It has been a while. Let's just say that, at first, I didn't think I could say anything interesting enough to top Hawaii. After that I got busy with projects of a terminal nature (aka Halloween Costume Hell). Let me just say I am very glad that I started making all these costumes in August. I saved the hardest one for last, unfortunately. I have learned a few valuable lessons from Spencer's EWOK costume. #1: NEVER NEVER NEVER buy faux fur again, no matter how cute, soft, fuzzy, or cuddly you think the wearer will look in it. #2: Take a sewing class before trying to sew pants with feet in them (I couldn't figure out the directions, and finally ended up cutting the toes off and just hemming them like pants). #3: Make sure you are sewing the right part of the pants to the right part (back to front, not side to front, etc.). By the time I was done with the bloody costume I decided not to care about the fact that I pinned one front leg to one back leg, which ended up being the whole front. The pants ended up looking like they were peeled off of a very furry bull-legged cowboy. Oh well. At least Spencer isn't going on the catwalk or anything. He is going to sit at the trunk-or-treat and help Sean pass out candy anyway. I am so tired of sewing I may decide to actually BUY halloween costumes on clearance in a few days for next year. I am also seriously considering my dear ambition of sewing Christmas PJs for all the kids. Well, the costumes are all finally done and I am in a better mood now. It is pretty bad when you get excited that you can clean and do laundry (viewed as free time) instead of sitting back at the machine for your sentence in sewing. In latest news, Spencer is now pulling himself up on everything.
I forgot that stage where you have to move everything off coffee tables and lower book shelves. OY! To top it all off Spencer managed to lock my cellphone keypad AND enter a lock code, which I have no idea how to decipher. I never locked it or set a code before, so I have no idea what to do.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Looks like I lost my groove! We are back home now, and maintaining a fairly zombie-like comatose state, all of us. That's what happens when your flight is in the middle of the night! So to bring this up to speed, day 5 we did the road to Hana and the Oheo Pools Falls. It was absolutely beautiful! I have always had a bit of a waterfall fetish, so it was right up my alley. The road was pretty challenging - at least Sean's mom and the kids and I were all pretty car sick by the time we got there. But it is so lush and green over on that side of Maui (pretty brown on the side where our resort was). We hiked to the Oheo Pools and took a million pictures of the waterfalls!
It was very windy that day, I was afraid the girls might blow away!
The following morning Sean and his dad went on a deep-sea dive. Sean's mom and I took the kids to the Aloha Festival where they had all kinds of booths with art, jewelry, clothes, etc. They had a live band there and hula dancers as well. Some of these dancers were little girls who were about Mackenna's age. Unbelievable that, at that age, they can shake their hips just as fast as the older dancers. We got lunch together in Old Town Lahaina after the boys were done diving, and then Sean and his dad took the kids back home with them. Believe it or not, the girls actually went shopping and got a bit of pampering in WITHOUT THE KIDS! We went to Hilo Hattie's to get the girls their Hawaiian dresses
(took the others back) and then found a little place to get a manicure/pedicure. It was so nice. Sunday morning we went to sacrament meeting at the Lahaina 1st ward and then it was back to the room to checkout. We had to move rooms, so we were in another room for just one night. Spencer loved the window as it went clear down to the floor, and it looked right down onto the pool.
He spent most of that night and the next morning putting his fingerprints/lip/noseprints all over the glass. Monday dawned and it was the first morning that any of us had slept past 6:30 a.m. I guess we were finally all on Hawaii time. I was sad knowing it was our last day, but anxious to get the kids back home to our own routine (the last 3 days at least were full of Mackenna's meltdowns over everything from food to swimming. "What do you want for lunch, Kenna?" "A hot dog!" Five minute later: "I don't like hot dogs!" followed by her dissolving into a fits of weeping, wailing, gnashing of teeth). We had to be out of our room in the morning, so we spent most of the day at the pool watching the kids swim. We hit the beach for a little bit and then showered and went to dinner at Leilani's. It is a beautiful restaraunt right on the beach. We doped the kids up good with Benadryl and embarked on the 5 1/2 hour flight to Phoenix; then changed planes and finally made it home! I was relieved to find everything safe and sound when we got back. The cat was still in the back yard and the house was still standing. I am so grateful for this opportunity. I just uploaded all the pics to Costco and there are 175 of them. Now I get to focus on starting Spencer's ewok costume!
Posted by Misty at 7:23 PM
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Well, I am sad to say our trip is half over. It has been wonderful and I hope the last half will be as good as the first half! Mackenna is pitching more and more fits and Emma is also getting whiny, although today I think she was trying to live up to the fact that she is 6 now! Today Sean and his dad went golfing and his mom and I took the kids to the Maui Ocean Center (aquarium).
