If you were to think about large-scale efforts – mapping the human genome, searching for monster prime numbers, developing the TESLA, you would be wise to add planning a family Caribbean vacation to your list.
There’s the organizing, packing, passport-checking, last-minute snack shopping, the rounding up of coloring books, crayons, headphones, medication, sunscreen and whatever sand-caked plastic shovels that can be found from the last vacation.
Rodney imposed house rules against me asking him to exfoliate my back and apply sunless tanner the night before a trip, so now I leave that job to the professionals. Which of course never gets done. Time, who? what?
This year I got my act together and scheduled an appointment that I promised I wouldn’t break. I stuck to my guns, shed my clothes in front of a woman whose name sounded like Mary but wasn’t, and stepped into the booth. After a few passes of her spray gun, she declared that I looked “owa-some” and I skipped back home, a burnished shade of bronze.
My kids weren’t impressed. Over the sobs of one child, another demanded to know what happened to my “other skin”. The third was found later, hiding in a closet. This pre-tan effort, I imagine, won’t happen again.
It was the least I could do to get ready for what promised to be the trip of a lifetime.
When traveling with kids, Rodney and I have always leaned towards big hotels with big pools, big restaurants, and a bigger set of amenities. The kind of place where a kid can race around and find plenty of entertainment.
This year though, we booked our trip through Inspirato. After looking through their list of properties, we found a house that seemed like it would be a great fit for our family: our own pool, an empty beach, ocean-facing bedrooms, and the icing on our Tortuga rum cake….a well-stocked kitchen.
I’m not sure how many times the word “idyllic” was dropped into the conversation during our stay, but I’m pretty certain that were in three-digit territory.
Secluded on the South Sound of Grand Cayman, the house was perched above a rocky section of beach that offered hours of splashing, crab hunting, and the ultimate in sunset watching.
Pristine white sand beaches lay to both the right- and left-hand side of our rocky cove. The waves were big enough to attract a few surfers and stand-up-paddle boarders, whom we watched as we sipped our morning coffee.
Every Inspirato rental comes with a destination concierge and our helpful contact Bronwen pointed us in the direction of the dolphin swim/stingray excursion.
The stingrays congregate on a shallow sandbar 30 minutes from shore, which attracts the cruise ship crowd in droves. Had I known that Stingray City is such a raging party, I would have brought a boom box, some local rum and a set of maracas. Local tip: if you want to visit the rays, go in the afternoon.
Despite the crowds, we had a great time and the kids had some memory-making moments as they reached down to pet the rays at their feet.
Sam wanted to swim with the dolphins, so Rodney took him for a one-on-one session. After giving a quick talk about dolphin behavior, the trainer opened it up to questions. Sam’s first question in a Proustian-length set was whether the dolphins could read.
On the topic of animals, I have to mention our visit to a family park just south of our property, which was rumored to be full of iguanas. Bronwen suggested that we bring lots of bread to feed the iguanas but didn’t mention that we’d have a hard time making it past the chickens! This little corner of the universe would have been Tippi Hedren’s worst nightmare but we thought it was pretty spectacular.
Lauren jumped right into the mix, feeding the birds as they flocked to her side. Emma pretended to be comfortable with the situation before needing an emergency exit back to the car. I was in awe of the whole situation – the colors, the plumage, the racket! Rodney, ever-pragmatic, suggested that we get back to the house before we wound up with avian flu.
Though we traveled to other parts of the island, the pool was our true home for the week. For hours on end, the kids practiced their flips, blasted each other with water guns, and demanded porpoise rides from a more-than-willing grandparent.
Emma set up a store on a pink raft and decided to sell my hat, a frisbee, a pair of goggles and her TOMS water shoes which she was hawking for the low low price of 15 coins. Meanwhile, Lauren stole my GoPro and practiced the art of the underwater selfie.
We did all of this pool time at the expense of lunch, which played second fiddle to our daily breakfast and dinner, prepared by our local cook, Rosie Parris. Rosie was on-site to help in the kitchen and give me a well-needed break.
