Camden turned the Big 8 yesterday. His only request for his birthday was to go deep sea fishing. No surprise there!
Cam started the day by baking his cake with me and opening up presents. He got a Tervis Tumbler with the Hope Town lighthouse and fish on it.And he got this shirt which I’m sure he will never take off.After a quick bowl of Cheerios (and of course no homeschooling on a birthday), we took the dinghy over to a beach so Camden could do a little shore fishing. He was hoping to catch a pompano.While Camden was fishing, Joellen was off exploring the rocks. Joellen needs more alone time than Camden and Maria, so when we get off the boat Joellen likes to have some time to herself.After an hour of no luck with fishing, Camden decided to join Joellen in the water and look for sand dollars. Joellen’s top goal of the trip has been to find a sand dollar. She has found plenty of sea biscuits but no sand dollars. Wiggling her toes in the sand, Joellen finally found one. She used Camden for balance to pull the sand dollar up with her feet. Sweet success!We all hopped back in the dinghy and rode back to the boat to head out to sea. Camden really wanted to have cake out on the ocean while deep sea fishing. So we headed out of the Sea of Abaco through a cut into the Atlantic. Marc and Camden put some stinky ballyhoo with a skirt on, hoping to entice some Mahi Mahi.After twenty minutes went by, the temptation of cake was too great so Camden asked for it to be cake time. Camden came up with this idea to decorate his cake with a fishing lure.Because of the wind, the candles kept blowing out. So we had Camden sit under the dodger for a little wind protection.Unfortunately Camden did not catch any fish, but he did catch lots of hugs and kisses on his special day which made it all better.We sailed into Fisher’s Bay on Guana Cay in the late afternoon and dropped the hook. As we pulled into the anchorage, S/V Diva Di called over to us, “Marc, Jen and crew…hello!” We met Duane and Diane on Maria’s 3rd birthday down in the Exumas and they came to her birthday party. What a small world that we see them again and it is Camden’s birthday. We just love this close knit cruising community. We told them we’d be right over and we cut a slice of b-day cake for them and hand delivered it. It was fun catching up with them and hearing about their adventures since we last saw them a month and a half ago.We then headed over to Grabbers, a fun restaurant/bar on the beach. We were pleasantly surprised there was a pool, corn hole, hoola hoops, and a ring toss game. Talk about kid heaven.
Camden, we will never forget this special 8th birthday and we know you won’t either. You may be our wild one and our little negotiator, but we love your spirit and zest for life. As we always tell you, “You are so full of life.” We love you so much and you make every day a true adventure.