Well after years of waiting and planning it finally happened, and on September 27th we left for Kauai. Eric's parents have been wanting us to go with them for years, and we finally made it happen. Annie and Beckham came too, and we had such a wonderful time. I've been meaning to post about this for a while now but our computer hasn't been working. Yay for working computers.
Pete and Ami (I call them Mom and Dad so those are the names I'll use from here on out) have been to Kauai several times and knew just how to make it the perfect vacation for all of us! Mom made these adorable travel activity bags for the kids and a great bucket list poster we took with us to make sure we didn't miss a thing there was to do and see on the island.
we got in some great snorkeling; the kids loved that! B didn't get into it until the last day.
This was the largest and most colorful one we saw.
We saw a few stray cats as well. Beckham liked this one.
We stopped at a park for lunch and played some tag before getting rained on.
We went back the next day (or two?) to explore the garden. We only planned on being there for 30 minutes (Annie stayed in the car with Beckham who was sleeping), but we got lost in a botanical wonderland and before we knew it an hour and gone by!
After the garden we rented bikes to ride along the coast.
Dinner for Dad's birthday
When she returned Eric and I jumped in and she took our picture for us.
Swimming with the grandparents while we were gone. We had a lot of rain during our trip.
The beach from the movie South Pacific. It rained a lot when we were there so we made it a quick stop.
There was a cute swing there the kids wanted to try
Got rained on some more at Kilauea Lighthouse at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge. But very pretty there.
Mom and Dad took us to a turtle sanctuary. There were turtles roaming everywhere and you could pet them; the kids loved it. There was also an enclosed area for baby turtles; they were so tiny. I wish I had snapped a photo; they were the cutest things...three inches long...anyway I want one. Heck I want a lot of them. But Eric says no :(
Eric decided he wanted to try surfing again; he'd done it years ago when his family had come to Hawaii before. The waves at the beach the day he rented a board were really rough; at Poipu beach there was no place to surf, and further down the beach the waves were really intense. We'd tried boogie boarding with the kids there before and finally given up because it was too dangerous. But Eric took out his board and I sat on the beach to watch and cheer him on.
At the end we did everything on the list except eat fresh coconut. One thing to do next time!
Eating a rambutan...we liked it ;)
Final photos of the beach.....