November 29, 2008
November 25, 2008
Flexibility is the name of the game with our lives and always has been. We never do, just to do. It has to feel "right" or we don't do it. The things we are always checking against are being #1 Safe, #2 Happy,and #3 Together!
Once Graham and I had the time to sit down with a calendar and take a look at the timeline we quickly realized that Panama and the Pacific crossing wasn't in the cards for 2009. Number of big reasons this isn't right:
- Once our major boat "Reno" is complete it doesn't make sense to sail to far away from Grenada, just in case any adjustments need to be made.
- The "Reno" sucked a ton of our savings up and the kitty needs to be refurbished before we head out for extended sailing
- If we don't start actually sailing until January this wouldn't give us much time to get our sailing skills up to snuff for the crossing.
As you can see, pretty convincing points! Graham and I evaluated our options and here is what we decided. We are flying to Curasco for Christmas and spending the week, relaxing and enjoying the holidays with Grandpa Griff and Nana Cheryl and hopefully my brother Rob. We are then coming back to Artemo and putting her in the water (fyi she is looking Spectacular!!!). We are then going to sail up to Antigua and meet my Dad and Cheryl there. They are going to sail North from Curasco to the Virgin Islands and then sail down to Antigua and meet us there. We will all then sail leisurely from Feb to April back down to Grenada. Taking our time and enjoying the islands we skipped over on our first trip. Smelling the flowers!
At the end of April we will haul our boat out at the yard here in Grenada and we will head back to Toronto for 6 months to add to the trip kitty. We will then be back in Grenada Nov 1st, 2009 to start up again and make the trek to the Panama and beyond!
We are all feeling pretty good about the plan. It took quite awhile to come around to it but it makes so much sense that it is hard to argue with it. The kids weren't totally sold on it but they have come around. They like the adventure and as the boat nears completion and we can begin to see it's potential we are getting more excited about actually sailing her again! They didn't want to come back until we had accomplished what we had planned. Good lesson though about always carefully weighing pros and cons, at each step in your life.
Ok, you got the long story (sorry Brian). The short story is that you are going to be seeing us sooner than you thought! The good news is that we already have the good bye parties out of the way. The bad news is that I shouldn't of cut my hair so short and got rid of all our work clothes.
"Whatever is flexible and living will tend to grow; whatever is rigid and blocked will wither and die." - Lao Tzu
November 15, 2008
November 11, 2008
As December quickly approaches I want to make sure that we are on schedule for an early December departure from Grenada Marine. We have family arriving in Curasco on December 19th and obviously the kids and I all have our hopes way up to be joining them.
I was hoping you could take a look at the schedule attached and let me know if you see anything I have missed or if you feel that we are in any way not on schedule. The blue rows pertain to Grenada Marine work items and the yellow rows are the items Graham is working on.
I want to make sure that we have the date booked for our boat launch and we also want to let Martin know when the rigging will be on, so that he can take the measurements for the new bimini and dodger.
I want you to know that I can just imagine the thankless job you must have. Everyone wants their work completed yesterday. Graham and my style is not to jump up and down and yell and huff and puff, we appreciate that you are trying your best to complete our work, on time and on budget. We speak highly of you and the work to date. We look forward to the successful conclusion.
Hoping to hear from you soon. I will also look for you at the boat yard.
November 05, 2008
Number 2 - Alex gave Amelia a beautiful necklace
Number 3 - Alex and I drew a huge colored chalk Happy Birthday sign
Number 4 - I bought those mini boxes of sugar cereal
Number 5 - We took Amelia to a craft market and she spent the money Nanny Donna gave her for her birthday.She was a great bargainer! She managed to get a hat, shorts, a shirt and still had $20 EC left for treats!
Number 6 - Graham and I paid to get Amelia's hair beaded
Number 7 - We gave Amelia a new tube for swimming with
Number 8 - Veggie Chow Mein!!! Her favorite
Number 9 - Passion Fruit and Mango smoothie
Number 10 - Fabric Paint Amelia made a cake the night before and we had the neighbor kids and our new friends Wei, Ross and Ishbel over to celebrate!
November 03, 2008
November 01, 2008
I bought them each of them a bag of candy, so the moment they woke up they began eating. Amelia also got busy putting together her costume. She decided to dress up like the wood elf fairy from Lord of the Rings. She has just started watching those movies this week. She looked beautiful. She has a real knack for putting stuff together.
It still was nowhere near as good as home. We laid down together with the fan on us and talked about all the Halloweens we have had and what she dressed up as. We talked about what she would be doing if she was at home in Toronto and what her friends would be doing. We talked about the parade they would be having through the neighbor at school. A few tears but we came up with a plan. We decided to ask Aunty Ann-Marie if she would do the webcam during the trick or treaters and put the computer at the door, so we could wish each person Happy Halloween from Grenada and also watch her cousins getting ready to go out.
It was a HUGE success. The webcam was up for 4 hours and we saw everything. The trick or treaters played along for the most part and said hello to us. The kids yelled funny things at them. We even got to watch the Sparks (cousins) dump out their candy and sort through it (our favorite part).
You know technology is great and I am so glad that the kids got to have a touch of Halloween here in Grenada but MAN it made my heart ache to see them all and not be able to reach out and hug them!
Thanks Annie for making it possible, you are "THE BEST"!