Of course I used every empty kitchen opportunity to make breakfast burritos, quesadillas, and herb- and spice-infused simple syrups for cocktail hour. I even hauled out my coffee grinder to make some TOMS Honduras blend morning brew with my travel-sized pour-over coffeemaker. Someone please banish me to the land of food snobbery where I’ll live out my years surrounded by glass carafes and the smell of freshly-roasted beans.
And let’s not talk about the incident with the vodka.
Scratch that, let’s discuss. I’d infused a handle of vodka with mango, basil and habanero chilies and made the mistake of pouring it into a glass pitcher. Not a mistake per se – let’s call it false advertising since it wasn’t a cocktail but the booze that you’d use to build a cocktail. That subtle reference was lost on my dad who accidentally poured himself a big glass of booze, drank it, and promptly “fell asleep” at the dinner table.
Which, for a kid, is better than Disney. Papa was poked, prodded and decorated with local island flowers. A stuffed bear was wedged into his armpit and a juice box balanced on his forearm.
Photographic evidence was taken but is now, wisely, sitting at the bottom of my virtual trash basket.
It was a great trip. Unforgettable in so many ways. From our villa and the food to our TOMS shoes, brand spankin’ just for the occasion.
It wouldn’t be fair to keep all the fun just for ourselves so I’ve partnered with TOMS to host another giveaway for a $250 TOMS gift card.
There are a number of ways to enter, just follow the Rafflecopter link below:
AND WE HAVE A WINNER! Congrats Debb F! You’ve been sent an email with more details.
Thank you to everyone who participated!
The prize, as well as all of the comfortable + stylish footwear that you see in the post was provided by TOMS (excluding the flip flops!). All opinions are my own.
One lucky reader will win this $250 USD TOMS gift card.
This giveaway is open to US residents only and will end at midnight on 5/03/2014. (11:59PM EST)
We will choose the winner at random using Rafflecopter. We will contact you via email and you will have 48 hours to respond with your contact information or we will have to choose a new winner.
Further, for purposes of clarity, in no event shall Administrator state or imply in any manner that Company endorses, sponsors, or is affiliated with the Sweepstakes other than to provide the Prize.
What a fantastic vacation. The villa is beautiful, the views spectacular. Great memories for the kids (large and small). Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos. Love your redesign.
It was! It was such a wonderful time xox
Jess- looks like such a wonderful trip! The kids are all so amazing and you&Rodney look great! Nice to see your Dad there enjoying all of you! Cheers
Thank you so much ML, it was a blast! Hank enjoyed himself too 😉 xx
Love the new look and I am of course joining your giveaway even if im far cuz I am in love with Toms (dont ell my husband =P).
Wow! I really enjoyed your photos not as much as you enjoyed the holiday though haha!
Have a breaktastic week 🙂
O U T standing! Made me yearn for the tropics… Loving the new look bloggy too….. did you celebrate a birthday whilst there? (vague memory thing going on here….) YAM xx
Thanks Yamini! Appreciate the compliment 😉 xx
Wow, there sure is a lot here. Wonderful set of photos. Those tall windows at the beginning really set up the mood for the fun photos.
like the new look! you are a pro, right?
What a perfect end to a dream of a vacation, your kids are so cute with each other and your photo op is fabulous. The photos look so professional.
Lucky for Toms that they went everywhere with you, great way to share the Giveaway!!!
Thank you for sharing and hope that you would stop by and share your post in my Wordless Wednesday!
Hope you enjoy your day!
Thank you so much Karren!
I love all the beautiful pictures!
What a fun trip!
I seriously want to make your mango, basil and chili infused vodka And pet the stingrays, your trip sounds like a dream.
Wow! Such stunning photos. What fabulous memories captured in such creatively composed shots! 🙂
I love the beaches!
i love the story about your dad drinking a full glass of vodka. oops!
What a fantastic trip with such beautiful pictures!
LOVE the new site! ANd love the pics- your trip looked amazing!! xoxo
Thanks so much Lor! So glad you like the new site! xox
So many beautiful pictures. I want to go there for vacation!
Looks like you had a wonderful time…enjoyed seeing all the beautiful pictures.
I just discovered your blog, it’s beautiful! Love your pictures from your trip!
Looks like you had an amazing time! Wish I was there!
Loved your pictures.
Lovely, lovely pictures.
