I can’t believe I get to write this post. We actually took a vacation to the Bahamas! All of us. It was an amazing trip and a destination that has always been at the top of my list. The fact that we actually talked about then planned then WENT to this place amazes me and makes me really proud. Who says you can’t travel with young kids and have an amazing time?! So, here is part one of our fabulous and much-needed vacation.
We flew to Nassau on January 10: me, Josh, the two kiddos, and Josh’s mom. We like to travel but we aren’t crazy, so we asked “SuSu” to come along for an extra set of hands. Spoiler alert: we couldn’t have done this trip without her! (Thanks again, SuSu for all your help!)
walk to the bus stop
wow, people LIVE here!!
We stayed in a townhouse that we rented through homeaway.com. It was a great find for a great price and just a few minutes walk to the nearest bus stop. The house had two bedrooms, a full kitchen, and living room. It was the perfect “home away from home” for our bunch. On Friday, our first full day, we headed out bright and early to the nearby Sheraton resort. We paid for a day pass which included access to their beach, pools, and a room to use for the day. There was a little, private beach right by our town home, but it would have been too crazy to go back and forth with the kids all day. This way, we could stay put and enjoy a day at the beach.
The Sheraton was beautiful and the beach was stunning, but the weather was not very friendly. It was super windy and almost cold! We kept Penny in the room most of the day, but Jonah enjoyed some sand and pool time with daddy. I was definitely discouraged this day. This was not the weather I had hoped for. Luckily, by the afternoon, the sun came back out and the day improved. Jonah ate a popsicle for lunch. We lazed around and rested. No place I would rather be!
ready for the beach
pretty girl relaxing
swimming with daddy
When we were ready to head back to our townhouse, we accidentally boarded a bus heading East. Believe me, when you are tired with two very unhappy kids, this is the last thing you want to happen. We ended up all the way downtown, surrounded by the crazy cruise ship people, and kicking ourselves for our mistake. Josh helped make the best of it and insisted we stay and eat downtown and just take a taxi back home later. Little did we know this would be what all our dinners looked like on the trip: Penny asleep, Jo playing on the iphone to keep him from whining, mommy and SuSu exhausted.
a typical dinner for us
Saturday started out to be a much better day. The weather was gorgeous, and I was getting to check something off of my “life list”. Today was DOLPHIN DAY!!
We boarded a boat at 8:30am headed to Blue Lagoon Island, a private island that is home to a dolphin and sea lion habitat. That morning there was a small group with us, which made us feel like we had the island all to ourselves. I signed up for a “dolphin encounter” where you get to play and interact with a dolphin in a small group setting. It has always been a dream of mine to pet a dolphin or whale. But I actually got to dance with, hug, and feed the dolphin. It was thrilling!! Jonah had the option to come with me, but opted out at the last minute. He preferred to watch from afar, but he was so close and in his mini-wet suit that I think he felt like he did it all too!
on our way! (poor Penny)
yes, the water is that blue!
meeting our dolphin
(Ok, I hope you can find Jo in the above pic. I think I’m buying him a wet suit. IT IS SO CUTE!!)
he felt so cool!
After the dolphin experience, we enjoyed the rest of the morning/early afternoon on the island’s beach. Penny had her first sand experience. Jonah enjoyed playing in the calm water, even though it was really cold! The day was so beautiful and definitely one of the highlights from our trip.
our napping girl
she loved the sand
he loved finding rocks
look at daddy!
my handsome, but very tired boy
And then that evening, I got sick. Ugh. Like feeling yucky, have the chills, want to sleep kind of sick. I toughed it out so Josh and I could have a dinner date, but I definitely wasn’t up for much. At this point, I was hoping the rest of my trip wouldn’t be ruined. To be continued…
Sheraton photo from here.