No Signal

February 28, 2019

Its embarrassing to admit, but not long after arriving to our hotel in Jamaica, I realized very quickly that phone service was not great. Ok, not a big deal, who really uses their phone to make phone calls anymore? But the next realization was a real blow and had me spinning for…… actually, I don’t even know, cos I may have blacked out from the news that WiFi, was almost nonexistent. It seriously took me a minute to process. No WiFi?? This had to be a mistake, surely. Where was the hotel manager? Maybe I could just take a second of his time to suggest he hold down the “Power Button” of the hotel modem for the recommended 10 seconds and see if that wouldn’t help bust the signal and have it remain busted for at least the duration of our stay. I mean, no WiFi, in 2019?? How were we to survive. Its truly embarrassing how much of a stress this caused me. I mean, if I couldn’t share a photo, or create an IG story of some of the highlights, but only the highlights of course, my God we could never share the real, raw, down and dirty true life details of one of the kids in full on tantrum mode. Or the other in an utter stand off and borderline hungry strike cos the breakfast buffet didn’t have the maple syrup he likes to put on his pancakes. You know, real life problems. But if I couldn’t share on Instagram, then, were we even really there?? Yes, its sad and it’s embarrassing that social media has such a hold on our lives these days. Needless to say, I eventually settled down, reminding myself that I use to live in a world without internet and social media. And to be honest, it was a much happier time. Now, here I was being gifted a vacation free from WiFi, free from social media. The only thing I had to worry about, was hanging with my family. Planning beach days and adventure days. Leaving my phone in the room and often leaving my camera too. Letting moments happen without feeling the need to always capture them. Thats not to say the camera stayed out of commission the entire time. Heavens no. I mean I still have the self appointed job of being the family preserver of memories via photos. And here are some beach day memories.

Each morning the hotel took the kids down to the beach to feed the fish. Cullen loved it.

Tearing up the bread for the fishy.

Here fishy, fishy.

Cullen got tired feeding the fish from the pier. He prefers to get into the ocean up close and personal with the fish.

Meanwhile on the beach, Keane waits impatiently for the fish feed to end.

Splashing his brother is his idea of fun.

A game of tag around the tropical beach umbrellas.

Time for some beach digging and building.

Filling up the newly dug shark pool.

Shark castles.

In the absence of buckets, we’re using beverage glasses. #resourceful

The Family.

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