My co-work friend, Lisa, just got back from an amazing trip to Grand Cayman and talking to her about it brought back so many good memories from the two times Andrew and I have been to what has become our favorite vacation destination. Honestly, I’m pretty much always fantasizing about our next trip there, even if we don’t actually have one planned.
The first time we went was on our honeymoon in May 2010. It was BEAUTIFUL. We fell in love with the peacefulness of the East Side and stayed there both times we visited. We spent a lot of time snorkeling, drinking daiquiris at Rum Point, petting sting rays at Sting Ray City, and eating delicious seafood at Kaibo Beach Bar. We took a jet ski tour through the mangroves and saw Starfish Beach, the Botanical gardens, the lighthouse, the Blowholes, Pedro St. James and Georgetown. It’s just such a nice island–I definitely recommend it.
Our second visit was with my parents in January 2015 and we got to do a whole different set of activities like visit the auto museum, make an appearance in “Hell” and spend a little more time in West Bay. We even chartered a boat to take us around the island and to Sting Ray City again. It was very early in the morning and no one was out yet. It was wonderful! Now excuse me while I daydream about our next visit.
Lately it’s been harder and harder to take photos of Ellie–she won’t stay still long enough for me to get sharp photo, so I’ve been taking a lot more videos. We’ve had some rain in NE Ohio the last week or two so I ordered Ellie a raincoat and had her try it on. I like to think she’s walking the runway in this video. She took a minor tumble but picked herself right back up again.
Here are a few pictures I took of Ellie between Thanksgiving and Christmas. She looks so cute in her winter clothes!
Santa brought Ellie a toy called Beat Belle for Christmas that she has had so much fun playing with. We caught her dancing with Belle this week and it was just too cute not to share.
Ellie took her first steps a couple of weeks ago and has been walking all over the place ever since! As one friend put it, I love how she revs up before walking to Andrew in this video.
A lot has happened during the month since my last blog. We celebrated Christmas with family, spent the New Year at home, and are now happy to be getting back into our normal routines.
For Christmas, we made the 10 hour drive with a car full of presents and an Ellie Baby to my hometown of Iuka, Mississippi. All of my immediate family is there and we were really looking forward to spending a few days with them. We stayed overnight in Louisville, KY each way to break up the trip. Ellie handled it well for the most part, sleeping through at least 3 hours of each 5-hour leg, but I have to tell you, the other 1 to 2 hours she was awake were brutal at times. We learned on the trip that ice cream makes even the most restless babies happy in a car seat for a little while.
Once we were in Iuka, it was pretty much non-stop, going to see family and friends we haven’t seen in over a year. Ellie had the time of her life playing with her 4 cousins, especially my 4-year old niece, Shelby. They played dress-up and wore matching clothes and Ellie followed Shelby around everywhere. It was so fun to watch them.
We got back to Cleveland in time to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home with a family stomach virus. Not the best way to ring in the New Year, but we would have been at home anyway. I laughed when I realized we celebrated this NYE the same way we did last year–in our PJs watching movies and cuddling with Ellie. Last year, she had only been home from her 4 week stay in the NICU for about a week, so we made up for a lot of lost time with her.
Left: NYE 2015 Right: NYE 2016
Now the holidays are well behind us. We’re both back at work and Ellie is back at daycare. She moved up to the toddler room from the infant room right before Christmas and is doing great there–eating a lot of new foods and doing new things every day. We got to see her take her first steps a couple of weeks ago and now she won’t stay off those little feet.