Tuesday, January 4, 2011


We had a great time in Aruba!  It was sort of a typical Christmas vacation for my family: warm, sunny, relaxing, and food- & drink-filled.

We rented a fantastic house:
It was big and nice.  There were a few different places for lounging (a couple patios and two den-type rooms with tvs) that gave us all enough room to have our own space if needed, and not be on top of each other all the time.  You can't tell in the picture, but the pool was just below that outdoor patio (to the left of the rental car).

The house was pretty off the beaten path, which wasn't necessarily awesome, but the niceness of it helped make that ok.  We encountered this little guy on the way home, one day:

We went to the beach one day.
And it was soooo crowded:
We had some fan-tastic dinners.  We ate at a restaurant that had been voted "the best restaurant in the Caribbean," and it certainly lived up to the hype.

I did a lot of this:
I read The Raw Shark Texts - the book I got at our book club gift exchange.  I loved it - but it's probably not for everyone.  If you like sort of weird, obscure books that play with language, you'll probably like it (or at least appreciate it).  If you don't like books that aren't about something 100% tangible, it's probably not for you.  I also started (and am still reading) The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson.  It's a dystopia (my fave!) given to me by Jonathan.

Overall, we had a lot of good family time on our trip.
Jonathan was surrounded by a lot of females.
But he liked it!
We were even visited by this guy:
And were able to celebrate the birth of this guy:
Overall, it was really nice to get out of cold, gray Memphis and soak up the sun for awhile.  I hope you guys had great Christmases, too!


LB said...

That house is the bomb diggity. Did you have fresh guac and margs waiting for you like we got in Cabo???? Wrong food type but still...actually what is Aruban food like?

Claire said...

Sounds like an excellent trip! We just missed a white Christmas up here. Got about 2 feet snow that Sunday and Monday.