Monday, July 21, 2008

Alissa & Melinda's Birthday Weekend

Both, Alissa and Melinda got another year older on July 19th so we decided to turn the weekend into a fun birthday celebration. On Friday evening, we had a barbecue at Brian and Melinda's house to get the weekend started off right. We grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and we had birthday cake for the two girls. I baked each girl their favorite cake--Alissa's favorite was cherry chip with cool whip and Melinda's was strawberry with cream cheese icing. The cakes were both delicious. The night was a lot of fun--but it was only the beginning to an amazing weekend.
Saturday morning started off with us driving to the other side of the island to Orient Beach. Orient is one of the most popular beaches for tourists because they have parasailing, banana boat rides, jet skis, and anything else you could possibly want to do. We settled in to some chairs with umbrellas and we just enjoyed the day. On the beach, there is a local man who makes sand sculptures. This week it was a mermaid riding on a sea turtle with a dolphin. It was pretty amazing to see something so detailed made out of sand. Alissa and Andy decided that they wanted to parasail--which looked like a lot of fun. We decided that we would ride the banana boat. We had the girls on one ride and the guys on another ride. It was so much fun! It was good that we split up too because we were able to watch each other. I felt like I was a kid again!!

Jason got to enjoy the day like he was a tourist, which was nice. He didn't have to rush the day because he needed to study or because he had school work. The beach was great and it was so nice to be able to spend some quality time with my hubby. After Orient, we drove back home to get ready for dinner. We have had this weekend planned for weeks so there was no messing around. We showered, got dressed, and headed out to dinner. Dinner was at Big Fish by Dawn Beach. The restaurant was a tiny, quiet place right in the harbor. After waiting about an hour for our table, we finally got to sit down and enjoy one of the best meals that we've had while on the island.

It felt nice to spend the day in the sun on the beach with everyone, especially Jason, and then get dressed up and go to a nice dinner. With all the fun and excitement that we is unfortunately back to study time. Jason really needed this weekend to give him a boost of energy for the last exams and finals.

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