I can imagine the planning that went into the holiday but it’s clear the kids had a ball 🙂
Thanks for sharing 🙂
I loved all of the pictures that were included in this post.
Love the pictures! The cayman islands look amazing!
What a great post! You have a great collection of memory pic’s. Always great to read the story as well as see this pic!
I liked all the pictures. They painted a beautiful picture of the vacation.
I liked that big huge lizard. How cool! It looks like a very fun trip!
Your photographs are beautiful! I have never tried Tom’s and think this is a great giveaway. Thanks.
Whats not to love about Toms!?
Awww darn I bet the photos that ended up in ur virtual trash bin were interesting lol
I love all the beautiful photos on this post! Such talent…the lighting and composition is excellent! <3
I love all of the great pictures and the views of the beach. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
That was quite a descriptive photo essay.
The water looks beautiful and looks like your kids had a blast.
Such beautiful pictures! What a lovey place to visit!
Wow! What an amazing trip! Your pictures are breathtaking.
Beautiful pictures! My family is a fan of Toms 🙂
I liked food, looks delicious, and I am a huge foodie, and the Toms coffee looks so delightful to enjoy while watching those beautiful sun sets. And I have to say I would have loved the chickens, my sister just got some.
Loves seeing the adventures in the pictures.
I love all the fun photos of all the various animals you saw! I also love the color photos and food ideas that you had!!!
Sorry I’ve missed a few days of posts…..you went and changed everything!! It looks fantastic!!!!
I found myself sighing at your vacation! That’s my idea of a wonderful trip!
I always enjoy your stories and photography! Have a great day!
Surprise! Thanks as always Mary 🙂
What beautiful photos! Looks like a wonderful vacation. My kids would have been considered the pool the highlight too!
Gorgeous pictures! Beautiful family! 🙂 Love your blog’s new look!
Hey, new site design! Love it!!!
And your vacation looks absolutely magical! What a fun adventure. That beach house is beautiful. How lucky you guys are to be able to take trips to places like that. I think that would just be in my dreams!
What I liked about this post is seeing the beautiful pictures and the wonderful adventures!
As a girl born in the North East, a caribbean vacay is an absolute MUST. I like to escape to a warm sandy beach when it’s cold here in NYC. I haven’t visited Grand Cayman yet, but your photos are certainly making me want to visit right NOW! Stunning photos! What camera do you use?
I have never actually tried on Toms Footwear, so I have my fingers crossed!
Thank yo uso much Tracy! I use a Canon 6D. I’d used a Rebel for years but finally upgraded to a full-frame camera and am so happy with it!
The photos are wonderful, you can tell everyone had a great time!
I love all the gorgeous photos!
Your photos look very professional. I’m drooling over the water views and the very thought of a vacation.
I am loving all the interactions with one another, The photo’s are really nice to look at , and I like that they are of different sceneries . And also that you talk about whats going on or your thoughts.. What I thought was nice is that you added Toms shoes in a few of the photo’s which I really liked..
Looks like a lovely vacation!
I love how the whole family was having fun together; it was a shared wonderful experience; the best kind.
Pictures are great love Grand Caymen, thanks for the chance to win.
The pictures! I especially liked the one of your family facing the other direction.
Pictures are exciting love Grand Caymen
What I love most about this post is all the photos! Great family photos but I also love the landscape! So beautiful.
I liked dreaming about going on such a nice vacation.
What a lovely trip and gorgeous photography. Looks like the perfect vacation.
Love these wonderful vacation photos!
Wow! I loved the whole post! And the pictures were great. I would love to take a vacation like this one day with all my children and grandchildren. Looks like so much fun to have your own villa.
I loved looking at all your gorgeous photographs! It looks like you had a wonderful and beautiful vacation!
The pictures — so many and so beautiful! Wow!
I loved all the beautiful pictures!
I really liked the photos!
Love that you had a personal chef! Drooling over all the food photos!
I love those amazing views and beach photos!
amazing! what a great time!
Beautiful pictures… Looks like so much fun!!!
I love all the bright pretty pictures. Looks like somebodys is having fun.
What a lovely holiday! Loved the beautiful pictures & it sounds like you had a fantastic time. xo.
