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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

GRAND CAYMAN- the adventure begins...

Wow... Saw this on our way out of Fayetteville and just HAD to capture it. How HILARIOUS is this? It looks like the mean boys' Go Kart from "The Little Rascals" movie (remember???) or the bad guys' chariot from Ben Hur. And you KNOW this driver guy thought he was the JUNK!
Umm, really wanted to capture downtown Charlotte at night because its so gorgeous. BUT we were going like 65 mph down the busy, confusing interstate that loops around it and this was the only shot I could get. But you know... it really accurately captures the only mental image of Charlotte I got that night ;)
Bed at midnight. Up at 6. Scarf down breakfast. Rush onto shuttle to airport.
Need I say more?
Waiting to get onto our plane at Charlotte-Douglas
Katie-"Im a GIRL! Lets photodocument EVERYTHING!"
Grayson- "If that woman takes ONE more picture..."
Mommy and I waiting to board :D
HAHA! Speaking of boarding airplanes... You HAVE to click on this link sometime and hear what Brian Regan has to say ab this...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17PEUZvoxho You will CRY from laughing so hard!!
Looks like someone was EXCITED!
I can't take him anywhere...
Ready to go faces...
My face was cropped out of the first...unacceptable
Filling out customs and immigration forms
Tee hee... Look at my name... 'Katie Smith'  Has yet to get old.
AND each FAMILY gets one blue customs forrm. Notice Grayson and I shared one. We're family.
Oh, the things that tickle 'newlywifeys' ;)
Floating somewhere above the West Indies...
Katie- "I just...want to lay out...on that white sand..by that blue water.."
Grayson- "Snorkle, snorkle, snorkle...FISH ...snorkle, snorkle"
our first view of Caymanian shoreline...
Sailing into Georgetown
Look at da harbor!!
Mommy's so EXCITED! Hehehe
Da Airport!!
The steel drums playing outside just beckon you in
'Welcam to de islan mon!'
Mommy and Garrett getting off
So stinking excited to be here!
Its been way too long!
Look at tha lil chiken things that were just running around
outside where we were getting our rental cars!!!! HA!
When I travel, I usually get that 'country come to town' feeling
but def felt like a city girl at how much these chickens made me LAUGH!
Mommy driving!
Yup, Cayman Islands are a British colony, so...
 its RIGHT side of the car, LEFT side of the road
Garrett and Daddy
Eating lunch at our FAVORITE casual restaurant in Georgetown... Cimboco!
Hurley's grocery store!
When my Grandpa and Grandma Wilson lived on the Island back in the 80's they were good friends with the owner/founder Hurley Merren.
Mama even learned how to water ski off the back of his lil boat :D
If you know Grayson Michael Smith...Or his father, Michael Grady Smith...
You know those boys DONT do heat
Lets just say this was Grayson's "I'm sweating and I DONT LIKE IT" face
Many more of these faces were made during the extent of the trip.
We were so tripped out by these lil fish!
YES-they are real
AND YES- they were for sale
Holdie usually picks 'good-humored' fights with Daddy, anytime anyplace
This was probably just before or after one
"Wanna go old man??"
"gasp" The beautiful, bright "poinsienna" trees that just drip down over the road... they're Mama Becky's FAVORITE
Aren't they gorgeous? You really won't see them anywhere near Georgetown.  This is on the way to where we were staying on the other side of the Island in Bodden Town.
Just pulled in...
Taking a just a moment to 'take in' the quiet exotic beauty and to imagine all the amazing fun about to be had!
Reach Gway!!!!
He wanted a coconut.
I told him no.
Susan, I had to pop his butt for it.
Oh my gwah- ecstatic!! Were finally here!
Ahhh... da purdy blue ocean
You BET we could not WAIT to get our gear on to head out here and snorkle!
Of all the dozens of places we've been, this place behind our lil villa has to be one of the top places to snorkle!
The place we stay every year- Turtle's Nest Inn in Bodden Town.
So quiet, so relaxed. Tucked away in the middle of nowhere.
When you stay here you really feel like family, you get to know all the staff and the guests it lures in from all over the world  :)
The main hotel part of Turtle's Nest Inn
We stayed in the villa's in the previous picture :)
Mmmmm... :)
The pool in front of the main hotel
Underneath the palm tree in the foreground is a grill that we made MUCH use of that week, and the sandy part in the background is where the BEACH VOLLEY ball net is!! You bet the Freel-Smith's TORE UP some volleyball! :D
Checking in and reunited with one of the Inn's many criters- Vitamine :)
Haha, he's making a really funny face, but he's a really sweet little tabby that will just roam around the Inn and scratch on your door every so often to be let in and visit :)  More pics of him later...
Mama and Garrett
So happy to be here!!
Unloading the cars really quick- but DEF not unpacking yet because that crystal blue water is beckoning us to come SNORKLE!!
Another one of the Inn's critters- MANGO!
He was such a happy, playful mess! We fell in love with him!
Sweet mango puppy :D

MEGA props to Lauren Faison and Ellen Long for helping me get through all the technical difficulties of BLOGGING today- I swear this thing has a mind and a will of its own sometimes...
...to be continued...

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