I told Tralee not to take another bite until I grabbed the camera. Good thing she listened, because the very next bite she took, out popped the tooth!
Here's the video:
|The last picture I have with all of Tralee's baby teeth still in her mouth.|
|The last picture I have with all of Tralee's baby teeth still in her mouth.|
|Her first hole!|
Later that night I helped Tralee write a letter to the tooth fairy. Here it is:
Dear Tooth Fairy,
I lost a tooth! Which kind of animal do you want? Can you please write me a letter back? Make sure you have the right dress that I like. Make sure it’s rainbow. Sometimes people have to loose a tooth, and my mommy told me you have to be 25 but I’m only FIVE! Make sure you like to spin. And make sure you remember my dog Corky. Do you see me like Santa Clause, or no? Make sure you do for just a little second.
Sometimes we loose a tooth, and everyone is so great when they loose a tooth. My mom was so happy for me. She screamed when she saw me loose my tooth! She thought there was hair in my mouth! Everyone is so great when they loose a tooth. I just wanted to write that again. Well, Tooth Fairy, do you have secret password to your kingdom, or no?
Here’s a secret: Do you like my dad? Tooth Fairy, I like something from you. I wonder what kind of tooth fairy you are? Will you leave $100 or a nickle? And also, like my dad, and I like you too!
Tralee's tooth fairy wrote a long letter back to Tralee answering all of her questions. I won't put the whole contents of the letter here, but I'll give you some details about it. Tralee's tooth fairy's name is Sparkle Brushglimmer. She received a notice from the head tooth fairy, his name is Cuspid Molarwizard, that she needed to come retrieve Tralee's tooth that night. Sparkle was in the middle of her favorite snack -- Dew Drop Cookies with Bluebell nectar -- when she received the notice to come pick up Tralee's first tooth. The letter was written in tiny penmanship on a long tiny scroll of paper. It was rolled up and tied with a ribbon, placed in a little purse with the payment (12 quarters!) for Tralee's tooth, and put under Tralee's pillow where her tooth was. Sparkle also told us that Tralee's Daddy's tooth fairy was Sparkle's mom! Her name is Glendelia Brushglimmer, and wasn't always so happy with the condition of Tralee's Daddy's teeth when she came to pick them up when he was a boy. Glendelia wished Jim brushed his teeth better back then. Sparkle told Tralee she's SURE all of Tralee's teeth will be very clean, bright, and brushed everyday when she comes to pick them up from under her pillow. The clean teeth are worth more in Fairyland.
I don't think Tralee was ever so excited for bedtime in her life the night she lost her tooth! She picked out which pillow to put her tooth and note under, and fell right asleep. It was so cute! The next morning I was woken up by a little girl, covered in purple glitter -- ahem -- fairy dust, who jumped on my bed and proudly held up her new little fairy-dust-covered-purse filled with her payment and letter from Sparkle.
The whole thing was very exciting! Maybe next time Tralee and I will try to set up a trap, so we can catch Sparkle, and meet her in person! We'll see if we can out-sneak a fairy!
I just hope it doesn't happen too soon! My little girl is growing up way too fast!
|Ulua beach as we were walking away on our last night in HI|
|Just a view of the ocean from the hotel's lobby|
|Marriott's open-air lobby area|
|Cas and Tralee. They had on the same swimsuit!|
|Jim helped Cassi and Tandra ride in a few waves as well|
|Tandy wrote this in the sand -- AWE!|
|Tandra, she got really close to standing!|
|Hunty catchin' some rays with his cousins|
After surfing, we knew we couldn't take the little surfboard with us on the plane, so Jim went up to a little boy and his mother and passed it on to them. They seemed appreciative, so we felt good about it. Next we went back to our hotel and played in the kiddie pool and at Ulua beach the rest of the day.
I didn't take any pictures the rest of the day because it was our last FULL day in Maui, and I just wanted to enjoy the experience without feeling the pressure of snapping pictures. I have a lot of mental images though. Here are some of my favorites:
1. Body surfing with Tandra and Cassi. We shared our two body boards and rode in some really big waves together. It was SOOOO fun!
