Little Eden Cay


For a while, when I heard the word, vacation, I’d cringe. Ever so slightly, but I would. For me vacations were distant memories of broken down cars, camping trips gone awry, or hotel carpet not clean enough to house a llama. Hence, the cringe.

When I was five years old, my family decided to camp in Yosemite. With a borrowed Toyota Corolla, my oversized family zig-zagged through the mountains and pulled over every five minutes due to car-sickness. Many hours later, we arrived to the campground only to realize we were totally not prepared to camp. With no camping reservation, we had to park in the RV section of Yosemite and pitched a two-man beach tent. For a family of six…in the freezing cold. There we slept—surrounded by $85,000 homes on wheels—and tried to make the best of it. The next morning, we woke frozen and hungry. So, while the campers to both sides of us were cooking bacon and eggs and pancakes in the morning on their gas stoves, my mother poured us cereal in plastic bowls, then reminded us to pray and thank God for this awesome experience. Right, mom.

When I was I freshman in high school, my dad said he found an awesome beach resort in Mexico. Swimming pools, beach access, kayaking. It was his dream vacation at his dream price. What he failed to mention was the hotel was in Tijuana, Mexico. Not the beautiful beaches of Cancun or Puerto Villarta, but Tijuana. Tijuana?!? When we pulled up to the so-called resort—complete with exposed cinderblock walls half finished and broken ceiling fans—my dad told me to pick my jaw off the floor. The rooms reeked of bleach and the brown shag carpet recoiled from the walls, as if they, too, knew just how desperate the accomodations were.

These vacations—regardless of their modest accommodations and simplicity—have fertilized awesome family memories. And while I wouldn’t change a single thing about my youth, I’m also happy knowing I’ll never have to do something like that again!

As JD and I planned our vacation, we wanted to make sure things were perfect. Because of all the amazing suggestions my blog readers provided, we spent night after night trying to find a good fit. It wasn’t until our good friend, David Jay, invited us to join him and a group of friends to Nicaragua when we realized we found a perfect fit. At first we thought we’d literally be camping on an island (JD seriously contacted the US Embassy, insisted on bringing water-purifying tablets, and wanted to buy a flare gun), but when David emailed over pictures of our beautiful accommodations, we were overjoyed regarding our new adventure! Be sure to check out DJ’s Blog to read more about our adventures!

We’re on our way out the door right now and won’t return until January 8, 2008. I highly doubt I’ll have email access, but please know I’ll respond as soon as I return, if not earlier.

I’ll still be blogging, so be sure to check back for trip updates! 😉

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  1. Olivia

    December 27th, 2007 at 12:06 am

    Have fun! Can’t wait to read all about your adventures!

  2. Ana Contreras

    December 27th, 2007 at 12:21 am

    Wow!! Have a great trip!!! Enjoy the beautiful sceanery!! Can’t wait to see how it goes…Take Care!!!

  3. JenniferElaine

    December 27th, 2007 at 12:25 am

    Have a fun and safe time! Happy New Year!!

  4. makeupbynora

    December 27th, 2007 at 12:55 am

    Have a great time Jasmine, you guys deserve it. Can’t wait to read about your adventures. Nora

  5. Simply Modern Weddings

    December 27th, 2007 at 3:35 am

    Have a wonderful New Years!

  6. cassandra m

    December 27th, 2007 at 5:38 am

    WOW, what an awesome trip! I am looking forward to updates. Have FUN and bring in the New Year safe! Many prayers for your trip.

  7. justin . lyon

    December 27th, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    Jealous!!!! How fun. We can’t wait to get together once you get back and hear all about it. Sounds like a little bit of paradise!

  8. jenniferL

    December 27th, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    this resort place looks beautiful!! great choice. enjoy your holiday.

  9. kimberlee

    December 27th, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Have SO much fun!!!!!! Can’t wait to see pictures of your adventures!

  10. Kilipohi

    December 28th, 2007 at 1:15 am

    I am so jealous, but know that you will have a wonderful time. Can’t wait to see all the pictures. I need to get my passport.

  11. Brian Khang

    December 28th, 2007 at 1:19 am

    Looks relaxing Jasmine, have a great time!!

  12. Michelle

    July 23rd, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    next time when you are on the search for a good place to go to on vacations, and if you liked Bluefields Nicaragua, you have to check out the Bay Isalands of Honduras. Three islands, Roatan, Guanaja, Utila. Roatan is the largest island great beaches and resorts great food, Roatan gets tourist from all around the world, oh it also is great for scuba diving if your into that and if not you can always learn on the island. Utila is smaller then roatan and has less population also great for scuba diving, since it has spectacular coral reefs, also you get to se whale sharks swimming in the area. Guanaja is less developed. Think about it, I have been to Bluefields it was good, but i love Roatan it was amazing! think about it, and if you decide to go email me i can email you a list of places to go and see on the islands and in Honduras as well. Love you Blog

  13. kay english

    July 31st, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    I really want to go to Ireland myself, but I’m afraid to fly lol