Monday, June 29, 2009

Last Caymans Post...I Promise.

The wedding madness is dying down and I am now going through a sea of pictures.  We had the Ottawa reception this past weekend and it was wonderful.  The best part for me, was watching the kids as they saw their friends from the Caymans.  Each couple who walked into the boat club was greeted my a very enthusiastic HP and The Dude.  The friendships each of them has made over the past month is definitely one of the best byproducts of being in Nina's wedding.

Now, for the last batch of pictures...

HP and Starchy building a giant hole.  Not sure who had more fun!

Here is Starchmeister after the wedding.  This was taken by Peter, the professional wedding photographer.

Another one of Peter's.  Each side of the family.

The Corky family out to eat.  I remember this restaurant not for the gorgeous view, but for the kick ass grilled mahi-mahi sandwiches.  They were to die for (and I am a loser).

The Dude (and Starchy's ass...ha ha ha...whatever, he never reads my blog).

Squishing in the back of our rental car that smelled like stale bread and cat pee.  Good times!

Oh la-la.  Starchy and I all fancy.

HP and The Dude walking down the dock.

Pausing like good little girls and boys to get their picture taken.  I love, love, love this one.

Even though he was dressed up, he was still 100% boy.

Getting his pep talk from Starchy about how to hold the ring pillow and walk at the same time (Peter's pictures from here on out).

Getting fancy-girl hair.  
In these two last ones you can totally see the lagoon that the lanai's look out to.  The lagoon is surrounded by homes (in a horseshoe shape) which were all rented by the wedding guests.  It was a wild and crazy time!

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Caymans Days 4-8

Our trip has been fantastic! Starchy, the kids and I are in paradise. The prospect of coming home is weighing on our minds as we try to soak up every ounce of sand and sun. As always, I do better when I let the pictures do the talking. In random order...

The Dude's home away from home. Mr. Man has been making sure all of his bathing suits get equal time in both the ocean and the pool. He has REALLY improved his swimming and snorkeling skills on this trip.
HP and Ashley after renting jet ski's. The salt water kept splashing HP in the face so she used Ashely's glasses (so nice of her!). Ashley said they hovered right around 10 miles an hour. To put that in perspective, The Dude and Uncle Do-It hovered right around 40 mph. It looked like Ashley was driving Miss. Daisy!

The boys giving it a go on their "faster" jet ski.
Starchy and I at the wedding reception after about 15 rum punches.
This isn't the best picture, but you can see HP at the wedding reception showing off her moves on the dance floor. She kept swinging her arms in the air (like the "up-came-the-sun" part in Itsy Bitsy Spider) like a madwoman. It was adorable!
The Bride giving her speech. One of them...
Here are a few of the Ottawa guests that made it to the islands. We had three other tables like this plus the head table. Very intimate and very pretty.
Starchy, The Dude and Uncle Do-It.
HP on the boat between the ceremony and the reception. We ended up going pretty fast and she was screaming her everloving head off.
The Dude was more reserved at the reception. He wasn't keen on dancing and I think he was a little tired having to be "fancy" all day. Here he was taking a moment to himself.
The Three Amigo's on the boat ride! Side note: HP did have a gorgeous flower girl dress on for the ceremony. But after hearing her complain about how itchy it was, she changed before the reception. A comfortable 3 year-old, is a happy 3 year-old.
The Bride.
HP and I (her wearing the itchy dress), me wearing one two sizes too big.
HP's pretty hair and tiara.
The Bride before her big day. In another moment of class and grace.
HP and I in the holding room before the nuptials.
Do-It and Ashley in the pool at Margaritaville on 7-Mile Beach. Yes, there is a water slide in the restaurant!
The Dude with a baby lizard on his arm. He was so brave (I was totally grossed out).

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Caymans Days 1-3

We have been having a BLAST here in the Cayman Islands. Here are some pictures from the first few days.

HP has been getting good use out of her prescription sunglasses. And they are so fashionable to boot!

The Bride and Groom...
The kids at the Turtle Farm. We were in the bird section and The Dude was asking the quide a question.
The Dude holding a Cayman bird. This bird was perched on another tourist's shoulder about 2 minutes after this shot was taken and proceeded to take a giant turd all over the poor woman. It was HILARIOUS!
Starchy and The Dude in matching outfits (we didn't plan it!).

HP being brave and actually holding a turtle (I did not).

Starchy and I at stingray city. We got in the water and swam with stingrays! You can see one by my leg in the water.

Both kids have been loving the beach. They have spent countless hours on the beach making sandcastles and digging holes.