Monday, June 28, 2010

I Want to Go Back to My Little Grass Shack in Kealekakua, Hawaii

Loving family time together!!!

For ten days this month we had one of the most relaxing vacations I think I have ever had in my life. We headed to Kona, Hawaii, with my parents and grandparents. It gave us the opportunity to share many firsts:
*Paul and Kathryn's first trip to Hawaii
*Four generations of first-born women on vacation together-My Grandma, My Mom, Kathryn and Myself
*Our first swim with dolphins-we swam alongside them while snorkeling at Pu'uhonua o Honaunau
*Kathryn's first taste of Hawaiian island favorites: purple sweet potatoes and poi. She LOVED them both.
*Kathryn's first swim in the ocean-she absolutely loved it. She is such a cute little "humu"!
*Our first view of an active volcano up-close and personal as we watched the steam come off of Kilauea (there was no lava streaming out of it currently-bummer, NEXT TIME!!)
*Paul and I went parasailing. It was awesome to see the island from 450 feet above ground.

It was a real gift to spend this vacation with my family. I am so blessed to still have both of my Mom's parents around and we just loved sitting and visiting with them. My Grandfather Gregory is 89 and has such wonderful stories to share of his time in the 82nd Airborne and his years of farming. I also loved hearing the stories of my grandparents early years and all of dances they used to go to; I wish we still had events like that for young people!

A special thanks to my parents for sharing their timeshare with us. It was a trip none of us will soon forget!

Kathryn loved spending time with her Great Grandpa

Parasailing with my hubby was a highlight of the trip!

Purple sweet potatoes are now a new favorite of Miss K(too bad we don't have them in Massachusetts)

It was absolutely amazing to snorkel with wild spinner dolphins!!!!!

Kathryn absolutely loves to swim and can't get enough of it.

Kathryn's first full dip in the ocean