I have to admit, I am still overwhelmed by the response Steve & I get with people following us & reaching out to show love! It's amazing & motivates Steve & I to remain positive. I know I've slowed down on the blogging (adjusting to a new job--where it requires a ton more paperwork) but I wanted to write a quick update.
First of all for everyone who has participated in the past fundraisers---thank you for blessing us with your monetary gifts! As most of you know Steve has yet to receive any disability as he was on a 6 month waiting period (still can't figure out why, and have exhausted all resources to try to fight it), but I also am in the transition of beginning a new job & trying to establish a strong client base to have a good cash flow coming in. The energy that y'all have spent & donations mean so much! Thank you thank you!
Steve & I still receive emails/messages daily & for those thank you! Life sometimes has a way of beating you up making you feel like you aren't doing enough & your daily reminders & uplifting words are so appreciated & keep me going! <3
So Steve & I recently took a camping trip to Live Oak Florida for the Wanee Music Festival! Steve has mentioned wanting to go to a festival and after research (Thank you DANNY) this one was the most "wheelchair" friendly. It was an amazing experience. We met some of the coolest hippies around. These people have such an amazing mentality that Steve & I quickly learned to love & begin to adapt in our life. The more & more I write about this the more it is beaten into my head--Less IS More--Also, they take responsibility for keeping the Earth clean & beautiful. It was an amazing thing to see such a clean festival & everyone contribute to cleaning up after themselves. Everyone recycling & taking the extra effort to maintain the beauty that is left on Earth. It really inspired me to make sure I'm truly doing my part. It's easy to take the extra effort & I'm appreciative of the reminder of the importance!! Also, I must pat myself on the back for completely pulling everything together from packing up the car, setting up camp, grilling out, etc... I haven't been completely citified after all! ;)
Quick side note---special thanks again for all those that constantly check on Steve during the week. Like I've said some days are worse than others but the constant support from all those who love him while I'm working helps a lot! I hate leaving him home alone during the day so not only does it help keep him company when y'all visit for lunch---but also eases my mind! Much love as always!! <3
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The first 2 days Steve & I really enjoyed the relaxation privacy that Coco Plum has to offer. You can be secluded even with 10 other couples & about 15 employees. We lay out, lay in the amazing hammocks (which we now HAVE to get one it's an amazing therapeutic thing to lay in a hammock), walked Steve into the Ocean, & just truly soaked in how amazingly beautiful this place is. We immediately get along with everyone, staff & guests are all just very laid back, genuine, & kind people. After breakfast the second day Sergio asked if he could help us push Steve around so we could tour the Island. This was such a sweet gesture & it meant so much to us. We got to see all of the amazing Island & we were really starting to pick up on the kind of people we were amongst. :)
Now let me mention the food. We would have breakfast at 7 AM (they were also super flexible & wouldn't give us any grief for being late. Sam would always come knock at our door & help us get to breakfast :)) Lunch was at 12 & then dinner was at 7. I swear not eating any other meat than seafood worked to my advantage. They would catch their fish each day & it was the BEST seafood I have ever tasted. All the food was always so fresh, perfectly cooked, & seasoned! We had Renae & Sam take care of us each meal & they were very accommodating for Steve & anything he needed. Heck we were hungover one morning & Sam came & set us up breakfast on our front porch of the cabana!! :)
The days all start to blend together because we fill them with so much...breakfast, lay out by the bar on the deck with some of our new friends :), drink lots of yummy drinks, hang out with sergio, nap, swim, lunch, drink some more, hang out some more, and then dinner & drinks & dancing dancing & more dancing :).
Rojo took us on a special snorkel trip so Steve & I could go, we invited along another couple Dave & Janet, as Dave didn't feel comfortable to swim in the open ocean. We parked on the beach of Pelican Island. Rojo took me out while Steve chilled on the beach, & Crispen took Dave & Janet. Rojo & I swam out & checked out some of the reef & then turned around early to go hang out with Steve. We took Steve out & he went swimming & stretched around! Rojo, Steve, & I hung out in the water just soaking in the amazing feeling for close to an hour. We then took the boat over to bird Island. I've been checking bird Island out since we arrived & it was so cool to go up close. Frigates & yellow footed boobies live on the Island & hang out on the Black Mongrel trees. They chose this particular Island because it's the highest elevation. Pretty cool to see up close.