I liked the gorgeous trip photos and the atecdote about what happened when you came home from getting a spray tan made me LOL!
I liked the gorgeous trip photos and the anecdote about what happened when you came home from getting a spray tan made me LOL!
Wow, looks like a great vacation!! Loved the pics, you have a beautiful family!! Looking at your pictures makes me long to go back to the Caribbean, we love Jamaica!! I also love Tom’s and grab myself a pair whenever I get the chance!!
Love the pics!!!
Loved all the photos and wish I was on a warm sunny beach.
Love the beautiful pictures! Your family is gorgeous! Looks like it turned out to be an amazing trip!
Love the photos taken of the family and those views! Also, loved that you used your travel-sized pour-over coffeemaker.
I LOVE all these vacation photos! Gives me that travel bug, for sure, but I just love looking at people’s travel pics. 🙂
i liked the pictures
Jessica, I am in love your vacation. Seriously, every picture is so stunning. Also, I LOVE your new blog design, just simply perfect and it showcasing your work so beautifully. Thanks for the chance to win some TOMS gear, I totally love this giveaway.
Thanks so much Sherrie! I’m really happy with the new design as well, it’s a big change from the old look. Good luck!
What a lovely vacation!
What a lovely vacation! You have a beautiful family. I think I like the pictures the best!
The photos are beautiful! What a wonderful-looking getaway!
This is really making me want summer right now! I’m just happy that winter seems to be finally over.
I love the pictures!!!
I love all the beautiful pictures!
I liked all the photos.
All of your gorgeous photos of your vacation with your family! Looks like a blast!
Thanks so much Alyson, it was!
That looks so fun!
photography is awesome! What detail and the colors! I’ve never even seen that side of the world.
photography is awesome! What detail and the colors! I’ve never even seen that side of the world. our girls would be amazed!
Honestly, the photography here is amazing. Wow. I’m impressed.
Yep, idyllic was the word running through my head. Looks worth all the scientific worthy planning!
All of your pictures are gorgeous! It looks like a great vacation.
Oh my gosh, the “other skin” was hilarious! You never know what kids are going to say….I dye my hair a lot so I know those reactions, though none of my kids has hid from me yet…haha! Looks like you guys had a great time though!
I loved the spectacular photos of the scenery and the tropical food and fruits, not to mention your pre-tanning and what happened to your “other skin.” Gorgeous place and a destination I’d like to make for myself someday!
These are great photos. I love the scenery and it looked like they were have a wonderful time. Peaceful and fun.
You take some seriously incredible pictures. I love all of the joy that you capture in people’s faces! Grand Cayman looks so lush and heavenly. And I loved Lauren’s underwater selfie!!
Thanks! She was pretty proud of that one 🙂
That looks like the most amazing vacation EVER!!
I loved all the pictures you took of your family on vacation. I think taking memorable photos like that is great. I love taking pictures myself. What type of camera do you use and on what setting.
Thanks Tara 🙂 I use a Canon 6D and shoot on manual, mainly wide open at 2.8
I absolutely loved your photos! The quality and colors are amazing! You most definitely are a great photographer! 🙂
Thank you so much Michaela!
Love the pics. You are an awesome photographer, and looks like a fun vacation
I loved that the post just about sums up my next vacay! It looks like a great place to stay, great scenery & the photos were awesome!
My favorite part of your post is probably your kids’ darling clothes, they look so adorable!!!
I like all of the pictures. They are really great.
I love all the gorgeous photos….now I want to go on vacation IMMEDIATELY! 😀
The pictures are gorgeous…just made me realize how desperately I need a vacation!
Love that your dad drank a big glass of your alcohol concoction and fell asleep at the table…awesome
This is an awesome post, I really like all of the great photos.
The photos helped to show how nice it was there.
I love all the beautiful pictures.
Beautiful pictures, I’m a little bit jealous and wishing I was there.
I liked the scenic photos
I would get the NATURAL WOVEN DIAMOND WOMEN’S STRAPPY WEDGE
What don’t I love about this??The pictures are breathtaking and your family is beautiful.Looks like you all had a wonderful time.I would LOVE to go there!
i like all the photos. makes me want a vacation…
I love the bit about “Papa” falling asleep at the table after drinking the vodka. Hilarious stuff! Beautiful photos of an amazing vacation.
