Sunday, December 23, 2012

Laundry Day

We just got our laundry done.  Yes, we get our laundry done (not because we are lazy), but because we work a lot and we would rather spend our time in other ways.  Without a washer and dryer we have had to use a laundromat while living here.   At first we had this very nice man named Sammy who would pick up our bag of laundry right from our dinghy, taking it to his laundromat and finishing it before the day was over, then returning it right back to us.  It was quite nice, but quite expensive.  Jake was able to find another laundromat where we could drop off our laundry, and they charge per load instead of per pound like Sammy.  So we are hooked.  We don't have to worry about quarters, laundry soap or folding.  It is like magic.  We drop a bag off and at the end of the day when we pick it up it is all clean and folded.  The last bag was full of blankets, towels, sheets, and various clothes.  With a bag like that I expect it to be a bit expensive.  We were pleasantly surprised that for all that it was only $28.
Well worth my time and money.  Thank You Amir!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The New Addition To Our Fleet

We bought a boat. Another boat.  This is boat #3.  We still haven't decided on a name for it, but we are very excited about it.  It is a 10' Hunter Excite.  It is a small sailing dinghy.  We bought it so that I can improve on my sailing and get more confident with my abilities.  
A company that runs water sports here on island was selling a bunch of their equipment for a great deal! We had to jump on the opportunity.  
Jake was like a kid in a candy store, begging me to buy it.  After we talked to his uncle about storing it, we decided to go for it. So Jake now has about 4.5 hrs of sailing on it, and we are brainstorming names. 
We are going to have to sell it before we leave but we plan to purchase something of the sort for our future children as soon as we get to our settling destination. 
We are very excited to have some fun times on it, and I am excited to be brave enough to sail it by myself and become a pro. 
So any suggestions on names for boat #3? Comment and give us your opinion.
Here is the addition to our new fleet!

Jake taking our friend Robin out for a sail from the beach.
Dozer was excited too!

Friday, December 14, 2012

First Time To Annaberg, St. John

Our new friends Robin and Levi had the day off and so did we! 
We decided to head over to St. John for the day and have some fun as a group. 
St. John is one of the U.S. Virgin Islands, about 2 miles away from St. Thomas.
We took the car barge over, got lunch then decided to hit up a popular hiking trail.
Annaberg is a very simple hike, yet quite interesting to see.   It consists of the ruins of an old sugar cane mill with slave huts and all. 
We explored the ruins for a bit taking pictures documenting our time there then found the trail head to the beach.
We walked to the beach and had a wonderful snorkel featuring turtles, barracudas, rays, and a bunch of large bright orange starfish.
We had a great day, here are some pictures to document just a small portion of our adventure.

Our new friend Robin.  I am so excited to have some much needed girl time, even if the guys come along.

Jake and I at the ruins.

A very cool spider and its very cool web.

Levi and Jake exploring.

My hiking shoes.

Coral in the walls

My favorite flower! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

The trail to a great snorkeling spot.

A beautiful anchorage, definitely on our list of spots to bring the boat.

Land crab

Catching the car barge before the sun sets.

These lines are GIANT compared to ours.

This beautiful boat passed by on our ferry ride back to St. Thomas. I was in AW!

The name of our car barge TUG LIFE.  Interesting how it is a car barge with a bar… promoting drinking and driving… not a good idea.

The view through my shades

Saturday, December 8, 2012

The Things We Do For A Little Christmas Spirit

In a previous post I mentioned that Jake and I are going to be better about celebrating holidays even though we work most of them. 
Thanksgiving we both worked and then had a wonderful dinner at Jake's aunt and uncle's house. It was just four of us, but it was nice to be with some family and celebrate.  The day before Thanksgiving a guest asked me, "Are they making you work tomorrow?"  I replied, "Yes, but I am happy to be working because I am Thankful for my job."  Kind of a lame answer but it kept me positive while I worked through the busy holiday.
Now… It is Christmas time. 
I brought a small (1ft. tall) Christmas tree home from Hawaii. 
It is white, and it fits perfect in the corner of our settee.  
Jake and I were trying to decide what to use for ornaments because it is such a small tree.  All the small bulbs we found were made of glass and we didn't want that on the boat, so we started to get creative.
I looked up ideas on Pinterest and I wasn't able to customize the ornaments to the size I needed. 
Jake's Aunt Peggy gave us an idea of using the paint swatches that you can get at Home Depot.
So Jake and I went and picked out some of our favorite colors, and pretended we were looking for actual paint. 
Our favorites were "Sea Glass Green", Pineapple Soda", "Caribe", and Tropical Coral.
The tropical ones were nice because it brought a little bit of Hawaii into this island Christmas that we will be celebrating. 
So our ornaments are created out of paint swatches, super glue, hole punch, and brass fasteners.  Some are better than other, and I really need to shop for traditional ones, but these will do for now. 
 Here are some pictures.

Here it is with all of our ornaments. You are probably chuckling, but this is bringing our Christmas Spirit.
The Star is even made out of origami!
This is my favorite one that Jake made.  
This is supposed to be a candle and represent light.  It is one of my favorites because it reminds me of Jesus.
This is my favorite one that I made because it reminds me of Hawaii, if you look close you can see a bird that I accidentally cut out, but turned out perfectly.