Easter Craft Ideas

Easter craft with a toddler!

Easter is just around the corner! Kai and I have been hanging out at home for the past week since he caught a cold two weeks ago. He was socializing with a lot of kids, so he was bound to catch something.

We took advantage of “home-time” with several trips to visit my parents and vice versa. Then a couple of days ago, I must have caught a little of what he had too! So, I was a little miserable. Thankfully, today we are both doing A LOT better:)

This also gave us the perfect opportunity to work on some Easter crafts!

We painted, and I made some egg-shaped stampers using some potatoes. Then I ran to Dollar Tree and found a pre-cut set of bunny glitter cut-outs that we glued to the cards. Kai loves playing with the glue stick and also painting! Here’s how the cards came out.

This year we are hosting Easter brunch for our parents, so we made a DIY banner too! Kai helped me color the paper with markers and spread the glue on the paper so I could stick the letters on. He also helped me put the spring stickers on the banner!

Here’s how it came out.

Hope you enjoyed reading! Happy Easter!!! 🐣

Old San Juan

Wednesday, 2/21/18
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Docked: 7am
All Aboard: 12:30pm

Our ship docked right in Old San Juan at 7am. Kai woke up right at 6:45am, so I got him dressed. My mom, Kai and I went exploring! My dad slept in.

We brought his stroller and planned to just walk around. As we were getting off the ship, we saw a beautiful rainbow.

Outside, there were lots of people asking us if we wanted a tour. I saw two men just finishing their run. I asked them where Old San Juan was, and they said we are there already. We were right in front of the Sheraton Old San Juan. They asked where we wanted to go. I said we just wanted to walk around and explore the area for about an hour. The older guy recommended we walk to the Old Fort. The other guy let us know that if we are heading uphill, that’s towards the fort and downhill is towards the port. They said going there and back would take us an hour and ten minutes. We thanked them.

And we were off! My mom was nervous and kept asking many people along our stroll where this was, but I just kept walking with Kai. It wasn’t long before we arrived at the abandoned fort. It was overlooking La Perla community which was above the ocean.

It was really bright that morning. Along our walk, we noticed the stores had yet to be opened.  I guess it was early based on PR standards. There were remnants from the hurricane, but it wasn’t so bad. There were some noticeable damage to the buildings, but everything near the port seemed okay. As we made our way back along the cobblestone roads, we noticed more and more stores were opening up.

The whole walk took us just under an hour, including the little stop at the old fort for some pictures. As we approached our ship, it started pouring outside! Thank goodness we were only about 100 ft away from shelter. Boy were we glad we ventured out before the rain.

We went back to our cabin, where my dad was still sleeping. We asked him if he wanted to join us for breakfast, but he said no. So we just went upstairs to grab some food. Kai ate a lot because we went out for a morning stroll.

After exploring the city, the rest of the day went by pretty fast. Kai had so much fun playing in the pool with another boy, who was about 3 years old. The other boy had a small water gun, so they were sharing toys. Kai had a lot of fun spraying the water gun. Although, I don’t particularly like the idea of using a water gun. I know, I know, a bit strange. But, I don’t know when would even be an appropriate age to introduce gun toys at this point. Whether it’s water guns, toy guns, or even those Nerf shooters. I know I just won’t be buying him any gun toys anytime soon. We will see what daddy thinks about this haha.

Puerto Rico was the cruise ship’s last stop! It’s finally time to wrap up our trip. Although we still have two more sea days before we return to New York. Dun dun dun…

Interested in reading more about our cruise? Here is our cruise prepshore excursion plan, days at sea,  and our commute from our hotel to the cruise terminal in Manhattan, along with our NYC adventure.

Antigua

Tuesday, 2/20/18
St. Johns, Antigua
Docked: 10am
All Aboard: 5:30pm

Our plan was to simply go to the beach. We made this decision fairly easily. This was after I found out the photography tour of Antigua was sold out.

The weather today was partly cloudy with some rain and around 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Since we docked around 10am, we tried to take our time in the morning. We grabbed breakfast and ate outside. Kai loved looking outside and watching all of the little boats go by.

