Sunday, November 20, 2011

Beware, this post has loooads of pictures :)
We were lucky enough to go visit Kauai with my parents this year.  My parents like to visit every few years with the conventions my dad goes to as an optometrist.  We've been with them before to this same convention but we have to say, we'll go any year we're invited!  It was heaven.  We took little Ro with us and just had a ball (not to mention built in babysitters...).  I took the picture above on a catamaran cruise while my parents lovingly babysat - thank you Mom and Dad! 
Here's my pops watching Ro while we got ready for the day.  He's sitting on our balcony of the hotel room that overlooked the ocean... I miss it... sniff, sniff.

Mom babysitting while Dave and I floated down the lazy river at the hotel.  It's kind of hard to bring a baby to Hawaii that can't get in the sun and can't wear sunscreen but if you have grandparents then you're golden.

This is one of my FAVORITE places to eat breakfast, Roy's Poipu Bar and Grill.  I have been craving their banana macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup for several years (since we last had them), and me and my mom shared them again.  I was not disappointed!
I actually bought some coconut syrup as a souvenir and will be trying it out soon... oh it's making me salivate!
We saw this sweet sign as we started a little hike by the hotel.  Sigh... Hawaii = Romance.
This picture was taken on our hike, pretty sweet huh?

First time in the Baby Bjorn and the kid popped off to sleep immediately.  Dave, on the other hand, was DYING from heat.  He said that's the hottest he's ever been in his entire life - I'd say so too, I married a stud ;)
Another sign we came across on another hike/walk by the hotel.  These are fruits off of a tree, I forget what it's called.  But they TOTALLY look like candy corn no?
My dad is like a professional tour guide when it comes to Hawaii.  So when he gets behind the wheel  he'll take you all over to places he's been from long ago and tell you all about it.  He also likes to take the occasional side road to just check out if it leads you somewhere cool, and 90% of the time it totally does.  The other 10% of the time you're trying to keep from screaming "I'm bored Dad!  And you don't even know where you're going!"  But you don't, and usually you end up in some local's bay that has awesome surfing and you're glad you kept that little thought to yourself ;)
These trees are at the very end of the road that leads past Princeville and Hanalei, it's as far north as you can go on the island from the east side heading up north.  I guess it has an amazing 12 hour hike that ends up right there at the bay, it's super dangerous and muddy and Dave and I totally want to do it someday.  I just can't be nursing a wee babe at the time ;)  These trees grow right on the coast with all their roots exposed and sea lions sleep under them, we saw two while we were there.  They just hang out while the tourist mill around them sun bathing.  I love Hawaii, it's so laid back even the tourist aren't so surprised when awesome wildlife is hanging out right next to them. 
We even saw a mermaid while there, she was pretty chill, had awesome sea shells.
This was taken at the "local's bay" my dad happened to find.  He remembered seeing surfers here from years ago and was happy he found the same bay again.  The sun was setting and it was gorgeous.
Ro even took a dip in the ocean (or his tootsies did).  His first ocean experience! which he will remember forever... well I will and I'll have pictures to prove it ;)
You can see by his face how much he enjoyed it - a little freaked out but mostly totally excited, as we all were to be in such a be-a-utiful place.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

a halloween back east... so beautiful

Dave's family was super nice and took us back east to their town home in Nauvoo and a visit to Springfield, IL to see Abe Lincoln's house.  It was so fun and the foliage was absolutely divine, I was in love with all the trees and their fall colors!  We went to many of the historical places while we were out there, Carthage and some of the pioneer homes.  Dave and I had been to most of them before sine we'd both done a semester at BYU Nauvoo, but I haven't been back there in almost 8 years (my! how time flies!)  We also took a horse ride in Nauvoo and both Dave and my sweet baby fell asleep, I snapped a picture and Dave woke up (angry ;)
 There is a big celebration in Nauvoo for Halloween and I've never seen so many people there!  They have hundreds and hundreds of carved pumpkins lining main street and you can go into every little old shop and trick-or-treat.  They had a little costume parade, free food, live bands, a haunted house and some awesome costumes. 

 We both got pretty into it :)
 Oooh look at my little sweet baby, such a doll.
 Roman got to enjoy some time with his cousins, Kelty and Teagan and had a blast.
 We did a session and some sealings at the beautiful temple.
 We headed over to Springfield, IL where Abraham Lincoln his first home with his wife.  They've preserved the home as well as several homes surrounding it so you can walk around the little village and do tours.  On this particular day they also invited kids to come and "meet" historical figures and go trick-or-treating.  We took our chubby pumpkin and headed out for candy (mostly for me to eat).

 Cousins as Rapunzel twins.

This last picture is of Dave and his sis, Jaimie, that I just loved and had to throw in.  Jaimie helped us out a lot with Ro - thanks again Jaimie!

Posting soon.... Kauai pictures!  Sad to be home...