New Year's Day Sunrise from the Boat


Trent and I were invited to go out on a tri-maran boat for New Year’s Eve.  It’s moored in La Cruz, which is about halfway between Sayulita and Puerto Vallarta.  We drove out at about 9 pm.  There were only a few of us: Rosina, the German neighbor who is mom to the twins, Ruben and Minerva who are 6, Darrin who is Rosina’s boyfriend and is the captain of the boat, and Trent and I.  We moored just out of the harbor which let us see the fireworks in both PV and La Cruz.  Oddly, PV is one time zone and Sayulita/La Cruz is an hour later.  Everyone knows about it and deals with it, except the tourists.  They forget or don’t know, and end up missing flights home.  There’s talk of changing Sayulita time to match PV next summer, during the slow season.   
It was lovely to be on the water with that rolling feeling and the salty breeze.  Our music came from a “party boat”  moored not too far, but not too close.   We just talked while the kids played and layed on big cushions until the first round of fireworks at 11, then 12.  Two shows for the price of one!  The kids immediately fell asleep and we weren’t far behind.     


It was a calm and sweet New Years.     




At first light we were up and motoring back to the marina, as Darrin had a group of 20 coming for a day-long cruise of whale watching and snorkeling.    


We spent a few hours at Punta de Mita climbing trees and looking for shells and then came home.  We have a new little wading pool for the yard that he likes to “surf” in.  


Trent picked up Staph in his mosquito bites when he splashed through the river about 10 days ago.  Not good. Staph can be a stubborn bug clear. Today is day 7 of oral Keflex and topical Bactroban.  It’s not spreading anymore, and the blisters have opened and are almost dried/scabbed.  But it still looks like its present and spreading subcutaneously.  There are small bumps near the closed wounds. Of course keeping him dry and cool is a problem down here.  Other moms have assured me it will run its course but it is hard to see him so banged up and marked.  We go back to the clinic later today for follow-up and I’m actually hoping for another round of Keflex.  The mosquitoes aren’t really the problem.  Because he’d never had but a few bites, when he does get one it swells and he scratches it until it bleeds.   Telling a 3-year-old not to scratch is as effective as asking the rain not to fall.  But I still try.
“Rub it just a little, okay?”  “But mama, I really like to scratch, it feels good.”  “Just rub it a little with your thumb, not your nails.”  “I like to use my nails, they scratch better.”     

I expected that after a week he would be nearly completely clear.  He’s not at all.  I worry that the Staph infection will progress and require IV antibiotics, or a hospital stay in Puerto Vallarta . Worst case I’d need to take him to the States, back to Idaho or to Grandpa’s in California.  This is one time I really hope I’m wrong and just being a Nervous Nellie.    



  1. Diedria said,

    January 3, 2010 at 2:09 am

    What a wonderful experience, would love to be down there instead of up here freezing out buns off, my parents are on a 22 day cruise from Florida to San Diego (Panama Canal) and are loving theirselves Im jealous. Im sure Trent will heal up soon, we went through a nasty bout of MRSA not fun but kids are tuff, clip his nails and let him scratch away that is what i did for Levi, Thanks for keeping in touch!! Happy New Year Dee

  2. January 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Sailing through the Panama Canal is on my bucket list-congrats to your parents for really enjoying their retirement!

  3. Debbie M Garratt said,

    January 3, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Hey Baby, So proud of you!!!!!!!!! What a blast!!! I am not woried about Trent, he has a great nurse for a Mom! Let me know if you need any Bactroban, etc…..Love you and miss you lots, Debbie and Andrew Jr.

  4. Paul O'Brien said,

    January 3, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Very nice blog, good to hear from you and I’m glad you and trent are doing so well. Love you both.

    Uncle Paul

  5. Joy Lang said,

    January 5, 2010 at 11:48 am

    What a wonderful experience for Trent to be able to go thru at this age. Trent will be just fine…he has a great mom who just happens to be a great nurse. I pray for you both and know all weill be fine. Love to you both, Joy
    P.S….Loved the pictures

  6. Sandy Blake said,

    January 5, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    I just noticed the rn. The use of the word subcutaneous seemed to be an intelligent comment for a layperson. You certainly don’t need my input. Heehee.
    Sounds like a wonderful New Year’s Eve for all!! It has been warm here in Carlsbad, but I’d rather be there. We have had some spectacular sunsets at the beach with the “green flash” to boot.

    • January 5, 2010 at 9:07 pm

      You’ve seen the green flash off the Cali coast? SO cool! Saw it once, weakly, off a boat in Hawaii–think I might have blinked and missed half of it! Trent’s skin is muy feo but the good news it’s fungal overgrowth rather than subcu Staph…whew. Isn’t Carlsbad inland like 30 miles? How are you seeing the flash? Sorry the pix are late…will try to do them tomorrow! XOC

      • Sandy Blake said,

        January 6, 2010 at 9:22 am

        Carlsbad is right on the coast about 35 minutes (depending on traffic) north of San Diego. Yes, we see the flash occasionally. My daughter lives at the beach and we walk with her 2 Labs everyday ( when she gets home from work) at the beach and sometimes the lagoon. Besides the flash, we see dolphins, whales, seals, egrets & the fascinating blue herons that live in a tree on her street. I live near the Agua Hedionda lagoon (stinking waters) & it’s a 5 min. drive to the beach from our house,. So glad Trent is OK!!

  7. Calysta said,

    January 7, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Hooray hooray hooray for your blog! Sorry I’ve been soooo slow to respond! It’s awesome, and you, my friend, are absolutely gorgeous with that shaved head. Gorgeous!!!! Way to go. So glad the staff is clearing up. I love you and miss you and think about you every every day!!!!!

  8. Sandy Blake said,

    January 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Calva es bella!!! You look fantastic!

    • January 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks Sandy I have clippers so when you get here I can buzz you too! Hope to get the pix tomorrow…. XOC

  9. Sandy Blake said,

    January 8, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I’ll have the #2 buzz por favor…..

  10. Sally said,

    January 8, 2010 at 11:29 am


    I came upon your blog and just had to write when I saw that you live in Sayulita!! We will be there for a week beginning Feb 3rd and have been there for the past 2 years as well. It is such a beautiful place and a relief from our Manitoba, Canada freezing winters.

    We always stay at Casablanca and love it and we have probably eaten in most of the restaurants in town. Our first stop is always Terrazola and a beer on the beach.

    Any events occuring in town the first week of February??? or any places we should go to? Would love any feedback at all….even just a hello.


  11. Allison Adare said,

    January 8, 2010 at 3:00 pm


  12. Annie said,

    January 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Wow, you are brave. You new doo looks fabulous. And I am sure a lot easier going in and out of the water. Your life down there sounds so awesome. Love all the pictures. Sorry about Trents ordeal, but this too will pass. I am just getting over strep, but doing much better. I am loving my life with my grandson. When are you coming back? Keep having fun. Love you, Annie

    • January 23, 2010 at 8:37 am

      Thank you so much Annie! Nice to hear from you and keep the pictures of Caden coming!

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