Monday, November 14, 2011

Hawaii Trip Out Takes

The photos that didn't make the "official" blog posts...
The kiss that started to get a little inappropriate!
Kate at the luau. Can you say "tired?"
Jack getting in on a photo
Jack underwater
Good one of me!
Kate's hand
Lovely face
Jack, do you not like shave ice?
Functioning with only half a brain
Not happy about hiking
Kate scratching...
Kate picking...
Jack giving the hike a thumbs down!
My beautiful babies!
When will Jack learn to smile normally? 
And keep his shirt down? 
Maybe when Mom learns to open her eyes!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Hawaii Trip: Catamaran

On Day 7 our family went on a catamaran boat tour. It was a smaller boat and we had an AMAZING time. We saw bottle nose dolphins close up. The captain had the kids and me lay on the trampoline at the front of the boat. The dolphins were swimming between the hulls right below us. The photos make them seem so far away, but they were so close we could have reached down and touched them.
We also got to see a pod of porpoises in a coved that had a bunch of babies. The little ones were jumping out of the water. So cute! But too fast for any photos. We saw a bunch of waterfalls, sea caves, and beaches. We stopped for snorkeling, but the deep water scared the kids. Plus it wasn't very clear that day. And then a shark (tiger? reef? can't remember, but it wasn't supposed to hurt people) swam below us. That freaked me out, so we got out to eat lunch.
Getting splashed by a waterfall
(That's Kate's *friend* she met on the boat.
Not liking this boy stuff.)

Some famous beach scene from lots of movies
quick snorkel excursion
 The kids had a great time and were in a great mood for the ride back. Goofy and silly and fun. Plus no one got sea sick!

Hawaii Trip: Surfing

Day 6 we spent on the beach while the big guys learned to surf (I didn't want to surf because I learned years ago on Maui... and even have a scar on my foot to prove it!). The moms and kids played on the beach and watched all the surfing attempts.
Getting brave about going deeper
Land lesson

Paddling out
He's up!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hawaii Trip: Hiking Na Pali

On Day 5 we drove to the north side of the island and hiked the first part of the Kalalau Trail leading to Hanakapi'ai Beach. It is about 2 miles to the beach, and the kids did great! Unfortunately the ocean there is not safe for swimming, so we played on the beach for a bit, caught tadpoles in a fresh water pool and hiked back.
Mom & Jack lagged behind for most of the hike
Whole group on the coast
(sans me, the photographer!)
Jack & Matt hiking
Love this one!
On the beach
It was fun to play on the sand bank

Catching tadpoles
Best part of the hike!
Tadpole with little legs 
Playing with the breeze
Hot hike back
Jungle hiking
Me and the coast
Gummy worms every half mile kept the kids motivated!
So proud of ourselves!