Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday Flashback

This is part one of a few posts on catching up where I've been all summer...eventually posting about our engagement and how Ordy proposed.

This one is a brief post on some pictures from the Cayman's- enjoy the pictures :)

The house we stayed at was gorgeous. The decorating was PERFECT for a beach house! Such amazing natural light and bright paint- sorry for the dim lighting in the pictures!

We were a few miles away from Rum Point and it was soooo gorgeous. The crystal clear water was perfect for snorkeling. Of course Ordy spent all day looking for treasures. haha

Dinner outside with Ordy and his cute sister.

Our cliche beach pictures before we left :) 

LOVE this boy to death
And of course, no trip is complete without my personal collection of iPhone photos... you know the ones I immediately would e-mail or tweet... like specifically- "Brainy" pics... Don't know that story? Get ready for some nastiness...

1st Day There

Ordy jumped in from the dock at Rum Point- couldn't wait

The BEST Pina Coladas

killer tan lines... i's bad. 

incredible food. my favorite meal the entire trip! 

The royal couple

One night we bought fresh fish from her and grilled them- delicious
Annnnnnnd here comes brainy... I don't even know how to tell this story... But here goes.

Ordy's mom and I kayaked out past the break one day while Ordy and his dad went snorkeling. I figured no big deal, the water was clear and I was safe with Ordy. BIG MISTAKE. Ordy and I were out looking for pretty fish while he pointed down below at something. I came up to ask him what he was pointing at and he said, "Sea urchins. Tons of them. Don't you see?" That's when panic set in. Sure enough there were THOUSANDS of them. I know I tend to exaggerate, but there were seriously tons of them, looking down it was just a floor of thousands of sea urchins. I couldn't even breathe properly in my mask and practically hyperventilated. I swam as fast as I could to the kayak and jumped into it (how, I don't know- I couldn't try to get back in again if I tried... the panic and determination was insane). I practically envisioned a shark behind me about to bite my feet off, I hauled my soaking wet body onto that kayak faster than fast.

I laid on the kayak for 5 minutes trying to catch my breath. That shark attack image was enough to send me in a frenzy. I begged Ordy to un-anchor the kayak so I could float safely back to shore. I was done snorkeling. I tried and it just wasn't for me. Of course, Ordy couldn't undo his knot. The waves knocking into the kayak made the knot stronger and it was impossible to undo it without a pocket knife. Great. My only choice was to swim back to the house. For some reason- I thought floating to the top without letting my feet touch the bottom {Sea Urchin covered bottom} was the best idea.

Even in 3 inches of water.

Bad idea. I was such a moron. Instead of standing up and walking over the sea urchins gently in my water shoes to shore, I sucked my belly in and prayed I could float over the coral. HA. Not. Ordy's mom kept trying to get me to see how shallow the water was and where she was standing was ok, so she was encouraging me to stand up. I start to stand but I'm so panicked I start flailing around like a fish outta water and a wave hit me right before I could get grounded and knocked me on my front, then my back, then my front again. I got beat by a wave. Subsequently, I got beat by brain coral.

Who knew brain coral attacks? I surely didn't... I guarantee you I'd never have gone in the first place if I knew...

immediately after- the brain coral imprint in my back

I can't tell you how bad it stung/burned/oozed. I looked marked by an alien it was so weird. All I could think of was, "OH MY GAH MY WEDDING DRESS" hahaha.

The brain coral turned into one huge burning sensation of a scab. With even the detail of me brushing against it- the motion of the fall- engraved in my skin. Awesome.

I was too embarrassed to wear a tank top- but in the tropical weather had no choice. I had my long hair cover it- but I needed it exposed so I could have Ordy scratch around it when I got the awful itch. I would lean against any corner just to satisfy the itch.

Brainy turning into a scab
Anyhow, along with awful brain coral injuries, I got the worst sun burn on my face making me look even more like an alien. My skin was peeling in chunks so instead of a nice even tan, I had patchy bright white areas on my cheeks and forehead. Hence the vacation nickname of, "Pinky (my face) & the Brain (my back)".

All in all the trip was fun and relaxing. (Minus brainy, and the last day where I was alerted that Bandit was missing...ugh.) It was fun to see the other side of the Caymans. We went horseback riding along the beach and in the water- I wish I had pictures of that! But just imagine, my horse in the back lagging in the water while all 3 horses in front of us take a massive dump, while their poop floats all around me/my feet/my horse. I had to ride with my feet on my horses's mane while they excused themselves all over us. haha.

my fav hat y'all encouraged me to buy, thanks!

Thanks for letting me catch up- I love having these written down for my own record to look back on!


  1. OUCH!! Glad you're ok! That coral part doesn't sound fun at all. But the rest sure does! Beautiful pictures!

  2. looks like you had a great time. love the hat :)

  3. looks like so much fun - except for the snorkeling thing! Boo!
    I went snorkeling in Hawaii despite the fact that I am a terrible swimmer and totally got scraped up on all the coral and lava rocks. Ugh. Not fun.
    Glad everything else was good though - the water is beautiful!!

  4. ok.... you just confirmed my fears of the ocean. i HATE swimming in the ocean. something about your feet dangling in that deep open water is just NOT right lol we went to Jamaica for our honeymoon and the hubby convinced me to snorkel... yep jumped into an ocean full of tiny jelly fish! that brain coral just gives me the heeby jeebies :/