Monday, February 23, 2009

Aviv, Barack, Eliad, Eliana, & Bob

Last week we enjoyed a visit by Bob and Eliana and their three sons, Eliad, Barack, and Aviv. Bob grabbed plane tickets to Belize during the fare sale last fall, and managed to put together a week-long family vacation for the Presidents’ Day school break. They arrived on Tuesday, and on Wednesday Selwyn took them to Barton Creek Cave, then came back to the Farm for lunch, saddled Tony, and took a wander down to the Green Hills Butterfly Ranch. The boys are 7, 5, and 3, which is very close to the ages of Selwyn’s kids, so we had dinner here on Wednesday night with Selwyn’s family. The kids hit it off, so dinner was quite chaotic, but lots of fun for everybody.

After dinner, a very brave Selwyn led all seven children, plus Bob, Eliana, and Ilda, on a night hike. Eliana was a little stressed about kids disappearing off the edge of the trail into the murky jungle (as I would have been, which is why I didn’t go!), but Selwyn calmly lead the group around our trails and everyone made it back safely.

On Thursday, Selwyn took them to Caracol, where they toured the archeological site. Selwyn said he was even able to occasionally grab the boys’ interest and teach them a little bit about the Maya! On the way home they stopped at Rio Frio Cave and Rio On Pools, and returned home in time for a brief rest before dinner. They left us on Friday morning to spend the rest of their vacation out on Ambergris Caye in San Pedro – a big change from the jungle!

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