Dale had taken Skylar, Aidan and Joy to the park one afternoon and talked with Noah and Sharlee when he dropped Skylar back off at home. He told them that he and Alissa were planning to take the family to Isla Paradiso for the four day long weekend that was coming up, and they would like Noah, Sharlee and Skylar to come with them. He also wanted to surprise Alissa by having a big family portrait taken. Noah and Sharlee agreed to go, and they told Skylar that they were all going on vacation.
After they checked into the resort, Noah and Sharlee went to their suite.
Skylar looked around curiously.
Skylar asked them. “Is this “cation?”
Noah smiled and explained to her. Sometimes they forgot that she didn’t know the meaning of all of the words that they used.
“A vacation is a break from what we usually do. This time we came here to Isla Paradiso for our vacation, and this is where we’ll be living while we’re here.”
Sharlee told her, “We’re going to have lots of fun, Skylar!”
Skylar smiled excitedly.
Noah told Sharlee, “This resort is just as nice as the one where we stayed last time.”
“Yes. I agree.”
They quickly unpacked their things and then changed into swimming suits. They and the rest of the family went to the pool.
Later that day, they met the photographer whom Dale had hired and surprised Alissa by taking a family portrait. She cried happy tears and then posed with her family. She would cherish those pictures.
The second day of their trip, they went to a local beach.
At first, Skylar was a bit nervous about getting into the water, but Noah held onto her as he dipped her into the water.
She ended up enjoying it very much. Joy splashed water on Sharlee, and Aidan jumped up down making big splatters of water go everywhere! He laughed as he leaped!
Noah and Sharlee exchanged a special look.
They knew that they were making good family memories.
Noah would never forget the expressions on Skylar’s face.
As he looked at his baby girl, he was filled with the special joyful feeling that she gave him.
Cara took some surfing lessons.
Shawn had taken lessons before, and he was already out on the water.
Noah took a long swim enjoying the coolness of the water.
Cara felt proud when she was able to join Shawn out on the water and stay on her board.
Sharlee played with Skylar in the shallow part of the beach.
Then Dale took Skylar and had a nice time with her.
Aidan and Alissa joined them.
Noah rented a Speedo, and he and Sharlee went out for a ride. This time he had come prepared for the seasickness. He’d brought Dramamine, but Sharlee had found some natural remedies that were working well for him.
Before they left the beach, Noah bought icecream for the kids.
Aidan couldn’t believe how big the cones were, but he intended to eat every bite of it. Joy looked over at him as she tried to steady her own cone.
Noah knew that most of Sky’s cone would probably end up on the ground or on him, but it was worth it just to let her enjoy it. He could always take her for a quick dip in the ocean to clean away the stickiness.
The third day of their trip, Alissa and Dale had the family ride a water taxi to a pier. There was a huge yacht docked.
Dale and Alissa didn’t explain why they were there until after they were all standing in front of it.
“This is our surprise for all of you. The last time that we were in Isla Paradiso, your father and I visited a boat builder. We contracted to have this yacht built. It’s for all of us!”
They looked at the reactions of their family.
There was shock on Aidan’s face.
Joy’s face clearly showed shock too.
Shawn looked at them with disbelief.
Cara was looking at them as though she wasn’t sure that she had heard right. Noah and Sharlee were smiling.
They all went inside the yacht and sat down. Dale and Alissa wanted to go over some safety rules with everyone before they showed them around.
“I think that everyone can agree that Skylar is always to be supervised while we’re on board.”
“Joy and Aidan, you are not to go out on deck without an older person accompanying you.”
“Joy is older than me.”
Dale just looked at him.
“I’m not a baby, Dad!”
Skylar announced, “I not a baby too!”
Everyone looked at Skylar and laughed. Aidan realized that Skylar was copying him. He didn’t want her trying to go outside alone. He sighed and then agreed.
“Okay, Dad. I won’t go out on deck without someone older with me. Right Skylar?”
Dale sailed the yacht out into the open water. Noah and Sharlee stood on deck looking at the view. This time Noah wasn’t sick, and so he could really appreciate the isolation and the freedom of being out on the ocean with his family.
Sharlee smiled at him, knowing what he was feeling. After a while, Dale anchored the boat.
He, Aidan, Joy and Alissa went snorkeling.
Alissa couldn’t believe how clear the water was.
Dale couldn’t either. He suggested to Alissa that the next time they visited Isla Paradiso, they should go scuba diving.
Shawn soared across the water windsurfing.
Cara came not far behind.
Skylar was asleep in Noah and Sharlee’s cabin on the lowest level taking her nap. Noah and Sharlee sat relaxing in the hot tub with the baby monitor close by.
The remainder of their vacation went by quickly just as vacations always do. They all returned home feeling refreshed and with good memories from their trip. This would probably be the last trip that they could take all together before Cara and Shawn started college the following year.