This week has been all about Athena. Splashing in the pool, building sandcastles, strolling down the beach, meeting other babies, and playing toddler games consumed our days and filled my heart with joy. Today, our last day at Pink Shell Resort, though, I had to test out the water sports. Every day when I walked by the water bikes, the kayaks, the paddle boards, the jet skis, and the Hobie Cats they called my name. We used Darren’s lunch break today to give into temptation and give them a spin.
The water bike was my first adventure. I’d never tried one before. It was like maneuvering an over-sized paddle-boat. I had to work hard to get it going but once I had momentum, I felt like I was gliding over the water. It was more stable than I anticipated too. I actually thought about bringing Athena out with me. In the end, I decided against it but it would be doable for any child that could swim.
The paddleboard was next and I had zero desire to take Athena with me for that one. My balance is comparable to a tired baby with an ear infection; a couple waves and we’d be in over our heads, literally.
Surprisingly, I didn’t fall off once. Darren was anxiously waiting with the camera ready to capture any embarrassing moments but I’m proud to say I let him down.
Athena was a professional on the paddleboard. My little water baby will be out there before I know it. She stood on the board and picked up the paddle, looking at me as if to say, “Let’s go Mom.” I’m overwhelmed at how quickly she is growing up. Do all parents feel this way? My advice to new parents: don’t blink!
Another favorite of Athena’s was the kayaks. She’s a little young to venture out on the ocean with me just yet but she still had a blast playing on the sand.
We didn’t have time to take out a Hobie Cat but the sailor in Darren was eyeing them up. We’re vacationing at Hard Rock in Mexico next month so he’ll have the opportunity soon enough.
I’m not great at any water sports, but my passion to try new things and my love for the ocean is encouragement enough to put me out there. Pink Shell Resort offers so many choices; I was like a kid in a candy store. I only wish I had more time to explore them all.