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Caleb-fish

22 Mar

We have our 4th swimmer in the family! The big difference this time is that Bella taught him to swim, and she taught him “straight, plane, down, give” in one session! I even paid her for her time.(If the kids all catch on to this trend, I’ll go broke.)

 

 

Puerto Galera Getaway

15 Mar

We just returned from a FABULOUS beach getaway with our great friends! Seriously, it couldn’t have been any better. We had gorgeous weather, a beautiful resort with A-MAZING food, lots of fun things to do, and kids and their friends just running around in the sand for, I’m not even kidding, at least 7 hours a day!

Here are the kids all lined up for the boat ride to the island.

I couldn’t decide which pic of the kids I liked better, so I’ll just post both!

We had lots of “firsts” on this trip as well.

Mackenzie (and Bella for a few minutes) went snorkeling!

Here are the little snorkelers, ready to take on the fiercest of sea-life!

Mackenzie brought a starfish ashore for a quick picture and then put him back in his home. She saw a few of the celebs from “Finding Nemo” too!

Even Deacon snorkeled a bit during our practice session in the pool.

All of us tried Taho (except Josh – too weird) for the first time. This is one of those things that I’m sure I wasn’t allowed to have as a kid as my nurse mother was sure it was loaded with all kinds of diseases. But my friend Jen said she always had it as a kid so we all fist-pumped our way to the Taho man.

He walks around with two pots on the ends of a long stick on his shoulders and shouts out, “Ta-hoooohhhh!” It’s our own little ice cream truck.

So here’s what it is, get ready: First he scoops in sago. Those are large tapioca balls, like chewy jello balls. Then he fills the cup with tofu custard and finishes it off with a drizzle of a brown sugar syrup. Then he shakes it up and voila! Taho We all loved it and I love that my kids love such weird stuff!

Another first, and this is a biggie, is that Deacon is SWIMMING! It’s definitely nice to vacation with a swim teacher. We were so excited to learn that Mackenzie’s PE teacher and her adorable little son were going to be on the same beach as us. Daniel is one of Deacon’s besties so they just ran around together for three days straight. Anyway, during one morning swim in the pool, Deacon went from freaking out and clinging to me in the water to swimming on his own and laughing while doing it! By the end of the trip, Kim had him doing all kinds of fun swimming tricks.

Caleb also had his first trip to the pool. I felt bad that I haven’t put him in yet because he LOVED it! He would have stayed in all day, but with that blond hair and fair skin, I didn’t want him in the sun too long.

Since we all wanted to stay outside, Caleb included, we just left him in his floatie with some toys around him. Then we could all keep swimming without worrying about him toppling over. It worked so well that we even put him in it while we were eating meals beachside.

We took a walk along the beach to check out the sites. Since we didn’t have anything besides our little ol’ hands to carry Caleb, Josh was inventive.

It didn’t last long though. Caleb was fine with it, but we thought he might get pretty hot, so we just took turns carrying him.

I don’t know if this was a first for the kids, but it certainly wasn’t for Jen or me! “Sopdrink” in a bag – they sell soda/softdrink/pop in bottles here, so in order for it to be “take out,” they put it in a plastic bag with a straw and send you on your way.

A telltale sign of a Puerto Galera vacay is this hair decor. Mackenzie and Bella both got to pick out colors and design.

Deacon just LOVED playing in the sand! He was out there for hours, just digging, building, and dumping.

This was the resort we stayed at.

I just loved it! It was perfect for our family. I will always recommend this place to others and I secretly hope we can go back before we furlough! We had a family room with a pool and playground right outside our door. The food was AMAZING, which is sometimes hard to find here. It was targeted towards Aussie’s and Europeans. Puerto Galera is a big-time scuba diving area, so people come from all over the world to dive here.

Anyway, everything we tried on the menu was delicious. Even Particular Josh was never disappointed. The schnitzels and Aussie meat pies were fantastic! They offered a British breakfast of toast with baked beans, but we stuck with omelettes and their fabulous banana pancakes. Mackenzie and Bella liked to start their day with a fruit salad, which was a huge bowl overflowing with mangoes, bananas, pineapple, papaya, and watermelon.

They had a dish that was called Chicken LaLaguna that was a chicken breast wrapped around a banana and covered in curry sauce. Totally weird, but really delicious! We didn’t even get to try everything that we wanted to try, but that gives us something more to look forward to!

Another first for Mackenzie. She wanted to try “halo-halo”

Looks colorful and yummy right? She asked me if I liked it and not wanting to influence her opinion, I just replied with, “Well, I like some of the things in it.”

“Halo-Halo” means “Mix-Mix” and that’s just what it is. You throw any combination of “boiled kidney beans, garbanzos, sugar palm fruit (kaong), coconut sport (macapuno), and plantains caramelized in sugar, jackfruit (langkâ), gulaman, tapioca or Tae, nata de coco, sweet potato (kamote), pounded crushed young rice (pinipig), corn and cheese” into a bowl, cover it with shaved ice and evaporated milk, a scoop of ube ice cream and then you just dig in!

So yeah, I like some things in it, but for the most part, no I do not like Halo-Halo. Mackenzie gave it the old college try, (and actually liked the beans) but she ultimately gave it a thumbs down as well.

I got to run ocean-side for the first time in my life. I loved the ocean breeze on my face! I started my run a little too early and got stuck in high-tide in some spots, but for the most part it was wonderful. It’s hard to go back to the boring old roads around here, but I’m really looking forward to running along the Jersey Shore in a few months!

So now we have a couple more days of break and then it’s the final push to the end of the school year!

I just realized that we should’ve taken a nice family picture! We have ZERO so far and what better backdrop than a tropical island???

No more wings!

20 Feb

After only one day without her water wings, Bella is swimming! She took to it very naturally. I haven’t seen her panic or freak out once. She’s very calm, and if she gets stuck, she just stops, comes up for air, and keeps going.

My favorite Bellers comment came the first time she took off her wings and realized she could stay afloat:

“Mommy!! I’m not dying!!!”

Here’s a little clip of the Bellafish. (you might want to mute the proud mama…)

We Have a Swimmer!

26 Jun

Ariel better watch her tail, cause Kenzie’s coming!

Before we left for the U.S., my friend Michele was teaching her daughter and Mackenzie how to swim. Mackenzie was sort of getting the hang of it until we took a 10 month hiatus from the pool.

Since we’ve come back, Mackenzie has really wanted to be swimming with Abby. She would start off alright, but then she’d start panicking when she ran out of breath. So she’s been practicing in the kiddie pool. Finally, today ventured into the big pool and she just took off. I’m so proud of her. She’s not panicking, she’s coming up for air. She even belly-flops off the side and swims to the other edge.

Ta-Da!

Kenzie’s little cheerleader.

Here’s a little clip of the swimming sensation.

What a monumental week!! (that Josh missed.)
*Deacon’s crawling!
*Bella has been completely potty accident-free!
*Kenzie’s swimming!