Sunday, October 25, 2009

OK, I have to get something off my chest. It has been bugging me for as long as I have been posting blogs here on Statia. I feel guilty, almost sorry, for having such wonderful things to blog! Really! Ok, so I really want to apologize if these posts seem as if we are rubbing it in that we are living on a tropical island and you are not. That is not my intention. But you have been asking for more posts, and I must comply.

When I read the posts and remember the good times, I cannot believe how many wonderful things we have experienced in such a short period of time. It seems unfair, that my readers, are suffering either in the sweltering sun of Arizona or trudging through grey sloshy snows of Colorado and Utah. It's a crummy deal. But I can't let it get in the way of my fun anymore. I now pledge to go by the Dutch motto: It's all about having fun!

OK, now that it's off my chest, let's move on!

One of the great benefits to having kids of different ages is that you have many different opportunites to meet the parents of all of the friends of your kids. This is what happened here: Meet the Queens!

Our friends from upstate New York have a great place here on the island, and they come out to stay here one week every month. They have two kids, ages 11 and 15, and they often bring friends with them. You can see where this is going.......

Naturally the Queens want to have fun when they get here, you think YOU have sloshy snow. The Queen's son rides a snowmobile to school and sometimes takes a boat to get there to, which he drives (rows?)himself. So, in the Dutch spirit, they plan all sorts of fun things, and we have enjoyed much fun with them. Fun, fun, fun. We just adore them, they are truly sweet and wonderful family. Did I mention fun?

Last month was a birthday and a large group of friends accompanyed the Queens here. A boat ride was scheduled, and we took a visit to Venus Bay.

Getting off the island for the first time in six months! Note the happy, happy grins

Bion, Kai, and Stefan at the helm. Relax, Stefan!
Dag, doue, Statia!

Charles and Guenie naturally find a great sitting place

Kai is feeling a little crabby Great, now everyone is a little crabby! (celebratory hats for the birthday party)

Arrival at Jenkins Bay
Ok, sports fans, I am now going to perform my new trick!

WHew! Made it!
See Saba in the background?

flexing for the camera

Ik met het kinderen
Return to Statia
After arriving at the dock, it didn't take long for the for the kids to figure it out a useful purpose for those hanging ropes and the dinghy
Ed and Bion, a double gainer. Considering the age difference, Ed deserves some respect!

Even Charles took a few swings

Connely is so fly
What the ladies did while the kids played like kids and the men tried to play like kids....we tied up the floaties and "floated" with a cooler of beverages and yapped to our hearts content

A perfect ending to a perfect day

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like you guys are having a blast! Hope all is well, and everyone is happy! (The again who couldn't be with the things you guys do!?)