Saturday, October 31, 2009

Kauai no ka 'oi

I know the saying goes Maui no ka oi (it's the best) but I have to say I think Kauai is the best! We just returned home from spending a week on Kauai with our good friends Nate, Kristen and their daughter Charlotte. Charlotte is 6 months older than Lily so they had a great time playing together. Here we are rocking our mini van! We all had to agree it was really handy with two kids and 4 adults. Almost made us all think we wanted to own one!
We took a day trip from Poipu where we stayed on the south shore to Hanalei on the north shore. We stopped at Wailua falls for a few photos on the way. The rainy season has not yet started so the falls were low and split into three separate streams.
It is always great to travel with another couple (for many reasons) so you can have someone else to take family photos of you on vacation.
In Hanalei we had lunch and got the girls their first shave ice. Charlotte liked it as did her parents. Lily was not a big fan. No surprise there as she is her daddy's girl and he finds them too "sickly".
On the ride home we stopped to look at the light house. It was beautiful weather the whole week. In fact Alex and I think it was the warmest weather we have ever experienced on Kauai as the trade winds were absent a few days. We would sit on the lanai for breakfast and by 9am it was too hot to sit outside in the sun.
We spent a good deal of time at the resort pool. Everyone loved it. The pool is graded like the beach so it was easy for the girls to play around and we could relax.
Kristen and Nate. Kristen and I have been best friends since third grade even though she moved across the country when we were 16 years old.
I love this family photo. Charlotte is practicing for Halloween.
Lots of smiles and lots of long afternoon naps for these girls.
Get ready to fly...
Weeee.....
We didn't plan it but the girls had almost mathing red dresses! Lily got hers as a hand me down from her friend Miranda who lived on Oahu when she was Lily's age.
Beach time at Poipu beach park. Lily loves the water but was not a fan of sand this summer in California. She quickly got over her fear and braved the sand and surf.
Poipu beach park is great for little ones as there is an area with no waves and only about 2 feet deep.
Nate had his hands full on vacation. Kristen broke her ankle a month ago and was on crutches and in a removable splint the whole vacation. She was able to get in the pool and ocean though so it wasn't total bummer for her.
We saw TONS of wild life this trip. Every day we saw monk seals and turtles at the beach and swimming right on shore. It created some interesting moments for the life guards as they tried to get people to keep their distance. They may be cute but they are as dangerous as a bear cub they had to announce from the bull horn. Boy did they give some snorkellers a good fright.
We brought our sun tent and the girls liked to get in and out and play in it.
See, we made friends with the sand.
Lily points out she is #1
One morning we went to the Kauai plantation to ride the train and learn all about the plants that grow on Kauai.
Charlotte loved it and Lily was not really sure what we were doing.
The highlight was the stop to feed the pigs.
One of the few "words" Lily can say is the piggy noise. Her pediatrician said it counts as a word. We are going to master sounds before words I guess.

At the same location they have a brand new rum company and tasting room. Nate and Alex did a mid day rum taste. It was good but not good enough to have to purchase some. Maybe they should serve it in a coconut?
I think the girls had as much fun playing with the toys as they did the sand. Charlotte has mastered the word mine so Lily learned quickly the art of sharing. She doesn't really care so it worked out well.
Best Friends!!
We stayed at the beach to watch sunset. The girls held up well as it approached bed time. The lighting was beautiful.
Our one group shot!
Nice family photo at sunset.
Oh my cute little piggies.

Wearing mommy's flower.
This is one of my favorite shots.

Rough work watching Lily play in the pool.
Dad's turn.
Sports illustrated swimsuit models in the making.
No paparazzi please!
We celebrated Alex's birthday on Kauai. He spent the afternoon boogie boarding. Lots of fun.
Boy this is rough.
My turn to try on land.
Now tandem.
Let's try in the water then.
She loved riding the board and splashing.
We all had a fabulous time. Too bad we had to finish it off with a red eye home and an over tired baby who didn't sleep the whole way! We have taken so many flights with Lily I lost track of the number but this was by FAR the worst. We won't be doing a red eye again any time soon. She is a fantastic sleeper in a crib or pack and play but does not sleep on the go in cars, stroller, or obviously airplane. Thank you Kauai. We will miss you until the next time.

Spooky good time!

This time last year Lily only had the energy to wear her halloween costume to her 4 month doctor visit. Take a look at her now!
I doubt she had any clue what was going on but endured the costume, the hat kept falling over her eyes. She did not really get excited over the candy but did enjoy watching all the other kids.
We went to a local outdoor mall since they had trick or treating at 4 PM which works well for a tired 16 month old.
Elf lady, hand over some of that shiny stuff in little crinkly packages!
The balloon was by far her favorite "treat" of the day.
The biggest smile came from the frog water fountain. She played in it a lot this summer and is such a water baby.
Getting a little treat for Mommy at the Tiffany & Co store. Good girl!
First taste of a lolli pop. Initially...delicious. Second try...no thank you!
I though you said I could eat this stuff?
I'll take this, Winsty you can have the rest.
Yes please!!
One for me, one for you, one for me.