Our eldest was throwing up chunks of carrot on me and I was moaning on our bed with our youngest child. I was 6 months pregnant and offshore sailing with my husband, a friend and our 2 kids aged 2 and 3 years old. [Read more…]
I had just finished putting three squealing kids into bed. You know the usual routine of a quick squirt down with water, finding whatever clean clothes they have to wear as pajamas, brush teeth and a story that never seems to end.
All kids were in their bunks still screaming complaints of not being tired when I walked up the steps into our pilot house. Carl was in his typical nightly position of lying in the sea berth with his iPad on his chest. Knees propped up trying to get some much needed cool air around his legs and man bits. Sticky hot.
Last night I lay in bed wondering, how am going to move the boat by myself if the anchor drags? The winds were starting to pick up to around 20 knots with gusts of what felt like 60 but really was probably only 25 or 30 knots.
It was my first night alone on anchor without Carl or any other adult to confer with.
Homeschooling has pretty much become the most important aspect of my life now. I used to binge on amazon tv shows and sew a little but now all of that has taken a back seat to the education of our kids.
Capri is 7 and Cali is 5 so I must say I”m still pretty new to all of this. I started this endeavor on our last boat, Salty.
Back when the girls were 3 and 4 I decided to go with the Pre School package offered by Sonlight, it’s basically a very comprehensive library of books. We are not a religious family and even though Sonlight is Christian based it was still a good fit for us. The girls were happy to sit for hours looking through the books and me reading.
Last week was totally miserable, lets be honest – nobody likes yard time when living on a boat.
The (waay) cheaper option is to live onboard while you’re hauled out, which is totally do-able and not that bad if you’re just a couple with no kids. When you add kids, a tall unstable ladder, toxic dirt and loud power tools, it’s a recipe for disaster.
We sucked it up and rented a hotel apartment for 10 days which we ended up having to move to another hotel after for an extra 3 nights because of the sand blasting debacle.
Here’s the run down. We needed to get the hull (under the waterline) blasted to remove a year + of barnacles so we thought we might as well get the rest of the hull blasted and bring her down to an aluminum hull – Carl’s dream.
After a minor stall at the Causeway Bridge we finally made it over to the yard to get hauled out. It took us all day to get to the yard and get a crane to pull us out, after all we do live on Caribbean time.
Check out episode 3 vlog on our youtube channel.