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Last Day

Eat, Sleep, Eat, Love

The revolutionary (chef) costume for today:

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I didn't even realize Ezra had packed his "outdoor cooking" apron (it has a picture of a grill on it, soooo...), but I guess it's good to be prepared.

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In this case, for a personal invitation to come hang out with James the Jerk Master as he prepared Bluefields' weekly jerk chicken lunch

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It was...

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...so cute.

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So very, very cute, I thought I couldn't even stand it.

Until...

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Ike got himself a bite of the chicken.

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And Ike got himself a special pre-lunch to-go package of the chicken. Which he ate completely, in record time.

And the next thing I knew (translation, the next time I did a head count and realized we were down one child), this was happening:

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Ike, in the OTHER chef's costume, out there pulling chicken off the grill in front of a live audience. 

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Look out, Bobby Flay. Or anybody else who thought they were maybe getting some chicken for lunch, because I think Ike thought anything he helped with would be his to eat.

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He did end up sharing with all his friends at the kids' table, however. The drumsticks were a particularly big hit over there, including with NOAH, who cleaned every bit of meat off at least two or three of them. WHAT.

Grown-ups got some too. Plus a bajillion sides and maybe a large amount of alcohol for that early in the day, but I think the time zone here is something something doesn't count. It was unbelievably good, and so much fun, since all the other guests here combine into a really cool group of people.

(PLUS HEY EVERYBODY WANNA HEAR ABOUT THE TIME I CAUGHT A BARRACUDA?)

Later, I put on a dress that I swear fit me just fine on Friday but is now officially snug, to put it mildly. I regret nothing.

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One last thing:

We set the boys up with a movie on the iPad at night, usually propped up against some pillows on Noah's bed. Then Jason and I stay upstairs with a laptop, streaming Orange is the New Black (a ritual we share with literally every other guest at every other villa, as we learned at the jerk chicken lunch). We check in on them frequently, usually just to see how quickly they all zonked out.

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LAST BABY STANDING!

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LOOK AT THESE FREAKING LIGHTWEIGHTS. I KNOW, RIGHT?

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Some kids just can't handle their Jamaica, I guess.

Comments

JulesInNC

Too much cute. Can't handle! I must have a beach and a boatload of jerk chicken, STAT.

(Taking our toddler to the NC beach in a couple of weeks, WITH eager grandparents & aunt & uncle to help, muahahaha.)

Sue W.

You should be charging Blue Fields for all the free help their chefs are getting! I have a feeling you are gonna hate it when Saturday rolls around.

Kate

I'm already trying to convince my parents and my brother/SIL to join us there in October 2015. I spent 20 minutes yesterday on the website debating among the villas. It looks awesome!

JenVegas

my head just exploded over how cute all of this is. seriously, just KABLOOEY.

Suzy Q

I do not even know where to start with all of this Cute. I have to say, the staff there really seem to know how to handle small children. I can see it in the way they are holding the kids, keeping them safe, all the while helping them to do fun things. What an amazing place!

RzDrms

You make me happy, when skies are grey.

cath

I can't believe you will be going home. this place seems like heaven on earth. Only wish I lived closer so i could go too. I'd need to steal your kids tho ;)

Roberta

OMG. So great. So cute. So amazing. So...everything. This is pure cuteness and delight. Enjoy the last day, and man, I have got to get me & my family to this place.

Lynda M Otvos

The Tropics are SO MUCH more kid-friendly than any other place I have ever lived or visited. The people in the southern climes love their babies and Everyone else's too. And the kids feel that love and acceptance from the minute they set foot in the locale. I love that you picked up on this difference in culture.

Dawn

OMG! How sweet of the staff to be so patient with children. That alone would make me want to come back.

And you should do this: REGRET NOTHING!

Sydney

I had to zoom in on that first pic of you and Ike. Because OMG CURLZ!!!

Thank Teh Hairz for making my Monday not suck.

Sydney

Dangit. Wrong entry. Ignore last comment.

Yolanda

OMGAH WITH THE TINY OVEN MITT ALREADY!!

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