Wednesday, March 22, 2017

pokai bay, still day 3

there were a few times i felt like i was in a postcard or a vacation brochure, this beach was one of them. the pictures hardly do it justice. the bay was so clear and blue and perfect. the backdrop of those amazing mountains was icing on the cake. i constantly wondered why, oh why, did God not make the whole earth like this:)


manoa falls day 3


this place is just massive. i felt like an ant tromping through the forest


if we ever get stuck out in the wild we will be well fed. lylagirl caught multiple fish and crawdads with her stealth.


i’m so thankful for the swan family. the trip wouldn’t have been the same without them. it was fun for everyone to have a playmate. keri and i were able to go shopping, adam and scott surfed and hiked, the kids played, and played, and played. we couldn’t have asked for better travel buddies.




eli spent a good hour making a pretty impressive spear. i have always said if we lived in village times he would be the chief.




catamaran day 2

on our first full day we took a catamaran dolphin tour. now let me say our kiddos had never been snorkeling in the ocean. pools?  yes. lakes? yep. river? check. but we’re talking OPEN OCEAN here. to add to that, it was a little windy and the water was choppy. once the captain spots a pod of dolphins the kinda rush you into the water to get a good look at them. with all of the hustle and yelling, “go! go! go!” i was thinking lyla would be freaked out and not go in. but nope. she jumped right in. eli was in front and was one of the first few people in the water. so proud of them!




the kids found a nice spot to eat lunch…


do we look excited to be here!?!?!?!


we pulled into a little bay area to play on paddle boards, kayak, jump off the boat and eat.



picture perfect day…


oahu, day 1

the kids were rock star travelers. i’ll tell you, traveling with an 8 and 11 year old is MUCH easier than when they were little.


after landing we settled in and took a walk along the beach near our house. such a fun evening with a whole 10 days to look forward to.


our first sunset…


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


with lyla’s arm and sickness after sickness, we haven’t been up the hill much. but this was a beautiful day and we even got a little powder:)