Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Aruba pics

As promised from my last post, here are a few Aruba pics. If I get more from Jaimee in the near future, I will post those too. Phillip's Wildlife Preserve. Phillip has taken all the unwanted animals from two Aruba animal based attractions that shut down. He cares for these animals at his preserve and allows visitors to enjoy them. Stop by and make a donation if you are ever in Aruba! Silly animals at the preserve Momma and baby Capuchin Monkeys Hilarious kangaroo!! This is his version of Gangnam Style We stopped at this gorgeous cove to body surf during our 4 wheel adventure excursion. Paradise!! more body surfing in Secret Cove we rented 4 wheelers for most of our 2nd day and drove up along the NW side of Aruba. It was breathtaking!! So many gorgeous forgotten beaches, mountains, interesting greenery, chapels, rock formations and more. There was even an old ruin of a gold refinery built back in the 1800s. Wish Rock Garden was another extra cool spot. Over the decades people have made the trek to this area to build their wish cairns and make wishes that obviously come true. Seriously!! Holy Snikes!! Iguanas were rampant on Aruba!! They were everywhere in all shapes, sizes, and colors. And as you can see, they enjoy being fed. Our first day, we went on a snorkeling excursion on this cool ship called "The Jolly Pirate". I think we enjoyed the sunbathing and company more than the snorkeling. Such a fun day with friends. Ok, this picture is on the Jolly Pirate. There is a rope swing on the boat that allows you to swing out over the water where you can drop in. Super cool, right? Well this crazy deckhand that you see with ME on his back has decided it's a good idea to take unsuspecting woman, get them to climb on his back, swing out over the water, and FLIP IN MID AIR (with said woman still on his back!!!) then drop into the water below. Yikes!! Totally fun BTW(; Sexiest guys on the island, right here folks. The picture of Sam and Jaimee at the bottom was taken at an awesome restaurant called the "Flying Fishbone". You actually eat out on the beach with your feet in the sand. As it gets dark, they turn spotlights on over the water and fish start swimming in so you can watch them as you eat. And the food, wow. Best food I've eaten in a long time. I was really impressed by this place. This picture was taken en route to Houston en route to Aruba. If you have the chance to stop by Buckee's, you better take it!!

We are just going to skip right past summer!!!

Well, we had a great summer. I didn't post anything during the summer months which is unfortunate. Sadly, I am too lazy to go back and add a blog post for the summer. There would be Waaaaaayyyyy too many pictures involved in that undertaking. Maybe someday(: It's fall here in Texas!! Yay! My favorite time of the year!!! Addy is a freshman, Aidyn is a 6th grader in middle school, and Avery is a 3rd grader. So far, school is going well. We just finished Halloween craziness and now we are moving right along into Thanksgiving. Aidyn had a HUGE party, the likes of which will never be seen here at chateau Stevens again. 45 kids equals way too many. But, no casualties or ER visits so all in all, a successful evening that we are all glad is over. ha!! Enjoy the pics!! John and I got back from a fun trip in Aruba a few weeks ago. We went with our close family friends, the Moffits. We had such a blast!! All of Aidyn's Halloweener friends! plus or minus a few The withered corpse game! Love it!! Bag up different foods and label them as different body parts. Have the kids try and guess which food each body part is. Super funny to watch their facial expressions. This fun Halloween party doubled as a bday party for one of Aidyn's best friens. James Boles is pretty much family around here and his bday just happens to be on Halloween. Happy Birthday Jamesey Booboo! Since we didn't have enough seats, we decided an outside picnic dinner was a perfect alternative to eating inside. Lucky for us, it was 80 degrees in TX this Halloween. Party friends Avery was part of the party this year. She just wants to be one of the big kids. She got to trick or treat with her friend Katherine whose brother attended Aidyn's party. Worked out well! This was Addy's group of friends who decided to stop by and enjoy dinner. The more the merrier! Addy trying to decide between costumes. She went with Doctor Who. Just don't ask me the name of the character