It was pretty cool. After lunch Sean's mom and I left the kids behind (all of them.....YES!) and went to the mall for a couple hours. Then the boys picked us up and we went to BJ's Pizzeria for Emma's birthday dinner. We were in 'old town Lahaina' for dinner and there are tons of shops there, it's kind of like an outdoor strip mall. Sean finally found a Hawaiian shirt and I decided it makes no sense to buy Spencer one. When we get home it will be too cold for it, and if I bought him one he could wear next summer it wouldn't fit him now. So he got a hat. Tomorrow we are headed to some waterfall that is on the road to Hana. I am a little worried; I kept seeing t-shirts today that said "I survived the road to Hana" - apparently it is very windy (like winds around a lot, not like wind blowing), and also a long drive. Hopefully we survive it with the kids!! Also I think my cold is finally lifting. I can breathe for the first time in about 3 days.
Posted by Misty at 11:53 PM
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Most of the day was devoted to visiting the volcano, Haleakala. The girls were freaked out when we told them we were going to visit a volcano, so Sean's dad told them it was a sleeping volcano. Last night as the girls were going to bed Emma said "Mom, are we going to sleep in the volcano?" I asked why she thought that and she said "Grandpa said it is a sleeping volcano." Anyway, it was quite a long drive, but well worth it.
Unfortunately I didn't think to put sunscreen on Spencer and he is pretty rosy-faced tonight. We hiked around the volcano a little and then went to Ruby's Diner for lunch. We took a walk over to the mall where I was feverishly searching for little Hawaiin print dresses for the girls. We had to carry Emma out of one shop crying crocidile tears and yelling "I want a pink dress!!!!", as they didn't have the right style/size/etc. Finally I did find dresses for the girls - green with pink & purple flowers for Kenna and red with pink flowers for Emma. I also bought them each shell necklaces. After the mall we came back and hit the beach right outside our hotel again. I have a horrible cold, so I didn't feel much like swimming. Sean's mom and I laid on the grass while the boys and the girls played in the ocean. Emma's newest hobby is collecting coral now. She had quite a pile by the end of our beach outing. Spencer wasn't sitting too well by himself, so we decided to take a little walk down the beach to the hammocks. I thought he would like the swinging, but he didn't. When we got back he ate about 3/4 of one of those huge jars of baby food - I guess he was just hungry! Anyway, I hope I can get over this cold soon, it is making me miserable. And I don't want to miserable during the vacation of my lifetime!!
Posted by Misty at 10:32 PM
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Well Spencer was awake around 4:00 a.m. and never really went back to sleep. Around 6:00 a.m. we gave in and let the girls get up and watch t.v. - since it was really 10:00 a.m. their time. I figured I might as well get up and get showered. After I got ready Sean and the kids and I went for a walk on the beach. It was so beautiful - I spent most of the walk snapping pictures. When we got back it was almost time for our Hula lesson. There were probably 15 little girls there. They give them little grass skirts to wear and put fresh flowers in their hair. It was really cute. Then we came back to the room and changed into swimming suits and headed for the beach. Sean and his dad snorkeled and boogie boarded and Sean's mom and I tried to keep Spencer from eating sand (not so successfully, either). Emma tried the boogie board but Kenna was too scared. After the beach we took the kids back to the pool. This place has like the coolest pools ever. There are several. One is a salt water pool and it has tons of waterfalls. It also has a cave, a couple smaller water slides, and a hot tub. Then there is a regular pool and another pool with a big water slide. Emma is swimming pretty much on her own now, so she is having a lot of fun. In the salt water pool area there is a kids' pool with a big pirate ship in it that has slides and all kinds of stuff. After swimming we came back for lunch and then got shaved ice. Today I decided I could live here forever!
Posted by Misty at 3:22 PM
The kids actually did really well on the flight. Minus Spencer hacking and coughing the whole way there, and fighting getting his nose wiped. Needless to say we gave him Benadryl (and the girls). They all slept pretty well & Mackenna visited the teeny weeny potty about 5 times during the flight. We got off the plane and went straight to Costco. ONLY THE PULSIPHERS WOULD GET TO HAWAII AND CONSIDER COSTCO FIRST PRIORITY. Only joking - Costco is right by the airport. We got to our room and got settled; Grandma and the girls and I went to the lobby and got "leied" as they call it. We then took the kids swimming as they had been badgering us about it since we got to our hotel. Which, by the way, is absolutely gorgeous, with a spectacular view. Then Jim, Sue, Spencer, & I went to the grocery store while Sean and the girls stayed back for some down time. We came back and went down to the grassy/lounge/pool area for "PuPu's" (snacks, which turned out to be veggie trays, potstickers, spring rolls, pork loin, and all the free soda you could want). After that we decided to take a walk up the beach and ended up in some outdoor mall-type thing. There happened to be a hula performance there, which the girls loved. I was so sad I forgot my camera. There were 4 little girls and 2 adults who danced. The girls wiggled their hips all the way home (in the rain). We came back and fed them a little dinner and then put them to bed. They were asleep 5 minutes after we laid them down. We caught part of a Tahitian Dance thing out our window that night too. So here are some pictures!
The view from our window
The girls and our leis
Posted by Misty at 11:48 AM