An Introduction to the Life of Luxury
Last night, we had the privilege of sailing Lake Washington on one of the finest yachts around (thanks to Kai’s employers). Now normally, I am not a “boat” person. I am plagued with motion sickness, and the thought of being trapped on a bumpy boat with cold water being splashed in my face when I feel like I’m going to be sick does not sound like a fun time to me. But this. This was a completely different boating experience. I could be down with this. This was not just a boat. This was a 130 ft., multi-mulit-million dollar yacht, an extravagant floating piece of art. This (or rather, she) has a name – American Pride – and you better believe I was ready to be introduced.
American Pride is a super-yacht, fully equipped with four suites (each suite includes its own marble-tiled bathroom), an upper deck that looks like it came straight out of a movie, and a 5-person crew, including wait staff, a chef and a bartender, at your service. We couldn’t have sailed on a more perfect Seattle night. It was a beautiful evening, about 75 degrees with a light breeze, and bright blue skies. We had four hours on this magnificent vessel, and we were ready to get our fancy on.
Jackson and Finley got comfortable on this thing real quick. We told them not to get used to it.
What is opulence without fancy hor dourves and a fully-stocked bar? Here is Finley, helping herself when she thought no one was looking, and Jackson, ordering his first beer (kidding, obviously). We also had unlimited access to a never-ending fruit tray that was meticulously designed to resemble a cascading mountain. That’s what I thought it looked like, anyway. Whatever it was, it didn’t last long after Jackson and Finley got their sticky little fingers on it. They probably each had four or five oranges last night.
I don’t think anyone in our group had more fun than Miss Finley did. She walked around the entire yacht like she owned it, checking on things, ordering people around and chatting with the Captain every ten minutes. She is the fanciest little Co-Captain I’ve ever seen.
A few more of my favorite shots…
And for those of you interested in the fashion segment of the show, here’s what we’re wearing:
Kai – Sunglasses: Polaroid, Shirt: Lululemon, Jeans: J.Crew
Me – Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples, Tank: Halogen, Harem Pants: Lush, Leather Bracelet: Tory Burch, Watch: Michael Kors
Jackson – Shirt: Ralph Lauren Polo, Jeans: Joe’s Jeans
Finley – Blazer: GAP, Dress: Funkyberry
We watched the magnificent sunset as our night came to an end. The light filtering through the yacht’s interior was so breathtaking that I actually had to sit down to take the moment in. It even brought the kids off their feet, and if you know my kids, you know that this is an incredibly difficult feat. Intangible beauty can be a mesmerizing thing, even when it’s as uncomplicated as a sunset. It encompasses the power to make a child stop everything he or she is doing and contemplate, even if just for a moment.
When our fancy-person impersonating party was over and we were headed home, Jackson asked me when we were going back. I told him that we probably wouldn’t be sailing on a yacht quite like this one anytime soon (if ever again). However, I told him that he could sail on my yacht anytime when he is a little older and buys me one. He seemed to think that this was a fair deal and I’m holding him to it. As for now, I think we’re ok with just being acquainted with the life of luxury, even if it was only for a few hours. The important thing is that we all had fun, and actually, now that I think about it, the kids didn’t fight at all and Finley didn’t throw one tantrum. Four hours without tiny-person altercations and tantrums? Now THAT is what I call luxury.
For more about our adventures, check out our trip to Mexico!
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