Friday, July 31, 2009

Lahaina & Aquarium

Since the kids don't snorkel we took them on a glass bottom boat ride in Lahaina. Hunter found a canon to sit on while we waited to get on the boat.

Lahaina is a cute town so we walked around for awhile. Unfortunately it was a very hot and humid day, so we got some famous Hawaiian shaved ice...

And found some shade under the enormous Banyan tree.

This is on top of the boat...

And this is below where we got to see the coral reef and fish. They had scuba divers bring different things up to the windows so we could see them better. The coolest thing they found was this octopus.

The kids loved the divers. One of them even gave Hunter "bumps" through the window.

McKay prefered Uncle Raj to anyone else. Big surprise.

To see even more fish we also took them to the Maui Ocean Center Aquarium. We're picky about aquariums since we're always going to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but this one's pretty good and has a lot of sharks, sting rays, and turtles.

This is the "shark tunnel" where the sharks and sting rays swim above and beneath you. The boys just wanted to hang out in here for awhile. I didn't was pretty cool.

More later...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Back from Paradise

Almost 2 weeks in Maui= sand castles, boogie boarding, coral reefs, sand toys, mahi mahi, orchids, sun, mangoes, swim diapers, guava juice, swimming pools, tropical fish, fresh pineapple, and snorkeling with sea turtles.
We didn't really want to come home. (Darn round trip tickets)...

Hunter is a land creature and not easily persuaded to ever get wet. I decided this year I would focus on getting him comfortable in the water, but it took awhile. The first few days I could not get him near the ocean. He was content to stay dry on the sand. Slowly that changed. Anjuli had a great idea to get him excited about boogie boarding. Her and my Dad helped him start out slow.
We were lucky that aunt Anjuli and Uncle Raj came. With all the help from my family he became more and more fish-like and wanted to do it again and again. By the end of the week he was a pro. McKay of course, our brave little man, had already mastered this.
By the end of the trip we had to pull the boys away from the water. Hunter made the most progress. I'm so proud of him! Life is GOOD!

No, we're happy to be home. (Sort of.) We missed Jason and he missed us. It was sad that he couldn't come with us, but someone has to work as he keeps reminding me.

I have more pictures, but they'll have to wait for another post...

Friday, July 10, 2009

Police vs. Girls

The boys and I enjoyed a night of softball when we went to watch Jason's department play their annual game against the High School Girls.

Guess who won??? (Hint: It wasn't the policeman.)

Oh well, it was all in good fun and the kids had a blast watching their daddy play.

(Hunter kept asking when it was his turn to play.)

Sunday, July 5, 2009

4th of July

Our good friends Trevor and Tracy invited us to their Fourth of July block party this year. It was a HOT day- the hottest we've had all summer but we found shade and the swimming pool and it was a lot of fun. There were several bounce houses and TONS of food and then after dark the fireworks were incredible. Arial fireworks are legal in Tri-Cities so everywhere you went there was a show to watch. When we drove home it seemed like every neighborhood and park had a huge firework display over it. In the distance we could see the huge ones over the river too. I've never seen so many in my life, and it was very cool.

Jason had to leave early to make it to work, but I stayed until way past dark so the boys could enjoy the fireworks. Trevor helped Hunter with his first sparkler ever, and Tracy passed out glow bracelets and those little snap things you throw on the ground. My boys were in heaven.

We love Trevor and Tracy and had a great time spending the evening with them. The boys didn't get to bed until WAY WAY WAY late, but for once I didn't care. It was worth it.