We've been in Aruba since the 16th of May and the kids have only just started to get settled in. I guess we've under-estimated the effect that all this traveling would have on them (2 weeks in the UK, one over-night in Houston, four days back in Belize, one over-night in Miami and then on to Aruba)
The effects of all this upheaval were mainly visible in sleeping problems, being moody (Lucas acted like he entered early puberty...I've never met such a moody 4-year-old!) & fear of new children, something my kids normally never suffer from. We had hoped to enrol the kids into a playgroup for the 3 weeks that we were here, but after 3 failed attempts and some rather hysterical scenes, we gave up.
So now our days are filled with:
- Watching rented childrens DVD's in the morning, whilst mum drinks coffee and slowly wakes up (we don't really have rental places back home, so to rent a DVD is a luxury for us)
- Dad taking Lucas to the driving range to practice their golf swings
- Shopping (big supermarkets are extremely exciting to those of us who have lived in Belizean jungle for the last few years)
- Spending time on one of the many beautiful beaches in Aruba
- Hanging out with my mum, sister and their partners
- Exercising at the local gym (I'm in heaven! Some real time for myself)
A few hours later he tried to drown him in the sea....
One of the many fun nights in Aruba. Here Lucas tries his hand at 'spijkers slaan', where you have to try and knock a nail into some wood in as few hits as possible.