Emily was lucky to celebrate her 12th birthday in Kauai with her grandparents, who went out of their way to make it special for her. My Mom had birthday presents: a book she wanted, a purse and beautiful Hawaiian bracelet. And my Dad found a decadent chocolate cake we all could enjoy.
We celebrated at the Princeville park and Emily made sure Isaac had a great time by showing him all the fun things he could do... with a little help.
Yes, he liked the slide!
And the crawling tube...
We ended the evening with miniature golf. It was a first for our kids and a really tough course but good family fun all around.
Hanalei Bay was the place to be today! The 2015 Sand Castle competition was very well attended. Lia, and Isaac and I enjoyed walking around and seeing all the entries. There were many more, but these were my favorites.
And while we were playing around, Chris took the kids on another rigorous hike. David, as you can see, conquered the mountain!
And we all got Shave Ice and ice cream afterwards to celebrate. Happy, happy.
Friday we drove to the south side of the island and visited Salt Ponds Beach Park. I didn't take too many pictures but I love this one!
And another sneaky photo of my handsome son who hates having his picture taken. This beach has a nice protected swimming area like Lydgate. Chris likes this beach park because of the nice grass that extends right up to the sandy beach. There are also a few shady spots under choice palm trees. Yes, life is good here.
Busy, fun-filled Wednesday for us. We started at Lydgate State Park and the amazing Kamalani playground.
This place is like a kid's best play castle dream come true. Isaac's eyes lit up when he saw it and really enjoyed doing some exploring on his own.
It isn't easy but this little boy gets around!
All the kids liked this mosaic snake bench.
Nice snakey snake...
That would be a Lia reef explorer... Check the eyes!
Love love the under the sea art all over this playground. Isaac spent quite a bit of time pointing out his favorite fish.
Chris was very excited to have lunch at Tip Top in Lihue so he could get some authentic Chinese Saimin noodles. This is a local favorite and our culinary adventure for the day.
I didn't get a picture of the Saimin, but I went out on a limb and tried the house specialty, oxtail soup! I hear the meat is tail from a cow, not an ox... But I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty the meat is. You have to work a little bit to get it, but it is like super tender stew meat once you dig it out. The soup itself was delicious... and topped with cilantro and ginger, was very aromatic.
So then, we were off to an easy 3/4 mile hike. Look how unenthused my children are!
David and Emily, despite the picture, we're excited to have walkie talkies and enthusiastically, forged on ahead, reporting back to 'Big Kahuna' with their progress.
Love this picturesque bridge.
And we all made it to the picnic table and celebrated with the bag of chocolate dipped macadamia nut cookies we got at Tip Top, on our way out.
And last, we cooled off at Lydgate Beach Park. The kids loved this protected swimming area.
And I love this picture of my happy baby boy! I worked hard to get this shot!