Tuesday, January 26, 2010
We had a lovely Christmas Eve dinner with my parents. Chris and my Dad grilled some wonderful steaks and the kids were treated to pizza. On Christmas morning, we had stockings full of goodies to open and enjoyed mass at St. William's in Hanalei again. The rest of the day was spent packing up and saying our goodbyes. We had an uneventful plane ride to Honolulu and then flew all night into Houston. The kids were asleep before the plane took off and slept the whole time so it was easy on us. And now... back to the real world!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Wednesday's adventure was the Moalepe Trail, outside of Kapaa, and up in the mountains. It was a beautiful sunny day... We were hot in the sun! It was almost hard to believe it was wet, cold and miserable back at home! The trail starts out as a red dirt road. It gets really pretty after about 3/4 of a mile... but we weren't able to do much more than that. Emily tuckered out on us around the 1.5 mile mark so we headed back.... too bad because we were just getting into the shady part!
You can see the red dirt, beautiful mountains and me and my Mom waving.
Here is some strawberry guava on the trail. They are more of a yellowish color when they are ripe.
Another pretty view from the trail...
And here is Lia looking especially cute in our bed. She looks so little! Our routine was to read books in bed and let her fall asleep. When we were ready to go to sleep, we would move her to a little pallet we made for her on the floor. It worked out perfectly.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
We were able to take ourselves on a self guided tour. The garden center provided an excellent book describing the plants at each stop. You can see the Taro plant here... used to make poi if my memory serves me correctly. Emily LOVED this book and happily found each number and read all about the plants and the local legends included as well. I'm glad we were able to take one home for future reference! The bird of paradise is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen... And if you look closely at the picture of me and Lia... you will see a banana tree loaded with bananas! What I wouldn't give for one of those in my backyard. Talk about a good way to feed the troops!
Monday, January 18, 2010
It is a really good hike right up the mountain to a beautiful view. We were rewarded this trip by finding wild orchids growing right on the trail. Emily made it her job to collect flowers for our dinner table each night. You can glimpse her bouquet in the picture below.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
After mass, we spent the afternoon at Hanalei Bay enjoying the beach. And yes, I was really on this vacation... Thank you to my Dad for taking pictures of me!
Emily got a private art lesson with her Nana. What a lucky girl! I believe it was a drawing lesson and from the result of her masterpiece... I would say she learned quite a bit about painting in "plein air."
Here is Lia passes out after lunch... We made her a little bed in the "sitting area" off of the guest bedroom. She was actually very lucky because her little spot got the best trade winds in the condo.
Emily is assigned a "project" every few months in first grade. She LOVES projects. While it has been a struggle this week to get her to do her homework... she has begged to work on this. The first grade is studying the polar region and each child was assigned an animal to study. Emily got the puffin. The first thing they were encouraged to do was to learn about their animal on http://www.enchantedlearning.com/. The excitement begins. My daughter proudly sat in front of the computer and insisted on typing the website address herself. This in itself was very amusing because I was busy in the kitchen while she sat at the kitchen table... "Mommy, where is the dot on the keyboard...?" The poor thing would type and type and then somehow highlight the text in the address bar and erase it... and have to start over. But eventually, she got it! After entering Puffin here she was presented with tons of articles to read and I had to drag her from the computer when it was time to eat. So, it was no effort at all to get her to draw the pictures and answer the questions you see below.
After reading all about puffins, she was very exicted and had a vision for her model. She told me exactly what she needed: black and white feathers, some yellow string for around the eye, some posterboard and the cardboard paper towel roll to put it on. We made a list and headed to the craft store and spent a whopping $5. As soon as we got home she went to work. She drew an outline of the puffin on cardboard... without even referencing a picture. If her Nana is reading, she told me she remembered what you taught her about looking at the lines to draw from her palm tree lesson in Hawaii. Then she glued the feathers and the yellow embroidery string around the eyes and colored the beak and legs. She was so driven that I don't think she even spent more than 15 minutes on it! So Mr. Puffin was set out to dry and mounted on the paper towel roll.
I thought we were done... and then she tells me she needed a box and some blue paper for the ocean. I wasn't sure where she was going with it but she knew (thank goodness). You can't see very well from the picture but she glued on some little pop-up fish for her Puffin to eat. Her Daddy came up with some brilliant way of making a slot in the box and the paper towel holder to stand up the Puffin and it was my idea to add cotton balls for snow. It came out great!
Friday, January 15, 2010
Here is Emily with her Grandpa at the trail head.
Finding the perfect hiking stick is the best part of the adventure. Emily got a great one for this hike! While Chris was busy making sure Emily was safe, my Dad got some great pictures of him hiking with his daughter. It looks like they're foraging through the jungle!
At the lookout...
After the big hike, we were treated to dinner out in Kapaa. We took my parents to our favorite family owned Thai restaurant called The King and I. After that, we went into Lihue for some Christmas fun... There was a festival of lights at an old county building next to the civic center. The trees were all lit up around the buildings and an awesome display of recycled treasures was found inside. It was a much bigger production than what I expected and very magical for the kids. Santa and Ms. Clause were available for pictures but my kids didn't want any part of sitting on their laps. Another funny thing, the high school volunteers wanted all the visitors to mark where they were from on a big map. We were really surprised to see a visitor had already claimed our home town... And we thought we had the island to ourselves!
Monday, January 11, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I was very angry.
I have calmed down.
Emily promised NEVER to do it again.
I fear we will be waiting about 6 months for it to correct itself.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Emily climbed every tree she could find this vacation!
Chris, Lia and my parents went for a little walk on the beach and got this shot of the Kilauea Lighthouse... which is where we went after lunch.