Friday, December 19, 2014

Cozumel - Week 4 ( A Little Early)

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(where we bought the boat)
 to Lake Ontario Click this link:
  SOUTH CAROLINA
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Another great week!  

Our youngest daughter, Kelly arrived from Canada and we began Christmas celebrations...
As you know, part of Christmas is shopping.... That is where my beautiful wife really excels! Shelley and a few friends took the ferry to the mainland on Tuesday, rented a car and drove to Cancun for a day of Christmas shopping....  Apparently, all went well.....


 On Wednesday, we had a special friend arrive... who knew Santa was a scuba diver?



With the arrival of Santa, Shelley and I got motivated to decorate our Christmas tree... I really isn't very big, but it hold many cherished ornaments and memories.


We also spent time preparing to distribute what may be the largest amout of school supplies so far. We have learned of an area on the island where there is no power, no running water and no sanitation systems...  there are also hundreds of children who don't see much of Santa at Christmas...  We have learned that Santa will be visiting these kids on Saturday morning.  Shelley and I enlisted the help of a few of Santa's elfs and have prepared almost 200 gifts of school supplies.... The ladies from our church made a whole bunch of beautiful pencil cases, but there wasn't enough, so we purchased some nice plastic bags and some ribbon and were able to make up the number we need (hopefully)...  Sadly, no matter how many we make, it won't be enough....





Here are two of our best friends on the Island, Francisco and his wife, Matie... A few years ago we were blessed when they were able to come to Canada and visit us with their two children...  It was an unforgettable trip for all of us...


Oh Look, another picture of Troy and Kyle...  We were at the airport.  He was waiting for his mom and we were waiting for Kelly...


Shelley and I spend a great amount of time in our dinghy.... n= For people like us, it has become our mini van...

  The view from our little corner of the world....


Kelly sitting on Santa's knee...

Don't worry... Santa is drinking Mexican milk...
 Kelly and Shelley walked to town where Kelly bought her FIRST legal drink...


On Thursday Mike & Margaret held their annual Staff Christmas party.  All of their employees and their families are invited to a party where a great meal is served by Mike & Margaret (and a few "volunteers").  we ate Lasagna and Cesar Salad and cake... This was not a very Mexican meal, but everyone really enjoyed it...  Mike worked at home for two days to make the 7 huge trays of lasagna we needed to feed everyone...


Santa and his elf's arrive in style....
 Kelly has been a great sport, and volunteered to help Santa over the next few days...

Kelly and Rocky

Eddie and his two boys....

The Christmas party in full swing....


Kelly and Francisco's son, Pancho....
 We have known Francisco and his family for many years... It's amazing how much all the children have grown into great young adults...  We are so proud in so many ways...




Nd then it was time to go home... lol....
More soon!
Cheers!

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