Eliza and her cousins had a great time waiting for the wedding to start.
But as we all know, kids are not the best at sitting through wedding ceremonies to finish up and after the initial fun of seeing the beautiful bride, groom and bridal party, a little boredom set in.
Luckily, there is a nice patch of grass right next to the church and it came in very handy for the cousins to play in while the bride and groom said their vows.
My mother seemed to enjoy being the elder stateswoman at the wedding and kissed about everyone in sight.
A week or so after the wedding, Saba's annual Carnival began. This was Eliza's first Carnival and we were party of the Carnival Group "Black Pearl Jam." I was coaxed into a pirate wench costume and Eliza and her best buddy Maya were our Mermaids.
We even had some cousin-pirates fly in all the way from Beijing to join the festivities.
Glenn was our official pirate captain and he took great care to keep his Mermaids entertained.
Our group of pirates were a pretty friendly bunch and so no invasions of foreign nations took place.
The pirate wenches were lead by cousin Wilma, who can be credited with getting me to join my first Carnival about 2 decades ago.
It is extremely important that pirates have a worthy seafaring vessel. Ours came with a full bar.
After Carnival, Eliza and I spent the rest of our time swimming, visiting family, barbecuing with friends and family, exploring, attending a couple of birthday parties and some good old fashioned driving in the back of a truck (but don't tell my mother).
We already miss our porch and our view and are plotting our next return trip. Maybe next time we'll take a pirate ship instead of JetBlue to get to Saba.