeling right off the beach.

David and Pim at the Rainbow Inn. Listening to Dr. Seabreeze (Lenny Kravitz's friend) play his guitar songs of caribbean tunes.

This was the view from the Glass Window bridge. Where the Caribbean and the Atlantic meet.

We went to the "interestingly weird" and dry island of Spanish Wells. Yummy spiny lobster at The Gap restaurant. No rum, so we got out of there pretty quick :)

The houses on Eleuthera are all painted amazing colors and perfect combinations. A few favorites here.

The Bahamian people say there are more churches than people on Eleuthera. We found that to be true. All were genuine jems.

This one in Governors Harbor.

James Cistern.

Spanish Wells.

All types of gospel going on. Here in Harbour Island.

In Gregory Town.

Ahhh...the Goombay Punch, mon. What better to go with my pineapple rum for the Goombay Smash!

Bahamas for home.

Pim and David waiting for the water taxi to Harbour Island.

On Harbour Island we ran into some friends, Steve And Tamarin at the Queen Conch. Most of the trip we were looking for the elusive Conch Salad. Said by the locals to keep the bed rocking. We finally caught up to some in Harbour Island.

Steve and Tamarin.

David checking out Queen Conch doing her magic.

At last. Conch Salad!! Amazing.

The way you travel on Harbour Island.

A local girl with her snacks.

The beach at Harbour Island.

Drinks were had at Sip Sip in HI. The masks were carved from old buoys found on the beach. Love!! Have one!!

There are tons of roosters and chickens in Eleuthera. Crazy. There are bumper stickers that says, Take Your Rooster To Eleuthera :-D

One day Josh and I set out on our own. We headed to Tippy's in Gov. Harbor for lunch.

A sea snail on the beach at Tippy's.

A walk together on the pink sand. My favorite pic from the trip.

Conch art.

David and I got to hang 10 at Surfer's Beach. Well, it was pretty rough. I would say I got to hang 5.

Surf report.

As usual, my version of Bahamian graffiti. Signs everywhere.

So, the funniest and most endearing thing about the Bahamas was when we asked for something, like, "Do you have any conch salad, the answer would be, "Yes, but not today!" I am definitely trying this when my kids get home. Never so no again!!!

A perfect trip and, as always, many wonderful moments spent with my love.