Other than the fact that it is an awesome giveaway, I love the pictures!
I thought the photos really brought home how much effort is put into “getting away from it all”.
what did I like about the post? Great pictures, I love to see kids enjoy themselves. Makes me want to go where you did! Wow. I could use a complete getaway right now.
This would be great to win, love the site.
the pictures of your trip are amazing. They say pictures are worth a thousand words.. in this case they are!
Loved all your photos, it was just like being there, the fun, the beauty and family.
Your photographs are beautiful — you did an excellent job documenting everything!
I liked, no loved, the pictures! What a beautiful place & family you have! The only problem with going to a “getaway” like that, is that I never want to come home! Wow, fabulous!
The photos you took of you and your family were beautiful! Hoping to go on a small vacation with my family soon too 🙂
I loved that you shared your vacation with us. I loved that you shared your family with us and I loved that you shared the beautiful scenery from Grand Cayman with us. It looks like you all had such a wonderful time. Grand Cayman is on my bucket list and looking at your pictures just made me want it all the more. Thank you again for sharing such a lovely experience with us. Glad you had such a wonderful time.
I love the many photos provided that give a glimpse into the life of your beautiful family. The photos are so gorgeous.
What a beautiful place for a vacation. Looks relaxing but with plenty of activity options too. I would love to go there someday…wearing my new Toms, of course!
I really enjoyed the gorgeous photos! Looks like a dream getaway
I liked the lovely photographs.
Such beautiful pictures of you and your precious family. I would love to visit somewhere like this. So many fun things to do and memories to be made!
This vacation looks wonderful! I love all the lovely pictures.
Wow is there some seriously gorgeous pictures in this post. Looks like your Vay K was an amazing time!! I’m so jealous!
These are great pictures and great memories. I would be like the kids and want to enjoy the pool most of the time!
I love the pics of the kids and their personalities
Tell us what you liked about the post!
lots of neat pics..looks like fun..thanks
What great photos! Totally love them. I also love Toms, of course.
I love all of the photos! The kids looked like they had an amazing time!
the fun pics
Love love love the pics! So much fun for everyone and the scenery is dreamy!
I enjoyed the photos and how you all looked so relaxed as a family .
What a beautiful place
Beautiful photographs! It makes me want to go to the Carribean!
I love all the fun family pictures.
I love the pictures! Especially the ones of the stingrays. We also snorkeled with stingrays when we were vacationing in Grand Cayman and your photo brought back so many good memories.
What a beautiful place, a beautiful home, and a beautiful family. Looks like you all had a wonderful time.
I like the pics
Absolutely beautiful location.
I love the cute kids!
You have a beautiful family. I love all of the photos.
Love the Pics!!
Loved seeing your beautiful family having so much fun.
I love all the beautiful pictures! You have such a beautiful family and it looks like you had an amazing and relaxing time!
I loved seeing the pictures of Grand Cayman, I have never been and it made me want to go there.
Love the picture s and the article too much fun!
Looks like fun!
What a beautiful family and such great fun
I loved all the great family photos! Great quality! Beautiful Family!
I loved the photography!
Wow this is amazing! I love the photography and seems like you had a great time!
The photography makes me want to be there!
The beautiful children.
What is not to love about this post…well except that I’m incredibly jealous! Beautiful vacation paradise, family time…by the way, your kids must be the cutest dressed kids I’ve ever seen. Love 🙂
Love the photos! So fun-free, relaxed and breathtaking. Love the scenery and the kids having a great time.
I like the pictures of your family!
Loved the pictures. Family memories being made
I like all the photos. These photos will bring back wonderful memories for your family in the years to come.
Love all the great photos!
I love all the great pictures! The look of pure joy on the kids faces is priceless! You all made some wonderful family memories.
Love your pictures
This post was awesome, I loved your photographs!
What a dreamy story and pics! Thanks for sharing 1
What a dreamy story and pics! Thanks for sharing
Would like try those shoes.
I love the beautiful beach shots! So jealous.
