Sunday, April 20, 2014

Aloha! - Spring Break on Kauai - part 2

While we were in Hawaii Kate really wanted to take us all to a Luau... I was honestly dreading it as it sounded like a horrible, expensive, tourist trap... but in the end it was a fun experience that we all enjoyed.
  Elizabeth always finds an animal friend whereever she goes.  This one wanted to eat her orchid lei!

The fire dancer is still the topic of discussion, especially among Andrew.  The kids really liked the hula show, especially this guy. The good thing is that both kids mentioned that being a fire dancer was not a career option or aspiration for them.

Our beds had bug nets on them, which turned out to be a good thing.  I am so prone to mosquito bites and I get itchy just thinking about it.  But the bug nets allowed me to sleep in peace. Sleeping in with the roosters was another story!

One morning Jan decided to learn how to surf.  Afterwards, he borrowed the surf board to try out a few tricks on his own.  He took lessons from a guy who lives down the street from our tree house, Brando.  They went out for about 2 hours and Jan did really well!  I think it is a sport that the two of us would really get into if we lived here.  It’s great exercise yet really relaxing at the same time.  It’s been amazing watching all the surfers here.  They range in age and athletic ability from your quitecential surfer dude to mom’s with little 4-5 year old kids to old men out getting a bit of sun and exercise.  While Jan was surfing, we played at the beach, jumping the waves, making sandcastles and eating snacks.  Speaking of snacks, the kids have these little mini camelbacks which have been great on this vacation.  I fill them up with water and snacks in the morning and they last the kids all day.  This way they are not constantly asking me for something to eat and drink and they get to carry the camelback with them wherever they go!  The other great thing is that it is such a novelty to drink out of the tubing/hose for the camelback that they drink all the time.  It’s been really hot some days which is good that they are drinking so much.  The evening we went to Hanali Bay to watch the most beautiful sunset over the pier.

They are amazed by jumping the little waves and did that for over an hour.  Andrew likes to have the waves sweep him into shore a little bit, until the salt water gets in his eyes.  

Oh Coconuts!

The kids founds coconuts all over the beach and made a coconut heart.  So sweet! 

Towards the end of our trip we took a drive around the island to see what all else there is to see.



The kids loved boogie boarding and what great exercise!  Their confidence increased dramatically as the week progressed.  Towards the beginning of the week, they just watched and learned from other kids on what to do.  By the time we handed them boards, they just jumepd in and were doing amazingly well.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Smits Family! I was just thinking about you guys and checking in for baby news. . . what a fabulous Hawaii trip you had! You all look great and these photos are fantastic! Miss you all, hope you're all well, and excited we'll be in Colorado again in a year and will be able to see you a lot more often!