The Journey to the Beach

My 78-year old dad, my mom, my 1.5 year old, and I made our way out of the ship around 10:30am, right after it docked and everything was cleared. Upon arriving at the taxi/tourist information desk, we were directed to wait for more people who were also heading to the beach.

Initially, the taxi driver was going to take us to Valley Church Beach. Then, this family asked to go to Darkwood Beach. The taxi driver we had ended up taking us all to Darkwood Beach. But, we had a mini argument because the other family was told we were heading to Valley Church, while the driver brought us to Darkwood.

We didn’t really care which beach we were going to, so long as everyone agreed on a time to come back on board the cruise ship. At that point, it was around 11:15am.

The family going to Darkwood Beach wanted to leave at 4pm. That was definitely too late for us. We decided to go with the other family and head to Valley Church Beach and agreed to leave the beach between 2pm-2:30pm.

It took less than 10 minutes to get to the beach. And, this one was closer to the cruise port.

When we got to Valley Church, we were directed to a man who gave us a bracelet indicating which driver we had to take us back, along with the pickup time. He also brought us two lounge chairs and an umbrella for shade. The chair rental was $5 each and the umbrella was $10.

Priorities

The first thing I noticed was how many seashells there were! So many. Also, the sand here was a lot more course than when we were at Cocoshell Bay in St. Kitts. We weren’t in a bay, so the water was a little more rough but not bad. The water was very clear, and it was beautiful!

The first thing Kai did was start playing in the sand.

The first thing my dad did was lay down on the chair.

The first thing my mom did was pay the gentleman.

Hold my hand

While on the beach, I took out all of Kai’s beach toys. We were there for a while, and Kai had so much fun playing. Then, a little girl, named Francesca (2.5 years old) from Argentina immediately came over to Kai when her family came to the beach.

She didn’t want to leave his side. Kai would try and “escape” by going towards the water or trying to play with other kids, but all she wanted to do was be with him.

It was so cute.

I stood and played with them most of the time. Her grandfather then came over and played with her while Kai and I were swimming. Then, he had them hold hands!

Too cute.

He tried to let her hand go, but she was very persistent.

Then her mom came over and gave her some snacks. A croissant and some cereal. Her mom tried to get her to take pictures with her family, but she wouldn’t leave Kai’s side. So, I took out some fresh berries and grapes we got from the ship. They shared and she fed him! Kai loved being fed.

The family finally got a few family pictures with the little girl.

Going Back

After she left, we just played a little longer and swam in the water. Kai is getting to be quite the kicker!

Then it was almost time to leave. My dad and Kai had collected some seashells before we left. I also grabbed some sand and put it in a large ziplock bag. I am planning on making some crafts when we return home.

The ride back to the ship was good. It was a fun beach day! I’m glad we went to this beach because Kai found a little playmate. Although if we ever go back to Antigua, I would like to head to Dickenson Bay. That’s where this Russian family we spoke to on the ship went to. The water was calm and the sand fine.

Let’s Sum Up!

Transportation method: Taxi (a group van) – as a group, we had to all agree on a time to go back to the port. There were complications with the driver taking us to one beach when he said it would be another. And, one family wanted to leave really late. In the end, it all worked out:)
Transportation Cost: $8 per person / each way ($16 round trip/person) – Kai was free (under 2)
Location: Valley Church beach
Distance: 20 minutes from port (where our cruise ship docked)
Cost for umbrella rental and lounge chair rental: $5 for umbrella and $10/chair

Total Cost for the 3 adults for the beach day: $48 (transportation) + $20 (rentals – umbrella and 2 lounge chairs) = $68

Cruise excursion for afternoon beach day = $59/person = $177 (for 3 adults)  for 3.5 hours (with umbrella and lounge chair rental)

We saved: $109 by going on our own and not with the cruise ship. The cruise ship only offered an afternoon beach outing. That would have interfered with Kai’s nap time. So, we were happy we went on our own.

Interested in reading more about our cruise? Here is our cruise prepshore excursion plan, days at sea,  and our commute from our hotel to the cruise terminal in Manhattan, along with our NYC adventure.