I love the selection thanks for the chance
Wow! The photography is so beautiful! Also, thanks for offering this wonderful giveaway!
I liked all the pictures! They’re beautiful!
The photography is incredible! It inspires me to want to take out my camera and capture our daily family moments.
The spray tan story and children’s reactions put a smile on my face
I love all the beautiful pictures.
The pictures and the stories were really nice.
I love looking at the photos of your family vacation, especially with kids in tow. I am always looking for places that are kid friendly. Gorgeous photos on the beach.
Everything! From family to fun to food. Looks like you all had a great time.
I love the house!
I love all the amazing photos!
The family shots are too cute! And the beach is so gorgeous.
The pictures told such a story, Looks like a wonderful time!
nice photos==it would be nice to have the money to go ther some day
Being a grandma, I loved the idea of Grandpa going too? Such wonderful memories these children will have as they grow up. Do not lose that picture of Grandpa dressed up by the children…as the children become adults they will love that memory!
I loved everything from this post the pictures captured such a special moments with the children, the nature all around them just beautiful~
All of the pictures. Gorgeous views and love your happy family 🙂
The infused vodka part was pretty funny!
The pictures are so fun and cheerful, I really enjoyed them and thanks!
Love all the great pictures
Enjoyed your vacation pictures…making family memories is such fun!!
It just made me miss the Hawaiian islands!
It looks like a very fun vacation especially for the kids!
Your shots are absolutely gorgeous. Great composition, great framing… Just *love* the shots of the kids with the street chickens. Candid joy! <3
I’m thrilled to know children are welcomed and in awe of the natural beauty ti behold.
Man it looks like you had a ball, I love the chickens with your kids and the iguana, it looks to me like you and your family had a wonderful time, and a beautiful trip- took my kids to a coastal living center and they fed the stingrays and still talk about it and your kids will remember it for a long time
I’ve always wanted to go to the Caymans! Looks like a beautiful trip! Thanks for sharing!
The pictures you took are beautiful! Looks like a great vaca for the family 🙂
What beautiful family photos! I love that they are all so bright and cheerful. It looks like you had an amazing vacation!
I like that you got your dad smashed at the dinner table-sorry, but I think that’s hilarious!!
Love the picture especially those with the kids having fun!!
I loved reading it but my very favorite things are your photos. Just incredible!
your photography is gorgeous! the story of your dad cracked me up!!
I love your photos…except for one thing. Mom wasn’t in any of them. Would have loved to have seen a pic of you after your spray tan!
I love the beautiful family photos by the water. I could sure use a vacation myself :0)
I love the pictures, it looks like a memorable and fun time!
That vacation looks perfect! It’s like something out of a TV show. 🙂
What a beautiful family!! That water looks amazing and so did all the delicious looking food!
Your pictures are stunning! Looks like a magical vacation full of lots of family memories.
I Love The Family Photos!
I love all of the beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a wonderful time!
love how much those beautiful children enjoyed this adventure
What I loved about this post was seeing and reading about all that you did on this fabulous trip. It looks like you all had an amazing time!
I loved seeing all the pictures of the trip and how cute your kids are. It looks like you and your family had a wonderful time.
I loved everything, what talent in taking the pics, they are fun and positive, and what a beautiful family!
I loved the pictures and the setting.
I love the beautiful pictures…so pretty.
I absolutely love the pictures at the beach.
What a fun post! I loved the pictures and your sense of humor! I can tell that you had a fabulous time on your vacation!
i loved the photos!
What beautiful pictures! And a beautiful location! Thanks for the giveaway!
You need another vacation right now so I may live vicariously through some more photographs.
Beautiful colorful page
Beautiful colorful page. Excited for this giveaway!
My favorite part of this post is seeing the heart warming happiness in your kids eyes.
I loved all the crystal clear beautiful photos.
Loved seeing all the wonderful photos! I’ve always been such a travel enthusiast but still haven’t reached the part of actually travelling. It would be awesome if I get to visit there too. Best regards 🙂
I am glad I found this site. I am enjoying what i am seeing.
I love the photos, it feels like we are there with you.
Such beautiful photographs!
Loved the pictures, looked like a great place to visit
I loved your photographs, but even more I love the story that your pictures told. Your family looks like they enjoyed themselves tremendously. Thanks for the chance to win.
