Wednesday, March 1, 2017

St. Thomas

I could become an island mama living in St. Thomas with my three favorites and be completely in love with it. St. Thomas was my favorite island we went to! Most of all, the memories I have now with Adie and Aden, I will treasure forever. Aden completely fell in love with the water and running through it with him was the best thing, ever! His laugh, the ocean splashing our faces and holding his hand ... a Mama's dream. When we got off the boat we did a little shopping waiting for the rest of our family when Adie got the cutest little mermaid and a little Caribbean St. Thomas shirt for Aden. We took a truck ride to Magen's Bay where the water was the bluest, the sand was warm and I fell in love. Adie loved being in the water! Swimming in the ocean (still close to land ha) is so amazing, especially seeing how clear the water is. We saw a new fish swimming with us (maybe the trumpet fish) and Aden loved when Eric through him up in the air. He would laugh so much and say, "again again!" Love him like crazy. 

Paddle boarding is by far one of the most relaxing things I have ever done. Boarding in the ocean is definitely a different experience than my usual Bear Lake paddles. The water was crystal clear, I saw schools of fish swimming, the sand at the bottom of the ocean and getting my board was hilarious. I went to the little store shack on the beach and she sent me to another place but before I left I grabbed my new favorite hat which I wore on the plane ride home. :) So I am dragging this long board by a rope which then is along side me in the water and I am dodging kids and people on the beach. So I pick the board up and am almost ready to push it out in the ocean where we were all beached at ... when the lifeguard tells me I have to go back where I rented it and push off. So I carry the board and paddle all the way back and finally push off into the ocean. Paddled and paddled. Sat on the board and visited with our fun family then headed back to the rental shack. I couldn't get back without the board going in circles, it took me forever to get back and just as I am about to hop off and drag the board back I hear the guy yelling, "hey honey, you're on the board backwards!" I died! Totally makes sense paddling back to the beach ... total blonde moment :) 

Carrying Aden and walking the beach was one of my favorite things about St. Thomas! He would be so tired and snuggle with me with sunshine kisses. He's my little (not so) baby and I could carry him for hours, especially walking in that white sand and listening to the ocean. Adie fell asleep on the beach waiting for her grilled cheese and sprite so Eric and I walked the beach before we went to town for shopping. I cannot get over all of the palm trees ... my favorite! We walked the streets of bright colored buildings and Adie got a new pair of pearl earrings from Grandpa before we made it back on the boat. St. Thomas you are my favorite and I could fall in love with you all over again! 

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