I have been a little delayed in making this post because our computer is on it's last leg, and could not hold all 700 something pictures I took in Hawaii. So, I apologize. But here is a picture post (well, I'm going to TRY to make a picture post- I always end up talking a lot!) about our trip to Hawaii.
We had a wonderful time. It was lovely to relax, just be together as a family before school starts up again. Island time will cure whatever ails you!
|Of course we had to get some ukuleles...|
|Dad loves this tree--I believe it is called the monkey paw|
|I painted my nails sparkly pink just for this picture!!|
|Cate was the perfect little surfer girl|
|Everyone always comes back with hang loose pictures from Hawaii...no, not us! We came home with 'yellow' pictures!! (hang loose is yellow in American Sign Language)|
|We actually got to swim with a sea turtle! Someone had spotted one, so I went under to look for him--and he was right next to us! A minute later he popped his head up to say hello. Absolutely precious.|
|Cate got this American Girl book about Kanani, a girl living in Hawaii for the airplane-it was so sweet!|
When we arrived at the airport, we found waiting for us one of Miss Trish's friends, arms full of leis and goodies for us. It was such a sweet welcome to the island, and made us all feel like Miss.Trish was there with us.
|We all were thrilled with the leis, but for Cate it was a dream come true! (ok, and for her sister,too!)|
We went on an accessible hike to Waimea falls. It was breath taking! There were peacocks along the trail, beautiful flora, and a lovely creek we get to stick our feet in! (pictured above) The waterfall was gorgeous, and had a 'water hole' at the bottom. It was thirty feet deep and freezing cold!! Cate and I went in with some friends for a swim. The current was so strong you really couldn't touch the waterfall. It was exhilarating! I'm referring to the experience as my tropical little house experience, because in one of the Little House books there is a water hole much like this one. Of course, that one was minus the peacocks!
We ate at a Japanese restaurant called "Beni Hana", where they cook your meal right in front of you- in fact, the table is the grill!
|Hawaiian quilting is an art of its own- and beautiful!|
|We had a delicious time at the Dole (whip) plantation!|
|God's promise..the symbol of this beautiful state!|
We had one day where the girls took lei making and hula dancing classes. It was so much fun to have girl time, and to learn two new skills! We have decided to start welcoming people to our home with home-made leis..hehe... And then of course, there was the beach. Cate was born to surf, and had the best time. And my favorite part of the beach was swimming with the sea turtle, although just laying out and reading was fun,too. We paddle boarded at the lagoon, and that was a lot harder than it looks! It was a lot of fun, and Mom, Cate, and I both got to where we could do it standing up! And Benjamin braved the board, as well.
|She really IS a mermaid!|
|Waiting for hula class--signing the popular misconception for hang loose.:)|
|The amazing sand castle! Made without buckets, aren't Mommy and Cate so very talented?|
|And she stands!|
|There was a mirror in the ceiling-so this is my camera looking up at it and down at me! haha|
|I wonder who got a hold of my camera???|
|Trying out some Hawaiian instruments at the Luau!|
|oh we're going to the huki,huki,huki,huki huki lau!|
|My all time favorite king!|
|Our family, at our last breakfast. I love these people so much my heart could burst! Thank y'all for an amazing time. |