Eden seems to have developed a fascination with princesses. I'm not entirely sure where it's coming from, but maybe Frozen. Anyway, she wanted to wear a certain set of shoes to church because they're "princess" shoes, and things like that. Right now she and I are sitting at the table while she finishes supper, and we had this conversation:
Eden: Mom, did you know princesses don't eat food?
Me: They don't? Why not?
Eden: They are magical to food.
Me: Magical to food? What do you mean?
Eden: Well, princesses are not healthy or strong. And they don't have any blood.
I don't know whether to be pleased or disturbed by her odd understanding of princesses.
Sunday, 13 July 2014
At the end of May, Nathan and I went to St. John, which is one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. Z and Eden stayed with my parents in Kansas, and we got a whole week in the Caribbean. It was pure bliss, from start to finish. Thanks, Mom and Dad!! Here are some pictures.
|This is the private beach we discovered eight years ago when we were in St. John the last time. It's still there, and it still only costs $2.50 a person to get access for the day. And it's still lovely.|
|The big house at the end of the beach is new, but everything else looked just as we remembered it.|
|This was a very busy little crab. He's the Mrs. Tittlemouse of St. John.|
|Just one of many beautiful views.|
|Our cottage was on the very east side of the island, and we hiked out to the very edge. Once again, amazing views all around.|
|Our cottage is the little white building right on the beach. We had the whole bay to ourselves -- no other houses, no other people. We slept with all the windows open at night so we could hear the waves.|
|We discovered Cinnamon Bay on this trip. It's on the north side of the island and absolutely stunning. Sand like sugar, water as clear as glass, and no one there but us (at least in the morning). It was amazing.|
|Yummy, fruity drinks for me . . .|
|. . . and iced tea for Nathan! He really knows how to live it up on vacation.|
|Trunk Bay, also on the north shore. I think it was more beautiful than Cinnamon Bay, but also more crowded. The water was perfectly tranquil, warm, and clear. I really couldn't pull myself out.|
|We hiked Reef Bay Trail. Nathan says the name of the tree is an Elephant Foot tree. They're really big. For those of you who have heard the story, the Reef Bay trail is where we were attacked by the huge spider last time we were on St. John.|
|Nathan examines a remnant of an old building, probably slave quarters.|
|Reef Bay Trail is famous for the petroglyphs on the rocks around the spring, which is the only fresh water on the island.|
|At the end of the trail are the ruins of an old sugar mill. It was originally powered by slaves and then later, in the early 20th century, by steam.|
|Bats in the ruins.|
|Machinery from the steam engine time period.|
|I'm not sure what this face is.|
|Beautiful Brown Bay.|
|Me and Brown Bay.|
|There were also lots of large shells all over the beach.|
|The path leading into Brown Bay.|
|A huge cactus on the way out of Brown Bay.|
|Our last day on St. John. What a lovely, lovely week!|