2. Taking Tralee further out into the ocean with me. We held hands and I helped her jump over some of the larger waves. She was having the best time of her life and kept shouting, "I love you mom! You're the best mom EVER! This is SOOOO fun! I LOVE IT!" I loved it to!
3. Helping Tralee body surf on a board. She was scared, but knew I would be right next to her, so she did it!
4. Watching Tralee surf on the waves "wipout" a board. She layed on her belly, with her back towards the ocean and fearlessly waited for those big waves to scoop her up, and push her towards the shore. She was pummeled a few times, but she wasn't scared. I was so proud.
5. Laying down in the water and watching the waves come in. They looked really big from floating position, then when I stood up, they didn't seem that big at all!
6. Walking away from Ulua beach -- hand-in-hand with Tralee -- and thanking it for all the fun it provided.
7. Telling Tralee to stand with me in front of the ocean and breath in our last deep breaths of Hawaii. We gulped in as much fresh ocean air as we could.
That night we all showered and while Jim got the kids to bed, Ade, her girls, and I went to check out the shops in Waelia. Before that, Ade treated us to some virgin pina coladas, and dessert at our hotel's restaurant. Yum! The shopping center had lots of fun art galleries, an ice cream shop, and other nice shops. We even saw a fire dancer while shopping. That was fun. It was nice to hang out with some of my favorite girlies!
When we finished shopping, we walked back to the Marriott, and hit the hay.
|Cassi catching a wave|
|I think she was having fun. What do you think?|
|Tralee posing for a picture. The water was super clear this day.|
|More pics of Stinks|
|Cassi coached Adrienne on the fine art of body surfing|
|I can't get enough of this pretty little face!|
|Tralee ran up to me shouting, "MOM! MOM! MOM! MOM!" I ran over to where she pointed and found that she wrote her name in the sand. She was SOOOOO proud of herself, so I snapped a pic.|
|I love this picture! I'm not sure why. Maybe it's the cute little wedgie she's rockin'.|
|Yup, I've decided. We're moving there. We're selling everything we have and we're moving to Hawaii. I want 365+ more days like this. Who's with me?|
Hunter playing with his "stick family" in the sand.
|Jim and Tand back from snorkeling|
|Sandcastle building time! Aren't my boys cute?|
|Yup, Ade and I belong to the Hot Moms Club. Card holding HMC members I tell you!|
|This was as close as Hunty got to body surfing in the ocean. Silly boy!|
|Tralee LOVED going down this slide|
|She was an expert!|
|Both of the slides at our hotel. They had different colored wrist bands that let the slide attendant know if your child could go down the easy slide or the one that flung you into a 9ft pool. The "scary" slide was monitored so no non-swimmer child could go down it. I loved this! I felt much more comfortable sending Tralee up to the slides on her own knowing she couldn't accidentally go down the wrong slide. . . but the rest of us did!!!|
|Tandra was smart to plug her nose. I got water up my nose almost every time I went down this thing!|
|I love Jim's face here!|
|Cass just cracks me up!|
|Our little party by the pool|
|Cute little munchkins!|
|I bought those sandals for Hunter in Hawaii. The ones I brought with me were WAY TOO BIG! Oops! The ones I bought in HI were on a "winter clearance" rack. Only in HI do you find sandals on a rack marked "winter clearance." They were $2.50. I wouldn't have normally picked these particular sandals, but I couldn't beat the price tag and they worked great the rest of our trip!|
|Awe! Melts my heart!|
|My little family on our way out for the night|
|Some of my favorite girls!|
|Adrienne, Cassi, and Tandra|
|Tralee was SOOOO cute when she saw the hula girls. The only thing she asked to do the entire trip was, "see some hula girls." When we made it to the performance she was so cute and shy. Later on I asked her why she was so shy around the hula girls and she answered, "Because they were soooooooo beautiful!" They were beautiful, but nothing was more stunning to me than my little girl!|
|This was Tralee's favorite dance. She called it, "The love one."|
|Daddy and daughter watching some hula|
|More hula girls|
|This little guy was pretty stinken' cute!|
When the hula show ended, we all went out to dinner. With our tummies full, we drove back to our hotel, got ready for bed, and rested up for our last full day on the island.