A few weeks ago all four of us (sorry, Bailey) were lucky enough to join Jay, Mary Pat, and Caroline in Coral Bay, St. John for a week of fun in the sun and sand. It was the perfect week to escape the cold and snow (and boy have we gotten a lot of snow since then!) and we had a fabulous time.
I took almost 300 photos on my little point and shoot, so this is only about 10% of the pictures. But hopefully it gives a nice summary of the week!
We arrived on Wednesday and made good time to Coral Bay. Neither boy napped on the plane, but both fell asleep as soon as we were in the jeep!
On Thursday we got an early start and headed right to Cinnamon Bay Beach.
|Cinnamon Bay Beach, first beach of the trip. Nick looking dapper in his sun hat.|
|Chris and I have loved snorkeling out to this island, but the water was actually fairly churned up this morning and we couldn't see much.|
|Lots of quality nursing time with Nick this trip! The warm temps made him thirsty, so he nursed even more than usual.|
|Trying to convince Alex to check out the water.|
|What a cool dude. :)|
|That afternoon we enjoyed Miss Vi's private beach, after indulging in her fantastic Caribbean lunch. We spent much of the days trading off who was hanging out with Nick in the shade.|
|Love him. And he loved playing in the sand.|
|Sunset from the deck. Never got old!|
|The next day was spent at Francis Bay Beach, a favorite. Alex was fascinated by the wild chickens!|
|Walking with Nana.|
|Hanging out in the shade with Auntie Caroline!|
Saturday morning we parked at the visitor's center in Cruz Bay and hiked into Solomon Beach. We got rained on a bit, but the weather cleared quickly and we ended up having almost the entire beach to ourselves.
|Riding in style!|
|Alex had lots of fun on this palm tree. :)|
|Ready to hike back so we can have lunch at the Beach Bar!|
|Asleep already. Didn't take long. :)|
|We stopped at Maho Bay for the evening. Nick didn't care for the water, but loved the snuggles. Snorkeling here, we saw a HUGE turtle. He was beautiful!|
|Snuggling with Al. I think I was reading Good Night, Good Night Construction Site. (and by "reading", I mean reciting from memory because I have read it so many times)|
|Best beach ever, right??|
|Donkeys are everywhere in Coral Bay, but this is the only one brazen enough to come right up to the front door!|
|Nothing like sun and sand to wear a toddler out!|
|Hmm, I think they look way more alike than people give them credit for!|
|Nick Jay and Grandpa Jay (Baba Jay, according to Al)|
|Nana, Alex, Baba, and Nick...what a happy foursome!|
|My favorite photobomb.|
|By day 6, he was finally comfortable enough to run right into the water!|
|And...back in NY. Brrrr.|
What a wonderful, wonderful trip. We feel so blessed that Jay and Mary Pat wanted to plan this trip as our Christmas gift. Thank you for your generosity and for memories that we will never forget!