My Grandpa

  Everyday that I’ve been on this boat adventure I’ve thought about my Grandpa.  This especially rings true when the heads overfill and other awful stories.  He is a story teller and in my mind I could hear him laughing and understanding the predicament as...

A Day with the Gators

We have had a 500 point and candy bar prize to the person who spots the first Alligator in the wild.  I won that one.  I had gone up to talk with Matt and Kyle on the bridge and I spotted a gator!  We are all excited and yell for the kids.  Not all the kids believe me...

Another first

We have been counting our “firsts” throughout this adventure.  The first night on the boat, the first time we overfilled the head, the first time we took the boat out, the first time we took the boat our without a captain, and on and on.  Well last night...
Ella’s Room

Ella’s Room

We painted Ella’s room today.  It is a tight space.  It needed to be a little more cheery in there so it didn’t look like a boring, storage closet. Ella’s room is connected to Alice’s. It wasn’t the usual latex paint that I’m used to.  It was more drippy and stickier,...

Ruskin will be missed

Matthew returned from Vegas with kids leaping off the boat and running into his arms at his return. A boat came into the marina and while passing our boat they yelled out, “Go Hawks.  I’m from Burien!”  Instant friends, a fellow 12.  A bonus points...

Hobbs goes Disney

Hobbs hadn’t ever been to Disneyland or Disney World.  Neither has Alice or Calvin, but Hobbs being everyone’s favorite it was most important that he experience it.  We all had a great time, with very few melt downs (Although Alice and I did watch the...

Praise to the Man

Matt left early this morning to lead a conference in Vegas.  Our days since we arrived have been filled with unpacking, shopping, fixing, installing, and the usual cooking and cleaning of any household.  We have had hiccups of loss of power and overfilled heads...

Day 9 – ABANDON SHIP! TEENAGER ONBOARD!

Today our oldest, Alice, turned 13 which means we official have a teenager on board. If ever we had motivation to buy a life raft to abandon ship, this would be it. 😊 Just kidding. In addition to the usual birthday celebrations, we rented three jet skis for the...

Don’t ignore alarms

We have had a weird alarm the past few days that we haven’t been able to figure out, until this morning when we woke up without power. A few lessons learned.  First, don’t ignore alarms.  They mean something usually bad.  Second, we will be checking our battery supply...