What a weekend! It was filled with Crucian Christmas finales, weekend warrior events, and reconnecting with friends and family. On Friday it looked as if nothing good was going to happen this weekend as my sciatic nerve as acting up and I could barely walk. My Mom came over to watch the kids and take me to a massage appointment at Tropical Therapy in Gallows Bay. Can I just say that Debbie is a miracle worker? Then my Mom made me lie down on the couch for the rest of the day – Thanks Mom! I don’t know which it was, whether it was a combination or what, but Saturday morning I was feeling 98% better! Since the kids were driving Stephen nuts – specifically The Little Monster, I decided to brave the Three Kings Day Parade with my Mom’s help.
|C and friend R playing with street dirt.|
After limping down the street to join up with some of our very best friends on the island that always camp out across the street from the Lost Dog in Frederiksted, we proceeded to make merry. We talked, laughed, danced – surprisingly the whining movement didn’t hurt the sciatic nerve – go figure! It was a slow starting parade, and we almost left, but then it got MUCH MUCH better. Aislin jumped the barricades time and time again to go across the street to say hello to some of our friends. The barricades are new as of last year, and I personally HATE them. They make it so much harder to cross the street and say hello to other people; you can’t easily join in on the tramp, and if you have a stroller, forget about making it through the crowds. I KNEW I was feeling better when the Trini floup came by because I jumped the barricades with my Mom and Aislin – leaving the Little Monster in the care of my friends, and danced down the street with the rest of the revelers. I also got to blow some random guys conch shell – it felt good, I hadn’t done that in years – need to find my old conch shell and start blowing it again J
|Dolphins Swim Team members before the swim.|
Sunday, we hauled ourselves off to Frederiksted AGAIN – boy is the car getting some mileage! This time, we were there for the Dolphins Swim Team annual Sea Swim. The Sea Swim is in its 7th year – I believe – and is a one mile swim from the pier in Frederiksted to Rainbow Beach. People of all ages and abilities come out to “race”. I started swimming it with Aislin about 4 years ago when she was the tender age of 5. At first, my Mom, my Dad, and I took Aislin – along with a boogie board, or other flotation device, but this year I told the fish like child, that she had to do it on her own. No emergency floatation device was going with us. At first she balked, but then, figured I wasn’t going to relent, so she had better do it. I KNEW she would be able to do, the question was, would I be able to keep up this year or not?
Top three finishers in the under 11 age group with fins.
So, we get to F’sted bright and early, get our numbers, our timing chips, our beautiful BRIGHT yellow caps, and set out to wait. We saw a few turtles, enjoyed chatting with friends, enjoyed keeping the Little Monster from diving off the pier, and waited for the start. I somehow ended up in charge of 2 other girls from the team, so I figured I would have my work cut out for me in keeping up…. As soon as the Conch shell blew, away we went! One of the girls I was watching took off and I never saw her again – good wrangling skills on my part huh? Another girl I was watching had mask problems and ended up having to haul out, and Aislin swam off with another friend and her Mom. So, there I was all alone……. I did what any non-competitive person would do in that situation – I hauled @SS and swam like a ray out of hell in order to “catch up” with Aislin. Needless to say I never found her. I did end up beating my own personal best, and getting out of the water WAY before Aislin! You should have seen Stephen’s face when I asked him where Aislin was. (Sorry, no picture.) It was priceless! As if I would leave our first born out there all alone – husbands! Anyway, Aislin ended up coming in within the top 3 of her age group – way to go Aislin! After she came in, we learned that she had developed MAJOR blisters that had popped while swimming. I am SUPER impressed that not only did she swim the mile with no help, but also she swam it while nursing blisters. What a champ!
|digging to China - again!|
|Fun in the sun.|
The rest of the afternoon was passed in idyllic fashion, imbibing on the beach while playing with the kiddos, talking with friends, eating the best onion rings I have had, and just relaxing. The whole weekend was a blast, and I would love to do it again sometimes soon, but just not this weekend….
Enjoy your week!