July 13, 2013

Big Adventures

The big kids and Kamron decided to try their hand at surfing this week.  When in Hawaii...

The kids LOVED it and have said at least a million times that it was the highlight of their week.  It's too bad that we don't have a beach in Kentucky because I could totally see Sadie and Noah becoming full time surfin' bums.

The company that we surfed with was just awesome with the kids.  The instruction was so good that everyone got up on their first wave!  Miles was a bit too small and he's not a strong swimmer, so he and I took up residence on the beach and enjoyed watching the others have the time of their lives.   Our kids now want to plan all of our vacations around where they can surf.  I just love watching them try new things and have so much fun doing it!  The instructor took a fancy pants camera out during their lesson and got some of the most stunning photos that I just had to share.  I can't wait to frame some of these!

Photo credit: Big Kahuna Adventures

July 11, 2013

Living The Dream

Oh my goodness.  We are spending the week in Maui, Hawaii.  As my kids have said daily, "This is the best week of my life!!"  I can't even begin to describe how desperate for a vacation we were- so this week has been invaluable.  We've spent our time reconnecting, exploring, and having a blast.  I've said it before, but our kids seem made for vacations.  As soon as we leave Kentucky, they become these amazing little adventurers, who have all kinds of bravery and aren't afraid to try new things.  Of all the ways that we spend our money, giving my kids these kinds of experiences, is by far one of my favorites.  It has done my heart so much good to see their big smiles and carefree laughs after what can only be described as a very difficult last three months.

Here's a little pictorial rundown of all of our fun~

 We are having to drag these kids out of the ocean each night to make them eat.  I think that if they had their way, they would body surf every single wave from sun up to sun down.

 Peanut butter and jelly tastes gourmet when you eat it on the beach!

 Hiking through the rainforest.

 Some rocks just need to be peed on.

 Picnic lunch on the road to Hana.

 Sadie and Kamron went swimming in a cave.  

 Kamron, Noah and Sadie sitting in surf school.

 Hang ten, Sadie! Both kids got up on their first try and caught waves all over the place.  They were total naturals at surfing. 

 Miles prefers the pool :)

 Oh, how we love Edward Jones and the opportunity they give Kamron to earn trips and take us with him! The company is SO good to our family!

 The gang at the Maui Ocean Center

Kamron and Noah surfing!

This is where we had our picnic- not a bad view, huh?

Ready to hang ten.   

 Sunset over La'haina.

PARADISE!  We may never come home!

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