Sunday, February 26, 2012

Second week in Hawaii...

Last year we stayed a week and took the boys and my sister Lynn and stayed an extra week on Kauai
This year, Rich took the boys home with him and the exchange students
and Lynn and I flew to Maui and met my mom and other sister Tammy there.
We had a great extra week playing together!
The first day we took a drive and then a little hike
to see this blow hole...

We did some snorkeling another day
And then some zip lining
Tammy had never been so it was fun for Lynn and I to razz her
she did great though and now she is a pro

We had to cross this bridge....

Lynn, Me and Tammy

This was the longest line of the was 750 yard
The longest line i have ever done.
It went about 35 miles an hour

Tammy gives the thumbs up after finishing the course

We did some sunning and Shopping during the week.
We went to a magic show that was hilarious and awesome
but i think one of the high lights on our trip was the drive
they call the road to Hana.
This is a very long trip...
it took us about 12 hours all together, on a very narrow (two lanes most of the time)
 with stops along the way
for pictures...
The following photos are on the road to Hana

keep in mind that most all of Maui is not green
but on the road to Hana is where alllll the green appears.

There are alot of water falls along the way
this one is called 3 bears

This is the black sand beach...
I believe there is only one on Maui

It was amazing and beautiful
they say its made when lava flows down the mountain
and when it hits the water it bursts into little particles
there was sand near the water and just up from the water
it turns to these little black pebbles

This is another beach we stopped at...
we really wished we had not stopped so much along the way
and would have gotten to this beach early enough to enjoy it
it was probably the prettiest beach we saw on the whole trip

oh and we had this little visitor in our car waiting for us
when we got back in after a short stop for photos

These falls are called 7 sacred pools
I think it is much more impressive when the water is flowing
at a heavier rate but it was pretty cool just the same

This is what greeted us at the end of the road
On the last day we decided to go on a whale watching cruise
My Mom and Tammy


This was a baby humpback whale that showed off for us
for a long period of time.
It kept breaching out of the water
It was pretty amazing

This picture below depicts what Most of Maui looks like
Its kind of barren with trees and resorts all near the water.




Its been forever since I Posted last and time has flown by......

here is an update of whats been happening in our world since Christmas.....

Noah and Sawyer played in a basketball leauge. They enjoyed that. There were only two teams and they were each on different teams so each Saturday they got to play each other. It was fun...... most of the time.... haha

Then in late January we made our annual Trek to Hawaii with the exchange are some pictures from that. We took Noah and Sawyer with us again this year. Next year will be Taylors Senior Year so she chose to go next year instead of this year.

This year we had such a fantastic group of kids! Of the 12 or 15 or so times I have done this trip, I think I might have to say this was the best group ever!
We had soooo much fun!!

on the Catamaran

Nap time in the sun...(with the son)

Noah has become an expert at blowing the konch shell

The whole group...minus the chaperones
we dont like swimsuit photos so much anymore HAHA

We went to North Shore and the town of Haleiwa
(one of my favorite places on earth)
This picture of Noah was taken on Turtle beach

A trip to the North Shore would not be complete without a stop at Matsumoto's for their famos shaved ice

We stopped at Waimea to see the Waves...they were pretty big that day so that was a cool thing to see
Sawyer went for a little ride of his own
We made a stop at "sacrafice hill"
( at least that is what we call it)
for wonderful sunset pictures over Waimea bay.
Sunsets on the North Shore never disappoint.

Another day we visited the cultureal center
This is Sawyer learning alittle Hula
We played some games when we visited the New Zealand village

Well watching the Samoa show, Sawyer was called up again this year to drink the coconut juice.
He was such a ham...last year was much funnier though when he was a coconut juice virgin.

The group again..
The last day is the day we save for a rousing game of kissing rugby!

At the end they just could not stop themselves from piling on!

Love this picture below

The end....