• Belize,  community

    A sad day.

    I am very sad today. Some of you may remember when I wrote about our recent trip to Belize (here and here). Last night, about 10:00 p.m., we received a phone call telling us that Ramon’s Village, the resort we stayed at in Belize, which is owned by people we know from the town we live in here in Mississippi, was on fire and appeared to be burning to the ground. It was one of those moments when I immediately felt my stomach in my chest. The resort itself is beautiful, but I was picturing all the people who work there that we had become so familiar with during our stay,…

  • Belize,  blogging,  Liebster,  Oxford,  the dog,  work life

    I got an award!

    So today, I got a message from Leslie over at Tally Tales that I had been nominated for a Liebster Award! Thanks, Leslie! I didn’t even know what this was, but sure was happy to get it once I figured it out!  Please go check out Tally Tales. I’ve really enjoyed it and I think you will, too.  So what is a Liebster Award, you ask? I asked the same thing. (Sorry, blogger community, for being so out of the loop.)    Answer: The Liebster Award is given to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. And it’s a “pay it forward” kind of thing, which is cool.  So here…

  • Belize,  hubs,  kids,  vacay

    Belize Va-Caye, Part 2: The Good, the Bad, and the Cranky

    I’ll just jump right in… The Good – Ramon’s Village I can’t say enough about Ramon’s. I loved everything about it, from our cute cabana (it was classified as “seaside”, but as far as I’m concerned, it was essentially “beachfront”), to the beach, the pool, the hammocks, the activities, and the restaurant. And the staff. They just make everything easy. They made dinner reservations, catered to my gluten-free diet, pretended my children really were perfect, and much more.  – Snorkeling My first snorkeling experience was on our trip two years ago. Frankly, this time I was looking forward this time to watching the children get to try it and swim…

  • Belize,  hubs,  kids,  vacay

    Belize Va-Caye, Part 1: Are we there yet?

    As we speak, we (“we” being my husband Noel, myself, and our two children) are returning from our nearly weeklong vacation in San Pedro, Belize. When I say “as we speak”, I mean that we are literally en route. I’m currently sitting in an airport terminal in Atlanta, anxiously awaiting a ride to Gulfport, which has already been delayed.  I really meant to do more writing during the trip, and I did formulate all kinds of things in my head, but I have to be honest: this is the first time I have opened my laptop since departing the US last Thursday, although I had it with me the whole…