Tuesday, June 4, 2013


"And when that summer sun starts to beatin' down
And you don't know what to do
Grab your swimming trunks, ice up that old Igloo
And drive until the map turns blue" - Brad Paisley

In May we got together with a bunch of good friends and headed North to Musandam, Oman for a day cruise. The boat was charming. The kids had fun playing simon-says or trying to stand on one leg with the waves a rocking. The scenery was captivating, the water was perfect, there were lots of snacks, drinks, and munchies... plus, we got to spend an entire day out with good friends. Totally worth it.

Leaving the Harbor
Headed out to Sea

How's your balance?

Simon Says: "Give me 10 push-ups"

 Jumping off the boat deck

Too much fun

Hanging with cousin Lorie Lee

Queen of the World
This guy loves the water.


Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Emerald City

"Well, you don't know what we can find
Why don't you come with me little girl
On a magic carpet ride" - Steppenwolf

Check out this video of the little city that has been our home the last 3 years.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sri Lanka

"Welcome to the jungle, We've got fun 'n' games
We got everything you want. Honey, we know the names" - Guns and Roses

I meant to share this sooner, but.... well things have been hectic.  Anyway, without further ado, here is an overload of the highlights, photos and video of our recent trip to Sri Lanka: (you have been warned, there are A LOT of photos)

Sri Lanka is beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. It reminded us of Hawaii but without the sheer cliff mountains and with a whole a lot more poverty and people. We spent two days in Kandy (The high country) and two days in Bentota/Beruwala near the ocean. There was a lot of driving involved but the scenery was gorgeous and fascinating.

Yvonne had this to say about the driving: "I thought driving in Dubai could get crazy. I didn't know crazy until we went to Sri Lanka. Not only do they drive on the wrong side of the road but there is an invisible third lane that everyone in both directions uses all the time. The roads are small and curvy and in the high country have steep drop-offs. We had a hired driver the entire time so we could just sit back and relax. The kids loved that there were no seatbelts in the van."

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
We rode elephants, fed elephants, watched them bath in the river, took pictures with them and got totally grossed out by their poop-eating antics.

Tea Party
Even though we are not tea drinkers, we visited a tea plantation and took a tour of a tea factory. It was fascinating. Advise: Watch out for the tea leaf pickers. This photo cost a fortune and they were still begging for more as we walked away. Everyone begs and/or demands money everywhere you go. It's sad but we finally had to start saying no. We started offering food instead but no-one wanted food.

We saw lots of waterfalls, lots of wild monkeys, a python, lizards, a land monitor (They are huge lizard things), baby alligators, so many many wild dogs, cows, tons of water buffalo, crabs, birds, turtles etc.

We went to a turtle hatchery and got to hold little baby sea turtles that are waiting to be released back into the ocean. It was surprising how much they let us handle and play with them. Rigdon was not gentle.


We took a river cruise down the Bentota River (It's huge) and saw baby alligators, went through mangroves, saw more monkeys and birds and roasted in the sun.

Buddha, Beach, and more...