I loved your amazing pictures. WOW! I’ve been to the Caymans twice and never saw the iguanas like that.
I loved everything about the post, the glorious food, the underwater shots, the chickens and the kids dancing. You have a lovely family.
Thank you William!
I really loved looking at all your wonderful pictures! What a beautiful family you have.
All of your pictures are so beautiful! I’m green with envy! The kids jumping in the pool is the best!
I love your photos! They really enhance what you are saying in a great way!
Thank you for sharing with us your pictures and fun stories from the vacation. Could you share your vodka mango recipe?
Sure thing– was super simple. I took a liter of vodka and infused it for a day with 1 sliced mango, 1 bunch of basil and 2 or 3 sliced chiles. Don’t let it infuse for too long or it’ll become too spicy! It was actually perfect after a few hours, but a day would be ideal.
Looks like it was a great family getaway! Such great pictures to form the memories.
You have a wonderfull family the pictures are great.
Looks like fun! I love the pictures.
The pictures were my favorite part of the post. They made me crave a family vacation before my baby gets too old..she’s already almost there (16). Somewhere near water would be magical. You made it look perfect.
Thank you Samantha!
Thanks for the giveaway!
what great pictures!!! I need a vacation now. I love tom’s too
I love how “basic” (in a good way) such a place can be to visit without the lights, attractions-that the natural surroundings are enough of a wonderment to keep a person entranced.
Indeed, thank you so much Michelle!
I really loved the pictures! Looks like a fantastic time!
I loved the pictures!!
I love all the beautiful pictures!
Sounds like a lovely vacation! Would love to do this myself!
your family is beautiful and that is definitely my idea of the perfect family vacation.
What a wonderful time.the pictures were just the best.you can’t help but smile.thanks so very much for sharing.
I love Tom’s! Your photos are great. Very inspiring.
Very well put together, so many bright pictures, breakfast looks delish!
Such an excellent blog, especially the pics. Almost felt like I was there too!
I really like all of the pretty photos that you have!
TOMS is a great company and there shoes are great and the company makes a difference. This Cayman Islands trip and photos make me want to be there!
Love seeing a family having fun!
i absolutely love all the pictures of the kids having a blast, but about died when i read the part where your dad fell asleep at the table after drinking the alcohol!!
I love the picture of your child with the hermit crab on her hand. Sounds like you had an amazing vacation.
I enjoyed vicariously partaking in the vacation fun and I loved the giveaway! Thank you!
I love the pictures of your adventure!
I liked all of the photos – so pretty and it looks like you had lots of fun!
What a beautiful vacation! I think it’s great to continue to cook and make your own coffee when away from home!
Beautiful! thanks for sharing your wonderful trip !
TOMS family=life goals.
I loved the photos of such happy children! Mine are high school and college aged now…..I miss the early years <3
I love the environment of care and family created in the beautiful photographs. It certainly captures the spirit of the moment. Having worked on a cruise line medical team and visiting these areas I greatly appreciate the beauty and environment of simple sophistication.
So jealous! My dream vacation! I love all the pictures! 🙂
What a beautiful and amazing vacation! Wish I could go there, maybe one day! 🙂
I love the pictures! You have an absolutely gorgeous family and the vacation looked like tons of fun!
I loved so many things about this post.. your “other skin”, can dolphins read, and bread for the iguanas! Plus your amazing photography!! I wish I had family vacation photos like these! Your kids are going to thank you when they’re older!
I liked the pictures. Nice looking family & it looks like a beautiful place to visit.
I love all the beautiful pictures. It definitely makes me want to go on vacation! Love the Toms too!!
I loved seeing the pics from the trip!
The pictures! Beautiful family and a great vacation.
I love the pretty nature shots.
I went to the Grand Cayman Islands through a cruise, but you do not get to see everything when you do it that way. I like your more detail. Thank you
I like all the awesome pics!
I loved all of the pictures of your family vacation!! It looks like fun was had by all. Your children are beautiful and will have such amazing memories from this time together!!
I really loved seeing the details and photos on your website here. It really makes this a special place.
i love the beautiful pictures. it all looks so fun