November 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Papa!

Today is the 235th birthday of the United States Marines.  It also the 84th birthday of my Papa  (Grandfather) who is also a Marine.  Marines are who are called into to get the job done.  My Grandfather at 84 works circles around many half his age. He gets the job done.  He is someone that I look up to, respect and love deeply.  He more than fought for this country he served and still serves this country.

At 84 he will at any opportunity step in when needed.  This year is a different year for him.  Papa always looks forward to this day not because it is birthday, but because his birthday is also a day to honor all Marines who have dedicated their lives.  The Marine Corp Ball is an event he looks forward to every year a year to dress in in their formals, be honored and honor all his fellow Marines.  This year he is will miss the Marine Corp Ball.  This year he is called to serve again.  This year and everyday he serves and cares for those he loves.  His new service is to our Nana who has been his wife, companion and friend for 64 years.  She has been there for him through 3 wars and years of deployment. Nana is here with us, but times are different.

Her memory fades in and out, we see glimpses of her youth, her laughter and her smile.  Her eyes are bright and she smiles.  Her hands are soft her demeanor sweet. She is independent in her thoughts, but she needs more assistance now and Papa is there for her everyday.  Everyday he is there.  She wakes up in the hospital and  he is the first person she sees.  In between her meals and therapy he doesn't stop or slow down, he is off to the Veteran Center to paint a plane, march in a parade, fix something or help someone else.  He is dedicated to Nana, our family and his community.

He is also dedicated to this Country that we live in. With all the problems that we face as a Nation, we must remember despite our differences we are a free Nation, a people that are fortunate and blessed to have what we have.  We are fortunate to have selfless men and women who have served our country is the past and present.  Let us remember their service and dedication. Let us thank them for all they have done and do.  

Happy Birthday to my Papa!  Always a Marine and always our Hero. 

November 01, 2010

Frankfurt- Croatia

The first leg of our trip is behind us and we pulled it off without too many mishaps.  Wine tasting, ferry rides into the city, sea lions on the wharf and a fantastic aerial show by the Blue Angles.  What a  fantastic start to the month long adventure.  Tristan and Sienna are both doing great.  Our new motto is get there when we get there. We think we will start after we get to Croatia, the next two days are pretty action packed.  We are now on the flight to Frankfurt  for 11 hours Tristan is fast asleep in our version of first class ( the small space behind the galley and the back row seats.  Sienna is the hostess of the flight saying hi to everyone if they like it or not… German flight the people are well lets just say allergic to children… we land in about 7 hours and then off to Gunzburg for a quick rest and then LEGOLAND here we come.  Why stop and rest?  Next stop after a long day at Legoland is our flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia.  Wish us luck and we’ll let you know how it goes.

September 18, 2010

What now?

We are finishing up what we refer to as a season.  A season for us and the majority of boats in this part of the world would be from October (when it is getting cold up north) till July or August  (when hurricane season arrives) or the weather is unbearable.  There are the few brave ones who will head north into the Sea and avoid the hurricanes and into cooler water.  For us the season ends in August.  We will leave Meshach in Mexico and head home via Airliner to Hawaii to re-group, see family, maintenance on the house, paper works and business that can't be done from the boat.

People ask us why we chose Mexico as a place to visit, live, sail... The answer is we love it. We love to travel experience new places, new people, live simple, spend time with our kids while they are still young and we relatively young.  The list goes on.  We love the adventure and the challenge and the pure simplicity of it and the lesson that you can live with so much less.

We've had a wonderful year away from home.  We have met families that will remain life time friends. We have grown closer as a family and have learned to appreciate all we have.  I have been looking back on our blog of this year and am a little disappointed with myself for not accurately portraying cruising life.  I guess it was clear when a friend at home said , "Wow it's like being on vacation for a year!"  Well that myth is easliy debunked.  Although who likes to write about doing laundry in a 18 gallon bucket in the grape stomping method and then hang it all over the boat at sunset and hope it dries by sunrise.  No one wants to air out the dirty laundry.  I will try to give a better insight to life on board as I find time to post.  

Our boat home, Meshach which is a fraction the size of our house home is just as much work if not more at times than the land based equivalent.   On the boat we are the gas company, electric company, water company, telecommunications, education department, and when needed our own therapist.  Which at times is daily.  Our days are quickly filled with the normal chores we would have at home.  Well we don't have to mow the yard, but we have our own garden of algae and barnacles that needs to be tended to every week or two or three...  On the boat we all share in the responsibilities of keeping our boat ship-shape. Everything has a place and when things are in place things work smoothly.  I keep telling myself that as I sit here at home with stuff scattered everywhere.  I think we are just luxuriating in the space we have now.  But soon this mess will soon be tended to.  The captain of this ship (house) has to get life on shore ship-shape as well.

So here we sit in our house-home amongst the must haves for land life.  We contemplate mowing the yard, washing the car, laundry, bill paying, grocery shopping and more. We are slowly plugging back into life on shore but dreaming of sunrise and sunsets on the water....