The day was filled with a lot of Halloween activities....I really enjoyed myself! I can remember when I was younger and dressing up for school or to go trick-or-treating--it was always something that I looked forward to. My favorite costume was Jasmine on 'Aladdin'. My mom took me to the fabric store and we picked out the color of silky material that I wanted and she sewed my costume....it was beautiful. I was the prettiest Jasmine that any 9 year old could be--I thought I was pretty cool that my mom made the costume homemade AND the fact that my belly got to show! Jason's most memorable costume was when he was 10 and he was a vampire. He got to paint his face white with fake blood coming down from his mouth and his fake teeth. He loved his cape the most....it made him invincible. He would wrap himself up in his cape and then stretch out his arms as wide as he could and take off running like a crazy man....I just laugh trying to picture this! I bet he was the cutest little vampire--if I only had a picture of him. We both got to go trick-or-treating in neighborhoods that were familiar--we got so much candy it was ridiculous!! Filling up a pillow case instead of a plastic pumpkin means that too much candy was being passed out AND eaten. Walking up to front doors with their front porch light shining, holding out our bags, and saying trick-or-treat was definitely great childhood memories for us. I know that if we were back in the states our front porch light would be ON and we would passing out candy to all the kids!
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
After Jason finished hollowing out the melon, it was my turn to start carving out the face. I was a little nervous how things would turn out because we don't have the best knives....but they worked just fine.
We don't have haystacks or mums to place around the carved pumpkin...so we had to improvise. We sat the melon on a big leaf found on a lot of trees on the island and instead of sitting mums beside it, we used tropical flowers. Our house now has a carved melon on the front door step--but don't worry we blow out the candle before we go to bed so we don't create any fire hazards. I think carving the melon today really helped get us in the Halloween spirit....now I'm ready for some trick or treating!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
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Friday, October 17, 2008
Our generator has since been refueled and I have been able to check emails, work on school work, and turn on our air conditioner. A lot of our food has been thrown out because it has defrosted and gotten warm. Some of our food was taken to our friend's house--she lives on the French side and they have not lost electricity and they have a deep freezer.
As of now, the talk around the island is that the electric will not be back on until next Thursday. The power plant on the island is covered with seaweed and the power grids were knocked out. The water situation is very similar....the water for the island comes from the ocean. The water plant, apparantly, filters the water from the ocean and the large amounts of seaweed are clogging the filters. Either way--we do not have electricity or water and being the fact that we live on an island (where supplies need to be flown in) slows down the repair process.
We are doing good--experiencing a hurricane is the first for us so each adventure is a new one. We are trying to remain upbeat and positive--please keep us in your thoughts and prayers! I think we still have a LONG road ahead of us.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
There was tons of damage...the golf course was flooded so bad cars were unable to stay on the road and they had to drive on the grass of the golf course--dodging trees, rocks, and anything else that had washed up during the storm. Trees were knocked down everywhere--and unfortunately some cars were damaged. There was so much sand on the golf course that we figured the waves must have been breaking up on the fairway. The damage done to just our little section was horrible and I'm wondering how the rest of the island looks. We still have no electric or water and we are not sure how long this will last. Fortunately for us, our apartment building has a generator(which we discovered this morning) so hopefully it runs long enough that our food will not spoil in our refrigerator. We all had a very chaotic night with very little sleep....but the Conway family is safe and sound! Bazzle, Muzzy, Jason, and myself all experienced our first hurricane together. We were very fortunate--nothing major happened to us, our friends, or the school. Jason showered with a bottle this morning and headed to school to study--as of 9:00am he was the only one studying in the lecture hall. He is determined to not let Hurricane Omar, a category 3 hurricane, stand in his way of studying!! That is my Jason....gotta love him!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Please keep St. Maarten along with the Conway family in your prayers-- I will try to post again and give updates as soon as possible.
*Don't worry about us--we have enough Spam, Vienna Sausages, and Peanut Butter to last us awhile!!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
We ate, ate, ate, and when we didn't think we could eat anymore....we ate a few more wings. An hour and a half and 80 wings later....we decided to push away the plates and stop eating. (80 wings were for everyone, not just Jason and I). We ended the night at Brian and Melinda's house. They have a homemade ice cream maker so we enjoyed chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream. It was yummy! It was a great day--one class is officially over for Jason, 25 cent hot wings, and homemade ice cream!!
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Happy Birthday Geneva! We had a great time celebrating with you--we're going to miss birthday parties like this when it finally becomes time to leave the island!