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just wanted to let everyone know the last blog post from st. john is up on http://www.tarahope.com 🙂 thanks so much for reading, hope you enjoy the pics!

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Buh-bye!

i have decided to switch blog names, so please head on over to http://www.tarahope.com and find me there! i wanted a name that was more me…i think this was a good choice, don’t you? 🙂 and now you dont have to remember that silly .wordpress.com part 🙂

i will be leaving this up as an archive, and will start fresh on the new blog, so it might be bare for a few days until i have something more to post. right now all thats there are a few pictures left over from what WAS my photo blog…which apparently needs a new home now, too.

i hope to see you all over at http://www.tarahope.com soon! 🙂

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we celebrated the new year in the best way possible, soaking up the sun and enjoying God’s beautiful creation! we chartered a boat to take us snorkeling in the us and british virgin islands…

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we went to these awesome caves that you could swim into…
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the insides were all different colors like they had been painted! beautiful!

we took the boat to a little restaurant on the water…

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gotta say, the food was good but you couldnt beat the view!
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we absolutely loved spending the day out on the water! what a great way to kick off 2010!

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best new years eve ever!

new years eve involved one of the coolest adventures we have ever had…and definitely the best lobster ever!

my parents chartered a couple of helicopters to take us to a tiny, tiny little island for a lobster lunch on the beach

the helicopter ride was pretty awesome since you could see every island from way up there!
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we landed right on the beach and walked about 100 yards to the restaurant

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it was literally right on the water!

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we did a little looking around/goofing around while waiting for lunch to be ready…

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this little guys name was zuma…and he was the cutest beach dog  i have ever seen! he looked like a sea bear!

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speaking of sea-bears…ha, just kidding stephen 🙂

we walked on the beach…

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and danced on the beach…(hes doing the “single ladies” dance in case you couldn’t tell…)

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and jumped on the beach…

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we had seriously one of THE best meals i have ever had…fresh lobster grilled right out of the ocean

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these things were huge! over 2 lbs each…

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haha matt was not letting one morsel go to waste…we all ran under the shelter to get out of a little rain shower and he stayed at the table munching happily on his lobster 🙂

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after that incredible lunch we got back on the choppers and they took us home to st. john…

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an incredible day with the family that will always be a favorite memory 🙂

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st. john day 4

tuesday night was emily’s 20th birthday so after our tex-mex dinner we got her an oreo cake, and one itty-bitty candle to blow out…

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and then we sang to her twice and made her blow out her candle again for the video camera 🙂

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today(wednesday) we basically had a monsoon all day long…

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but we didnt let it dampen our adventurous spirit! we decided to head all the way over to the other side of the island for lunch and some exploring.

the coral bay area is known for the wild donkeys that hang out there…and look! we found some! this little cutie even let me pet his nose :)…

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see…i told you it was pouring…

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but bad weather on the islands is still better than bad weather at home. and i still managed to find some photo opps…

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we ate at this great little burger dive in coral bay, called “skinny legs”(great name, right!? except dad kept calling it “skanky legs”)

ha, emily’s legs looked just like the ones on the sign…

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the rest of us…not so much…

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i liked how they had a little library you could borrow books from in the bar…

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good burgers, and a pirate, what more could you ask for!? 🙂

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st. thomas

yesterday we took a little jaunt over to the island of st. thomas to pick up emily(rickys girlfriend) at the airport and do a little shopping!

we took the ferry over, and it was SUCH beautiful weather!

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doesnt he look just like jim carrey with that hair? 🙂
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i love the color you find all over the islands!
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once we got there, we went straight to my parents favorite jewelry store, and started playing some serious dress-up!
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my sweet, sweet, sweet husby bought me a couple of shiny baubles 🙂 he doesnt look TOO happy about it, but i told him this takes care of birthdays and anniversaries for a bit 🙂
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after all that shopping we cooled off with some awesome smoothies before jumping back on the ferry
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matt stole stephens new shades…not quite sure if he can pull off the hipster look 🙂
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we had a couple friends join us on the ferry…these birds stayed with us almost the entire ride, it was really cool, and also terrifying being right under them, if you catch my drift 🙂
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after we got back to st. john we ate at a little tex-mex place for dinner…
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the boys had fun(if you can call it that?) putting all different types of hot sauces on their nachos. the caribbean hot sauces do NOT play around. i love texas pete and tabasco as much as the next person, but these sauces are TINGLY! 🙂
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loving the local flava!

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st. john day 2

yesterday we spent a little time out by the pool, trying to get some sun on our white legs 🙂

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last night we took a sunset cruise on a catamaran…it was absolutely gorgeous!

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they put the boys to work right away, raising the sails…

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and husby even got to steer the ship!

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after all that hard work learning how to be sailors, we sat back, relaxed and enjoyed our front row seats for the sunset

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when it got dark we headed back to the harbor, and went to grab some dinner…

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dinner at rhumb lines… SO GOOD!

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our colorful and tasty “pupu platter”…

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and some of the best desserts ive ever had! death by chocolate cake = a very happy tara 🙂

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