How lucky are we that the friends that we met on a YPO cruise in the Caribbean last year invited us to come to speak at the YPO chapter in Barbados? We really like these people! Not only because they supplied a lovely two bedroom condominium for us to stay in their building and because they had a personal chef who provided a couple of gourmet dinners for us, but also because they have a delightful family and are dedicated to providing funds for humanitarian projects all over the world!
Barbados is a beautiful place filled with the gorgeous scenery and the stark difference between the rich and the poor. No matter what the economic status, all can enjoy this lovely spot on earth,
One of our favorite places was Crane Beach, watched over by the Crane Resort. Incredible!
The other side of Island was equally beautiful! That is a huge rock out there, not a tent!
We stopped by a place called the Flower Forest, which was actually pretty hard to get to. The road to get there was absolutely crazy but our little rental car made it and it was certainly worth it. The flora and fauna were just astonishing!
Palm trees so tall that you couldn’t see the top as well as the way nature makes itself work.
I’m so lucky to be married to this great guy!
After four days we headed back to our NYC “home” with Eli and Julie. We were at Central Park at the height of spring six months ago when Dean was born and now we got the chance to be there at the height of Autumn!
Zara gave her baby quite a ride that day! Wish I knew how to post videos. What she can do on this little scooter is almost impossible to believe!
That great Julie just sits down and feeds that little Dean anywhere, anytime he needs it. We’re fans of that woman!
After a delicious lunch at The Boathouse, Dean and I hung around all the excitement at the Bethesda Fountain. That includes a bubble extravaganza, opera singers under the arches, brides and grooms taking pictures everywhere and live music at almost every corner of the fountain..In the meantime, Julie and Eli, Grandfather and Zara took a fun boat ride on that spectacular day!
It was great for Grandfather to do a little jumping in the leaves with Zara and Dean, since we didn’t do that tis year on his birthday! Dean LOVES the swing at the playground and never tires of swinging back and forth.
Most important thing….keeping those glasses straight!
As always, Rick and Eli found a court to play on! This is at Riverside Park, playing on clay courts! Eli almost won!
When Zara get tired of the scooter, she takes a little ride on her “Rolls Royce” stroller which accommodates two kids and a friend!
This girl is bursting with passion and pizzaz! This is my favorite picture that her mom posted on Instagram of her meltdown at the end of Halloween night. This is just how a lot of kids (and moms) feel at the end of a long Halloween season!
From there we hoped on a train and took a four hour ride to see our Boston family! We got there on Saturday night and Saydi picked us up and whisked us to an Art Show to raise money for kids who have been accepted at BYU but don’t have the money to go.
It was so fun that Eva and Adam, Ian, London and Skye were there displaying some o their beautiful photographs! How great to see them! London had taken a picture of the Angel Moroni reflected in a puddle (not a typo). It’s beautiful and Grandfather immediately bought it! It was so wonderful to see that great family again!
The next morning we went on a magical late autumn hike to The Fells with the Shumways. Here is cute Hazel and I on the reservoir bridge. Our destination was a very creative hut that this fun family has built in the middle of the woods. That required quite a lot of work don’t you think?
Church is always fun with the Shuways, especially when Bishop Shumway is conducting!
One of our main reasons for going to Boston was that it was Emmeline’s birthday on Monday. What fun we had celebrating with her at breakfast. Big sister Hazel had hand-made cute hair clips and bands for her which delighted her!
I took the kids to school (I love that) while Saydi and Rick went for a run. Then we loaded up and headed for downtown Boston before we had to catch our train back to NYC. But first we visited the Boston Public Library which is always a treat. What a building!
We had a delightful lunch and some great conversation at the Library Restaurant in this historic building (also the site of the Boston Marathon Bombing just across the street).
How we love this wise and wonderful woman!
After another 4 hour train ride to Penn Station and then a quick change-over to the New Jersey transit system, we arrived in a rain storm to a hotel across the street from the train platform. The next morning we were picked up and taken to a gorgeous Country Club in the splendor of late Autumn in New Jersey where we spoke to an outstanding group of parents who wanted to know how to help their kids be financially responsible.
That evening it was back to New York City and our cute family there provided another day and a half on their luxury air mattress in their tiny five-story walk-up. in one of our favorite cities in the world!
The next morning the laundry was delivered:
…and Eli and Julie and I walked across the street to Sarabeth’s for breakfast while Grandfather babysat. What a guy huh?
Julie and Eli are going through the two-year-old-who-won’t-stay-in-bed stage since she have recently put in her “Big Girl Bed.” and put the baby in the closet. Those who have had two-three year olds probably know exactly what I mean! She gets up about 20 times after she’s been “put down.” At the moment after trying everything else, they’ve given up and decided to let her put herself to bed when she is finally tired enough to go to sleep. As frustrating as that is….those precious little people are so adorable…when they’re asleep!
And that’s the end of our 3 1/2 month saga. We’ve been gone all but about 10 days in the past 100 days. After posting every day this week, FINALLY, I’m caught up on blogging for a while.I’m doing this for the sake of family history (how soon we forget). Thanks to those of you who have followed along for the ride!
I have to say that we are so blessed tobe able to have our flights paid by someone else as we speak in places near where our kids reside! We’ve had so much fun the past eleven days meeting new friends but most of all, reveling with our kids and grandkids…in their own environment!
Still, it’s always nice to be home! Even when it looks like this out the window:
On to winter!