Sunday, February 27, 2011

What??? No Ting?

It's impossible.  It.Cannot.Be.  No Ting to be found in Kingston?  It's a national staple, isn't it?!

This is Ting:

We discovered it when we arrived and there's just no going back.  It's so refreshing in the heat and humidity and it's become one of our favourite drinks.  Not quite a staple in our household, but pretty darn important!  It's a grapefruit-flavoured soda and it's made here in Jamaica.  If we have pop anymore, it's Ting.  It's great with ice and delicious mixed with white rum.  Mmmm, good!

That said, I've been trying to pick some up in the last week or so and none of the groceries stores in our area have it!  Yesterday, we did find some small bottles so we picked them up but even those are running scarce.  I went to another store today and asked and nothing.  They sold the last of their Ting last week.  What?  I have no idea what's happening but I'm guessing there could soon be disruptions in the city if Ting runs out!  :D

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Long time, no update

It's been ages since we last updated our blog.  After Brody, Hannah, Ian and Rhonda's visit, we had Nana and Papa arrive and stay with us for a month.  The kids have had such a great time playing with them and getting their undivided attention (thus the reason I've had so much time to scrapbook!).  Our first weekend with them, we stayed at the Great Huts at Boston Bay and went to Frenchman's Cove.  It's such a fabulous beach!  We also took Nana and Papa to Reach Falls, which are still my favourite set of waterfalls here in Jamaica.  We drove along the southeast coast back to Kingston - I love that drive, much better than through the mountains.

There was a lot of playing going on here.  Nana and Papa brought the infamous Fisher Price cars and people with them and the kids couldn't get enough of them.  They also played tea party, cars, ball hockey and soccer.  There was a lot of planes, trains and automobiles played too.  Nana got her daily half an hour in the sun while here - she wanted to soak up as much as she could.

Some of the sites that we hit here in Kingston were Devon House (and the I Scream ice cream shop there), Port Royal and the zoo.  They headed out to Parottee Beach near Black River and stayed at Idler's Rest, where we did in November.  What's so nice about there is that it isn't crowded so you can just completely relax.

Our last weekend, we went back to Portland.  This time we stayed in Long Bay and went to San San Beach both days.  The kids loved it there - the water is calm and very shallow so it's perfect for little ones.

It's hard to believe that a month is up and that Nana and Papa are on their way back to Manitoba.  But time certainly marches on, stopping for no one and nothing.  We're just thankful for the time that they were able to spend with us.  We have more visits coming up so we're happy for that.  :)

Lots of scrapbook pages to share

The last little while I've been busy scrapbooking and I haven't shared any of my pages here so you're going to get swamped today!  :D

These pages are paper layouts.  I finally got started on Aidan's baby album!

 And these are digi layouts.  Some were done for challenges on my two scrappy message boards, others were just done because I wanted to.  :)

And that, my friends, is all for now.  Tune in later for hopefully some news.  

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