Saturday, January 30, 2010

  Egan is thrilled that he just dumped water all over his mama. This is one of his current fave games: we sit in front of the house and Egan dumps bowls, cups, coconut shells full of water on whoever comes close.
  Sara and her Papa
  Here Egan tries to get water on his Grandpa.
  Egan was laughing hysterically trying to splash Grandpa, who was too fast for him!
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Pop and Brenda

  My Papa and his lady Brenda (Grandpa and Brendma to Egan) came to visit us! Any of you who know Ken Warner will know what a big deal that is. The man hates planes and beaches, so I figure he must REALLY love US! And Brenda, because she was determined to come see our little island paradise. Here they are walking down at the Split.
  Had to throw in a pic of Egan---here he is in the water...Brenda was with him and of course Pop was sitting in the shade far away from the sea.
  Here's Pop chillin' under a palm tree.
  Pop and Brenda on the west side of the island.
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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Big News

Forgot to tell y'all the big news: we are getting warm showers now! Sometimes even hot. The showers here have a little electrical heating system that heats the water just before it comes out of the showerhead. When we would turn ours on, we'd get warm water for a count of 3 and then the breaker would trip and all the electricity would go off. We eventually mentioned this to Ellen and it turns out she had no idea! I'm pretty sure it has been like that for a year or so, as we definitely didn't have hot water last April. No one else told her either. She had someone come over and fix it up right away. Yay!

Caye Caulker North Caye

  Our neighbor Barry took us with him on his boat when he went to the north side of the split to take photos of his newest listing.
  This is the view from the waterfront property he just listed and, as of today, already has under contract! dangit! we were dreaming about it...
  Egan posing on the skeleton of an old canoe.
  Egan and his Papa.
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Tikal Ruins, Guatemala

  While Egan and I chilled at the Parrot Nest, Tommy went on a tour of the ruins at Tikal in Guatemala. I had been there with Paul a few years back, so Tommy went solo. Here he is (very tiny!) in front of Temple 1.
  Here is Derek Mosher walking through the jungle toward yet another structure. Tommy met Derek and his sister Amanda on the tour and the ended up hanging with us the next few days.
  Here is the group that went on the tour---Tommy reports that the guide was great and has a video of him demonstrating how to eat a big ol' jungle ant.
  From Wikipedia: Tikal (or Tik’al according to the modern Mayan orthography) is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centres of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. It is located in the archaeological region of the Petén Basin in what is now modern-day northern Guatemala. Situated in the department of El Petén, the site is part of Guatemala's Tikal National Park and in 1979 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Tikal was the capital of a conquest state that became one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya.Though monumental architecture at the site dates back as far as the 4th century BC, Tikal reached its apogee during the Classic Period, ca. 200 to 900 AD.
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Parrot Nest Jungle Lodge

  Cabin Number 5!
  Your run-of-the-mill HUGE iguana howling in the tree outside of our cabin. Okay, not really howling, but he was making some noise. Egan napped through it.
  Egan playing with my makeup in the cabin. See how the tippy top of the A-frame was just a screen? There was a covered porch out that way with a nice hammock and view of the river. Loved this little place.
  Mopan river outside of the lodge.
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Parrot Nest Jungle Lodge

  Tommy walking up to Cabin 5, where we stayed in the 2nd night. We preferred this cabin and didn't mind the shared bathroom facilities at all. Very hot showers! Yay!
  Egan running down the path from Cabin 5. The grounds were lushly landscaped---beautiful!
  Here is the outdoor common area where we had all our meals and much of our hanging out time, as it was raining the majority of our visit. The family who owns and runs the place live upstairs. Eight-year-old Katia is an early riser, so she would come down around 6:30am and make us coffee!
  Fun! Here is one of the two tree houses available to rent. From their website: "Parrot Nest Lodge is a truly unique tropical experience. Spending the night under a 100’ guanacaste tree in a thatched tree house is like nothing else! The lodge is surrounded on three sides by the Mopan River, so a refreshing swim in clear water is never far away and the wildlife of the area abound. Yes, parrots are in great number here, along with hundreds of other types of birds, making this an ideal location for bird watching. Coati, agouti, otter, and the giant iguana are among the many animals which are regular visitors to our beautiful gardens which, though lush and exotic, are virtually mosquito free, a real bonus for those who love the great outdoors - and a good night’s sleep."
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  Yet another drive-by photo, this time as rain clouds hover on our way to our next place of lodging: Parrot Nest in Bullet Tree Falls, Belize.
  Entering the grounds of the Parrot Nest Jungle Lodge.
  The cabin we stayed in our first night at the Parrot Nest.
  We've got our own toilet! All other cabins must use the shared facilities.
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Cayo, Dec. 30th

  Drive by pic taken from the car window by Tommy on the way to Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Belize, which is west of San Ignacio, about a mile and a half from the Guatemala border.
  Another drive-by pic, this one of the Mopan River.
  Egan and Sara in Benque, which is a sweet, quiet little town on the Mopan river, also very nearby the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Gray days

  Here are some pics I took yesterday. The dark grey sky looked pretty cool against the light blue/green sea. We have experienced the cold front down here as well, with nighttime temps dropping into the low 50's! Most people on the island say they've never felt this kind of cold. Tommy didn't bring a sweatshirt so he has been CHILLY. Egan is ready for the rain and clouds and cold to go away! All he wants to do is be outside. Kinda sad. But here he is lookin' good in his winter clothing...
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Monday, January 11, 2010

Out of Pocket

So a couple of days after Christmas, my laptop stopped working. Attempts to revive it were made by Tommy, Paul and our neighbor Barry. Word is that the motherboard is shot. This was NOT good, as I am still trying to maintain my real estate business from down here. We found out that one can send things by airline for a fraction of the cost of mailing through a regular postal service. We used Amerijet and Tommy's mom Carmen was able to get it to us. My mom lives around the corner from Carmen and so she dropped off some of our fave diapers (Seventh Generation, since we can't really use cloth down here) and some little trinkets for Egan; Carmen added those as well. And Saline solution! Not an easy thing to get in most of Belize. The $1 bottle from the States was like $7 in Belize City. Anyhow, the cost was just $83 US to ship all of that. Tommy was surprised, though, when he went to retrieve the package in Belize City that we were charged a $100 US duty on the laptop. Strange, since we'd been told that laptops would not be charged. Tommy said he wasn't going to argue with customs officials (we REALLY wanted that laptop). Good choice!

So that is why we disappeared for awhile. I will try to catch up...

Cheers! Happy New Year!


  On the bus on the way to lush, beautiful Cayo. We wanted to spend a few days in San Ignancio and the surrounding area. We left on the 29th.
  The little Christmas tree in the common area outside our room at The Hi-Et. We only stayed one night (or was it two?) because it was super loud due to the thin walls and location on a busy street...not quite how we remembered it from our stay when I was pregnant.
  Egan making his special Cool Man Sunglasses Face. We are at Martha's Restaurant, across the street from The Hi-Et.
  Egan in Martha's courtyard.
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