Friday, May 20, 2011

Parents Visit - Sunshine Grill, Stingray Sandbar and Alfresco

We had such a wonderful and fun-filled visit with Brent's parents. I was amazed at all we fit into our five days together. So much, in fact, that I'll need to split it up into a couple blog posts! We picked up Mom and Dad K at 12:30pm on Friday. Our first stop? I'll give you a clue:

That's right - our favorite, Sunshine Grill! Mom and Dad loved the food and ambiance, so we actually went back again our last night together.

Brent and I had placed an Amazon order with things M&D could bring for us. I'm most excited about the new wedding ring for Brent! This is is third ring he's owned in Grand Cayman. The first one he lost a week after moving here, and the second he lost a week after we got back from Christmas. I hope this one sticks around for a while.

Chicken Quesadillas. So beautiful.

On Saturday, we headed to Stingray Sandbar in our boat.

I forgot to take my dramamine, so I was feeling a little seasick from the ride. While I calmed my stomach, Brent and his parents jumped in. I love this next picture for several reasons. Mom's looking worried, Dad is hollering out to her, and Walter's throw up is in the corner (I wasn't the only one who got seasick).

Eventually Mom got very brave and was feeding the stingrays and letting them swim all over her. I was so proud!

Dad really loved the stingrays and had no hesitation. First he chased them...

Then they fought back.

Look at the determination! (FYI for future visitors, this is not the recommended way to approach the stingrays. Dad has the hickies to prove it.)

The boat rocked like crazy when anchored, so getting out was the best thing for the nausea. Brent thought Walter might feel better out of the boat as well, but I didn't want him in the water with the stingrays (not to mention Walter hates swimming and has an irrational fear of the ocean). Sweet Brent carried him around for a bit, until I got overwhelmed by the stingrays and he had to carry me around for a bit.

At the end of their stay, both Mom and Dad said the stingrays were their favorite part. It certainly is a unique experience! That night, we cleaned up and went to Alfresco for dinner. We made reservations for 6:15 to make sure we caught the sunset.

Mom and Dad outside our apartment

At Alfresco - I probably said something really funny to get these smiles. Actually, I think they were laughing at the number of pictures I was taking...

The sunset was lovely and the lighting was perfect for some portrait pictures. I couldn't resist snapping a few (hundred) while we waited for our food.

Each couple got an entree and a pizza to split. The food was amazing, the company was even better :) Mom and Dad got a seafood pizza and some kind of spicy chicken dish.

Our pizza had half pepperoni and half tomato and spinach. We also split the lobster ravioli in pumpkin sauce.

We ended up taking a lot of the pizza home, which I didn't mind one bit. For dessert, we split Baileys Chocolate Cheesecake and Key Lime Pie. See you later, diet! This is what vacations are all about!

(Please don't be a killjoy and remind me that I live here and was not technically on vacation...)

That covers Day 1 and 2. Stay tuned for lots more from the rest of our visit!


  1. Brent's gorgeous parents are proof he'll be looking great for years to come! Glad you had such a nice time.

  2. Oh Katie, for some reason this post really does my heart good. It's great to see you and Brent soaking up time with family. Brent's parents are well as you two love birds. Love to you. Em

  3. Gosh Brent's mom is gorgeous. Every time I see all your pictures it reminds me we need to really learn how to use our fancy camera too! :)

  4. Wow, my mom is getting a lot of buzz, and she deserves it. But, what about my dad? He's quite handsome too.

    That was a great week. I loved having my parents in town. Can't wait to get more visitors.

  5. Awesome photos! Besides your eye for a good shot what camera are you using?