Sunday, August 26, 2007

Vacation in Grand Cayman

We had a jammed packed final two weeks of summer. We went to Grand Cayman with all three kids and had an amazing week there. All of Ryan's traveling paid off and we were able to stay at the beautiful Ritz Carlton in Grand Cayman using some of our "Marriott Points". The island is gorgeous, safe and there is a ton of things to do there with the kids. Austin is very into Pirates of the Carribbean right now. Lucky for us, Grand Cayman is all about pirates so Austin was in absolute heaven! We rented a
car for three days which was an adventure in itself since you drive on the left side of the road.

We went to the beach the first day. Colton loved the sand at first.....until he dropped his pacifier in the sand, quickly put it back into his mouth with sand all over it. Then he put his hands covered with sand in his mouth, started to cry because sand probably doesn't taste that great and put his sandy hands up to his eyes. Yeah - the trip to the beach ended pretty quickly for Colton. But at least we got a cute picture of him before the chaos!

We then decided to head over to the pool which was much more enjoyable with a one year old. Mommy and baby were both happy campers.

Next, we went to "real" pirate caves. Austin apparently found the keys to the real treasure chest. Kylie freaked out as soon as she saw a skull and ran out of the cave and Ryan lost about five pounds holding Colton in the baby carrier on his chest since the humidity inside the caves was incredibly high. But Austin spent over an hour there convinced he was going to find the real pirate treasure which would then make us a "pirate family".

Later on our trip we went to the Turtle Farm. They had an area where you could pick up and hold the baby turtles which all of the kids loved. Even Kylie held one of the turtles! At the turtle farm, they have a huge lagoon stocked with over 4,000 fish and obviously lots of sea turtles. Ryan took Austin snorkeling (you couldn't pay me enough money to be in the water with all of those fish surrounding me!) and the two of them had a great time.

Ryan and I found a great babysitter and we were able to go out at night for lots of date nights!!!!

Later on the trip we went on the black pearl where there were real pirates and they made Austin and Kylie scrub the decks, fire the cannon balls and even tied up one of the dads. Austin was in absolute heaven there!!!! He even walked the plank with Ryan and jumped into the ocean.

Even Colton had a blast on the black pearl!

After a day out at sea, we went to lunch at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. To Austin and Kylie's surprise, they had a huge waterslide in the middle of the restaurant. Do you think the kids liked this restaurant?

Here is Ryan, aka the multitasker. That takes talent to work on your computer, listen to your ipod all while getting a one year old to stay asleep in your arms. I was so impressed, I couldn't resist taking a picture of it.

Austin takes this whole pirate thing very seriously. He decided one day that he had to hide his secret treasure box in his pants so the pirates wouldn't be able to steal it from him. I'm going to have to hold onto this picture for a long time!

1 comment:

Sherry said...

It looks and sounds like you all had a blast! I love the picture of Austin hiding his treasure chest in his pants. (Noone can see it!) Thanks for sharing! :)