It was mid-April, when Stephen came home with some interesting news. The seniors had voted on which of the three school administrators to invite to their senior trip. They had chosen Stephen to join them. They would be flying out to the coastal city of Guayaquil and then taking a bus to a tourist beach known as “Salinas” to spend a week there.
After trying not to feel jealous, I told Stephen that he should find out if I could come with our sons. At first, Stephen thought the idea would not be well received by the senior class. However, I continued to implore him to simply ask the class officers and see what might be possible. About a week later, he came back to tell me that the class decided that I (and the boys) could join them and the school would pay for our tickets.
I was so excited to pack up and leave school for the final week of May. We took off on Monday, May 25 and spent five days and four nights at the beach. I spent the week chasing Jared around, trying to keep Luke well-fed and trying to find time to relax in the midst of it all.
Jared and Luke experienced the beach for the first time in their lives. Jared loved the sand, but hated the ocean waves. We couldn’t get him to get anywhere near the water. But he could sit in the sand and play contentedly for hours, if we let him. In spite of his fear of the ocean water, he had no problem with the pool water. Every time we were near the pool, he wanted to play in it. Luke just took it all in as an average 4 and a ½ month old. As long as his belly was full, he was happy to lay on his back, suck on his fist and watch the world go by.
We returned to Quito on Friday afternoon, May 29, and ready to have another weekend before heading back to school for the final two weeks before summer vacation begins.
School Schedule –
June 1-5 – Final week of normal classes / Academic Week Begins
June 8-12 – Final Exam Week
June 12 – Class of 2009 graduation @ 7pm
June 15 – Final Teacher Work Day