My family just got back from Hawaii where we celebrated with my parents on their 40th anniversary. It was my first time to the islands and I hope it’s not my last. I definitely left a part of my heart there. It is intoxicating. I narrowed my 1000 photos down to 408. I can’t go any lower than that. I just can’t. And now I’m stuck. How can I pick just 20 or so out of 408? It cannot be done. But I shall attempt it now.
The girls at Pearl Harbor on our first and only day in Honolulu
Our first day on the beach on the Big Island (my super-cool, honking rental lens worked out real nice)
Chris even found himself his own little spot, with some nice, light reading
The next day, seven of us drove to the other side of the island for a little adventure
Callie was the cutest little zip-liner ever
Janet was pretty cute too. She laughed so hard after coming off the second one, she had us all crying with laughter.
Okay, we were all pretty cute, come to think of it. Jennie was so scared, she sat as though waiting for her final blessing, while she was really just waiting to get this day over with.
And me, I got scared too. EVERY time I stood on that platform. ALL NINE TIMES at all NINE new locations. My knees shook.
But it was pure awesomeness.
Then we went to this really cool hotel where my mom and brother unfortunately got trampled by some wild horses
We were sad to see them go, but that hotel was wonderful enough to keep us going
Then we took a drive to some cliffs, but stopped first to get iced coffee, which Jennie was REALLY excited about
And of course, we pulled off on the side of the road for Janet to pay tribute to King Kamehameha
When we got to the cliffs, magic happened
The world came together as brothers, as the nice people that lived there left water out for us to drink, with a nice little donation bin next to it
My dad got superhuman strength there too
And we all just basically didn’t breathe while we stood around, really high up.
Sadie got this stunning photo on the way back to our hotel
On Monday, we set out on a snorkel adventure. My cousin’s twin daughters and Grace were ready to go.
Grace’s underwater camera she got for Christmas came in pretty handy
Then we all got ready for the Luau
But alas, it began to rain and the luau was cancelled. But they gave us some lovely rain ponchos.
Some of us drank red stuff while we figured out what to do next
On our walk to the next restaurant, there was a pretty boat at twilight
We found the perfect restaurant, on the water and we all toasted to my parents’ 40 years together
It was a beautiful night
The next day we hung out and wrastled and stuff
And played Dominion (which Callie now has a bad addiction to)
And then made it to our second attempt at a Luau
It was by far, my favorite night of the entire trip. The love flowed.
The prayer in Hawaiian was beautifully sung, while we all held hands
The food was AMAZING
And gasp the sunset
It made beautiful light on everyone’s faces
Oh yes, the love flowed
Did I mention gasp the sunset?
Ending with the hula-dancing, warrior-yelling, fire-throwing show (yes, that’s my nephew’s head right down there in front, mere feet from the fire sticks that kept being thrown around. Gasp again.
And gasp the moon on the way back to our hotel that night
And I know I shouldn’t end this beauty this way, but oh how we laughed for hours in the airport in Honolulu as our flight was delayed for the trip home. Our darling Grace sure knows how to keep the masses entertained. She even had strangers laughing at her.
Her sisters were pretty much crying laughing at her.
What can I say? Did you see my brothers up there? She comes by it honestly.
Thanks again, Mom and Dad, for the trip of a lifetime.
P.S. Did I say 20 or so pictures? Uh, make that 69. I am officially out of control. And now I’m hungry.